Sewing machine appeal to improve lives in Africa

Monday June 9th 2014

Tools for Solidatity refurbishes old sewing machines for use in Africa.Tools for Solidarity, a charity which has been working in Belfast for 30 years, is appealing for donations of old or unused sewing machines.

The organisation is aiming to collect 500 sewing machines over a six month period.

Tools for Solidarity works with local, international and supported volunteers, collecting old hand tools and sewing machines which the organisation refurbishes and sends to centres in Tanzania and Uganda.

Connor Cleland of Tools for Solidarity said: “These refurbished tools and sewing machines help to improve the lives of the local people and their communities in the areas we serve in Africa.”

Tools for Solidarity is appealing to parishes in the Belfast area for their support.

Parishioners can either bring their sewing machines in to Sunday services, where they would be collected by representatives or the charity, or drop sewing machines off at the charity’s premises in Crumlin Road. If you have a sewing machine you can donate, please contact Tools for Solidarity on 028 90747473 or email

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