Workaid provides means to help African people out of poverty
We are delighted that we continue to help so many achieve a better life. It is a testament too to the vision of our founders that the model they inspired continues to work so well Workaid chairman
A CHESHAM-BASED charity is celebrating 30 years of helping to lift the people of East Africa out of poverty.
On Saturday Workaid, based in Townsend Road, Chesham, will celebrate 30 years of sending tools and other equipment to East Africa at a ceremony in The Elgiva, in St Mary’s Way.
In the presence of founders, patrons, local dignitaries and representatives of the countries that benefit from Workaid’s activity, the charity will receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher.
The ‘Tools for Life’ provided by Workaid have enabled thousands to escape from poverty by enabling them to develop skills in a variety of ways.
Women have used donated knitting and sewing machines to start small businesses and earn money to feed and educate their children.
Men have acquired skills in horticulture, construction, carpentry and other trades, providing them with earning potential and boosting local economies in areas where the unemployment rates are as high as 70 to 80 per cent. Workaid was started in Amersham by a group of local Christians led by solicitor Ken Nunn, who decided to respond to the famine crisis in Africa.
The images screened nightly on television inspired them to collect and refurbish tools and sending them out to Africa.
They used ‘Tools with a Mission’ as their model.
With the help of some 300 volunteers, including 70 area organisers across the UK, Workaid continues the work begun by its founders.
In the year 2014/2015, Workaid shipped out eight containers to 170 projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.
The 80 tonnes of tools represented by these shipments has helped break the cycle of poverty and given more than 8,000 people skills for life, adding to the many thousands helped by Workaid over the past 30 years.
Commenting on the continuing success of Workaid, its chairman Rob Levine said: “We are delighted that we continue to help so many achieve a better life. It is a testament too to the vision of our founders that the model they inspired continues to work so well 30 years later.”
Workaid’s celebrations will conclude with a Service of Thanksgiving at Broadway Baptist Church, in The Broadway, Chesham, at 3pm on Sunday.
All are welcome.