The Northern Cape is a large geographic area with isolated towns, harsh arid semi-desert climatic conditions with an agricultural ribbon alongside the Orange River, and a healthcare system with poor geographic reach. For most, the healthcare system is inaccessible with long waiting times and limited transportation options. Specific to ophthalmology, there is currently a waiting list of up to 1000 patients needing surgeries for pterygia and cataracts.
GFR’s partnership with Dr Visser and his team has helped bring much needed education on gender-based violence, domestic violence and substance abuse to the farming communities of the Northern Cape. The population are descendants of the San, one of the oldest civilizations reaching back to the Early Stone Age. The San peoples, or Bushmen, are members of various Khoe, Tuu, or Kxʼa-speaking indigenous hunter-gatherer cultures that are the first cultures of Southern Africa, and whose territories span Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa. Due to economic and cultural persecution, they have now been relegated to the poorest of the communities. Their culture goes back 30 000 years in this area.
What’s Included: Your fee will cover your lodging, transportation and food. All your funds will be used locally in the villages where we are working. In addition to your donation, GFR will provide a separate donation to our partner organization for medications and general supplies.
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