Supporting young people in Africa to build sustainable livelihoods

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 a secure payment by credit or debit card as a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a Workaid 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

We always need volunteers.
Join our team 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.


What we stand for

As a charity dedicated to helping people help themselves Workaid tackles poverty mainly in East Africa and the UK. We collect, refurbish and then supply tools and equipment to self help groups and vocational training projects.

Tools for life

We help provide a valuable community service by refurbishing tools that would otherwise be thrown away. Supported by a large group of volunteers from all walks of life, we supply disadvantaged people with the tools and practical skills to become self supporting.

Founded in 1986 we work directly with partners we have personally visited in each country ensuring that the projects are genuine. We provide people with things they want rather than what we think they might need and we never send money. Our ethos is providing Tools for Life.

What we have Achieved

In 2015 Workaid received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and in 2016 we celebrated our 30th Anniversary


Our first ever container went to Kenya in 1994 and we now send 8 containers a year to East Africa containing 80 tonnes of equipment supporting over 180 projects.

A breakdown of machines shipped includes Sewing Machines (21,662), Knitting Machines (3,482) and Typewriters (9,827).  Tool kits include Carpenter’s (5,743), Mechanic’s (1,196), Mason’s (1,487), Electrician’s (593), Plumber’s (384), Leather worker’s (678), Horticultural kits (1,828) plus a range of larger miscellaneous equipment such as turret drills and lathes (7,526).

Our group of volunteers continues to grow but so do our plans, so to help us change lives why not volunteer today?

Stories from the Field

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Simon is en route to Zambia

December 20th, 2020|Comments Off on Simon is en route to Zambia

We are pleased to inform you that container Simon is en route to Zambia. It goes without saying that our volunteers have been working tirelessly to prepare this container. Meticulously sorting, picking and packing [...]

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020

November 26th, 2020|Comments Off on The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020

Double your money and help people in Zambia – for every £1 you donate, Workaid will receive £2! We are of course all focused on our immediate neighbours as we go through another lockdown, [...]

International Day of Rural Women

October 15th, 2020|Comments Off on International Day of Rural Women

For 2020's recognition of International Day of Rural Women, the focus is on building women's resilience in the wake of Covid-19. It cannot be stressed enough the importance at this time of recognising global [...]

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