Find SEWING MACHINES for the school

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The school started a vocational training programme in 2008, to teach the students practical skills that will lead to improved employment opportunities when they leave school.

They would like to expand this programme by introducing sewing classes, so they need about 20 sewing machines.

The machines will also be used to make clothes which can be sold in the local area. This will be a valuable source of income for the school, an important step to long-term sustainability. They will also be able to make school uniforms, which will be cheaper than buying them or having them made elsewhere.

It will cost about $150 to buy a machine in LIberia, so it would be preferable if they could get them donated.

Please help us find organisations or companies that could donate new or used sewing machines to the school.

These must be manual machines, as the school does not have electricity.

Ideally, we would like to find organisations that are able to donate the machines and pay the shipping costs as well. If that is not possible, ideas on how we could meet those costs would be very welcome.

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Hi Paul

Sushmita mentioned this organisation under the shipping task, and I have also come across them before.

Crossroads Foundation
http://www.crossroads.org.hk/

They ship used items collected in Hong Kong to non-profit groups all over the world, including in Africa. They list some countries, not including Liberia, but do not say that they only accept applications from those places, so it is worth a try.

More information at http://www.crossroads.org.hk/our-work

http://www.crossroads.org.hk/our-needs/donate-goods#what-do-we-receive gives an idea of the kinds of items they have, although exact stock will depend on what has been donated to them. This list mentions sewing machines, typewriters and a variety of other things that could be useful to the school.

From
http://www.crossroads.org.hk/requestgoods/requests-from-outside-hong-kon... you should email them at applications@crossroads.org.hk for further information on how to request goods.

As far as I know they do not charge for shipping. I do not have any details of likely timescales, or how they select the groups they donate too.

I would suggest you send them an email and see what they say.

I will also post some other possible sources of sewing machines and typewriters over the next few days, once I have checked out their websites to see which countries they focus on.

Mary

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Hi Paul

Some more possible donors of sewing machines and typewriters.

Gered Gereedschap
http://www.geredgereedschap.nl/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=164
Dutch organisation that sends tools, including sewing machines, to vocational training and income generation projects. Pay international shipping costs. If an application is accepted it can take 6-12 months to get the items.
Application via form on site.

Tools With A Mission
http://www.twam.co.uk/home.html
Provide a variety of items including sewing machines and typewriters
They do charge for shipping, I do not have details of costs so you would need to check - its worth asking just in case they could include with an existing shipment to save costs.
Application via form on site.

Derde Wereld Werkplaats (Third World Workshop)
http://www.dwwbreda.org/english
Send tools, including sewing machines. Pay international shipping costs.
They focus on Kenya, Uganda and Sierra Leone but website says they will consider applications from other countries if they contain sufficient information.
Application via form on site.

Please let us know how you get on with these, also with Crossroads Foundation mentioned in an earlier post.

Mary

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Paul,

I have contacted several organizations that donate sewing machines with bicycles. One of these based here in the USA explained to me that they ship bicycles with the sewing machines in part so that they can be sold and help develop an enterprise that can help promote long term sustainability. The challenge of course becomes shipping costs for the container.

One of the things that I would like to see us doing more of at Nabuur is working toward developing relationships with companies that can help with things like this. I am hopeful that LinkedIn might provide one inroad to network with people who work in corporate social responsibility programs that could easily sponsor the cost of a shipping container. I hope one day we get to the point that this will be easier so that programs in countries around the world who have need of equipment like this can access it much easier. The linkages with the donors are so often not the problem - the shipping however is.

Can you update regarding the status of any contacts you made with the organizations that Mary suggested? Also how many sewing machines are needed?

All the best-

Jennifer

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Hi Jennifer

I completely agree with you that it would be great to creat such relationships as so many villages are looking at ways to get things shipped - finding equipment seems to be relatively easy, but getting it transported across the world is hard!

I know that Paul contacted the organisations I suggested but did not get a reply.

Paul, for those with application forms, did you fill them in, or did you email them with a general enquiry?

If anyone has ideas on other ways to get machines, or on ways to cover shippig costs, please share them!

Mary

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Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for the interesting comments. You are right -- the shipping has been the problem. It's a very serious problem. And as you indicated, we hope this problem will be solved one day, so that villages in various corners of the world can easily get things shipped to them.

There is an update on the addresses contacted. Mary posted it.

Mary, I used both email and the forms.

Happy Easter!

--
Paul

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Hi, again, Jennifer!

I forgot to answer your question about the number of machines needed.

Concerning all the problems associated with getting these machines, we would be the happiest people on earth, if we could get twenty of them.

I was just re-reading the info you provided about the US-based organization shipping machines and bicycles in part so they can be sold to promote self-sustainability. I think it's a wonderful strategy. But, again, as you said, they are also concerned about the shipping cost.

By the way, the last time we checked, the cost of brand-new machine was $150.
--
Paul

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Hi everyone

Unfortunately Paul still have not had any replies from organisations he contacted about machines, so if anyone has any other ideas please post here.

Mary

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Have you tried the following
http://www.reuze.co.uk/sew.shtml
--
Geoff

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Hi Geoff

Welcome to Buchanan! Please join us as a neighbour (click on the Join link) if you would like to keep track of discussion.

Thanks for the link. I have come across TFSR before, but they appear to focus on particular countries, sadly not including Liberia.

Their contact page http://www.tfsr.org/contactsays "Please note: We sometimes get asked about sending tools to countries other than Ghana, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia or Malawi. Because we work closely with partner organisations in these countries this is where we focus our efforts."

So seems unlikely that they will help. Paul, feel free to contact them if you wish - it might be worth a try.

We are finding this task a bit of a challenge - Paul has tried contacting a few organisations who are not so focused on particular countries (you will see details in earlier posts), but unfortunately has not had any replies.

So all suggestions are very welcome :)

Mary

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Hi everyone

Geoff is in the process of arranging for the typewriters and sewing machines to be transported from TWAM to Springwater in Henley. This should be done within the next week or so.

Thanks to Geoff, we now have the typewriters and sewing machines, so I am closing the two tasks.

Geoff, please post any future updates on transport to Henley and the onward shipping to Liberia under PROJECT ROOM - General project updates and information.

Mary

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