Our Friends: Tools for Self Reliance

Posted on 24th April 2013 | Share this!

We are delighted to announce that we have a fabulous new partnership with a local charity called Sheffield Tools for Self-Reliance, who have been helping us by collecting some gardening tools to be used by volunteers on the Oasis Garden. In return we would like to try and find ways in which to help this wonderful organisation by placing a plea for donations of hand tools to help them support more community projects in Africa.

More about Sheffield Tools for Self Reliance: Based at the St. Wilfred’s Centre on Queens Road,  volunteers have been collecting, refurbishing  and sending out hand tools to partners in Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Zambia, Sierra Leone and Malawi for over 30 years.

Last year Andy Catling, who has been a member of the group since 1998, volunteered in Madagascar with a British  based charity called Azafaday. During the 10 week project Andy helped repair  wooden classrooms, built school furniture and dug wells and latrines. One thing that struck him and all the volunteers was the poor quality of the hand tools available.

When he got back Andy to Sheffield  decided to set up a system to equip  new volunteers going out to Madagascar with  a good quality set of tools that would last a long time out in Africa.  So packets of tools are put together in Sheffield and then given to volunteers to put in their luggage to ensure that the right tools get to the right place every time.

The group always need donations of good quality tools that can be sent out to people who can put them to good use, so next time you are having a clear out please contact them to donate.

Sheffield Tools for Self-Reliance can be reached on 0114 2583821 or emailed on

More information about Azafady and it’s work in Madagascar can be found on their website