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Photo of Lavious Mogorosi Moving onward, with a goal in mind
Finding a meaningful path in life can be incredibly challenging for people who are learning to cope with blindness. And 38-year-old Lavious Mogorosi...
People from Sunshine Cane Shop in Lakeside doing cane work Hot jobs at the Sunshine Cane Shop
The Sunshine Cane Shop in Lakeside was started by master caneworker Jeremiah “Doctor” Makuwa. The team makes baskets and performs cane...
Photo of Christelle Alberts behind her computer Navigating the path of life
An intensive 5-month computer training course at Optima College has transformed the life of Christelle Alberts, a partially sighted mother of two...
Photo of two people using white mobility canes Using a white cane to regain life
Many of us take simple acts like walking across a room for granted – but when sudden blindness strikes, we quickly realise that basic mobility...
Photo of students in class at Optima College Helping Sameer...
...as he follows his heart Sameer Jacobs* was a premature baby, blinded at birth by excessive oxygen intake. But Sameer has never felt excluded...
Photo of Cisca reading on her SmartView 360 Putting the right tools in Cisca’s hands
Nine-year-old Cisca was born with Congenital Nystagmus and Macular dystrophy, a condition which prevents her retinas from developing fully....
Photo collage of Optima students Optima Students speak up
We’re so glad we could help these and many other Optima students over the years. These stories are a small testimony to the amazing changes...
A photo of Francois Neethling using hand signals while scuba diving Francois takes the plunge
Francois Neethling’s officially qualified as the first visually impaired scuba diver in Africa, after he received training from Braam Le Roux,...
Picture of Rudolf making music and two students dancing Helping students find their groove
In February, Optima staff gave of their time and money to arrange a small Valentine’s party for the students, complete with food, gifts and...
Photo of six cataract patients waiting to be operated on Clearing the cotton wool from Jane’s eyes
In 2007, 69-year-old Noliqwa Jane Mashinini went to her local clinic in Mamelodi, Pretoria, complaining that she had “cotton wool” in her...