Family Education Services Foundation (FESF) was founded by Richard and Heidi Geary in 1984. As parents of a deaf child, they discovered that programs for the deaf, particularly in developing countries, were very limited in scope.
Richard and Heidi researched and established programs that would enhance deaf education and community integration, inaugurating the Deaf Reach Program in Karachi, where an informal education club was established for deaf youth.
Today, Deaf Reach offers high quality education to more than 1,000 deaf students across Pakistan, with most coming from low income households. More than 5,000 deaf youth have completed Deaf Reach's training programs to date.
In addition to providing formal education, from kindergarten to college, Deaf Reach conducts marketable skills training programs that prepare deaf youth for gainful employment. Hundreds of deaf youth have been employed through Deaf Reach's job placement program.