This project is supported by the South African subsidiary of L'OCCITANE en Provence.


Stats tell there are around 3500 registered optometrists in South Africa, of which only 235 areworking in the public sector, trying to serve the need of almost 80% of the population (around 42 million people). The lack of access to glasses results in a loss of millions for the SA’s economy. By providing glasses, we create opportunities for work and economic growth. With clear vision children can read and learn. Adults can also successfully participate in continuing education and workforce training. Clear vision also increases their confidence.


Supported Project

VisionBox is a social franchise based on a scalable Optometry-in-a-Box concept. They are set up in townships and underserved areas to give access the people who need them most – at drastically reduced costs. They will be providing 400 pairs of prescription glasses to children from the surrounding areas in the Paarl district, Western Cape.

Some Figures

Budget 21,870 euros

Results 1,993 beneficiaries

History of the Partnership

Since 2020, L'OCCITANE Foundation has supported Vision Box on this project. 

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"My name is Amthandile Kompela, I am 12 years old and I live in Paarl. Before having my glasses, I struggled so much at school that I was borrowing my teacher's glasses so that I can see the board. I can now see better and do well at school. I want to study really hard to become a pilot." 

Amthandile Kompela, 12 years old, Paarl 



"My name is Linethemba Msuthu and I am 12 years old. I live Paarl. Before benefiting from the programme, I was wearing glasses that were more than 3 years old. These glasses were starting to make me see blurry and I also had a lot of headaches. A lot has changed because now I wan wear my glasses the whole day without experiencing interruptions oR problems to communicate. My plan is to have sunglasses in the future because i love sport and playing under the sun." 

 Linethemba Msuthu, 12 years old, Paarl