New hope for sisters at special school

EYE DISEASE: The Carelse sisters, Wendy, left, and Esterline, who both suffer from a hereditary eye disease, have been enrolled at the Northern Lights Special School in Cotswold, Port Elizabeth
EYE DISEASE: The Carelse sisters, Wendy, left, and Esterline, who both suffer from a hereditary eye disease, have been enrolled at the Northern Lights Special School in Cotswold, Port Elizabeth

Jubilant Port Elizabeth sisters with a hereditary eye disease finally stepped inside the classrooms at a special school in Cotswold two months after their worried mother, who is also blind, made a passionate plea for her daughters to be educated.

The Carelse sisters from Helenvale, Wendy, 8, and Esterline, 13, expressed happiness as they started their first academic year at Northern Lights Special School.

Yesterday the sisters, who were accompanied by their mother, Esme, and retired school teacher Minnie Trimalley, said they were bullied at their former school because of their disabilities.

“But today I am very happy to be at Northern Lights Special School. I never enjoyed myself at the previous school,” Esterline said.

“The other children used to tease us by removing our glasses and everyone laughed. They embarrassed us in front of everyone.

-Hendrick Mphande

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