“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” - African proverb
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” - Chinese proverb
“Strong families connecting communities” is the vision of FMF. We believe a strong family is built on love and learning. Most importantly is a love of learning. When someone loves an idea, they will seek out and learn more. As they learn more that idea can develop into a skill. This skill can become a vocation or a path towards self-reliance. We teach leadership principles for families to teach each other and build up their community.
We have seen the detrimental effects of a hand-out. It is crucial to our vision and mission for FMF’s work to be a hand-up. This involves commitment from the receiver to take action and efforts towards their assistance.
“When someone is washing your back, you wash your own stomach.” - Liberian Proverb
The often-quoted principle of self-reliance is to “teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime”.
To learn how to fish, the following items are needed:
A teacher can provide their time and knowledge, but the teacher wants to know if the student is really committed to the learning process. The teacher will often require something from the student. This could be a payment to the teacher for their time and knowledge. It could also mean the student is to provide their own supplies (fishing pole or net, bait, hooks, knives, etc)
We firmly believe if a person wants to feed themselves for a lifetime, that person must make effort and commitment towards their education and training.
"The chicken that can dig for food will not sleep hungry." - Congolese Proverb
How we provide vocational training opportunities:
FMF provides a teacher to a community who teaches classes on soap making, beadwork, parazol, entrepreneurship, batik, sewing, catering, etc.
The students show their commitment by paying "small-small" towards their training. The amount depends on the type of training. The true costs of the training are heavily subsidized by FMF.
The student financially commits toward their vocational training. Their commitment develops a mindset of investing in their education and future. This mindset continues as they begin to plan for investing in their own business.
"When a needle falls into a well, many people will look into the well, but only a few will be ready to go down after it." - African Proverb
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Ghana: To schedule a training in your community contact Angel: 054 042 4294
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