The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2015

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.

By donating money, you help empower young people in Africa to gain skills through vocational training. It is easy to make a financial donation by paying online or via the post.

Donating your unwanted tools and equipment can change lives as well as having a positive impact on the environment. Every year over 80 tonnes of tools are saved from landfill and refurbished.

We always welcome new volunteers to join our friendly team at our workshop in Chesham. There are lots of opportunities available and full training is provided for all. 

Since Our Foundation In 1986, Over 190,000 Lives Have Been CHANGED

Our Achievements So Far

Our Impact

We work with like-minded organisations and place great value on ensuring these partnerships achieve maximum impact for young people in Africa. We are currently developing new comprehensive monitoring and evaluation systems with all our overseas partners.

These will place emphasis on measuring how young people use the vocational skills they learn to escape poverty and drive positive and sustainable development in the communities in which they live.

Since Our Foundation

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


Meet Jesca & Moris

Jesca, Albert Valley

Meet Jesca, aged 20 from Murambi Village in Ntoroko District. Despite facing challenges and dropping out of school during Senior 4, Jesca joined a tailoring class at Albert Valley Vocational Training Institute. She found it to be a practical choice and an effective way to earn an income.

Keep reading Jesca’s Story here.

Moris, Empathy Foundation

As a subsistence farmer, Moris only made ends meet before joining and graduating from the Empathy Foundation in March 2023. Moris, now a skilled carpenter, is part of a 5-person business. Even though he dropped out of school early, he’s determined to make a better life for his family – a wife and three children.

Keep reading Moris’s Story here.

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