We are looking for volunteers who are able to support us in their local communities, groups and organisations in collecting tools and learning materials.
The key tools we are collecting are for:
Carpentry (manual and electric tools, and books related to this skill)
Tailoring (Manual and electric tools, and books related to this skill)
Masonry (all tools and books related to this skill)
Plumbing (all tools and books related to this skill)
Mechanic (all tools and books related to this skill)
Painting & Decorating (All tools and books related to this skill.
Just a Quick Reminder about Sierra Leone
Why is this project needed at this time in this location?
There are three key reasons as to why this project is needed at this time in this location:
Firstly, according to the UNDP 2011 report, 70 percent of youth are unemployed or underemployed in Sierra Leone.
Secondly, Sierra Leone remains among the world’s poorest countries, ranking 180th out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index in 2011. Years of economic decline and 10 years of civil war had had a major impact on the economy. Poverty remains widespread with more than 60% of the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day and unemployment and illiteracy levels remain high, particularly among youth.
Thirdly, the youth population, aged 15-35, accounts for one third of the population of Sierra Leone, and it is important to note that youth unemployment was a major root cause of the outbreak of civil conflict in 1991. A UNDP estimated figure of 800,000 youth in Sierra Leone today are actively searching for employment.
Please also look at the List Below
Art & Craft
Painting & Drawing (all painting and drawing materials and books)
Carving (all tools and books related to carving)
Crocheting, stitching and knitting (tools and books for these skills)
Pottery (all tools and books for pottery)
Any other art & craft tools and books
Blacksmithing (all tools and books related to this skill)
We collect specific farming tools that are usable by local farmers in West Africa – for example, shovels, pickaxes, grubbing mattocks, pick handles, pick heads, weed clearers, heavy duty slashers, machetes, spades, garden forks, wheelbarrows etc. (other hand-held tools are made by local blacksmiths with specific environmental and practical need. That is why we want to supply them with blacksmithing tools so that they can make them themselves).
There are some mechanical tools that we collect that include land tillers which local communities can own and operate in cultivating lowlands and swampy areas. If you live in the UK and have any of these to give away please contact us.
We are very interested in this area of support because we want to engage local farmers and help them successfully maintain food security. Repatriated and settled communities need these to help cultivate the land to feed their families.
Schools, Colleges and Training Institutions
We collect all teaching and learning materials. But we specifically focus on these key areas:
Science teaching and reading materials for all science subjects for schools and colleges.
Science teaching equipments for practical work.
Languages teaching and reading materials especially for English language and literature. We also collect French language and literature books.
Exercise and text books.
Pens, pencils and mathematical sets.
Wheelchairs and mobility aids
Wheelchairs (both motorised & manual)
If you would like to get involved please contact us.