Lofob celebrates 86th anniversary

2019-02-19 06:00

The League of Friends of the Blind (Lofob) is celebrating its 86th anniversary this month and aims to raise the bar for services to blind people across Cape Town.

Isaac Jacobs, who became blind at 17, founded Lofob on 2 February 1933 after realising his plight and the challenges faced by other black and coloured blind people, working to ensure that disadvantaged blind people had access to support and basic services.Lofob prides itself on the many achievements over the years, with one of the highlights being the development of a countrywide early childhood development (ECD) programme. Lofob’s ECD programme was established 30 years ago and is one of only three in South Africa specialising in visually impaired children. The organisation is still called upon today for its expertise in blindness and early childhood development.

Lofob’s director Dr Armand Bam says that in celebrating 86 years of service, he recognises those who have gone before and laid the foundations for the critical service provided by Lofob.

“I have the pleasure of leading an experienced, resourceful and resilient team that has dedicated their careers to being of service to the most disenfranchised people in our community. Our programmes continue to expand, addressing the needs of our clients, and we look forward to doing so into the future. As with many organisations within the sector our ability to do more is dependent on the resources available to us. We would like to call on the community to assist through supporting us financially or through other collaborative efforts as we empower, educate and fulfil the potential of our clients to gain meaningful employment and further education opportunities.”

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