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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The Power of Ten ! – A lesson in appreciation.

 

Only Ten Rand????…….. It cost almost half that to mail it to us !!

I received a hand written envelop addressed to Grace Vision recently, with a postage stamp on it. It was from an elderly lady in the city of Durban, and contained a small note, in shaky handwriting, and a crumpled R10 note (about US$0.75). The note read ‘Sorry I can’t give more’.

While my immediate reaction was one of patronising condescension couched in a warm smile and a sincere, yet inappropriate ‘Awwwwwwwwww sweet’, it did not take long for the reality of what I had just received to sink in on various levels and overwhelm me with feelings of appreciation and humility.

1. I was immediately reminded of the biblical account of a widow bringing the equivalent of a quarter of 1 cent into the temple as an offering. Jesus commended her, telling those who scoffed, that this woman had ‘given’ more than everyone else, because she had given a greater percentage of what she had than everyone else. This R10-00 note told me an entire story about the donor’s heart and obedience to give. She will be blessed!

2. I was simultaneously overcome by a sense of frugality. This donation represented a sizable financial sacrifice for this lady in her obedience and prompting to give. However, she sent the money. She could have said to herself ‘What can R10-00 do?’ and not send it. Little did she know that her R10-00 prompted me to immediately think of what steps I can do within our organisation to save money. I got off my chair, walked over to the light switch, and turned it off. The light from the window was enough light for me to work in at that moment. I pledged to ALWAYS make sure all electrical appliances are turned off while I’m not in my office, and also pledged a war on waste throughout our mission organisation!

3. As the shame of my initial patronising reaction turned to excitement at what this R10-00 was doing in my life, I began to think of the many people out there who may be thinking that their R10-00 won’t make any difference in the world. The fact is that 100 people donating R10-00 restores sight to a blind person, 1,000 people donating R10-00 allows a school of 600 rural poor school children to have eyes tested, and 200,000 people donating R10-00 allows an entire poverty stricken rural community to have quality primary eye care, free spectacles and free cataract surgeries for an entire year!

I will be eternally grateful to this donor, for teaching me a valuable lesson in financial appreciation and generosity!

It Only takes R10-00!

Thank you so much!

John Rae – CEO Grace Vision

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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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