Young children with early onset vision impairment can experience delayed motor, language, emotional, social and cognitive development, with lifelong consequences. Wild Vision and Natural Selection have worked together for two years to address this challenge in rural areas of Botswana by bringing efficient on-site eye testing and eyeglass distribution to remote schools. The positive impact has been tremendous.
In March 2022, the Wild Vision Humanitarian trip visited rural schools in and around the Okavango Delta, performing eye testing to2211 children, and issuing 86 sets of glasses to those in need. This was supported by the Natural Selection Trust and our lodges (Khwai Private Reserve, Mapula Lodge, Meno A Kwena and Planet Baobab) and was a follow on from our support of this initiative in 2019. In 2019 the Wild Vision team tested 4211 children and some adults, and issued approximately 154 free sets of glasses and handed out environmental education material.
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