Ida Rieu

Imagine you deaf or dumb or blind and living in Karachi.
Where would you go to school?What kind of career would you have?Who would marry you?
It is tough being disabled in this city.You get very little respect and support.Most people just dismiss disabled people from their rightful existence.Yet they move on,with a spirit so great that it is fascinating to watch.One such institution supporting a dignified cause for people with audio and visual impairements is Ida Rieu.
Ida Rieu not only has a school for people with the above mentioned impairements,it has a hostel,a match-making place,an old persons’ home and just a solid piece of positive reinforcement.Karachi is blessed with an institution like this one.This is what the city’s spirit is all about.Resilience and the passion to accept.Let us love these people.Let us allow Karachi to live-

8 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

    Where it is in city ?
    Whats the contact info ?
    What is the cost of all those facilities ?

  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 7:38 pm

    After a long time I found something useful,mature and informative on this forum. Well done!

    It didn’t take more than a second to find out further details after searching on google[keyword: Ida Rieu]. It seems an SDNPK project and one could read further on this website.

  3. Original-Faisal (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 7:55 pm

    Excellent post Henna P and I’m aware that the term “deaf and dumb” is commonly used in our part of the world. But, may I put forth that perhaps a more politically correct way would be to use “hearing impaired” and “mentally challenged” instead.

    Once again, thank you for an excellent post.

  4. Dee (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

    Hi Henna, An informative post, Indeed.I agree with orig Faisal that it would be courteous to refer people with special needs as hearing impaired etc.
    Again Good work.

  5. Henna (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 11:33 pm you can visit this site to find out more-it is located near Quaid’s mazaar.
    I’m glad you guys pointed out about the whole deaf and dumb thing.But I wanted some of us to realise and this is the most direct way to shake ourselves.Later I did mention them as impaired.Some of us are immune to such soft terms,and tend to forget the real zest.Wasn’t meant to be offensive at all.

  6. ayesha (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 11:53 pm

    a very informative piece of article i must admit !
    never knew bt this school…
    il make sure to check on regularly ur posts henna p
    keep posting!

  7. Herbwoman (unregistered) on January 1st, 2007 @ 12:56 am

    Itsa place worth a visit you guys – Welldone henna, ppl like you keeep karachi alive:)

  8. GI Joe (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

    Even with all the madness you will still find people in this city who really want to help the vocally disabled members of society. Take this project for example:

    Made by sons of Karachi the ‘Boltay Haath’ project has been acknowledged on a global forum for its originality and impact.

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