Retired brewer Luc Van Honsebrouck has donated €250,000 to a project to build an eye clinic in Kolwezi in Congo, due to open in 2016 at an estimated total cost of half a million euros. The donation is being made through the charity Licht voor de Wereld (Light of the World) which already runs eye clinics in Lubumbashi, Likasi and Mbuji Mayi.
Van Honsebrouck was head of the family brewery in Ingelmunster in West Flanders, best known for its Kasteel beer, for half a century before retiring to be succeeded by his son Xavier. He said he had been impressed by the work carried out by Licht voor de Wereld, formerly Christian Blind People’s Mission (CBM), which is also active in other African countries. “It’s better to spend your money on a project that makes a real difference than to leave it sitting in the bank,” he said.
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