Trade Aid Box
Helping individuals, families, and business to become self-sufficient with the aid of custom-made Trade Aid Boxes.
Each box contains specially selected supplies needed to provide people with a head start in recovering from a disaster, or other adversity, or to start working for themselves for the first time.
Current boxes are tailored individually to the following trades:
* Builders * Carpenter * Blacksmith * Tailor Seamstress *
* Mechanics * Teachers *
A Trade Aid Box can be assembled to serve the needs of virtually any vital community role.
It costs £425 to completely fill a box and send it to the required country. A small donation will help fill a box.
The Trade Aid Trust Fund is a charity No. 1120283,
Further information can be obtained from: Rotarian John Asher, Woodman's Cottage, Rectory Lane, Fulbeck, Grantham, NG33 3JS Phone: 07968 876390
Trade Aid Helping Individuals, Help Themselves
This week was about what Rotary does so well – an imaginative and practical project that really does what it says on the tin, or rather box: ‘Trade Aid - a business in a box - gives a hand up, not a hand out’.
We were grateful to Rtn Alan Geeson, founder member of the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven, for coming to tell us about Trade Aid. It all started when a fellow founder member John Asher witnessed the 2004 Tsunami and realised the fishermen lacked tools to repair their boats. He went home and put a box of tools together. Trade Aid was born – over the years it has provided 911 boxes of desperately needed tools to 34 countries around the world. There are now nine different specialised boxes of new tools: builder, blacksmith, carpenter, electrician, handyman, mechanic, plumber, tailor/seamstress, and teacher.
Each box contains new, high quality tools, which cost £425 to put together in the box, and deliver where needed. They are invaluable to local tradesmen to enable them to rebuild their communities and earn money after disasters. The boxes are distributed overseas by local Rotary Clubs and charities, often in conjunction with Shelterboxes.
A distinguishing feature of the Trade Aid initiative is the use of the boxes in developing training schemes for craftsmen in local communities, thereby helping to create and sustain employment.
Alan’s talk was illustrated with well chosen photographs showing the wide reach of Trade Aid: disaster areas such as Nepal and the Phillipines, medical emergencies such as the ebola outbreak, where carpenter boxes enabled the local people to build toilets, and also tailor boxes to Somalia to enable people to make clothing for themselves.
Alan has spent the last 8 years raising funds from Rotary Clubs, the Inner Wheel, churches and schools, all in the cause of raising awareness of Trade Aid’s mission to deliver sustainable humanitarian aid and to build self respect. He is clearly passionate about it, and we were grateful to him for taking the time to visit us.
As two of us struggled to load the 38 kilo Trade Aid box into Alan’s car after the meeting, I was filled with admiration for the young woman in one of Alan’s photographs who carried the box nonchalantly on her head.
Following Alan’s presentation, he graciously sent us a message telling us he was made to feel part of our club from the moment he walked in the door. We hope he will come and visit us again.