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League of Friends of the Blind est. 1932/3

EMPOWER | EDUCATE | EMPLOY | E‑NNOVATE

LOFOB is the only organisation of the blind in the Western Cape that offers the combination of independence development services of its nature. As a result, we receive many referrals of blind children and blind adults living outside of the Cape Town area.

Our community and rural outreach programme is essential for delivering support to clients, community health centres and other rehabilitation professionals that cannot access our centre readily. We share our knowledge, experience and resources in various areas. We provide basic training with community health professionals, assessments and follow up with clients, low vision services, distributed assistive devices and process applications for cataract removals. Closer to home we conduct awareness sessions at schools, NGO’s, professionals such as Community Occupational Therapists, Ophthalmic nurses, Social workers and Doctors

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Towns visited in the West coast/Winelands area include Wellington, Wolseley, Tulbagh, Riebeek-West, Riebeek Kasteel, Porterville, Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam, Klawer, Vanrhynsdorp, Lutzville, Vredendal, Saldanha Bay, Hopefield, Langebaan, Darling, Mamre. Also, day trips are regularly undertaken to areas that are not as further afield, such as Stellenbosch, Paarl, Atlantis, Strand, Gordon’s Bay.

During these week-long Rural Outreach trips, LOFOB staff visit as many town clinics, community health centres, day hospitals, old age homes, and many client homes as possible.

LOFOB has 3 main objectives

LOFOB has 3 main objectives

The services encompass the following:

  • Assessments are done
  • Basic skills' training is offered to blind adults.
  • Basic handling principles including developmental milestones for blind infants are identified and how to achieve these milestones are discussed with parents/caregivers.
  • Counselling is provided where necessary.
  • Guidance regarding financial concerns, training options, schooling options, employment, assistive devices and other resources are provided.
  • Supplying of essential assistive devices.
  • Appropriate referrals are made where necessary.

You could help us reach our objectives through supporting this cause. Your donation will allow us to reach many more blind people in the Western Cape. For more information or to donate, please contact info@lofob.org.za