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Everything we do is voluntarily. Passionately we help those who need it most!

What is it?

 

TEACH How to Fish is not an organization, association or a company, but rather a voluntarily created Project, which aims to make the most vulnerable children and their families autonomous through their own potential, in order to end the cycle of poverty and vulnerability in which they live, and the need for charity as its presence and intervention locally.

 

All Volunteer members of THF base Team are employed in activities "outside the project", and all the expenses associated with each mission are 100% assumed by the volunteers themselves, as well as by all who participated or volunteer on a mission with us. We believe that only in this way we can keep the focus in our mission and goals and that we are able to use the donations received 100% with the children and the families.

 

The Project started in May 2015, after the 3rd volunteer experience of THF founder and volunteer in Asia, and the last one in Cambodia. It was designed and started in a village in Siem Reap Province, with 10 families and about 100 children. Now the Project has started to arrive at other schools (public or private) and to many more families, in Cambodia and in Portugal. In fact, it can be replicated anywhere in the world!

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

 

The Vision:

 

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.

 

The VALUES 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:

 

First, it's essential to meet and listen to people in vulnerable situations.

To know what their greatest difficulties are and, after they know the Project and the mission, to know how they think it can help and be useful to them effectively.

 

Regarding the village where the Project has started, for example, the following objectives were set as priorities: house rebuilding and construction, family toilets, improving accesses, family water filters, basic health care and hygiene, school uniforms and supplies for all children, and to find employability solutions.


Then it was to search for solutions that would allow us, with low financial investments, to provide the essential means to fulfil all the goals.

 

Less investment and focus on "financial"/ donations, more work with people and follow up is the formula chosen by us. Always as volunteers!

How to HELP

"My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities as far as possible"

(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 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. Ten famiy 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 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.

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 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.

Regarding Education, Teach How to Fish aim to recruit volunteers who want to help resident teachers, with methodology and subjects, either in the public school or in spaces that provide extra school support.
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.

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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