In Uganda, tools mean livelihoods. They mean the ability to work, earn money, send children to school, pay for medication, eat...

It is hard to believe that the tools we throw away because they are old, blunt or a bit rusty, can be refurbished until they are as good as new, and sent 6,500 miles away, where they will help to transform lives. But that is the case.

When trainees arrive at Kira Farm Development Centre, they are asked to give a commitment fee of £35 as a demonstration of their commitment to working hard and completing their training. When they leave as graduates, armed with knowledge, confidence, skills and self-belief, they can choose to have their commitment fee returned to them, or to spend it on a package of tools that will enable them to work in their chose trade. Unsurprisingly, nearly all graduates choose tools, as their business training has shown them that, by investing wisely and working hard, poverty can become a thing of their past. 

Last year, Amigos Worldwide partnered with RGB Building Supplies, inviting people to bring their preloved tools to their local RGB branch and donate them to help give young Ugandans a way out of poverty. The tool amnesty took place in all of RGB's 20 branches around the South West and was a huge success, collecting more than 7 tons of tools to be refurbished. 

It is with gratitude and joy that we are partnering with RGB again this year, collecting old and unused tools and giving them a meaningful new purpose.

Tools will be collected throughout February and March, before being refurbished and sent to Uganda.

Here's what we need:

  • Building and carpentry tools
  • Screws and nails (without rust), packed into containers
  • Battery operated tools (as long as tool and batteries work)
  • Wooden handled saws (these can be sharpened)
  • Hand tools with small amounts of rust

Unfortunately we CAN'T refurbish the following:

  • Any tools with woodworm
  • Blunt, modern, stainless steel type saws manufactured in China (these can't be sharpened)
  • Hand tools that are riddled with rust
  • Decorating equipment - pasting tables, rollers, brushes etc
  • Racking and ladders
  • IT equipment

Do you live in or around Exmouth, Holsworthy or Launceston? If so, WE NEED YOU! We are looking for volunteers who can liaise with their local RGB branch and collect tools from the branch once they have a dumpy bag full. You will need to have somewhere to store the tools until the end of the campaign(31st March 2020), then bring it to the collection point in Hemyock, near Taunton, at the beginning of April. 

If you think that you might be able to help, or would like to know more about what is involved, please call our campaign coordinator, Roger, on 07510950408 or email [email protected]

As always, we are incredibly grateful for all support that we receive; you are changing lives.