Project 4 Sight is a Muslim Hands Project. The initiative of this project is to provide the elderly with eye tests and spectacles if needed.
Many elderly people are living in old age homes around South Africa and Muslim Hands extended their hand to help those who are in need of sight.
The first dispensing was done at Beit-ul-Aman home for the age in Wynberg this home officially opened in 1979 and is home to 66 residents. The home provides care for the destitute, frail and elderly. Beit-ul-Aman is supported through donations from the public and occasional fundraising events.
On Tuesday 28 February 2012, Muslim Hands & Eye Save arrived at Beit-ul-Aman in Wynberg to find a very jolly group of aged people awaiting us. The equipment was qucikly set up and Arief Zalgaonkir of Eye Save proceeded to screen residents on the auto-refractor which checks prescriptions and serves as a tonometer as well. This device measures the intraocular fluid pressure and spots glaucoma. After the initial screening, most residents were referred to the optometrist Sirajuddien Zalgaonkir for further tests. Fifty residents were tested and most were diagnosed with far-sightedness and some even with cataract, but thankfully they are with hospitals already.
On Thursday 15th March 2012, MH & Eye Save returned to Beit-ul-Aman to dispense new or upgrade spectacles to 27 of the residents. The Superintendent of Beit-ul-Aman, Mrs Hassen, the Committee and the residents expressed their deep thanks and gratitude to MH for implementing Project 4-Sight to Beit-ul-Aman.
The next dispensing will be done at beaconvale home for the aged in Mitchells plain.