Karachi (PR):Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) organized its 14th Annual Summer Camp, “Creative Caravan,” from 18th – 23rd June 2012 at the Deaf Reach Schools in Karachi. The FESF Summer Camp is a unique event in which children from underprivileged backgrounds enjoy educational and vocational activities, excursions and summer fun.
This year the camp was organized for 135 deaf students from FESF’s Deaf Reach Schools – Karachi. The key aspects focused on inspiring expression and self-awareness in the students through artistic activities, and then using the activities as a platform for teaching general knowledge and moral values.
An important part was the cultivation of young leaders through the MOVE volunteer program. Over 40 volunteers from different schools in Karachi were trained in Sign Language, Fundraising and Camp Management; serving to instill in them a sense of community responsibility, as well as an attitude of care and concern for those who are less privileged.
The focus of the five day camp was art, drama and literary experiences for the younger children, expanding their creativity and encouraging exploration and entertainment-based learning. The older students engaged in vocational and craftsmanship activities, with the focus on creative expression and professional skills training. The activities were combined with games and excursions including a sports day and visit to the Green Fingers Nursery run by deaf and blind adults.
The closing ceremony for the Summer Camp was combined with the Year-End Function for all the Karachi Deaf Reach students and teachers. There was a display of the children’s art work, and the deaf students received their annual placement awards with special recognition being given to top performers of the year.
The ceremony was a lively event with all the students involved in performances ranging from a very animated “Bum Bum Boley” dance number to a beautiful rendition by the older students of the touching poem, “You have to be Deaf to Understand,” culminating in two comical skits that had the audience happily laughing. The show stopper was the closing dance performance by HeartBeat! – an energetic mix of Hip-Hop and Kathak – which was a huge hit with the audience.
The Summer Camp was made possible through title sponsor LOTTE Pakistan PTA Ltd. along with MOVE Volunteer Training Sponsor HSBC and Attock Cement, KFC, Mehran Bottlers, Insight, Wall’s, Shahsons, and other corporate entities all contributed to make the camp a huge success.
FESF is a non-profit, educational organization, carrying out its services in Pakistan since 1984. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for all members of the community, especially those who are disadvantaged. FESF runs six Deaf Reach Schools and Training Centers providing free education to deaf students in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Nawabshah and Lahore. In addition, they conduct capacity building workshops for teachers, parents and volunteers as well as many community projects.