ABOUT US

About Nkosinathi Foundation

Vision

Our Vision at Nksoianthi Foundation is to have empowered and independent blind and partially sighted people fully integrated into society.

Mission

Our Mission is to provide a supportive, opportunity filled and comprehensive rehabilitation model to raise awareness which enables blind and partially sighted people to reach independence, develop their potential and overcome the challenges associated with loss of vision.

Aims

  • To create impactful awareness about the rights and needs of blind and partially sighted persons, as well as to create useful and wide spread prevention awareness.
  • To provide a support structure to blind and partially people, their families and relevant service providers.
  • To provide a comprehensive rehabilitation programme, which addresses the changing needs and assists to overcome the challenges associated with significant loss of sight.

Objectives

  • Raising awareness of eye care conditions and the importance of early intervention and prevention of blindness.
  • Raising awareness of resources available to blind and partially sighted people, which serve to prevent dependance.
  • Raising awareness concerning the dignity, needs and abilities of blind and partially sighted persons.
  • Developing partnerships with other national and international service providers and interest groups.
  • Offering membership with Nkosinathi Foundation.
  • Maintaining existing funding opportunities, as well as finding new ones through submitting project proposals.
  • To provide individual, family and group emotional support.
  • To provide Orientation and Mobility Training
  • To provide Adapted Daily Living Skills Training
  • To provide Braille Literacy Training
  • To provide Low Vision Assessments and Low Vision Training
  • To employ Readiness and Computer Training
  • Early Childhood Development Programme
  • Social, Educational and Recreational Programmes for Adults and Children
  • Community based Fieldworkers Programme
  • To provide all services with respect, integrity and professionalism in a caring and accountable manner.

Our History

Nkosinathi Foundation was founded in Port Elizabeth by a small group of blind people, on 27th May 1948. The dedicated group recognised the need for rehabilitation and adaptive skills services, as well as support for those who have recently lost their sight.

Originally, the assistance was given by ‘experienced’ blind people, who first taught one another and then began sharing their knowledge and experience with newly blinded children, their parents, as well as newly blinded adults and their families. The group of experienced volunteers sought out help, and later to help others, after wanting to be able to have the same working opportunities as persons who are fully sighted.

Since 1948 the Foundation has consistinley grown to become the biggest service provider to Blind and Partially Sighted People in the Eastern Cape.

To view a more in-depth version of our organisations interesting history, as well as the highlights for our organisations since its establishment, please refer to the Nkosinathi Foundation History Pamphlet.

Our Team

Meet our In-house team

Our services are provided by a diversified team of sighted, blind and partially sighted professionals, each bringing their unique skills and experiences to the Foundation and its programmes.

Debby Wakeford

Debby Wakeford

Director

Michelle McLean

Michelle McLean

Services Supervisor l Social Worker

Chantelle Jonker

Chantelle Jonker

Children’s Rehabilitation and Development Coordinator

Cashelle McLean

Cashelle McLean

PR and Awareness Coordinator

Loyiso Seyise

Loyiso Seyise

Rehabilitation Facilitator

Robyn Clarke

Robyn Clarke

ECD Facilitator

                          

Vhedetta Rockman

Vhedetta Rockman

ECD Assistant

Nonzwakzi Bob

Nonzwakzi Bob

ECD Assistant & Meal Coordinator

Ethal Nonjakazi

Ethal Nonjakazi

ECD Assistant

Meet our Field Worker team

Our Fieldwork Program allows us to access the blind and partially sighted persons situated in the rural communities of the Eastern Cape, to whom we provide the much needed rehabilitation and adapted skills of daily living training.

Our Rural Rehabilitation Community Field Workers are active and well known members of the community which allows for more personal and effective interaction and skills training with our members.

Zukiswa Mange

Zukiswa Mange

Kirkwood and its surrounds

Noluvuyo Sigwanda

Noluvuyo Sigwanda

Kirkwood and its surrounds

Riet Peni

Riet Peni

Addo

Nomhle Nkone

Nomhle Nkone

Addo

Thandeka Busakwe

Thandeka Busakwe

Paterson

Amanda Brooks

Amanda Brooks

Kareedouw, Clarkson and its surrounds

Esmé Moos

Esmé Moos

Patensie, Hankey and Loerie

Our Board

The Foundation is governed by a democratically elected Management Board, with a minimum of 60% of the Board Members being blind or partially sighted people.

MR Xholisa Yekani

MR Xholisa Yekani

Chairman

Mr Mark Rockman

Mr Mark Rockman

Vice-Chairman

Hazel Marshall

Hazel Marshall

Secretary

Mrs Glenise Jonas

Mrs Glenise Jonas

Treasurer

 

Additional Board Members

Mrs Jenny Henderson

Mrs Jenny Henderson

Board Member

Mrs Rene Naidoo

Mrs Rene Naidoo

Board Member

 
Mr Elliot Takayi

Mr Elliot Takayi

Board Member

 
Ms Simbongile Njokwana

Ms Simbongile Njokwana

Board Member

 

Annual Report

Click on the link below to download our latest annual report:

Please email services@nkosinathifoundation.org if you would like to view our previous years Annual Reports.

Useful Terminology

Below are the definitions of terms that are used when training and discussing visual impairments, blindness and rehabilitation. 


Orientation and Mobility(O&M)

Orientation is the ability to use the remaining senses after loss of sight to know where one is positioned in an environment at any given time.

Mobility is the ability to move safely, effectively and efficiently from one place to another.

Some techniques included in this are, Pre-Cane Skills, White Cane Skills and travelling with a guide dog.

Pre-Cane Skills

Pre-Cane Skills are safe methods that are taught to blind and partially sighted people in order for them to be able to travel through an environment without the use of an aid, such as a white cane or guide dog. Two skills that are taught are trailing and protective techniques.


Low Vision

Low Vision is a broad term for persons who have some type if usable vision which is not fully correctable with standard eye glasses ad who experience difficulty with preforming some visual tasks. Some visual difficulties include, problems with depth perception and light adaption.Some factors that influence vision are, lighting, colours and contrast.


Adapted Daily Living Skills

This is teaching blind and partially sighted persons everyday skills that allow them to care for themselves and function independently.

Some examples include, money identification, clothing identification as well as liquid pouring and measuring.

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