Over 100 Hout Bay primary school learners will be receiving spectacles this year, sponsored by the Rotary Club of HoutBay.
Vision testing at Disa Primary, Hout Bay Primary, Kronendal Primary, Oranjekloof Primary and Sentinel Primary Schools was planned to commence in January, however was delayed by school closures. Along with optometry partners from Jonga Trust, the Rotary Club was able to complete the testing in all five schools by end of March, and spectacles delivered to all learners in April.
Testing was done for all Grade 1 and 7 learners in each school, plus any other students identified by their teacher as possibly having an eyesight issue. Learners who required spectacles were able to choose from a range of fashionable frames, and lenses were produced by a local lab at reduced cost. In addition, children found to have eye infections were provided eye-drops at no charge.
There were many smiles behind the masks when the learners received their new spectacles and could now see everything much more clearly.
The Rotary Club of Hout Bay is committed to helping address sight problems so that these learners have a better chance of learning and progressing through their education. The annual cost of running this programme is approximately R150 000, which has been generously funded by local and overseas donors. Funding has een committed for three years.
If you wish to get involved or donate to the project, email Carolyn.firstname.lastname@example.org