Grantham Rotarians help to tackle Ebola crisis

Trade Aid carpenter box
Trade Aid carpenter box
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Trade Aid boxes put together by Rotarians in Grantham are making their way to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

The charity, operated by the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven, has sent five boxes filled with tools specific to carpentry, which will be used to build toilet blocks in the West African country. Trade Aid stepped in to help following a request from charity Wherever the Need, which builds eco-friendly toilet facilities in poor countries to halt the spread of disease.
Rotarian John Asher is the founder of Trade Aid, and works tirelessly to raise its profile, speaking at events both locally and across the country. Trade Aid has sent out more than 800 boxes to people in 35 different countries in the last eight years, at a cost of £332,000. They are filled with tools specific to trades and include blacksmith, seamstress and teacher. The boxes help to rebuild communities following disasters, such as earthquakes or extreme weather.