Children & Families 





The first step to start to "Teach How to Fish" is to meet with the people with whom we will work. Not with the volunteers, but with the people we intend to accompany and whom we intend to serve.

We introduce ourselves, present our intentions, values, and goals, and then understand from each one what their greatest difficulties are and how they feel we can be useful to them - in short, medium and long term.

Then the Project is designed with them and the commitment is taken by all as a team.


Based on the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDG) currently, directly or indirectly, is working on14 of the 17 Goals considered.

Empowerment is the only process that guarantees a future in dignity and autonomy for needy people. This process includes the encouragement and development of knowledge that will enable self-sufficiency with the aim of eliminating the need for charity and vulnerability in the lives of these human beings.


This process is new and very ambitious, difficult to implement, because of the actual and obsolete model solidarity and small charity that continues to perpetuate poverty. However, this is what the Project proposes.

Training, Investment, and Monitoring are the pillars. Health, Safety, Privacy, Education and CHILDREN Rights must always be ensured.

17 Sustainable Development Goals



Together, we aim to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation for all!


EDUCATION: Support to Public Schools and Extra-School Support Spaces


Together, we aim to work on improving learning conditions and conditions that will allow children to access and attend school.
Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Quality Education.

The Project aims to ensure that all girls and boys complete primary and secondary education which must be free, fair and good-quality, and which leads to relevant and effective learning outcomes, and that all have access to quality development in the first stage as well as pre-school care and education, so that they are prepared for primary education.

People's training is the greatest form of empowerment, both in the case of children and in the case of adults.

It is in present-day education that we find hope for a sustainable future, through education for development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promoting a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and cultural diversity.

For children, it is essential to guarantee access to public school, their attendance and evolution in education, giving them the necessary training and equivalences. For this reason, attendance at homeless shelters, false "orphanages", as well as in day centres that want to substitute attending Public School, never helps them, it harms them.


Teach How to Fish's goal is that access to public school as extra-school support, and access to all activities and supplies, is a guaranteed right for ALL CHILDREN, even the poorest. In this way, we created the Education Support Program. Find out more about the Program here.

It is also very important to ensure:

- That the volunteer's work will always have to go through the work in the training of the teachers, and indirectly with the children since it is they who are present permanently and manage to give continuity help and support to the children 


- That it is very important for children to learn and experience other activities, such as Dance, Music, Sports, and other Arts, and to have other important topics such as recycling and agriculture


- That these spaces ensure the daily monitoring of children while they are allowed to enjoy other goods and activities that they would otherwise often not have access to (school supplies, clothing, and footwear, filtered water, etc.)


And because Culture, Arts and Sports are very important for children, we also consider in our project:


- Creation of versatile and modular platforms that allow several children to play simultaneously


- A Space dedicated to Sports practice, like soccer and volleyball (beacons and net, balls and others that are necessary)


- Agriculture Classes


"Trip to Teach": study visits to other schools, interaction with other children and teachers, as well as cultural heritage in each country




Together, we aim to work to ensure safe and dignified housing for all.

Goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Teach How to Fish aims to ensure everyone's access to safe, adequate and affordable housing and basic services, and to improve conditions in the slums.

The dignity of housing is also one of the priorities. Volunteers together with vulnerable communities (slums in towns or villages), the challenges are huge, or with homeless people who do not even have a home or those that are living in their relatives' houses, and so they themselves are at risk too.

The Project intends to ensure the necessary partnerships to respond to all situations, without ever losing sight of the need to integrate people in communities:
- Ensure the recovery of houses in
unoccupied buildings, preferably from the state, for accommodation, individual, in pairs (shared housing) or families, at risk or homeless.

- Ensure the restoration of degraded houses, the replacement or installation of light and sanitation, in order to guarantee the well-being and safety of children, giving priority to ecologically sound materials and solutions, safe and respect local culture and laws.

The main challenges of the housing recovery are finding a modular and versatile solution at the best price, which should occupy a small area on the ground and its replication should be easy and smart. It is at this point that it needs to make a bigger financial investment or find the most appropriate Partnerships.

