Monday, September 20, 2010


Esther interacting with the ladies

It has been a practical day for newly teenage mother trainees. They were asked by their instructor each to make a dress for theri babies and most of them managed to do this,. It was a specail day for them also to get new sowing machine donated by and Esther Akello, Women's leaders had to interact with the ladies and also advised them to use the oppotuniity of this skill life training.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


As a move to fight malaria in Acholi quater Banda-Kireka Kampala Uganda, Thinkhumanity an organizatoion helping refugees in Africa has to come in with over 3000 mosquito nets that they jointly with New life in Africa had to distribute to these displaced people at Acholi quater. A total of one thousand three hundred people received the nets. some three, two and one depending on the family size.

Many thanks to Think humanity Founder Beth and all the staff of this organization who responded to our request. With proper usage of these nets, there is hope of cases of malaria being droped down. More thanks for a donation of sowing machine.

Hundreds of people quequed up to recieve the nets

Some of the people who had recieved nets posed for the photo with Think Humanity staff at New lia offices.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Moving Forward

Paving way through, and we are so grateful with the work Beadbybead is doing as they join hands with us to help forge ways for this community. By donating a sowing machine to the community, they have given out not fish but fishnet!

Director Grace, receiving a machine from Beadbybead a Croatian based Boss Marina.

Skill life training for community transformation

As part of our efforts to transform the community through skill life trainings, new life in Africa thought should not leave behind the teenage mothers of Acholi quarter. There are more than 3000 displaced families in Acholi quarter and the numbers of teenage mothers contribute to this. The life at this IDP (internally displaced persons camp) is very miserable and young girls have faced some serious conditions in this place similar to lack of school fees, Some drop out of schools at the levels of primary seven to even senior four due to such problems and end up idling at home and perhaps also end up joining their parents cracking stones or making paper beads products to make ends meet.

At the end of the day, they get disrupted by these men at the quarters that convince them with their money they get either from gambling or from the quarry works and make them pregnant at early ages! Having conceived at this age, they are either denied by these men or some get married to them under yet another new hard conditions. So the life cycle of poverty and sufferings just continue like that. As concerned community, we have thought of how we can break this cycle and that is giving them skill life trainings that would help divert their minds from these other hard like stone works at the quarter.

And the only skill life trainings we can offer them at the moment are computer basics and tailoring. These are some of the skills these teenage mothers can acquire within certain period of time and begin their own business like secretarial bureau, with the basics they would have been able to acquire and perhaps open up some boutique. At the end of their trainings, we shall need to see how to help some of them who would not be able to acquire these equipments to start their own businesses through small loan search. But some may get chance to be employed by these sole proprietors who would need such kind of people with such skills. Whatever the case, these teenage mothers have to go beyond stone quarry or paper beads. We thought to integrate the teenage mothers too in our community computer trainings. They showed interests and none of us can explain why we had left them behind! Never late than never, they are already on board. Many thanks to our donors like Life in Africa the mother of New Life in Africa that did donate countless stuff including training to its many members.



The Great Treck

It is always an uphill task to set up and make things work properly.As we can all see from what has been taking place at LIA over the years, it was not at all easy, however so much has also been happening that we may call great success!We have had different set-ups, directors and locations but all in all we have remained LIfe In Africa, this time under the names NEW Life In Africa, this actually gives us more morale for it sounds NEW!!

This year has also been one of connecting with some new organisations, who are doing different things to change people's lives around the globe and have shown interest in working with us so that together we may achieve a lot more.Among these are Bead By Bead organization based in Croatia, recently Grace(director) was part of a fundraising team to Zagreb for a fundraising tour!We also have Think humanity who recently in partnership with New LIA, distributed over 3,000 nets to the people of the Acoli Quaters. A few other projects have also taken off this year, this is a great achievement for us, for example the tailoing project for child mothers going on and the income generating activites for the ladies.

Looking at all the different developments that is taking place here, we feel that soon we shall need assistance from all our supporters and well wishers in any form , be it advice, expertise and maybe even volunteers to help us work better and serve the people also better.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


It’s roughly two years since New Life in Africa came to life and has always depended on only the paper bead activities as a source of income for community sustainability. With many people making beads at the displaced Acholi quarter and outside the quarter, some times it takes a bit longer to get the buyers of these beads as there are more producers than buyers locally.

