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Sad news

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our Patrons, Dr. William Shija has died in London yesterday at the age of 67. He is survived by his wife and five children. He was a loyal supporter of TFSR Cymru. We send our condolences to his family. William Shija   [...]

2019-04-04T17:25:45+01:00October 7th, 2014|News|

Late August News

Container No 9 Arrives in Mwanza The good news is that our container arrived in Dar es Salaam in the first week of August.  It reached Tanga the week after and was swiftly unloaded - that's 55 sewing machines and 11 tool kits with Dickson on the right. Blue means kits for Tanga - Pink [...]

2019-04-04T17:25:46+01:00August 31st, 2014|News|

Tools Wanted

We have been very successful at collecting tools recently - they have been pouring in and we are running out of storage space. So in the short term, we are unable to take larger items such as computers, treadle sewing machines and items of equipment such as lathes or saw benches etc.  Also we only [...]

2019-04-04T17:25:51+01:00July 31st, 2014|News|

June News

Welcome to our June NEWSLETTER Container No 9 away to Mwanza Phil poses in the now traditional manner - 15.1 tonnes of tools with one hand! We wanted to paint the container before sending it, but to save time we are asking SIDO to paint it when it arrives.  It left last Thursday after a [...]

2019-04-04T17:25:52+01:00June 19th, 2014|News|

Happy volunteers in the workshop

Scott, Andrew and Lynette packing our last carpentry kit for Tanga today.  Now the boxes have to be painted Tanga Blue . . .  they are colour coded to make unloading easier.  Singida kits are pink . . .

2019-04-04T17:25:59+01:00April 30th, 2014|News|

Buddy, can you spare a dime?

Do you have any unwanted old coins lurking in a drawer? If you do then the charity Tools For Self Reliance Cymru would love you to bring them to an event where we have a stall, or to our Crickhowell workshop! Everything from half-pences, Francs or even the odd Euro would be gratefully received. Why? [...]

2019-04-04T17:26:05+01:00April 25th, 2014|News|

Grant Success

We have been awarded a grant of £2,500 by the Millenium Stadium Charitable Trust, for recruiting more volunteers for our workshop and any management and training costs this will entail.  Thank you MSCT . . . Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust Grant 2014

2019-04-04T17:26:05+01:00April 17th, 2014|News|

Extended Open Hours for Tool Sales

We are pleased to announce our new OPEN HOURS Now open from Tuesday to Friday for tool refurbishing and TOOL SALES.  This is thanks to our recent grant from Santander. Our stocks are high at present - loads of tools as well as billhooks . . . See our New Open Hours   .   [...]

2019-04-04T17:26:18+01:00January 4th, 2014|News|

Hakizetu Young Women and Girls’ Rights Organization, Mwanza

Hakizetu, once again would like to express her sincere thanks to TFSR Cymru for the six sewing machines that were provided to Haizetu women’s Rights Organization, that enabled Haizetu to start her campaign of economic empowering women who are survivors of violence against women through providing entrepreneurship skills of tailoring training. Hakizetu highly appreciates the [...]

2019-04-04T17:30:18+01:00January 3rd, 2014|News|


Christmas Gifts in Kind - to help the people of Tanzania You can now buy a range of Gifts in Kind direct from our web site or from our Crickhowell shop. Prices range from £10 upwards.    We will send you a beautifully printed card for you to add your message, together with the details of [...]

2019-04-04T17:30:22+01:00December 10th, 2013|News|

November News

  We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £10,000 from Santander.   The Social Enterprise Development Awards are part of Santander’s commitment to supporting small businesses and local communities.  SEDA aims to help social businesses looking to grow, to support economic regeneration and ultimately create jobs. We will use the [...]

2019-04-04T17:30:22+01:00November 10th, 2013|News|

Bumper News from Cymru

  Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. A Bumper Newsletter from Cymru as you haven't heard from us for a while. We have been busy as you will read ... Container News We sent off our eighth container in July. This took much longer to load than before as we have made [...]

2019-04-04T17:30:22+01:00August 8th, 2013|News|

Why we send tools to Tanzania – a reminder

This is the working sledge hammer of the Nyiboko Blacksmiths Group in the remote Serengeti District of Tanzania. A danger to the user and anyone nearby. A sledge from TFSR Cymru will give many years of safe and happy use. Tony Care returned from a visit to Tanzania in February where he visited groups in [...]

2019-04-04T17:30:22+01:00May 5th, 2013|News|

Warmer News from us . . .

A Great Big Thank You . . . The response to our Easter Appeal was amazing.  We have had so many generous donations in a very short time, that we have now bought the container, and are going ahead with shipping it at the end of May.  We load it slowly, not like our big [...]

2019-04-04T17:30:23+01:00April 30th, 2013|News|

COOL News from Cymru

Send us an Easter Egg to help us ship our next container? In these difficult financial times we are struggling to raise the money to send our next container to Tanzania. Thanks to the generous efforts of Crickhowell Rotary Club who donated £800, fund-raising has got off to a great start. There are about 450 [...]

2019-04-04T17:30:27+01:00April 1st, 2013|News|

Latest Annual Review

Shovels in our Mwanza workshop . . . the simple idea behind our work: recycling hand tools, many of which might otherwise have ended up in landfill sites, and redistributing them to people in rural developing areas . . . Read more: -   Annual Review 2011.2102  

2019-04-04T17:30:27+01:00February 22nd, 2013|News|

We are appreciated . . .

TFSR Cymru was presented with this certificate for helping to sponsor the cost of blacksmiths from Lake Zone to attend the recent Trade Exhibition in Mwanza.  This exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity for the smiths to show their products, and they usually go home having sold everything. We also sponsor the Mashinji Memorial Prize for [...]

2019-04-04T17:30:27+01:00January 27th, 2013|News|

New Year News

THIS IS OUR 30th BIRTHDAY YEAR In October this year, it will be 30 years since Tools For Self Reliance first came to Crickhowell. In 1996 - half way along our timeline, we became TFSR Cymru and moved into our present workshop, and since then we have never looked back. We are planning a whole [...]

2019-04-04T17:30:27+01:00January 26th, 2013|News|