Empowering Young People In Africa Through Vocational Training

We are a charity based in Chesham, Buckinghamshire empowering young people in Africa (and the UK) to help themselves by developing the skills and knowledge needed to find gainful employment or start their own business. We do this by refurbishing donated tools to a high standard and shipping them to training centres and self-help organisations.
In 2015 we received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
To get involved you can volunteer, donate your tools or give a virtual gift to change a life.


Make a Donation

Make an online donation, or buy a Virtual Gift. Just £5 per month for a year enables us to send a sewing machine, 2 haberdashery kits and cover the cost of shipping to a vocational training centre in Africa.



Volunteer your Time

Join our team of volunteers at The Old Boot Factory in Chesham.
Share your skills and make new friendships. All you need is enthusiasm.



Donate your Tools

Change lives by donating your unwanted tools, equipment and haberdashery items.

Each year 80 tonnes of tools are saved from landfill, refurbished and sent to vocational training projects in East Africa and the UK.


Meet Gilbert Kawawe

Gilbert Kawawe, used his ‘Power Electrical’ and later ‘Metal fabrication’ qualifications he earned from Lusaka Youth Resource Centre to found G Hand Works.

With continuing success and well-established reputation, he is now a major employer in the local community. He is helping other young people get valuable skills training, qualifications and work experience.

In challenging times, he persevered – in response to local demand and rising costs he used tools donated from Workaid to manufacture his own machine. He is inspiring many others showing that with skills, the right tools and an unwavering work ethic, sustainable change can happen.

Read more about his journey here.

  • Gilbert Kawawe G Hand Works
  • Gilberts Work
  • Gilbert employees business

Meet Dainess Kabaso

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Dainess Kabaso, a mother of four, enrolled on Lusaka Youth Resource Centre’s Design Cutting and Design course. Since qualifying, she and two fellow graduates – using Workaid donations – founded Daimor Fashion and Design.

Covid-19 forced her to diversify her business from making wedding dresses and formal wear to offering tuition in tailoring, which she plans to expand into a formal training course.

Read more stories from Africa here.

“When you helped me, you helped my children and the whole community.

Our Achievements So Far….

Since our foundation in 1986, over 190,000 lives have been changed

Each year on average we send 8 containers to East Africa containing approximately 80 tonnes of tools & equipment,
helping 9000 young people to build a sustainable livelihood.

Toolkits Supplied
Lives Changed!
Vocational Training Projects Supported
Sewing & Knitting Machines Supplied

The tools and equipment we send supports vocational training of young people to acquire valuable skills and become self-sufficient and follow their dreams.

Carpentry Kits

Mechanic Kits

Metal Work Kits

Masonry Kits

Electrical Kits

Plumbing Kits

News From Africa

  • VPM Tailoring Training

Vision People’s in Mission Progress

May 20th, 2022|

Vision People's in Mission (VPM) based in Korogocho in Kenya, has expanded its range of training courses to now include tailoring, knitting, dressmaking and [...]

  • Simon

Meet Simon

April 30th, 2022|

Meet Simon a recent graduate who is passionate about using his tailoring accreditation to teach other young people just like himself. He has [...]

  • rainford fashion empire

Rainford builds a fashion empire

April 20th, 2022|

Meet Rainford who founded Emmetropia Fashion Centre Ltd. with three fellow tailoring graduates from the Lusaka Youth Resource Centre. Using his flair for [...]