Enriching the Lives of People in Uganda Print E-mail

At a recent international dementia conference, a chance meeting led to an invaluable opportunity for CommonAMeeting our Ugandan Candidates at the airportge Scholarship Delegate Richard Semanda, Founder and Executive Director, Geriatric Respite Care Foundation and his colleague Jesca Nakibirango - both from the African nation of Uganda - to receive cutting edge dementia care training in Australia. 

In 2009, at the international IAHSA conference held in London, Dementia Care Australia received the  International Excellence in Ageing Services Award for the Spark of Life Culture Enrichment Program that facilitates dementia rehabilitation and rementia. Six years later in Perth, at another International IAHSA conference, Dementia Care Australia was again acknowledged for its development of the International Spark of Life Master Course and for bringing its profound philosophy to eight countries.

At this year’s conference, Richard Semanda from Uganda met Jane Verity, Founder and CEO of Dementia Care Australia and Hilary Lee, President of Spark of Life. Richard said, ‘Jane and Hilary showed genuine interest in our work in Uganda, and this connection became the catalyst for an exiting project to come to fruition.’

Recognising there are very few resources or training opportunities available for people working in aged care in Uganda, Dementia Care Australia sponsored Richard and his colleague Jesca to attend the 3-week International Spark of Life Master Course in Dementia Care in Perth during November.

Spark of Life President, Hilary Lee said, ‘We were delighted to be able to offer Richard and Jesca this sponsorship. It goes to show what can be achieved when we work together for a common goal.’ ‘These two are so inspiring and passionate and have immersed themselves wholeheartedly into every aspect of the course. It is so good to know that through Richard and Jesca many people in Uganda will greatly benefit,’ she said.

 Richard explained, ‘Through this education, I have learnt I can change people’s negative perceptions about people with dementia and start a specialised Dementia Care Centre. Undertaking the Spark of Life Master Course has enabled me to join a global network of pioneers in dementia care as well as empowering me with a deeper understanding and the skills to enrich the lives of people in Uganda.

Having initially sponsored Richard to attend the IAHSA conference, CommonAge, a new organisation supporting leaders in aged care in developing commonwealth countries, are excited that Richard and Jesca can benefit from implementing this philosophy of care in Uganda and see it as a tremendous outcome from having sponsored Richard to the conference.  

‘The opportunity given by Dementia Care Australia is a great example of what can be achieved as we work towards our vision of advancing the interests of older people throughout the Commonwealth by building capability and capacity in health and care service,’ said Andrew Larpent, CommonAge Chairman. ‘Our many thanks go to Dementia Care Australia for finding a way to sponsor Richard and Jesca to attend the Spark of Life Master Course in Perth and we express our heartfelt thanks to the supporters of our scholarship program who have made this outcome possible”.

If you or anyone you know can offer further support towards sponsoring scholarships for people in developing countries to access the Spark of Life International Master Course, please email us at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Click here to find out more about CommonAge>>

Find CommonAge on Facebook>>

Find Spark of Life on Facebook>>

 

News

Join Spark of Life @

Dementia Reform, Funding & Forum

Melbourne June 2017  

 

Read this fabulous recent article in Perth Now on Spark of Life!

dca04.jpg
  
 
We are currently experiencing some technical issues with our website
we appreciate your understanding while these issues are being addressed.
 
For any queries please email the Spark of Life Team:
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

 index.jpg

  

Enriching the Lives of People in Uganda with Spark of Life  

p1160483.jpg

 
  Spark of Life Courses for 2017
3daypractitioner_course.jpg
 
Become a Spark of Life Master Practitioner!

agentsofchangeweb.jpg

 
 
 
editedgarden.jpg
 
 
Spark of Life Giant
Balloon 6 Pack Special
balloon_web.jpg  

 

Spark of Life Connection Badges
  old_man.jpg

 

 Spark of Life Centre of Excellence

mercyparklandsolce14web.jpg
 
 
df-logo-copyright_web.jpg