Clinic Blog: 2011 South Africa 2 Clinic Blog
October 24, 2011
Here in Mtubatuba, OneSight is partnering with Mpilonhle, an organization that is working to make strides in the HIV/AIDS crisis in South Africa. Michael Bennish and his wife, Christine lead Mpilonhle and their team have been instrumental in the success of the clinic. While at the clinic, Michael ran into a teenage girl outside of the clinic that just received a pair of glasses. Michael heard her story after talking to her. Gugu M is a student at Gwagueane School in Mtubatuba. She went to see the optometrist in town and it was determined that she needed glasses. However, the glasses were going to cost her family $1200 Rand ($180 US Dollars) and they simply could not afford them, so Gugu had to go without. At school, Gugu was referred to the clinic and was able to get the glasses that she needed so she could be successful in school. When she received her glasses, she couldn’t have been happier and she is excited to go back into the classroom. It’s amazing what power a pair of glasses hold for someone.