The bead foreign market is also seasonal and yet life has to go. So the community members thought of an alternative sustainable project to supplement Bead project and help make our community computer training and other center activities survive. For this reason, the community chose mushroom cultivation project because of having both local and international market and at the same time rich in nutritious valve which is good for the community.


Three weeks ago Peter Ndelo attended mushroom cultivation workshops at one of Uganda’s agricultural research centers. Within two days, He learnt and got interested in the mushroom project because of the many advantages surrounding it , like no arable land needed and simple science involved. Besides just , many people eat mushroom including the poor people which means our community is already the market source.

It used to be consumed only in big hotels and restaurants and imagine being imported from South Africa! When we contacted some super markets and some restaurants the feed back sounded encouraging. Guess what? If we produce at large scale plus proper packaging and publicity, am sure every body following this blog would subscribe to mushroom eating.

Being rich in nutritional valve like protein, fats, vitamins to mention but few, Peter also learnt that it’s good for people with cancer and diabetes. May be this is what we can begin preaching to our local communities who did not know yet what valve mushroom has to begin eating that would help them health wise. Meanwhile additional skill life training to our community mostly the women that would help them cultivates vegetables for themselves instead of bothering their husbands for money to buy red meat and other vegetables.


Mushrooms are fruiting bodies of some fungi belonging to class “Basidiomycetes” SP. There are both edible and poisonous mushrooms but for this matter we are cultivating edible one. Mushrooms are fruiting bodies of some fungi belonging to class “Basidiomycetes” SP. There are both edible and poisonous mushrooms but for this matter we are looking at edible mushrooms.

In the past mushrooms were only growing wildly in association with termites and as saprophytes under Gods own arrangements and these grow seasonally. But due to demand for mushroom and its being seasonal in nature, instead of waiting for God always, man decided to advance in biotechnology and mushrooms can now be grown indoors artificially.

Initially African people used to refer mushrooms as “the food for the gods because of their special flavor, nutritional, value and medicinal properties. Among the Baganda people it’s never missed during the celebrations of the birth of twins and among the lou people it’s a bad omen to dream about mushroom. Thanks to online members who funded this project. The project now employs 30 community members and over hundred are learning how to grow. You may also learn how to do this merely by reading these steps and meeting its requirements.



a) Incubation room: this is what is needed to help create “dark room” of 60% humidity low ventilation and internal temperature ranging between 20 to 30 °c

b)Cropping room: this is need for partitioning room within the incubation room with ventilation to give in some light.

2.Substrate: this is the organic materials on which to grow the mushroom. Various agricultural wastes can be used singly or in combination like cotton seed husks, bagasse, dry maize cobs, dry banana leaves etc. depending on its availability and high yield productivity of mushroom.

3. Sterilizer: could be drum or big saucepan for boiling the substrate.

Having got your substrate, you need to soak it over night. By doing this you are washing and making the substrate soft ready for sterilization. One should bear in mind to squeeze the soaked substrate until you see no water. When that is done, mixing of substrate with either chicken drops or maize bran or both. By doing this, we are giving mushroom manure to expect good yield. This is preceded by putting the substrate in the clean suck and later in the drum for sterilization. Sterilization may take 7 to 8 hours to ensure that any hiding pest that would interfere with the growth is steamed up/ boiled completely.




PLANTING IN THE POLYTHENE BAGS (The hands must be cleaned with spirit)

PLANTED MUSHROOM (watering is done daily on the floor for two weeks before further daily watering direct on the gardens)



New life in Africa engages its community members on craft making. 99% of their craft products are made from recycling materials like all paper beads products from old magazines. We also make bangles, earrings and hand bags from polythene bags. Quilts from old T-shirts, Baskets from banana fiber and other natural materials. Besides the community makes shopping bags and Christmas ornaments from bottle tops. Shopping bags, baskets and mats from straw mats. And many others.

Through this, we are not only helping the community to generate income but also protecting our environment. your purchase of our craft products help our members buy house holds, pay rent ,meet medical bills and send their children to school. Before the invasion of crafts4change, since most of our community members are composed of people displaced by war from Northern Uganda, they were mostly working on the stone quarry cracking stones from sun rise to sun set earning less than a dollar a day!