Thatta Kedona

Culture is a Basic Need


Friends of Thatta Kedona and residents of Dolls Village are very well familiar with Peter Hecht - an artist who was in the village in March and April 2019. Morals he helped create in the village are still there (also can be seen here). Detailed report about Hecht Art can be viewed here.

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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 9:17 AM, ,

TGD Vegetable Garden

Since mid January 2020 our village TGD has its own special Vegetable Garden. We have planted different seeds, including coriander, white radish, carrots, green chilli, spinach and turnip in the lawn surrounding village Water Pump House. It will ensure food self-sufficiency and food security for the inhabitants of our village Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka (District Okara, Punjab, Pakistan). 

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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 12:35 PM, ,

Tap Water Comes to Our Kitchen

There is another big success and a milestone for our village NGO Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama (AFA). There was HAPPINESS all around, when the Water Pump House in our village opened its doors on the first day of the new year 2020. It was as if all the families were just waiting for this fresh, pure and clean drinking water facility. We are charging just one rupee per liter to cover the electricity bills and other costs. Thanks Almighty!

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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 9:41 AM, ,

Doll Making

A new doll making course is underway these days in Senta Siller Design Center (SSDC) in Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka, District Okara, Pakistan. During this four weeks workshop 4 female teachers are training more than 20 young girls the art of making beautiful ethnic Pakistani dolls and dozens of other handicrafts. This workshop will bring forth a new generation of doll makers. The teachers and the learning girls will be given cash awards at the end of the workshop.

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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 9:09 AM, ,

Water Pump House in Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka

The Water Pump House in the village Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka (TGD) in district Okara, Pakistan is functional now. Thanks to the donations by the German Embassy in Islamabad and many other, more than 1000 people have now excess to 406 feet deep pure and clean drinking water. Administered by the local NGO Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama (AFA), this is the first project of its kind in the area. It will help to reduce the risk of Hepatitis C and other diseases.

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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 9:05 AM, ,

Visit of Students to Okara district

Once again, students from Punjab University, Lahore led byP rof Aamir Rafique, recently visited the village project of the NGO Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama at Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka.

The students enjoyed experiencing the authentic rural lifestyle in the Okara district and also to be inspired to undertake self-determined, unselfish activities.

The project has existed since 1993 and was initiated by Dr Senta S. from Vienna by way of training and educating village women in the field of arts and crafts.

The dolls produced by the village women in dresses of the various provinces and minorities were the result of field research by the designer Dr Senta. She lived in the village for five years and also inspired other volunteers to join in, creating a holistic project that led also to founding of daughter projects in Cameroon, Colombia, etc.

Dr Senta Siller has been a close friend of Prof Dr Annemarie Schimmel and Dr Ruth Pfau and is one of the three big women who worked in and for Pakistan.

The NGO in Okara has honored her work in the village by naming the handicraft training center as Senta Siller Design Center.

The Friends of the SSDC appreciated the work of the NGO by giving a donation for the preservation of the village mud houses and Senta Siller Design Centre.

Prof Norbert Pintsch, who is currently in Pakistan and has accompanied the project from the beginning, was also present on the occasion.

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Dr Norbert Pintsch in Pakistan

2-7 Dec 2019


posted by Thatta Kedona @ 12:36 PM, ,

Happy Birthday to Dr Senta Siller - Mother of Dolls of the World

On the eve of the birthday of Dr Senta Siller (17 November), volunteer from the former bazar "Handicraft from the World"/ Dolls from the World, with samples from Pakistan, Camerron, Colombia, a.s.o. which were several times in the Ethnological Museum in Vienna, around 2015; got together at Palace Wilhelminenberg Vienna. The discussed subjects of mutual interest like culture and preservation.

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posted by Thatta Kedona @ 12:13 PM, ,

Pakistan is a very attractive destination for tourism and a peaceful country: German artist Peter Hecht

"Before my trip to Pakistan, my friends had warned me, but despite all my fears, I decided to come to Pakistan. On my return, I will try to convey a positive image of Pakistan. "

Okara (Office Report) Pakistan is a very attractive country for tourism and it was a good decision to come to Pakistan. Pakistanis are very hospitable and hardworking. This is how the German artist, sculptor and musician Peter Hecht spoke to the delegation of journalists, who had come to visit the handicraft center in the village of Thatta Ghulamka near Okara.

The delegation included journalist and columnist Mazhar Rasheed Choudhry, senior journalist Rasheed Sajid and Choudhry Irfan Ejaz.

Peter Hecht, who resided for a month under the "Artists in Residence" program at Thatta Ghulamka, thanked the renowned broadcast journalist Amjad Ali and his staff.

Mr. Hecht has traveled through many countries. He mainly draws animals and birds. Mr. Hecht said that animals are a topic that interests all people. During his stay in the village he drew various birds and animals. As a trained farmer, he visited the livestock centers of the village and talked to the farmers about their problems.

He organized drawing workshops at various schools in the village and surrounding areas and worked with the children. Two such workshops were held at the Ahmad Jalal School Kids Campus in the city of Okara.

Peter Hecht was so taken with the hospitality and affection of the villagers that he had wet eyes when he thanked the villagers and said goodbye to them. He said he would want to come to this village one more time because he got so much love and affection he could not have imagined. He said that many of his compatriots had warned him against this trip and advised him not to travel because of poor security in Pakistan. But despite all fears, he decided to come to Pakistan and this decision proved to be the right one because he was received here with open arms.

Peter Hecht said he will try to convey a positive image of Pakistan on his return to Germany and persuade his friends and acquaintances to visit Pakistan as tourists.

(This article was published on March 30, 2019 in the newspaper "Aaftab" in Lahore)

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Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama Meet Up

Thatta Kedona founding members and senior German volunteers meet and discuss what to do next in the Toy Village whenever they can and wherever it is possible. 

On 13 June 2019, there was one such meeting in Nauen / Gross Behnitz. Amjad Ali, the President of Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama met Dr Senta SILLER, DGFK and Dr Norbert Pintsch, FBTC, FPAC and reminisced about the past, present and future of Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama back in Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka, Punjab, Pakistan.

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