FROM A REFURBISHED SAW TO A CARPENTER RUNNING HIS OWN BUSINESS
GERED GEREEDSCHAP IS MAKING IT WORK.
Gered Gereedschap supports craftsmen and women in developing countries with knowledge, skills and resources. The right tools and machines, high level vocational training and further guidance towards and at work are part of our support. It will give craftsmen an opportunity to an independent life. For example as a carpenter, car mechanic or tailor. This is how we fight poverty in a sustainable way, and it works.
Quality vocational education is the keystone of craftsmanship, it is where you learn both theory and practice. Gered Gereedschap supports vocational training by providing tools and machines and contributes towards knowledge and skills of teachers. This way, low-income youth get the possibility to go to school and learn a trade. Teachers are able to further their knowledge and broaden their skills. Read more
A craftsman’s skills are best developed through practice. Gered Gereedschap does not only pave the way for a good start but also supports craftsmen when taking their first steps in the labour market. For example, by providing a starter toolkit, microcredit to purchase building materials and practical work guidance by an ‘old hand’ in the trade. Read more
Gered Gereedschap promotes entrepreneurship. In doing so, we aim to increase employment among craftsmen. For example by setting up tool rental and tool refurbishing workshops. Good tools are scarce and not affordable for everyone. By setting up these workshops, more craftsmen will have access to good tools and machines. Read more
TOGETHER IN ACTION
‘THEY WANT TO LEARN, WILL YOU HELP THEM GO TO SCHOOL?’
GLADSON MSENDERA, MUSIC CROSSROADS MALAWI
A scholarship programme for 40 young people from the poorest families to train them in a short-term, practice-oriented course to become a metal worker. This is what Gladson Msendera from Music Crossroads in Malawi wants to realise together with Gered Gereedschap: ‘We offer support for the costs of the training, including the purchase of study materials. This is a great opportunity for these young people! With your support, they can receive vocational training and therefore have a prospect of a better life. Will you help us?’
Scholarschip programme for 40 young people
Budget required: € 4,000
In the past 40 years, Gered Gereedschap has given support to craftsmen and women in developing countries by sharing knowledge, skills and tools.
Our support is practical and tangible. We always work together with reliable partners to support local initiatives.
Direct aid without the intermediation of other parties. The result is immediately visible and measurable.
FIGHT POVERTY TOGETHER
About 500 volunteers are actively involved in the 26 workshops of Gered Gereedschap in the Netherlands. Hands-on ‘doers’ refurbish tools in a very passionate way for a second life in Africa. Together with the people donating tools, donors, funds and companies we have one goal. To offer practical resources to craftsmen and women in developing countries to allow them to live a life without poverty.
EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT
At Gered Gereedschap we believe that simple solutions can lead to major differences. Our approach is therefore practical and pragmatic. This is how we have been working for the last 40 years. Thanks to the many volunteers, donated materials and little overhead we keep our costs low.
This ensures you that your donation is well used and it allows us to help more craftsmen and women.
GERED GEREEDSCHAP MAKES IT WORK!
What we have achieved since the start of Gered Gereedschap: