October 2010, Delft
delft1She’s fifteen years old, vivacious and bubbly. But she struggles to see so her schoolwork is in jeopardy. Reading is a struggle; seeing the blackboard is a struggle. Everything she sees is distorted or blurred. But then her life changes for the better when Reach4Sight donates prescription glasses to her and some of her friends. 

This is just one story arising from Reach4Sight’s clinic at the MaAfrika Tikkun centre in Delft, where optometrist Keith Reid examined some 200 children in October 2010. MaAfrika Tikkun is a non-profit organisation that works to transform the community and foster empowerment by giving psychosocial support to children up to nineteen, as well as their guardians.  
Under the able care of child and youth development co-ordinator Anthea Jansen, the centre feeds some 385 children and adults every day. It also runs youth development programmes at two primary schools in the area, where children at risk are helped with issues such as self-esteem, and sex and sexuality.

The centre’s after-school programme is popular too, serving some 130 youngsters every day. Children can come to the computer laboratory to browse the Internet and get help with their homework, or to get involved with other activities such as netball, basketball, soccer, drama and singing. General life skills training is ongoing, and some of the youngsters are just starting to build a food garden.

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