- The use of unoccupied or undeveloped land can also be contemplated and considered the use of containers for housing, a concept increasingly used in Europe, and we have several examples in Spain, Germany, etc.

- Decentralization is also essential in order to be able to provide other solutions both for housing but also for economic and social dynamism in a sustainable way for each country. In this way, we will be “obliged” to find solutions for employment, training, etc.,at countryside, for example, and the real costs with housing in this case will certainly be greatly reduced.



Together, we intend to encourage and help families to have access to a regular balanced diet, in full autonomy.

Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Zero Hunger.

The Project aims to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition, guaranteeing access for all people, in particular, the poorest and vulnerable people, including children, to a quality, nutritious and sufficient food all year.

In rural areas, the main concepts of agriculture are deep-rooted, however, the first support and encouragement for some families to begin to think of these solutions as the solution to cease being dependent on charity, as well as, above all, on ensuring essential daily food for all by cultivating quality food and ensuring sustainable food production systems and the implementation of resilient agricultural practices.

Balanced nutrition is indispensable for the healthy growth of children and the well-being of adults. No child can have energy, or concentration, to study on an empty stomach. In addition, they always have the opportunity to trade with their neighbours or to transform and sell the surplus of their production or the seeds themselves through "seed banks".

With the assurance that they have food daily for their survival, it will certainly be simpler to devote the rest of their time to some other activity or to their children.
Fishing and herding are other ways to help the poor.

Acompanhamento das hortas
Casa de banho familiar



Together, we aim to protect everyone's health and prevent some diseases.
Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Good Health and Well-being.

The Project intended to substantially reduce the number of deaths and diseases due to hazardous chemicals, contamination and air, water and soil pollution.


The main reasons for health problems are associated, for example, with the lack of basic hygiene habits, because normally they do not have shoes or what they have is inadequate (especially when walking in dirty water, garbage, etc.), in the absence of family planning, substance abuse prevention and treatment, including substance abuse and harmful use of alcohol or tobacco.



Together, we aim to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation for all.

Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Clean Water and Sanitation.

The Project aims to achieve universal and equitable access to safe drinking water for all, as well as access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, and to stop open defecation, with special attention to the needs of women and girls and those who are vulnerable.

Drinking Water is another key element preventing of health problems. Drilling holes and water pumps, manual or non-manual, should be guaranteed just like family water filters.




The Project aims to ensure equal access for all men and women to quality, affordable, high quality technical, vocational and university education in order to ensure that all young people and a substantial proportion of adults, men, and women, are literate and have acquired basic knowledge of mathematics, for example.


Some partnerships have already been established with some technical schools, linked to tourism or agriculture, in order to be considered the candidatures of some people with whom the Project works.



Together, we aim to ensure that parents or caregivers have a job and that this ensures them livelihood and financial independence.

Goal 8 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Decent Work and Economic Growth.

This point represents the third and final phase of Teach How to Fish Project with families.

The Project intends to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and people with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value, by encouraging education and training. Obviously, it also intends to end modern slavery and trafficking and ensure the prohibition and elimination of child labour.

Ensure workers' rights and promote safe and secure work environments for all workers, including migrant workers and people in precarious employment.

Given the high rate of tourism growth practically all over the world, including in developing countries, developing and implementing policies to promote sustainable tourism, which generates jobs and promotes local culture and products.


In developing countries, it is also important to emphasize the importance of the informal sector of the urban economy, in the area of production (agriculture, handicrafts and simple industrial forms), which is assumed to generate wage opportunities for a large part of the population its strategic importance being

Crafts, for example, are always something desired by tourists and visitors, and usually done outside of the big centres and by the neediest people.
We believe that what will make the difference can often go through the adjustment in the process of creation and production, creating different models of easy transport.


In agriculture, it is essential to consider and anticipate the transformation of production, so as to be able to take advantage of and market the surplus, for example, with the production of tea or the sale of seeds.

Tea Bags
Emprego em Turismo
Produção e Venda


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