May 2008: Elim, Southern Cape
In May Fish Hoek optometrist Keith Reid and Basic Optical Laboratories dispenser Schalk Wepener spent two days in this historical thatch-and-whitewash village. Elim was founded in 1824 as a Moravian mission station dedicated to establishing a self-supporting church of ‘indigenous people’. With its Dutch gabled church and old watermill, it’s still privately owned by the church, and is the only place in South Africa that boasts a monument celebrating the abolition of slavery.

Reid and Wepener examined some 170 patients and prescribed just over 100 pairs of spectacles. The value of these glasses was about R30 000, but the patients paid absolutely nothing.



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