Frequently Asked Questions

The following Q&A items are typical of the questions we receive, mainly by telephone:

Q: What kind of donated tools will WORKAID take
A: Generally WORKAID looks for artisan tools with which people can earn a living.  Tools for trades such as building, carpentry, plumbing, horticultural work, mechanical work, seamstressing, knitting, haberdashery etc.  For a current list please look at the link on our web page: donate tools. WORKAID also takes tools such as lawn mowers and other gardening equipment and when those and other tools are refurbished, they may be sold in our shop to raise money to pay for the shipping charges we incur.

Q: How can I donate tools
A: WORKAID has collectors all over England and Wales in addition to our HQ workshop in Chesham, Bucks.  Tools may be delivered to any of these locations and from there, WORKAID will move them to Chesham, refurbish them, pack them and ship them to a pre-vetted project (perhaps in Africa) where they will be put to good use.

Q: How long has WORKAID been delivering tools to disadvantaged people?

A:WORKAID will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2016.  It started work in April 1986 following a group of people from local churches and the community gathering to try to do something constructive for those suffering severe famine in Ethiopia and East Africa in general.

Q: Where does WORKAID support disadvantaged people?

A: WORKAID recognises it has limited resources and so focuses in areas of central, east Africa and the UK.  We regularly send shipping containers each with about 10 tonnes of tools to countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda.  Projects in the UK are supported as and when opportunities arise.

Q: What quantity of tools are sent to disadvantaged people?

A: In 2015, WORKAID shiped 8 containers, approximately 80 tonnes of equipment, to projects who had requested specific tools.

Q: How many volunteers are involved in the charity?

A: Almost 300 volunteers in the UK give of their time to collect unwanted tools, refurbish them, pack and ship them and administer the whole process.  Together with partner organisations in each country we deal with, we identify projects where training can be given and for which tools are required, both for the training work and for the trainees after their training is complete.