Uganda

Kampala

Geriatric Respite Care Foundation Uganda – On the Journey to Become a Spark of Life Centre of Excellence.

Richard Semanda, Spark of Life Master Practitioner

Richard is the Founder of the Geriatric Respite Care Foundation Uganda that provides support for the ageing population in Kampala including people who have dementia.

Richard is known for his humanitarian work in the field of ageing in Uganda’s communities in Africa.

He trained at the United Nations International Institute on Ageing in Malta as well as at Kampala International University

Rise and Shine Dyslexic Organisation – On the Journey to Become a Spark of Life Centre of Excellence.

Jesca Nakibirango, Spark of Life Master Practitioner

Jesca is the Founder & Executive Director of Rise and Shine Dyslexic Organisation and Director of the Munyonyo Learning Centre, a pioneering school in Kampala, Uganda for children with neurological disorders.

As a Master Practitioner, Jesca is implementing the Spark of Life Philosophy with her students, which is having wonderful results,  empowering them to ‘walk tall’ with confidence.

Jesca applying the Spark of Life Philosophy with her students Musa, Winnifred & Brian.

Richard Semanda and Jesca Nakibirango have set up a Spark of Life Day Centre in Kampala,  the first in Africa.

Since graduating as Spark of Life Master Practitioners in October 2015, Richard and Jesca are pioneering the Spark of Life Philosophy in Uganda with their specialized knowledge and skills to educate families, communities and health professionals on how to support people with dementia.

The first Spark of Life Day Centre in Africa in Kampala.

The following photos are from the outdoor court yard where Jesca is successfully running the Spark of Life Sunshine Club Program:

The Centre is unique as it is intergenerational. It houses the Geriatric Respite Care Foundation in one end of the building and Jesca’s school for children with neurological disorders at the other end.

Some of the children at Jesca’s centre in the new premises in 2017: Maria, Arnold, Daisy, Waswa, Francis and Maxwell

Richard and Jesca also provide an outreach community program educating people and community organisations in the Spark of Life Philosophy.

As part of this program, the Geriatric Respite Care Foundation provides two members from their team who are educated in the Spark of Life Philosophy as supportive partners to provide 24 hour care for the Nuns at Nkokonjeru.

Richard overseas the program and provides monthly support for the Nuns of Nkokonjeru Convent.

Jesca educating Nuns of Nkokonjeru Convent in the Spark of Life Philosophy & role modelling how to connect with a person who has dementia.