Grace Vision’s COVID-19 Response

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Grace Vision’s primary eye care programme to remote clinics in the rural Eastern Cape, has been suspended. The safety of our elderly and compromised patients who are at high risk is of paramount importance. Cataract surgeries are also on hold. Presently, our optometrist, Don Thorrold, attends to urgent and emergency eye care only at our Grace Vision office based on the grounds of Zithulele Hospital.
While it is still unsafe to resume our programme in its entirety, we continue serving our patients who require critical care. Chronic eye medication, as well as glasses, are delivered to local clinics for collection by our patients.
Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic together in this time of need, we have partnered with other NGO’s in the area. Our field staff are assisting with making cloth masks and delivering valuable COVID-19 information, soap, sanitizer, and vegetable seeds to families in the community. Grace Vision’s vehicles, drivers, medical facilities, and accommodation have been made available to the Zithulele Hospital Management should they be required.
We sincerely thank all our corporate and private donors who continue to support us during this challenging season. We look forward to resuming our entire programme as soon as it is safe to do so. 

“AND NOW THESE THREE REMAIN: FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE. BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE” 1 Corinthians 13:13

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Through the Eyes of Grace Vision’s Optometrist

 

Charlotte and I have been here at Zithulele with the Grace Vision programme for a few months now.

We have settled well into rural life in the Eastern Cape. We started in full flight with a busy time, in both the mobile clinic and school screenings. It also included a day of cataract surgery. I have seen many patients with severe eyecare needs.

Some days are very heart-warming, especially the days after cataract surgery to see people who were blind the day before, having sight for the first time in years! Other days are saddening when you attend to some patients who have been deprived of basic eyecare and have irreversible damage.

We saw a 21-year-old young man who has had such impaired vision that he would have been unable to read, let alone see anything half a metre in front of him. It was one of the worst cases of myopia (short sightedness) that I have ever seen in my 30-year career. Although disheartening to find someone who has been unable to see for most of his school life, it is also rewarding to be able to supply him with spectacles for the first time.

Some days are long and tiring, with lots of travelling on very rough and rugged dirt roads. Yet it’s always rewarding and worth it to know that you have just attended to people’s eyes that would have no eyecare due to their remote rural locations.

Charlotte and I are blessed to be working with an incredible team of dedicated people. We look forward to seeing many more lives impacted by God through Grace Vision.

Don Thorrold

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Grace Vision’s COVID-19 Response

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Grace Vision’s primary eye care programme to remote clinics in the rural Eastern Cape, has been suspended. The safety of our elderly and compromised patients who are at high risk is of paramount importance. Cataract surgeries are also on hold. Presently, our optometrist, Don Thorrold, attends to urgent and emergency eye care only at our Grace Vision office based on the grounds of Zithulele Hospital.
While it is still unsafe to resume our programme in its entirety, we continue serving our patients who require critical care. Chronic eye medication, as well as glasses, are delivered to local clinics for collection by our patients.
Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic together in this time of need, we have partnered with other NGO’s in the area. Our field staff are assisting with making cloth masks and delivering valuable COVID-19 information, soap, sanitizer, and vegetable seeds to families in the community. Grace Vision’s vehicles, drivers, medical facilities, and accommodation have been made available to the Zithulele Hospital Management should they be required.
We sincerely thank all our corporate and private donors who continue to support us during this challenging season. We look forward to resuming our entire programme as soon as it is safe to do so. 

“AND NOW THESE THREE REMAIN: FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE. BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE” 1 Corinthians 13:13

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