ABOUT GERED GEREEDSCHAP
For the last 39 years Gered Gereedschap has been supporting craftsmen and women in developing countries by supplying tools, knowledge and skills. Our support is practical and tangible. We make sure good tools and the right machines are available. We arrange qualified teachers and offer guidance to self-employment to craftsmen like carpenters, car mechanics, tailors etc. Good vocational training enables people to leave behind poverty by themselves. For us, this is the essence of our support.
Gered Gereedschap has already achieved a lot in the past 39 years. We supported 1,300 organisations with refurbished tools and created 75,000 fully equipped vocational training places for craftsmen. We will continue to further develop on this success. Besides collecting, refurbishing and sending tools from our 30 workshops, we do more.
The reason for this is very simple. We know from experience that a flourishing craft sector in developing countries offers great opportunity to a better life for large groups of people. Not only tools but often also sufficient skilled people, knowledge and funds are lacking in the areas we are actively working. Therefore, we support craftsmanship in broadest sense of the word. In practice, it means that we will focus even more on quality vocational education, available to everyone. We ensure that all students, after completing their training, will find a job and we encourage entrepreneurship.
It is our ambition to enable 100,000 people to be self-reliant with the support of Gered Gereedschap by 2021. This is ambitious but certainly possible. We will make it work and your (financial) support will be of great value to us! Get involved or donate!
The programmes of Gered Gereedschap – under the name of EQUIP – support craftsmanship in the broadest sense of the word: education, employment and entrepreneurship.
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.
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.
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.
Gered Gereedschap is proud of all its partnerships. All our partners demonstrate their social commitment, each in their own way. One supports financially, the other with materials, people or knowledge. Together we fight poverty and offer craftsmen in developing countries a chance to self-reliance.
Interested in what we have achieved for craftsmen in developing countries in 2020? Read our annual report including the financial statement and find out how we spend our money and which goals we achieved. We are very proud of the results.
Stichting Dienstencentrum Gered Gereedschap is designated as ‘Public Benefit Organisation’ (Dutch: Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling, ANBI) The documents which must be disclosed on the website can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
Ambassadors of Gered Gereedschap are reputable persons, believing in the work of the foundation and proud to link their name to it. They are members of the Board of Recommendation or active as ambassador. Depending on the possibilities they are more or less involved. They promote Gered Gereedschap within their network and provide advice on strategic issues.