CooperActive, to make it happen!
We believe in Active Cooperation to more effectively achieve the Project's objective: transform dependence on charity into self-sufficiency.
So, I invite everyone to share ideas and solutions that can help people living in vulnerable situations to have a better life. We are going to create here an aggregator of good practices, solutions, manuals, training, help center and other suitable projects that work on a sustainable basis.
We are a family owned and operated business.
Let's bring EVERYONE together, through Active Cooperation with a focus on the most important: PEOPLE! Do we count on you?
VOLUNTARY TAKE AWAY- Make It Happen!
Currently, some of the Municipalities in Portugal financially support associations for the preparation and distribution of food to the neediest population, homeless and families, with a value per meal / person.
These associations themselves began to have the need to have a physical and equipped space prepared for making food, to purchase packaging and bags (99.9% is still plastic), and to find voluntary labor for all of this.
It seems to us a huge waste of human and financial resources. Why?
At a time when the restoration is on track and needs solutions and support, I suggest that the municipalities in coordination with the parishes deliver ALL the confection to these establishments, even if there were 10 or 20 meals a day in each, and the financial aid was only given to RESTAURANTS.
Then the collection in each establishment would then be the responsibility of the associations, which as non-profit organizations exist to make the coordinated distribution and provide support to the community.
For example: XPTO Restaurant makes 15 meals a day for distribution and each Association collects on the days it has scheduled and coordinated at the municipal level.
SUSPENDED COFFEE - Make It Happen!
You must have heard of "Shared or Suspended Cafes", right?
It was an initiative that appeared in Naples, Italy, a few years ago, and was called "Caffe Sospeso".
In fact, the Project is very simple, and any generous citizen will be able to pay for a coffee, a sandwich, a meal, so anything to drink or eat in an adhering establishment, so that someone who cannot pay can ask.
The moment could not unfortunately be more opportune and TEACH How to Fish Project will make it happen in your country but, as always, we need your help!
The posters are ready to print, A4 or A3, as well as a nice sticker to place on the doorsteps of the establishments (easy to print also on self-adhesive paper), plus a small post-it pack.
Then each "coffee or shared food" will correspond to a letter, and just stick it on the poster, and then take it out (and save it for the next ones) as they are donated.
Now it is necessary to request and spread the idea and concept in the cafes in your area and explain the whole process, and then take the poster, sticker and notepad. It's very simple!
If you know the space but have no way to print the material please talk to us!
Kindness generates kindness, and we have reason to believe that it will be a way to help EVERYONE, the establishments and the most needy.
Clay Cups - Make It Happen!
On a trip to India 2 years ago, we were faced with a simple, innovative element, an idea that is part of a huge revolution that this country is doing to clean up its cities, making the country more green and sustainable.
Disposable BARREL CUPS, which are used to replace ALL plastic cups in all kiosks and cafes.
We shared with the conviction that it could help in different aspects:
1 - At the level of the environment clearly;
2 - Local public entities may, in coordination with local Projects and Associations, working on the SDGs, train and employ one or more people for their production;
3 - When this idea is tested, we believe that it can be quickly replicated throughout the country and we will even be able, through success in the example, to export.
We have already shared this idea with the Lisbon City Council in the context of the Lisbon Green Capital 2020 initiative and we are, at our disposal for whatever is necessary, hoping to make it happen.
Partnerships for the Implementation of the Goals, being part of the SDG 2030, are for us the essence of the creation and permanence of TEACH How to Fish as a voluntary social project.
We believe in multisectoral partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and resources to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In this way, we create bonds with People, Companies or Associations that share this same vision and will but above all that want to achieve results in cooperation and through synergies.
We believe in a work dynamic focused on "We for Others", an association of people with different will, ideas and values who responded and worked for a single company or association of a public nature, In the creation of a single Public Association composed of all the necessary agents for Sustainable Development, from a coordinator of ongoing Projects to people dedicated to Measure the Impact, accountants, lawyers, etc.
This way, everyone who has an idea, the will and a sense of mission centered on the most needy and vulnerable could dedicate themselves 100% and with all the focus and love for their purpose.
The "3W's" define an action that always makes all Winners: Us, our Partners and above all the most needy and vulnerable Communities.
USED & OTHER DONATIONS - Makes It Happen!
It is essential during all work and the way to go for self-support, that the essential goods for health, well-being and to guarantee the ever so compromised dignity are never lacking.
When we detect a need, whether it is shared by an association, a community, or when it comes to us through a friendly person or simply appears in front of us, right at our door, it is our duty to cooperate and find ways to find solutions.
The TEACH How to Fish Project, in addition to work and missions in Cambodia, cooperates in any of the cases or in others that we find useful.
From the collection of food, to the collection of clothing and shoes, or allowing a simple haircut and the feeling of a freshly shaved beard, everything is important for those who are deprived of everything.
At the beginning of the pandemic, for example, we made a humble and invisible contribution to cooperate with NPISA and the Lisbon City Council in raising and organizing volunteer schedules for the reception centers created in the city, we suggest the collection and washing of clothes in the centers for that they did not continue to throw away their clothes every day, and we negotiated with industrial laundries for it to be carried out, among many other things.
We try to support some families, communities and people, directly or through other projects, in order to achieve more because the needs are enormous but the solutions and opportunities ahead also, and we know that there are no isolated leaders, nor heroes and saviors among those who have the enormous blessing and joy of having and being able to share.
Some of the things that are always needed:
- second-hand clothing (includes belts, socks, summer and winter underwear for adults and summer for children)
- hygiene products
- furniture and articles for the home »especially for the Project É UMA CASA, Lisbon Housing First by CRESCER, in the specific case of Portugal
- school supplies in good condition (backpacks, case, pencils, pens, etc.)
- donations for haircuts / beards or volunteers to do so
- medical support and advice (general practice and dental medicine)
- training and first aid equipment
- support for printing elements that are necessary to expand a new business or communicate a Project
- donations and partnerships for the reconstruction and construction of houses, family bathrooms or improvement of infrastructure
- individual and family water filters (family members always have to buy locally)
- games and sports equipment
- extra-school support
- support for training and specialization in areas that enable the acquisition of technical or more specific skills in the most diverse areas
- employment Opportunities