LIRALINK® Technology has decided to implement this Project in Angola, by following in the footsteps of an currently existing one, as per the story told at the end of this introduction.
The “Pescar” (Fishing) Project aims to provide Vocational Training to needy and low-income young people with no access to the labor market.
This is a non-profit project that develops Vocational Training, providing formal and informal technical teaching, as well as educational projects aimed at the scientific growth of low-income Angolan young people.
These young people are identified through the Parish of Carmo, which later forwards them to our Technological Vocational Training Center.
To date, through this Project, which began in August 2009, we have offered 10 basic courses, as we have trained over 450 professionals.
Since 2010, Liralink has contributed toward providing a Merry Christmas for “Aldeia SOS” (SOS Village), in Lubango, and for the Parish of Carmo, in Luanda, by providing basic foodstuffs and toys to over 1,000 children.
Our Mission with the Project
To train young people in the various spheres of Information Technology, so they can become professionals and fit right into the labor market.
To develop opportunities for vocational qualification, personal development and citizenship for young people in a socially vulnerable situation.
To accommodate the best professional within our staff and/or recommend them to other companies looking for professionals in this field.
In 1976, after witnessing a robbery in front of the head office of the Federation of Industries of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, a gaucho entrepreneur began capacity-building work with low-income teens. In one year, fifteen students earned pass marks in the course and were placed in the job market. The project was started in 1976 in Rio Grande do Sul, on the initiative of entrepreneur Geraldo Tollens Linck (1927-1998), owner of Linck S.A. His idea was to seek to somehow occupy the free time those low-income youths had on their hands, teaching them some activity which would give them not only qualifications, but also a new outlook on life. Whereas the first class began with 15 youths, nearly 11,000 young people have since been trained at the 97 facilities scattered among 11 states and in the Federal District in Brazil, along with facilities in Argentina and Paraguay.
Passion and optimism – We are passionate about what we do. We believe that, with enthusiasm and determination, we can transform reality for the better.
The name derives inspiration from the Chinese proverb: “Give a starving man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for life” - Lao Tse.
The project is inspired in this proverb because its goal is to actually instill learning in these young people who are looking for a qualification so they can be suited to occupational demands, not just to fit them into the market with no work experience.
We believe in Angola, in the Angolan people and in our various cultures, habits, customs and ways of life, manners of thinking and working. We work for a world where people and communities relate, value their identities and are able transform their own lives.