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Mining foundation builds classrooms, helps visually impaired

The Craton Foundation, together with Simonis Storm Securities, funded two new classrooms at Bethold Himumuine Primary School in Katutura. The new classrooms with space for more than 40 pupils each were constructed at a cost of more than N$300,000. This week the foundation announced that the official inauguration of the new classrooms will be held at the school.(Photograph by Tony Figuera)

The Craton Foundation, together with Simonis Storm Securities, funded two new classrooms at Bethold Himumuine Primary School in Katutura. The new classrooms with space for more than 40 pupils each were constructed at a cost of more than N$300,000. This week the foundation announced that the official inauguration of the new classrooms will be held at the school.(Photograph by Tony Figuera)

The Craton Foundation’s “Eye see the World” campaign to provide reading glasses to  children, in partnership with Tobich Optics and Simonis Storm Securities, started by identifying those learners at Bethold Himumuine Primary School in Katutura, Windhoek, who are in dire need of spectacles to improve their vision.
The foundation said it wants to give children in need the opportunity not only to be able to see the written word but to open their eyes to a world larger than their immediate surroundings.
The Craton Foundation’s “Eye See the World” initiative was launched in 2013.
This year, they focused on Bethold Himumuine Primary School in Katutura which has approximately 1300 learners of whom forty children were identified as urgently needing glasses.

The first phase of the initiative is primarily focused on children in Windhoek but will gradually include children all over the country. The foundation said it is most grateful to its partners, Tobich Optics and Simonis Storm Securities, who assisted with this initiative.
“Vision plays a vital role in the reading and learning process. Children who lack basic visual skills often under-perform.
 The connection between sight and performance at lower grade level is often ignored,”they said.
The Craton Foundation Trust is the corporate social investment vehicle of Craton Mining and Exploration (Pty) Ltd.

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