What We Do
We partner with potential donors to provide mobile optometry services for the orphaned and vulnerable children, as well as disadvantaged communities. The optometric service is one of the most neglected health and wellbeing aspects by society and government, yet essential and lifesaving. Providing these services would afford the disadvantaged individuals and communities with the opportunity to deal with potentially long-term eye disorders and other life-threatening illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension which are in anyway prevalent in black rural communities.
Partnering with this initiative affords the donor to pioneer a true, sincere and required CSI drive. Goodwill and positive public perception for the donor are some of the benefits of partnering in this initiative, with the true benefits being the upliftment and empowerment of communities – realizing the objective to ‘play a constructive role in Southern Africa’s success story’.
Need analysis for the Winners Eyecare Foundation (We Foundation)
HIV epidemic inSouth Africaremains one of the most serious challenges to democracy, transformation and development. The future of development of our country lies in the hands of our children. The HSRC found that 13% of children aged 2-14 years had lost a mother, a father or both parents. In addition 3% of households were found to be child-headed (by a child aged between 12-18), 3.1% in urban formal areas; 4.2% in urban informal areas; 2.8% in tribal areas and 1.9% on farms. These children are classified as orphaned and vulnerable (OVC). With one or both parents gone, next in line are the teachers, who spend at least six hours a day with the children. They are therefore positively positioned to work together with WE Foundation to identify children with eye problems, children who are being cared for by their older brothers or sisters or even by their grandparents.
Children are our most treasured assets and the present and future of our country, yet they remain silent and innocent and are casualties of poverty. Even when admitted at schools to receive an education, they remain ignorant of their own health status. It is often said that education is the key to a better future, but how could this be realized if a child has a problem with his/her eyesight, has emotional problems because they are heading a family due to the loss of a parent or both parents, or the child may be caring for an ill parent and has been forced to act like a grown up so soon in their life?
This problem may be well suited to be picked up by their primary caregivers who may be their teachers. Winners Eyecare Foundation is positioned to access these children through their schools and assist them in providing eye care needs and correcting these needs with the use of spectacles or contact lenses. Training and educating teachers on HIV prevention and protection by the use of talks, workshop and handing out of pamphlets. WE Foundation also trains teachers and children on life skills.
Furthermore, there exists a need for eye care health services within the impoverished South African communities. These communities are targeted through the department of Social Development, which opens access to the elderly and the Department of Health.