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christinawcommunityLife in Africa Foundation was started in 1999 by Christina Jordan, an American work-at-home mom living in Kampala, who wanted to make a difference in her new Ugandan community. The organization passed through several phases of developing community and connecting with global supporters around the world, until 2008 when the decision was made to shift control over the organization to the community. 

Out of one organization, three new ones were born who are all separate, but who would work together to create the change needed for a better life in Uganda.

  1. Life in Africa-USA was established as a non-profit fundraising and product marketing/distribution hub in the state of Washington, USA
  2. Life in Africa Foundation - Uganda was formed as a registered Ugandan non-profit corporation  that  provides supportive services to other communities and organizations in Uganda
  3. New LiA (Kireka) was formed by converting the former Life in Africa WE Center membership into a semi-autonomous Community Based Organization, legally registered in Uganda,  that is run by and for the members of their organization.

quarryNew LiA (Kireka) is now located in the Acholi Quarter on Kireka hill, in the outskirts of Kampala. Since the early 1990s, this hill has been an unofficial displaced camp for people who lost their homes during the war in Northern Uganda.  The hill is also home to a stone quarry, where many New LiA members work for $1-$1.50 per day. 

In 2009-10, the Government of Uganda began closing the Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) Camps in the north of the country and inviting people to rebuild their homes and farms which had been destroyed. Since that time, the members of New LiA gather with the common purpose of preparing themselves to return home. A number of projects have been undertaken by the community toward this specific objective.