Our impact


Workaid partners with the Vwila Foundation in Zambia. Vwila is a local organisation that assesses potential projects and has the same values and beliefs as Workaid, that young people are the drivers of development in their communities. Vwila also brings training institutions together to share best practices through regular workshops and information exchange via social media platforms.

Vwila has developed strong relationships with the Zambian government’s Youth Resource Centres. They are also a champion of promoting the development of invaluable vocational training within rural secondary schools and developing local skills to maintain the equipment and tools we send. A recent example is the training of tailoring instructors in sewing machine servicing and repairs.

Monitoring and evaluating the projects supported in Zambia is fundamentally important in measuring impact and effectively planning project support in the future. During 2022 and 2023, Workaid and Vwila will continually review their strategy to ensure that they continue to focus on the projects that have the greatest impact.

Vwila translates to ‘Help’ in English.

Vwila Foundation

Vwila Foundation

Emmanuel Zulu, the Director of the Vwila Foundation in Lusaka, Zambia and his team are responsible for carrying out appraisals of potential projects and assessing what tools to allocate to their programmes. We have also partnered to establish a technical tailoring course to teach young people how to repair and maintain sewing machines, gaining skills that they can then pass on to their communities.

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Maureen Mtika, Co-founder of the Vwila Foundation, in charge of Finance and Administration. Social Accountability expert trained at Rhodes University in South Africa.

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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. Make an online donation, or buy a Virtual Gift.

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Change lives by donating 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.


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