Coming to Know Akiikih Apollo Newlife & Banyabutumbi Cultural Heritage Organization (BACHO)

by | Feb 22, 2022

Akiikih Appollo Newlife BACHO

Banyabutumbi Cultural Heritage Organization


To restore and sustain the Banyabutumbi traditional practices and promote community welfare, environmental sustainability and conservation.


  • Work with the Banyabutumbi communities in the promotion and protection of their traditional practices for the purposes of environmental conservation and community welfare.
  • Collaborate with other organizations that work on environmental conservation, cultural heritage and community and household welfare.

Origin of BACHO

The call for its existence emanated from the community suffering as a result of protected natural resources around the area, including Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Edward and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. For the people living around these protected natural resources.

Instead of looking at them as an opportunity, they feel they are problems to them.

The reasons are multiple, including the fact that wild animals in Queen Elizabeth National park destroy their gardens, attack their houses and families, kill community members or domestic animals, and make their travels from one place to another insecure both at day and night.

Because of these challenges, communities have neglected conservation of these natural resources.  A number of members decided to do something about it, and formed BACHO as a local Community-Based Organization,  to work with the communities to conserve nature for the benefit of us all.”

Talking to Apollo

We talked the other evening for a long time on Zoom. Technology brings us like minded souls closer to make friends and learn.

Apollo introduced me to his family. A beautiful family with smiling faces and giggles to share. Made me smile the whole time.

Apollo is highly educated, aware, passionate with great love for his country. I was really impressed and learned so much from is well organized and insightful sharing.

It’s been a wonderful journey learning about Western Uganda & Kampala. I might be a subject matter expert along the way, who knows.

Funding primarily schools in the 135 Districts, depends on outcomes. Most Districts outside of Kampala don’t meet best practices nor do they know how. Because of this, they seek funding in other ways, mostly external thru NGOs, private partners & donors.

It still doesn’t solve sustainability problems. Sad, but true. They’ll never get it done either, unless Central Gov invests is training schools to get better. Vicious circle.

Citizens in rural areas need access to better education that leads to higher education, especially completing Poverty is almost impossible to solve with critical mass unless gov. steps up.

Trauma, roots of poverty!

Kindergarten through 7th grade for primary schools seems to be minimal. It’s not even close to what we have as a gift in America. But we complain, whine & blame.


BACHO-K kindergarten kids in a class

Kids mostly abandoned at birth, given up to foster “mummys” who are overwhelmed, mean, and often abusive. This is because these foster moms can’t get the emotional support and education they need to be the best care givers.

HIV huge! Covid under control due to tourism economy.

It’s pretty safe to go there, though. We’d love to go, if possible.

We can help them somewhat remotely, but inkind advice is best for us. I’m a journalist and researcher mostly, on all things related to trauma in America and around the globe.

“The Universal Primary Education report in the reference link iskk for the NRM government, They say that it’s UPE, but also charge and ask some money where by the Orphans and vulnerable families cannot afford to get/ pay. Of course, the government can’t fail to praise for him self but my dear friend orphans and other vulnerable children are suffering.

Among the funding agencies…

  1. PRINCE CLAUS FUND and there email address is,
  2. CPPS Heritage mission.
  3. CRS- Catholic Relief Services.
  5. Care International Uganda
  6. American Embassy Uganda

Otherwise, thank you so much for loving the survivors.”

Akiikih Apollo Newlife

Steve & Judy Sparks Children and Families in Life After Trauma (CFLAT)

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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