We are inspired in the UBUNTU philosophy: "I am because you are!"
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. TOGETHER we aim to transform dependency on charity into self-sufficiency!
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 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.
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.
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"
(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.