Teso Educational Support Services (TESS)
Helping young people in Teso, Uganda
to learn for life.


We are motivated by our Christian values of offering help to the most needy in society and reflecting God’s love for them. We believe that education transforms communities, that it is the foundation of sustainable development and that it can unlock the God-given potential of the young people in Teso. We want to allow as many young people in Teso to access education as possible so that their lives and the lives of the people in their families and communities can be changed.

Our work in Teso reflects Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4

“to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

For more information on SDG 4, please click on these articles that we have found to be useful and informative:

Education Counts: Towards the Millennium Development Goals - pdf

Quality Education: Why it matters - pdf


Life in Teso

Teso is a region in the North-East of Uganda. It spans approx. 15000km2. It is largely flat and has some large lakes, swamps and beautiful, huge, rocky outcrops. Soroti is the main town. The TESS offices are located on the road between Soroti and Kumi. There is electricity and piped water (most of the time) in the major towns but villagers walk to collect water. Most villagers live an agricultural life. The land is very fertile and produces fantastic fruits, vegetables and cereals. However, in times of low rainfall, huge pressure is out on the harvest and famine is common.

Teso has faced many challenges in the last few years. As well as being one of the world’s poorest regions, Teso has faced civil-war, famine, drought and the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS on the community. We believe that education is the foundation of sustainable development and have seen how it can transform communities. We are immensely proud of the young people in our programme, who against all odds have stayed in school and are breaking free of poverty.


Annual Reports

Our Team


  • (Retired) Bishop Charles Ebitu

    Ugandan Patron

  • Margret

    Mrs. Margaret Sentamu

    UK Patron


  • Mark Bilsborough


  • Saeed Iqbal


  • Rev. Sam Ediau

  • Kenan Okurut

  • Racheal Okuja

  • Paul Phillips


  • Joanne Carver

    CEO (UK Based)

  • Doreen Ajilong

    Programme Manager (Uganda based)

  • Scovia Aliano

    Programme Officer (Uganda based)

  • Moses

    Site Caretaker (Uganda based)