About Tekera Resource Centre

On-site TRC hosts a Level 2 Health Clinic with dental and counselling services; a Primary School with about 400 pupils; a Community and Cooperative farm with a “Work to Earn” programme; and a Women’s Craft Club with micro loans from profits of craft sales.

TRC’s Mission

To improve the quality of life for residents of Tekera/Lwega and build a model community.

TRC’s Goals

* To provide high-quality health and education services;

* Encourage community development;

* Foster local skills and co-operative groups.

Our Beliefs

TRC believes in empowering people to care for themselves and their families, without giving ‘handouts’. TRC provides instruction to the local community by working along side them rather than in a classroom setting. None of the services at the centre are free – locals must pay pesos (the TRC false currency) or Ugandan shillings to  receive healthcare and education. Exceptions are made where it is not possible to work and there is extreme poverty. TRC is aiming towards complete financial and organizational self-sufficiency for the project. We are registered as a local NGO in Uganda but currently do rely on the support from international donors. All donations and income generated from the centre is used to continue funding the services provided.

Our Community

TRC serves a parish (called Kenywa) of over 8000 people. The community is almost entirely one of peasant farmers who rely on subsistence farming as their main source of food and income.  Extreme poverty, illness and lack of education are all common within the community, which are core reasons for founding the Centre in this area.

Religion is highly regarded throughout Uganda.Within our community most people are Catholic. There are diverse pockets of assorted Christian movements, a small group of Muslims, as well as traditional tribal cultural beliefs. The population also includes a high number of Rwandan refugees who eventually made this area their home after the first (1960′s) and second (1994) genocides in their country, which neighbours Uganda . Overall, the community works very hard to be self-supporting and to assist each other no matter religious, ethnic, or cultural backgrounds and beliefs.