is a common problem in Kashmir, but there are no medical
and educational facilities available for deaf people.
Deaf children do not go to school and often lead very
isolated lives with little prospect of ever being
independent. Mohammed Akhtar who lives in England and
whose daughter Shabana is deaf, decided to do something
that would make a difference to the lives of these
children, now and for the future.
KADECT has set up its first school in 2004 in the
village of Charhoi. The village lies in a beautiful, but
very poor area in the south-eastern part of Pakistani
Kashmir. The school now caters for 24 pupils, boys and
girls, from 6-16 years old and is free of charge. It
fulfills a crucial part in the childrenís lives; they
gain self-confidence, learn to communicate using sign
language and to read and write in Urdu and English.
who live in villages far away are picked up and dropped
off by a school bus. The school has also taken all the
children to an audiology clinic in Islamabad (100 miles
away) to be tested and have hearing aids fitted.
are many more deaf children in villages and towns across
Kashmir who donít get any schooling or other help at the