Harrogate College Construction students have been working alongside charity WORKAID to collect unwanted and disused tools and equipment that can be refurbished and sent to Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Zambia.
These tools will help to support colleges in Africa in training young people to be able to do such things as repair houses, cars, become carpenters and bore holes to access fresh water that can be pumped to the community.
Former Harrogate College carpentry tutor David Falkiner came to collect the tools on Thursday 18th February and was delighted with the volume donated from staff, the College and people in the local community.
“It’s fantastic to see such an amount collected. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who donates as it really is life changing for those students studying in Africa. Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime.”
David regularly collects for WORKAID around Harrogate and the tools then get sent to the WORKAID HUB in Chesham, which is a supported workshop for people with mild to moderate learning disabilities and is where the equipment is sorted, before being sent to those places in Africa that have requested kits.
Thank you to our students, to everyone who donated tools and for WORKAID for taking old unwanted equipment and turning it into a learning resource that will help to train to youth of Africa.