TWAM - Tools With A Mission
Tools With A Mission (TWAM) is a Christian charity that collects surplus tools from around the UK and redistributes them to disadvantaged people in the developing world.
Willesborough Baptist Church supports Tools With A Mission. As well as many donations of tools and equipment for refurbishment from WBC members, financial giving from the church community has provided funds to ship two 20ft. containers of tools to Africa.
TWAM’s head office and warehouse are located in Ipswich. There are more than 200 volunteer collectors around the UK who collect tools in their own areas. The collector for the Ashford area is Chris Tanton, a WBC member and also a director of the TWAM charity. He recently visited Uganda and Kenya as part of his TWAM activities.
Tools can enable people to learn a trade and earn a living.
tools are supplied to vocational training institutions and they are all
sent in response to specific requests from approved agencies already
working ‘on the ground’ in developing countries. The majority of the
requests come from Africa – from countries such as Uganda, Zambia,
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Benin, Kenya and Tanzania.
tools that TWAM collects include sewing machines, knitting machines,
tools for carpentry, engineering, building and plumbing, and manual
typewriters, bicycles and computers. Wool, fabric, thread and other
haberdashery items are also collected.
(see the full tools list here)
TWAM employs only four people – a chief executive, a warehouse foreman, a secretary and a manager in Uganda. A vast amount of collecting, sorting, cleaning, refurbishing and packing is carried out by volunteers.
Getting in touch with TWAM
If you would like to know more about TWAM generally:
Telephone the Head Office on 01473 210220