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Tools For Change Africa is a non-profit organization that develops ways of collecting tools in the United States of America and to ship them to rural villages in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Operating  as a 501(c)(3) 4234939 nonprofit, Tools for Change Africa is dedicated to collecting and providing new and used tools for youth and adults in rural villages in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Our goal is to encourage youth and adults to learn occupational skills in order to remain in, and enrich traditional village life.

Our mission is based on sharing the knowledge of the need of tools by the villages to the local community people here in the USA . The tools can help to improve the lives of people in rural areas. Our tools program allows many people to learn occupational skills that help to prevent the massive rural exodus of young people, men and women from their peaceful villages to gold and other mineral mines . Some of them ended up in big cities looking for jobs, only to come back home with unwanted pregnancy and in some case with new sickness unknown by the villages. A lot of them are unfinished school students because of the lack of money from their parents to pay for their high school education after the first five years of free public school. You can learn more about our program on this website.

How to donate tools

To donate tools, we have an annual collection. If interested, contact us by email at, and we will notify you directly once we have scheduled the next opportunity.

How to support us financially

Money is key to getting containers of tools to the final destination.  While the expense to send these items is costly,  to the people who make use of them, they are priceless.

Transportation, documents and Transaction fees for one container vary. These costs include:

-Rent of a sea container round trip from Oakland to San Juan Bautista

-Transportation of the container from the port of Oakland, CA to the port of Tema in Ghana

-Transactions documents and port fees in Tema Ghana

-Truck renting for 3 day journey to Burkina Faso and Ghana /Burkina border documents and transactions fees

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