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The project goal is to establish a high end vocational workshop for Sewing and Screen printing. The objective is to train 20 young deaf women students at the Deaf Reach Center allowing them to become financially self-reliant, as well as to spread awareness in Karachi about deaf culture.

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Dollars Raised: 105%

Funding Details

Deadline: Aug 31, 2013
Total needed: $500


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Rabeya Jawaid '16 Undecided Karachi, Pakistan


MiddSTART Skills for Deaf women

MiddSTART Skills for Deaf empower

I volunteered at the Deaf Reach Center in Karachi Pakistan when I was going to high school there. I realized the challenges that young underprivileged deaf women were facing and the discrimination against them was thrice that against an ordinary woman in Karachi. I vowed to return and work for these women in the future and hence I decided to start this project.

I was inspired to create a project that provides vocational training to underprivileged, deaf women in hopes of teaching them skills to obtain jobs and overcome poverty. The project will train 20 young deaf wo  men with the skills of Sewing and Screen Printing, as well as provide classes that teach sign language and entrepreneurial skills. Each of these aspects of the project seeks to impart self-sufficiency and lack of reliance on external service providers.

Additionally, the program will create awareness in the community, encouraging a greater understanding of the needs of the Deaf, and a greater acceptance and recognition of their abilities and potential for contribution.

The funds from MiddSTART will be put toward infrastructure and training for the Stitching and Screen Printing Workshops.

I hope some of the students in the program will gain the necessary skills to teach other deaf members of the community, furthering the positive impact of this project on the lives of the deaf in Karachi.

I will post videos and photos about the project as well as submit a formal report of the project and aims for the future.

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