We are constantly looking for new ways to invest and grow in our work. Because when we grow, we all rise.
The Tekera approach is different than any other development model that we know of in the world. It is comprehensive, far reaching, and innovative.
We are different because we provide the infrastructure and public services needed to support 18,000 people - and then through social impact investing and public-private partnerships - we launch businesses whose profits fund the social services. As the businesses grow, there requires less and less outside funding.
We are different than most development organizations in Uganda because we are operated fully by Ugandans! We are able to look at problems and create solutions that work in the local context.
We are long term focussed! Many organizations fund programs or projects and there is no focus on long term planning, local ownership, autonomy, or locally driven solutions. Tekera does development differently by having a strategic long term plan.
We are picky. We do this to ensure that the program or service is truly needed in the community and that, if implemented, will be viable for Tekera to sustain longterm. We turn a lot of ideas down, but often saying "no" means that the things we say "yes" to will be around for a long time - which is our end goal for the community. Lasting change!
We are a staff who take into account how factors such as economics, gender, health and well-being, education, culture, early childhood development, age, class, social inclusion, food security, race, and (dis)ability, all factor into the decisions being made. This allows Tekera to offer local solutions to complex problems - which makes the outcome more practical and lasting.
We are a staff who centers the community and its resources before outsourcing to ensure that the community’s existing strengths and resources are being utilized for a SUSTAINABLE and SELF-SUFFICIENT future. This includes food from the community farm to feed the staff and students, buying local building materials and resources where able, accepting livestock/goods as payment for services, and using local labour.
We are in it for the long term, not just for the photo-ops!