What does TWAM stand for?
Tools With A Mission (TWAM) - a Christian organisation helping people in need to support themselves and their communities.
TWAM website is www.twam.uk
What do TWAM actually do?
The following is taken from the TWAM leaflet, which summarises there work very well:
It all starts in Africa and around the developing world as communities and organisations capture a vision of self-sustainability and the desire to help themselves. They plan skills, centres, community workshops, self-help groups and all manner of ways to create livelihoods. They then ask TWAM for help.
Our volunteer country coordinators process their application and offer the tools they need.
We then rely on the generous donation of tools by supporters in the UK. Our local volunteer collectors (Jean Bennett in our case) and National Refurbishment Centres collect these for us. Without these donations the journey would end here in failure.
The collected tools are then sorted, repaired, sharpened and packed into trade kits by volunteers ready to send overseas. TWAM supplies kits for most trades as well as sewing machines, knitting machines, computers and books.
We send on average two containers a month overseas, each one packed with tools destined for up to 40 applicants. They are loaded by volunteers in our Ipswich centre ready for their long journey to the receiving partner.
When the containers arrive many weeks later they are unloaded ready for the expectant recipients to come and collect their tools.
7. Transforming lives:
The journey ends as lives are transformed by your donated tools and equipment.
Who is our local contact?
How would Jean like us to help?
Jean would like us to look through our sheds, lofts, garages, and bookshelves. Then ask: "Could I donate any of the items below?" (ok even if in a poor condition):
- All types of hand and electrical tools: for use by carpenters, mechanics, builders, electricians and plumbers
- Engineering tools: Lathes, bench and band saws
- Garden Tools: Spades, forkes, rakes and hoes, sledge hammers and pick axes
- Sewing Machines: Manual, electric, treadle, industrial plus cottons, needles etc.
- Knitting Machines: Including needles, machine wool and materials
- Bikes: Men's traditional and adult mountain / trail bikes (not racing bikes)
- Computers: Desktop, laptop, notebook, widescreen monitors and peripherals
- Educational text books
- Shoes: Any size, any style, any colour; mens, ladies and children. As long as there is still a fair amount of wear in them, they can be used. A friend of mine collects shoes and sends them to Romania, so please, please sort through your cupboards and let me have any footwear that you no longer need or want!
How else can I help?
Just to say that this is a tremendous Christian organisation. So please support this appeal. As the TWAM leaflet explains, this work is done because:
"The Lord is close to those whose hearts have been broken. He saves those whose spirits have been crushed" (Psalm 34 verse 18)