Tools with a Mission

Livelihood Creation: Give a Skill this Christmas

Livelihood creation has never been more important. COVID-19 restrictions have left families across east Africa devastated, many not being able to work and feed their children. As we all begin to imagine life after coronavirus, we want to give more individuals the life-changing gift of a skill.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1104903)

Check mark Match funded

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


Multiple locations


Vincent Kayanja, the Mayor of Entebbe, Uganda stated at a TWAM presentation, 'Education without a skill is almost completely useless.' In labour-orientated countries across east Africa where TWAM works this is true. TWAM is addressing this problem by providing the tools to equip training centres and for students who have dropped out of formal education when they graduate. There are hundreds of thousands of individuals across east Africa in need of a skill - this Christmas we want to do more.


TWAM is a Christian charity that collects unwanted usable tools, refurbishes them, sorts them into trade kits and sends them to the developing world for livelihood creation. Our work in east Africa sees us send over 300 tonnes of tools each year to local people supporting their own communities. We work with hundreds of partners who set up skills centres in their own communities to meet their own needs: they provide the training and we provide the tools.

  • TWAM is helping people to help themselves whilst saving tools from landfill. Thousands of men are now able to provide for their families, thousands of vulnerable women are saved from prostitution and forced marriages…all achieved by 5 paid staff and hundreds of volunteers. What is there not to like?

    — Heather Logan - Supporter

  • Thanks to Tools with a Mission, we are able to train girls on how to sew their own sanitary pads using the sewing machines. Girls are now staying in school and completing their education! We are also training girls in tailoring as a way out of poverty using the tools we now have. Thank you TWAM.

    — Biira Margret - Project Leader Uganda