We are inspired in the UBUNTU philosophy: "I am because you are!"

What is it?


TEACH How to Fish is a Social Project for Impact that aims to empower people living in vulnerability and social exclusion conditions, through their own potential, in order to end the cycle of poverty in which they live, and the need for charity. TOGETHER we aim to transform dependency on charity into self-sufficiency!

In the first phase of work at THF, and whenever there is a need and lack of answers locally, we always start by responding to basic needs (food, housing, boreholes and drinking water, health, among others), but always working in parallel on the way to access education, as well as training and employment. We know that this process is new, challenging, and therefore very ambitious, as it includes training and, in the case of adults, also employability.

The Project started in May 2015, after the third volunteering experience by the founder, Susana Garrett Pinto, early that year in Siem Reap - Cambodia, and started with 10 families and about 100 children.

It currently reaches other schools and families, in Cambodia and Portugal. We know that it can be replicated anywhere in the world and that is where we will certainly will arrive with YOU!
Our Dream is to see the Children we work with today become the Leaders of the sustainable communities of the future. It means seeing each of the Women and Men we work with today become autonomous and live in dignity.

We believe that only in this way will we be able to keep our focus on People and in the Goals permanently, and we will be able to use the donations received 100%.

Based in some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) defined, by coincidence, in the same year, a new global model for ending poverty, promoting prosperity and achieving the well-being of all, and obviously with the Universal Declaration of Children's Rights and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For us with THF "The best philanthropy is the type that seeks to end the system that perpetually generates the need for philanthropy."


The Principles:


The Project intends to make people that are living in a situation of economic need totally autonomous (teaching and accompanying), in order to empower them and stop their cycle of poverty, freeing them from their vulnerable situation and dependence on charity. We believe that everyone has the potential to reinvent themselves and that with support and follow-up in key areas to be defined, we will be able to end poverty.


Always as and with volunteers, we believe that together we will be able to end extreme poverty through work and follow-up on the ground, the creation of a community that allows for the exchange of ideas and knowledge, the creation of a network of contacts with diverse values, and the use of donations effectively and 100% to achieve the objectives of the project.


This way, the PRINCIPLES that govern the Project are, without a doubt, Love for Help, Transparency, and Respect for Culture and Diversity.

the Mission:


Is to be a bridge to all those who need help, and all those who can (and want) to help and many times don't know how to do it.


The Project is divided into two fronts: the children, who are the future and our focus, and consequently their families. The mission is also to empower children's families by providing them with training, support, and follow-up until they are autonomous so that they can improve their lives, and even cease to be vulnerable and dependent on charity or emigration to obtain better living conditions.


It is crucial to support children's relatives/caregivers in order to improve their lives.


On the other hand, the Project also aims to ensure that the poorest children will always have access to healthy food, education, extra-school support, basic hygiene and health care, and access to other important matters to their culture or community.

The Goals:


We work in 5 Areas: Housing, Food, Health, Education or Training and Work.
We define short, medium and long term strategies in two ways, "giving the fish" (assistance) and "teaching how to fish" (empowerment).


We first "give the fish" because we believe it is a factor that, although of a provisional nature, becomes essential to make the remaining path towards the main goal successfully.

The training of all and the monitoring are fundamental, for that a joint commitment must be established, where our cooperation number 1 GOAL is clear: the autonomy and self-support of all.


We privilege all Partnerships with Companies, Associations and other Projects that have the same vision, because we believe in Cooperation for Development and Success. In this way, we keep the focus and work directly in the search for adapted and effective solutions that respond to the needs that have been highlighted.

It will always being giving that we receive most!



















How to help?

Everything we do is voluntarily. We humbly serve those who need it most!

(Some of the Work Developed)

Since May 2015:


Since the creation of the Teach How to Fish Project, with confidence, work, and help, the daily lives of some children and their families in Cambodia were improved, but good partnerships were developed and voluntary support was given in Portugal too.

The Project supports all children for the success of their education and to enable them to attend public school, the only solution that will give them equivalencies and that is multidisciplinary, for example. In Cambodia's case, when children do not go to public school, it is usually for one of the following reasons: They have to work to help to their family income; They don't have school uniforms (about 8$ / each); Or they are in secondary education and need to pay a monthly fee for each of the extracurricular subjects needed to advance their studies.
The project initially helped 2 children from the village with the payment of these monthly fees, and bought till now dozens of school uniforms, in a system of donations or sponsorship, but we believe that these are unsustainable solutions and therefore will never be kept after the last phase of work with families, related to employability.

Still regarding Education, we are working on the elaboration of an Educational Support Program, through a local partner and extra-school support, which we intend to be the necessary union for the public school and the family or children's caregivers.
As for the work of volunteers regarding education, we intend that all support is directed to local teachers, in methodology and themes and not directly with children, so it can be continued. 
The Project already helped to rehabilitate schools, invest in sports and arts so that it is accessible to all the needy children as well, established Partnerships to people or companies that voluntarily donated school supplies to them, water filters or other materials that are also extremely important for the proper functioning of this kind of spaces, but especially so that nothing was lacking to all the children who have in themselves the desire to learn.

THF provides support and follows family farms and animal caring (cows, buffalo, chickens or ducks, all those that can be useful), which, in addition to guaranteeing food and sustenance, respects the will of families and the needs, culture and environment in which they live.
Naturally it prioritises fruit and vegetable cultivation vegetables and fruits cultivation that can enrich the food of families and even help them to transform these foods and sell them, such as Moringa, Sweet Potatoes, Maize, and others that are important locally.

The Project has improved and built homes, as well as family toilets, to allow more security, privacy, health, and hygiene conditions, but also to offer more dignity to children and their families.

Three houses have already been rebuilt and another five have been made from scratch. Twelve family toilets were also built. Humble but a source of joy for all of us and for families, who help at every step.With the average cost of $90 for the toilet and $600 for building a house (* Values for Cambodia).

Small bridges were built and the access was improved as well as leisure spaces for the children.

The Project can receive some Donations of school supplies (backpacks, pens, etc.), clothing and footwear, as small toys and sports goods, preferably "second hand" in good condition.
We believe that everyone has goods that they no longer need but in a very good state, so it is not necessary to buy most things.
As THF don't have a storage solution in any country or a transport and reception solution, it is usually the volunteers who are going to a mission that carry everything in their luggage.
Locally, in each country, when it is necessary, it's important to manage alternatives among the available volunteers.

The Project's last phase is to work with each family, finding solutions that improve their working conditions, in terms of remuneration and also in the number of hours and days of work, or, in case of unemployment, we help find employment solutions.
We think together about the solution and then approach all possible scenarios. We have already been able to find employment for 2 people from the village in the hotel industry.

We also set a lady in a business of her own, wife and mother, she was at home taking care of her baby, in this way to keep herself but helping and contributing to the family's income. In this case, we invested in the first material so that it could begin production, and we bought some pieces to offer to friends and family, discounting in this total the amount invested initially. They now have full autonomy in managing their small business, and Kosal sells his wife's bracelets on his tuktuk to tourists who have the pleasure of visiting Siem Reap with him.
The project does not profit with anything that is produced by any of the people it supports. When we buy something we always do it at the price we have charged when we have 
an "order", so 100% goes for who produces.

No Children involved or ever producing anything to sell, as we believe that this will be part of child labour definition. Not even a painting! 

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