HELPING PEOPLE FIND THEIR DIGNITY
WHAT IS WORKAID?
Workaid is a charity, headquartered in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. We collect unwanted tools and equipment from across the country, refurbish and distribute them to people in need, to help them learn a skill and earn a living.
At Workaid, we are committed to tackling poverty in a practical way by helping disadvantaged people in East Africa and in the UK, to help themselves through skills training.
Unwanted tools and equipment are collected from all over the UK and refurbished by a team of enthusiastic volunteers at the Workaid workshop.
The refurbished tools are then sent to vocational training projects where they help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to learn trade skills and start their own businesses.
Every year, Workaid helps over 9,000 people to break the cycle of poverty and rebuild their lives. We assist projects working with orphans, street children, unemployed teenagers, disabled people, people living with HIV/AIDS, widows and refugees.
By working with carefully monitored projects we are able to make a difference to individuals and families and help communities to build a brighter future together.
The 1980s saw one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the twentieth century. In 1984, famine in Ethiopia left over 1 million people dead and a further 8 million at risk of starvation (source BBC). As governments and individuals were concentrating their efforts on emergency relief following the LiveAid appeal, a group of friends from Buckinghamshire who were determined to provide long-term practical assistance began a ground-breaking project, to help the people of East Africa escape the cycle of poverty and rebuild their lives.
A few years ago, Workaid moved in to a large warehouse/workshop which was formerly a boot and shoe factory in Chesham.
Along with the workshop, we have a shop where we sell haberdashery supplies, a selection of tools and lawnmowers which are either unsuitable for shipping to the projects we support or we can make greater profit from to help cover our shipping costs.
Last year we shipped 8 containers to Africa, two each to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The overall shipping cost to get each container to Africa approaches £10k, so we are continually seeking funds to support this.
In our fundraising we seek donations from individuals, Trusts and from other funding bodies. We also sell some of our tools through our Workaid Shop at events such as steam and vintage car rallies and on ebay.