Dast’ Khat Expo @ Ramada Ajman

Visitors admire products made by special needs students

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, May 11, 2014

SHARJAH: Scores of families from different nationalities were the guests at the day-long exhibition Dast’ Khat (signature) to admire the products made by students with special needs.
The products range from handmade women’s  dresses to linen fabrics and other fashion accessories that were showcased at the exhibition organised by Ramada Hotel and Suites Ajman as part of their support towards the society especially the people with the special needs.
Through the day-long exhibition, Dast’ Khat, the hotel has provided an exclusive opportunity to its guests and other invited visitors to admire and buy the products which will ultimately support the Deaf Reach School Programme initiative across Pakistan.
The Deaf Reach School Programme has been part of the Family Education Services Foundation (FESF), a non-profit organisation to provide education and vocational training to children with the disability of hearing in Pakistan since 1984. Image
Maria Paola, co-founder of FESF network, while talking to The Gulf Today at the exhibition said that the students of vocational training centre under the Deaf Reach programme have been successfully producing a wide range of products with the aim of providing them a suitable earning platform.
“Through the Deaf Reach initiative, we are providing students with hearing disability a wide range of education and training courses. The training programmes create income and generate opportunities for the students as so far a large number of students have been inducted into various sectors where they are earning their livelihood and supporting their families,” she said.
The FESF is running 8 schools across Pakistan to impart education, training, vocational training, job placement besides organising parent and teacher training session on a regular basis.
According to the officials at the exhibition, 60 per cent of the teachers at the network of 8 schools are deaf.
“Students at the two training centres in Karachi, where the deaf students not only get training in different fields but have started producing a number of products from ladies garments, ladies handbags and other household items under the Dast’ Khat brand.
“This is our first exhibition with the support of Ramada Ajman hotel and soon we are going to showcase these products in two other exhibitions arranged by our friends in their houses in Dubai. We are hoping to get attention to promote this brand and get financial support for these students with special needs,” Paola added.
Iftikhar Hamdani, general manager of the hotel, said that they are always extending their support towards the cause of special needs children, and it was a great opportunity to promote the creations of deaf students from this facility.
“We are sure that the visitors will buy these products as each single product whether it’s a dress or handbag is an extraordinary design and the proceeds will support the training centre that is being run by the FESF team,” he added.
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~ by jamilkhan on May 11, 2014.

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