Abey khao!, Pakistan’s First Deaf Food Truck

food trucks The bright yellow color looks like the car shops offering food in Islamabad, Pakistan. But if you look carefully, all the customers are seen moving their hands while ordering food.

Abey khao!, that’s the name food trucks it, which means “The Eat Guys.” The staff are all deaf or hard of hearing. As a result, customers have to use sign language to communicate with them.

Of course not everyone can use sign language, and because of that on the side of the truck there are some simple instructions that make communication easier. In short, you can make statements like “hello”, “thank you”, “yes” or “no” in sign language by looking at the clues.

To be more specific in choosing food, customers can refer to the menu list attached to the car body or a sheet of paper. food trucks these are often found parked on the grounds of the Millennium Universal College campus.

For example, Shahzad, a student, admits that she enjoys eating food trucks that. He said, in that place, he and his friends could also learn sign language.

“I learned to say ‘hello’ , ‘thank you’, ‘friendship’, “’yes”. or ‘no’, and so on. This is very fun. I learned a lot here. Frankly, whenever we meet deaf people, we don’t know how to communicate with them. On the body food trucks here are simple instructions that really help everyone when they want to order.”

Food Truck Abey khao!  (Twitter/@abeykhao)

Food Truck Abey khao! (Twitter/@abeykhao)

Sheikh Faizan, co-owner food trucks it, also the deaf. To Reuters he said his efforts were aimed at empowering the deaf. According to him, many businesses refuse to hire hearing-impaired people, and even government agencies, if recruited, tend to assign them to low-class jobs. His business, said Faizan, gives staff confidence and recognition of their abilities as dignified human beings.

food trucks Abey CHAO! is actually a family business. Faizan’s father, mother and brother can’t hear at all or have severe hearing loss. Only his sister, Ayesha Raza, could hear. It was Razalah who came up with the idea to help her two brothers. There are now several Abey Khao auto shops operating in Islamabad.

Food Truck Abey khao!  (Twitter/@abeykhao)

Food Truck Abey khao! (Twitter/@abeykhao)

Ayesha Raza said, “The majority of deaf youths are unemployed in Pakistan, and they face problems such as language barriers, inequality and discrimination. At Abey khao!, customers try to embrace them. They order food in sign language. Abey Khao seeks to bridge the communication gap between the deaf community and society at large.”

Raza and Faizan’s ambition is to create a more friendly atmosphere for the deaf. In Abey khao’s trucks! written a message in English which means something like: “Let’s break down the language barrier. If I can learn your language, you can learn mine.” [ab/uh]