New board member Nov 2017

It is with immense pleasure that The Optical Foundation introduces our newest board member Simone Stad. Simone is a Dutch optometrist and completed her Bachelor degree at the University of applied science in Utrecht. For her Master degree, she went to City University London, United Kingdom. She is a Fellow of the BCLA and lectured

Advisory Committee

With the objective of making eye care accessible for everyone in Ghana (especially children), The Optical Foundation created a sustainable eye health care program that provides children with full eye exams while at the same time giving Ghanaian Optometry students at Universities hands-on practical experience by allowing them to perform these comprehensive eye exams under

Web Administrator

The Optical Foundation is growing and it is with great pleasure that we introduce our newest board member Rick Elenbaas. Rick joined The Optical Foundation in April, responding to a volunteer web administrator vacancy we posted on social media. As a Digital Performance & Analytics Specialist, specialising in SEO & analytics, with senior digital agency

The Optical Foundation Frans Oosterhof Travel Grant 2016

The 2016 Optical Foundation Frans Oosterhof Travel Grant was awarded to Acheampong Oppong, who attended the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Conference in Montpellier, France. Acheampong is a student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He will be graduating in summer 2017 and aspires to enter private optometric practice. “I believe being

Essiam Screening

Early December 2015, The Optical Foundation and the University of Cape Coast (UCC) teamed up for another collaborative screening project in Essiam. Organized by Francis Wiredu one of UCC’s students, this two day screening gave 11 optometry students the opportunity to conduct eye tests on 301 children (4 – 17 years of age), under supervision

Ghana Lecturing Tour – Prof Eric Papas

One of the highlights of 2015 was the Lecturing Tour that The Optical Foundation organized. We invited Professor Eric Papas to present at two universities (University of Cape Coast and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) and at the Ghanaian Optometric Association in Accra. His presentation included work published from the Tear Film and

DONATION FROM THE TIMMERMANS-KUNNEN FAMILY

For their 50th anniversary Jan and Gertie Timmermans-Kunnen asked their guests to donate to The Optical Foundation and Catholic Action for Street Children instead of receiving presents themselves. Jan, Gertie and their guests raised 600 euros for The Optical Foundation! A big thank you for this contribution!

Video Competition

In May 2015 The Optical Foundation entered into a video competition from “Campus Travel” in Australia to win a Travel Grant. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but we did produce an amazing video about our work in Ghana and our future plans. All our videos are produced free of charge by the LimeStone Group. The video

TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE OPTICAL FOUNDATION

The Optical Foundation would like to welcome two new board members: Charlotte Marbus and Dr Maria Markoulli from Australia!Both Charlotte and Maria are no strangers to the foundation; they have both been helping our team for a while. Charlotte will join us as a general board member and will be focused on policies, marketing and fundraising.

Fundraising for Nepal

On April 25th 2015, a powerful earthquake devastated the country of Nepal. Many people have lost their lives, their family members, and their homes. And to help rebuild the country, The Optical Foundation, Brien Holden Vision Institute, and Optometry Giving Sight have partnered together to support the Nepal Earthquake Relief through eye care. The fundraising

VIDEO CONTEST CAMPUS TRAVEL GRANT IN AUSTRALIA

The Optical Foundation has created a video to apply for the Campus Travel Grant in Australia to receive funding for our research project in Ghana. We are proud to announce our collaboration with Dr. Maria Markoulli and Prof Eric Papas from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Watch our video to see our exciting

NEW WEB SITE FOR THE OPTICAL FOUNDATION

You probably would have already noticed that the website of The Optical Foundation looks different. We have been working hard in recent weeks to update the look and feel of the website and give the foundation a make over. We hope that it is now easier to navigate and find the information you are looking

NEW BOARD MEMBER RIANNE

The Optical Foundation welcomes our new Board member Dr. Rianne Harmsen.Rianne has also lived in Ghana for a year in 2007-2008, teaching biology, chemistry and physics at the Nandom Secondary School, a school located in the remote northwest of Ghana. Rianne and Carolina happened to be working in Ghana in the same period, allowing Rianne

PRESIDENT CAROLINA HEADS TO GHANA

On October 21, 2014 our president Carolina will head to Ghana to continue the work of The Optical Foundation and lay a good foundation for the next volunteer who will stay for an extended period in Ghana.Carolina is looking forward to returning to Ghana, as it has been 7 years since she was last there.

CROWD FUNDING THROUGH 1%CLUB COMPLETED AND RECEIVED 2700 EURO

The 1%Club is a non-profit organization, which uses an online platform to connect people with development projects. The basic idea is that people or organizations can offer 1% of their time, knowledge and income directly to a development project of their own choice. The Optical Foundation spent the past 3 months actively fundraising through the 1%club. Having completed our