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We believe local, holistic development is the key to ending poverty

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We build self - sufficiency into all our programming

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The community’s development objectives are driven by the community itself

Although we are still working on self - sufficiency it is now integrated into all our planning and programs. We hope this forward planning helps us achieve our major goal sooner.

- Nakalinzi Maureen, ICEF Field Director

Why

At our very core, the International Community Empowerment Foundation (ICEF) strives to engage in a development model based on well being and self - sufficiency
Well-being and self-sufficiency are complex. Development based on these indicators requires a multifaceted and intersectional approach in our programming. As such, it is incredibly important to focus on a spectrum of locally situated initiatives with front-line led solutions. All our programs have 100% investment by the community, for the community. This ensures a real partnership between TRC and the community - building up strategies for development together hand-in-hand while giving them control of their futures in an otherwise rural and resource deprived area. This is the best way to make the biggest impact - from the roots up.

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Story

ICEF started working at Tekera in 2009, focusing on the community’s well-being and self - sufficiency
Tekera is isolated from services such as electricity, water, sanitation, and public transport. Prior to 2006, there was no road into Tekera and getting there required navigation through dense bush to reach the village. TRC was originally founded by a Canadian couple named Brigitte and Bruce Daley, a local Ugandan named Francis Kiweewa, an Irishman named Killian Kehoe, and a Chilean named Einer Rubilar. The Daley’s worked diligently on the ground for a number of years to create a strong foundation at TRC, setting the framework for well-planned and transparent operations. After a long residence in Uganda, the Daley’s decided to began to transition back to Canada, to retire and be with family. With their pending departure, the community was considered high risk as TRC was still only ⅓ self sufficient with funds from it’s local initiatives. ICEF stepped in to fully support Tekera, recognizing the great potential of the community to grow and flourish towards self - sufficiency.

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Impact

Tekera is a resilient and resourceful community - ICEFs work supports these existing strengths, building capacity and well-being
For the first time in history, this area has access to education, healthcare, economic opportunity, clean water, agricultural skill building, and socio-cultural support. We offer a safe place for babies to come into the world. We support our community in giving HIV/AIDs testing and treatment so the community can live normal, healthy, dignified lives. Our second ever kindergarten class has now graduated grade 7 - doing so well that government scholarships were offered to prestigious secondary schools to students that did well. This means that their future is bright. The first ever student from Tekera Primary is now attending university, a first for the community! A little girl in the community received support for an eye surgery that resulted in her having eyesight - for the first time ever. She can now fully see! The women’s socio-economic empowerment program helps mothers make an income in an otherwise isolated area. The demonstration farm feeds one meal a day to the entire Centre - all the students and staff - ensuring healthy bodies and minds are a top priority. These are daily impacts of ICEF’s work. Read on to each program to hear more amazing impacts from each program!

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