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 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.
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!
YOU CAN HELP...
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.