Our history

How it all began

“Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.”

Around 71 million young people all over the world are currently unemployed and 156 million young people are trapped in "working poverty". Lack of skills is cited as a primary cause. Since 2006, Teach A Man To Fish has provided young people from around the world with the opportunity to develop 21st century skills through our school-business model.

Inspired by Fundación Paraguaya's San Francisco school, Nik Kafka began the charity to enable teacher and student teams to set up and benefit from a school business. The model used is designed for schools all over the world, at any level, within any educational framework and in any economic setting,


Our vision, mission and values


A world free from poverty where all young people are able to reach their full potential in life.


Teach A Man To Fish is guided by a simple, all-encompassing mission: to empower young people with the skills they need to succeed, in school, work, and life. We focus on developing and emerging countries.


Our values inform how we behave: whether amongst ourselves, interacting with our supporters, or in delivering our work. As a charity, we are entrepreneurial, innovative, inclusive, sustainable, and empowering.

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