This Cafe in Islamabad is Set Up and Run By Deaf People

According to Farhan, the initiative has attracted lots of youngsters who “try to learn our language while they are waiting for their order to be prepared.”

 

Unfortunately, people with disabilities are often treated as less than humans in our society. The pain of being considered as less important than the rest of the world can only be felt by people with disabilities.

Sheikh Faizan Raza— a resident of Islamabad— is one such individual who felt this pain and decided to step up needs for the hearing impaired people. Faizan Raza has set up a café , which goes by the name of ”Abey Khao” in Islamabad ,where people are encouraged to place their order using sign language.

“The main reason behind this initiative is to provide an identity, a sense of independence and livelihood opportunities for the deaf community as we are discriminated against in Pakistan and treated as if we are sons of a lesser God,” said Faizan Raza while talking to The Guardian.

According to Farhan, the initiative has attracted lots of youngsters who “try to learn our language while they are waiting for their order to be prepared.”

While working hard all day long, Farhan and his employees have often faced harassment from people working near to their café.

“When we are working or just standing outside [the cafe], people from nearby shops come and make fun of us,” he said.

Sheikh Faizan Raza took inspiration from his father —who is also hearing impaired—for setting up the unique café. His father has a small tailoring business where people mostly with hearing impairment are hired.

The Abey Khao cafe is believed to be the only fast food cafe in Pakistan set up and run by deaf people.

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