September 2011, Harankopane, Qwa-Qwa

altThe peach blossom was out in September when Reach4Sight visited Harankopane in Qwa-Qwa near the Free State’s Golden Gate National Park. But not everyone could see it.

Until now life has not been fair to 37-year-old Aletta Ramatobo. She has been blind in her left eye since birth, while her right eye is so short-sighted that everything further away than two inches from her face is blurred.

But now, thanks to Reach4Sight’s efforts and sponsorship from the Anglican Catholic Church MDSA, the vision in that eye has been corrected by spectacles and she can see the peach blossom in spring and the blues skies above. She can also see her children properly instead of identifying them by their voices.

Another person who is pleased that Reach4Sight came to her underprivileged community is bright-faced ten-year old, Nthabiseng Mopallane, whose very high astigmatism makes both her near and distance vision
blurred and schoolwork impossible. With the right prescription lenses, she’s excited to see properly for the first time, making the road ahead for her education much brighter.

altAletta, Nthabiseng and 182 members of their community benefitted from this free clinic while 104 patients received free spectacles. The ‘clinic’ comprised a makeshift tent set up by Father Jacob Qhesi and church members in the shell of a half-built church they are erecting with their own hands.

‘Many middle-aged or elderly people have never had reading glasses. Now they have them, they can use them to make their daily lives much easier,’ says Reach4Sight optometrist Keith Reid. ‘People with cataracts, pathology and unmanaged diabetes were referred to the nearest hospital for treatment.’

Thanks to Bishop Alan Kenyon-Hoare, and to Father Jacob Qhesi and his congregation for their gracious, caring hospitality. Thanks, too, to Sello Lesenyeho and the trio of youngsters who assisted – Leah Kubheka,
Sepelemane Ndweni and Mpho Motloung. Last but not least, thanks to the church ladies for their beautiful harmonies.

altReach4Sight is a non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing free eye care to the poor of rural and remote communities. It has examined some 7500 patients and provided 1300 pairs of spectacles since April 2007.

Further sponsorship is needed to extend the service to more communities. Individuals or companies who wish to do so as part of their social responsibility programmes can find out more from e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Previous sponsors

Basic Optical

Carl Zeiss Vision
Ebony Optical

Optic Trade Links

Trans Hex Group

Welch Allyn

Lee Daniels