Rotary Club of Mississauga South organized an awareness program to highlight the work being done by Deaf Reach in Pakistan. Daniel Lanthier, Director at Deaf Reach visited Canada to spread awareness about the inspiring work of Deaf Reach in Pakistan. Daniel is a Pakistani of Canadian origin living in Pakistan for the last 30 years. Deaf Reach is a program run by the Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF), a non-profit educational foundation operating in Pakistan since 1984.
FESF is a consultative member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and part of a select number of organizations that are helping to formulate and implement programs in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), both in Pakistan and globally. 
Deaf Reach is on a mission to educate the hearing impaired in Pakistan, where there are over 1.25 million deaf children of school age, yet less than 5% attend school. Six Deaf Reach Schools and Training Centers provide free education for deaf students. It is the only school network reaching out into rural areas for special needs children. The program’s innovative and holistic approach includes education and marketable skills training for deaf children and youth; development of teachers and interpreters; training for parents and communities; advocacy; employment and job placement; and the creation of educational resources for the deaf. 

Audience got a chance to learn about the inspiring story of Deaf Reach and how it is making a real difference in the lives of hearing impaired and their families in Pakistan.