What is KADECT?
Kashmir Deaf Children’s Trust (KADECT) was founded in 2001. The charity raises money to set up and run schools for deaf children. It also plans to establish an audiology clinic in Kashmir so children can be tested and diagnosed from an early age and have hearing aids fitted.
The first school
So far 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 children’s lives; they gain self-confidence, learn to communicate using sign language and to read and write in Urdu and English.
The children 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.
But there are many more deaf children in villages and towns across Kashmir who don’t get any schooling or other help at the moment.
That is why we need your help.
Visit the fundraising page to find out how you can help.