Thatta Kedona

Culture is a Basic Need

October Programe in TGD

Dr Norbert Pintsch is arriving in Pakistan on October 1, 2014. He will be followed by other veteran volunteers.


Through October, Dr Norbert Pintsch will be busy in Lahore for Housing, Cooperation with Universities and General Communication and Information Skills with SPARC. At the same time, Marlis will work on natural medicine (Moringa has grown fast) project in Basic Health Unit in Dolls Village (Thatta Ghulamka Dheroa) on the request of AFA, the village NGO.

Monika Kupler is also coming to the Village and she will work in Woman Art Center of AFA in pottery and handicraft section. After heavy monsoon, programs includes a physical building check of the Woman Art Center building.


Students from Lahore are also expected to visit during the October activity season.

File photos from previous visits. 

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Preservation of Cultural Heritage


The best mud house in Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka

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گڑیوں نے گاؤں کو بدل دیا


جرمنی کے دارالحکومت برلن کے جنوب مغرب میں واقع ایک خوبصورت اور تاریخی شہر پاٹس ڈیم کی ایک گلی شہر کے لوگوں کے لیے خاص طور پر دلچسپی کا باعث ہے، جہاں سےگزرنے والے راہگیر اکثر تین سو سال پرانے ایک گھر کے داخلی دروازے کے پاس دیوار پہ لگی پیتل کی اس تختی کو نہایت تجسس سے دیکھتے ہیں جس پر اس گھر کا نام لکھا ہے۔

گھر کا نام ہے ’پاکستان ہاؤس‘۔ عام حالات میں تو یہ دلچسپی محض متجسس نگاہوں تک ہی محدود رہتی ہے لیکن پچھلے سال فٹ بال کے عالمی کپ کے مقابلوں کے دوران گھر کے باہر پولیس کی گاڑیوں کی ایک لمبی قطار دیکھ کر پاٹس ڈیم کے شہریوں کی دلچسپی میں مزید اضافہ ہوا۔ گھر کے مکینوں کے خیال میں یہ ایک غیر ضروری اقدام تھا لیکن شہر میں آس پاس کے علاقوں سے بڑی تعداد میں نوجوانوں کی موجودگی کی وجہ سے مقامی پولیس نے اس گھر کو خصوصی تحفظ مہیا کرنا ضروری سمجھا۔

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Local Kiln


Clay and clay products are some of the oldest human started making and using at the dawn of civilization. Clay products are still sought after. Now people make things with clay using new techniques and equipment like pottery wheel clay. Explore Thatta Kedona Blog and you will see ceramic colors galore and clay pottery art that is pursued here at Women Art Center since the start of the project. Monika Kuppler is one of the veteran volunteers associated with development of clay products at Women Arts Center.
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Mosque - New WAC Product


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Dolha from TGD


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Lok Virsa Award for Dr Senta Siller

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School of Home Economics in TGD

Basic Health Unit , Guest House and School For Home Economics (Midwifery) Within the BHU established long ago and run by well trained volunteers, the NGO AeFeA intends as part of a new project to use the upper portion more as Guest House and the entire unit as a School for Home Economics (Midwifery).

The purpose of this change is to make movement and implement new ideas and possibilities.

Kitchen garden, Drinking Water, Herbs and Spices, - these terms are not totally unknown and have been partially handled in the past in the BHU, however not in the planned form (and soon in practice).

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Thatta Kedona Timeline


Projects line Thatta Kedona require specific efforts and public relations. Unlike projects in highly populated areas or in cities, they are constantly in danger of being suppressed or ignored by the townsfolk. Therefore the village development project Thatta Kedona is keeping intense contacts with customers, other NGOs and colleges and involves NGO members in more than one ways including sending the NGO members abroad. Here are the statistics for three years:
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UNESCO Award

Coveted UNESCO award “Seal of Excellence 2007” was conferred upon Women Art Center of AFA in Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka. In Islamabad, an International Jury selected the dolls project on September 12-13, 2007. This is how a small village project won the award!

Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka - The Toy Village - is the name of the village in Punjab, about which a lot has been written, about its unique and special concept, Thatta Kedona is the name under which the handicraft products of the village and institutions connected to it within and outside the country are marketed.



“Thatta Kedona” is quite different in nature as compared to other NGO's or similar institutions: Help and support is provided to the people within the countryside, because “if the villagers earn some money, they are not forced to move to the cities, which are already overburdened with many problems”.

The agricultural activity in the village is not sufficient and therefore it is necessary to provide opportunities for additional income in the villages. This can be done by promoting the traditional culture and its conversion into handicrafts. The approach must always be understood in its totality and implemented properly.




The income generated through agriculture may be minimal, it may infact be just sufficient to meets the needs of basic food and simple shelter, but the cost of living in the village is definitely cheaper than the city; the push into the cities enables only the least of the migrants the promised benefits. The steadily increasing productivity of the urban industrial work place ruins not only the rural work place, but specially the life in the city; industrial production and global economics require increase in consumer base and destruction of resources, - in totality therefore not a great concept for the future.



“Thatta Kedona” propagates instead of a a mild effort rather Help Towards Self-Help, “Thatta Kedona” is not an instrument for development and financing of individual family interests nor is it an attemp at religious, political or educational infiltration !

“Thatta Kedona” does not exist with the help of donations or charity of the city dwellers, who may derive satisfaction from a good deed, -this is not compatible with the concept of Help Towards Self-Help: Donations and Alms help only superficially and encourage dependence, -a danger, which was already recognized by the founder of Pakistan and who warned against it.




In the so often propagated Global World, it is of much importance within a state to support Self-Help efforts on one hand to direct the population according to the available resources. If this does not happen, the increasing consumer behaviour kills the initiatives, which becomes known not in the beginning but at a much later stage, when reforms become impossible to implement.

The city culture is international and the problems in the cities worldwide similar, the traditional culture of diverse regions is something special and needs to be protected and supported, - Thatta Kedona is a metaphore for a change in the way of thinking: The future lies in the countryside!

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