Grantham Kesteven Rotary Club will have sent £15,500 worth of equipment to the Philippines and Kenya by the end of next week.
Its Trade Aid scheme is intended to give people all the tools they need to start a career, whether as a builder, blacksmith, mechanic or teacher. Eighteen boxes have been sent via National Police Aid Convoy to equip workshops at a school in a famine-hit area of Kenya. The school, Kianjai Polytechnic, is supported by Bottesford-based charity Friends of Kianjai. A further 12 boxes of tools are about to be shipped to the Philippines, as families recover from Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands of people last month and left many more homeless. The boxes will go from Southampton next week. Trade Aid is a scheme designed to help people start a career, whether they are recovering from a disaster or are working for themselves for the first time. The aim is to make people self-sufficient so they don’t have to rely on aid. Information: www.trade-aid.org
Pictured is Rotarian Rob King as he unloads a van loaned by charity sponsor Asher Swimpool Centre, based in Fulbeck.