ICEF Canada supports Tekera Resource Centre and the surrounding community. We use a variety of approaches to ensure our development practice is holistic, inclusive, non-colonial, and champions the strengths of the Tekera community.
We believe that supporting a community holistically through a locally driven wellbeing-based development model is the key to ending poverty, increasing health, and growing economically. Our 5 unique programs intersect with one another to create a complementary and supportive framework, ensuring not only inclusion for all members of our community, but also an opportunity to thrive. We also focus on a holistic community approach to development. This is important, as health and wellbeing are intrinsically complicated. We address this in all of our programming through incorporating a social determinants of health approach. This approach looks at how factors such as economics, gender, health and wellbeing, education, culture, early childhood development, age, class, social inclusion, food security, race, and (dis)ability all factor into decreasing inequity and inequality. ICEF considers all of these when collaborating to implement programs at TRC.
The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.
We focus on offering a spectrum of local quality programs. Often in international development, organizations implement single programs. They implement a school in one country, while opening a medical clinic in another. While this might sound like a good thing to do - these stand alone projects often fail. This is because without wider support to the community - residents often can not participate in the project being offered due to ill health, lack of money, poor job prospects, or the inability to gain resources. Additionally, relying on outside financing is unsustainable if the community hopes to be able to have control of their own future and wellbeing.
ICEF champions the resources that the community already possess. We use an asset based community development approach to ensure that the community strengths are being utilized for a sustainable future. All of our program ideas come from community focused meetings, and are not implemented before an impact assessment is done. This ensures that the program is needed in the community and that, if implemented, it will be viable to sustain. This approach switches the narrative in development work, which is usually that donors get to dictate where the funds are spent. The community members of Tekera have the most important voices - because it is their futures being impacted by foreign intervention. ICEF and TRC are very selective when moving forward with programs, to ensure there are both financial resources and community support. This is foundational to achieving successful and self-sufficient programming.
Our mandate is to support Tekera in achieving 100% self - sufficiency. We hope that soon in the future, TRC will not require any foreign funding. This allows residents to gain control over their lives, make decisions that culturally best suit their family and community, and ensures that their own future development is in their hands.