Regular eye exams in childhood are so important. Vision problems can hurt a child’s ability to do well at school; and early diagnosis is key to treating many conditions.
But thanks to our brilliant donors, many of whom responded to our fundraising drive in November, our Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness eye screenings have resumed (in line with Covid regulations).
In the Northwest, school screenings and dispensing of prescription spectacles took place at special schools in the Dr KK District.
Thousands more learners were screened at six schools in Tshwane, thanks to the generosity of L’Occitane. Of 3190 learners, 1310 were treated for minor ailments and 156 received spectacles. Thank you L’Occitane for your visionary support!
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) also supported our teams as they went about many school and community engagements.
In Limpopo, 66 learners at Tshilidzini Special School were screened and provided with spectacles. The RAF also provided their teachers with orientation and mobility training; while the school received white canes, money templates and signature guides.
We’re fortunate to have had the spectacles funded by the RAF. But screenings cost more than R230 a learner – excluding expenses like hand sanitisers and PPE – so we could not provide this great service without all our friends.
We thank our sponsors one and all, large and small, for supporting the school screening programme. Your kindness brings smiles and relief to children.