Event Date: April 5

Happy Pakistan Day

Chicago Event Highlighting Healthcare and Education Work in Pakistan

On Thursday, April 5, Pakistani-Americans in partnership with the American Pakistan Foundation will be hosting an event in Chicago to welcome Ahson Rabbani, CEO of the ChildLife Foundation, and Daniel Lanthier, Director at FESF, to hear remarkable stories on how they are transforming the health and education sectors in Pakistan.

The Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF), through its pioneering  Deaf Reach Schools and Training Centers program, invests in educational development and provides innovative vocational training to deaf children and youth in Pakistan. Less than 5% of the 1.25 million deaf children in Pakistan can attend school due to limited resources, funding  and curriculum support. Deaf Reach bridges this gap and, in addition to a full academic regimen, the program provides courses such as IT Skills, Cooking and Nutrition, Tailoring, Stitching, Embroidery, and Arts and Crafts to equip students with marketable skills.  You can learn more in APF's features here and here.

Click here to watch Deaf Reach students perform Shehzad Roy's  classic "Hum Ek Hain" (We are One) in sign language.  If you would like to host or join an event for FESF's US tour in DC, Little Rock, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, or the Bay Area, please email info@americanpakistan.org

The ChildLife Foundation t reats more than 1 million patients (primarily underprivileged children) every year through its emergency rooms, primary care clinics and preventive care programs, targeting about half of Karachi's population that lives in low-resource and densely-packed neighborhoods where there are few or no qualified doctors. ChildLife focuses on providing comprehensive preventive care and manages children emergency rooms in all government teaching hospitals in Sindh, Pakistan. By the end of 2018, ChildLife will manage 9 emergency rooms with 500 beds, and treat about 1.2 million children per year - free of cost. 

Event Details and Registration

Thursday, April 5, 6 PM
70 W Madison Street, Suite 5000
Hors d'oeuvres and light refreshments will be served

Deadline: April 3, 2018 at 4 PM to ensure security access into the building.

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HPDHappy Pakistan Day! 

Pakistan Day commemorates the adoption of the Lahore Resolution by the Muslim League at the Minar-e-Pakistan monument (featured right), on March 23, 1940. Additionally, this holiday recognizes the adoption of the first constitution of Pakistan, which established the nation-state as the world's first Islamic Republic. Since 1940, celebrations are held all throughout Pakistan, with popular military parades and public events in the capital, Islamabad. 

Watch: "Hum Ek Hain"in Sign Language
In celebration of the diversity and strength of Pakistanis, Deaf Reach released a version of Shehzad Roy's  classic "Hum Ek Hain" (We are One) in sign language. In response to stigma against differently-abled individuals, Deaf Reach encourages everyone to embrace difference. Watch and share the video on Facebook  here