A new scheme which finds uses for old tools while providing a lifeline for families in Africa has been launched in Derry.
Derry City and Strabane District Council are joining forces with Tools for Solidarity – a charitable organisation which repairs old tools and sewing machines and ships them to Africa where they are vital to local artisans trying to make a living.
Launching the scheme the Minister for the Environment, Mark H Durkan said: “I’m sure most of us have unwanted tools and equipment lying about which could be utilised by people who can’t afford to buy new equipment. This scheme not only promotes environmental awareness, it offers people independence and a means of supporting their family.”
Waste and Recycling Officer with Derry City Council, Julie Hannaway, said: “The tools in demand are traditional metal and wood style tools which have perhaps rusted over time. These can be repaired and transported to Uganda and Tanzania where they can be used by artisans there who can’t afford the basic tools of their trade.”
To find out how you can contribute to the scheme go to www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com or contact Julie Hannaway on firstname.lastname@example.org.