Thatta Kedona

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9:39 AM, ,

’ٹھٹھہ غلام کا‘: وہ گاؤں جہاں گُڑیاں عورتوں کی طاقت بن گئیں

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 کریم الاسلام

Click here to read and here to view on BBC Urdu

posted by S A J Shirazi @ 1:58 PM, ,

Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka

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The cluster of mud and brick houses in the plains of Punjab, Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka (TGD) looks like a typical Pakistani village about 80 kilometres away from Lahore and 40 kilometres from Indus civilization ruins in Harappa. There is no gas or telephone in the village. No asphalt roads lead to it. Yet it is different, the beautiful dolls and other handicrafts made by the village folks are collectors' delight all over the world. Influencers from Indus civilization from nearby Harappa and modern techniques brought by the German volunteers can be seen in the village together.

The dolls made in the village are on display in international doll museum in Iceland, prestigious galleries and showrooms in Pakistan and abroad. TGD village doll project was one of the 767 worldwide projects presented in the "Themepark" at expo 2000 in Hannover (Germany) as an example of thinking of twenty first century. Earlier, the dolls from Pakistan participated in international toy fair in Nuremberg. These dolls show how culture goes beyond simple work of art and becomes collaboration among applied and natural sciences as well as other forces that affect our lives.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 11:52 AM, ,

Volunteers who make it possible

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Village TGD is changing fast. The relative prosperity is visible. TGD was the first village in Punjab to have its own solar power house a decade ago and it is still working. Villagers are putting their children, particularly the girls in school. The Woman Art Centre is also playing a part in the well being of the villagers. The Centre has provided furniture and educational training aids to the two government primary schools (one for girls and the other for boys) in village and has also opened a well equipped basic health care centre. Books are distributed among students every year. Fruit and flower trees are given to residents for their court yards and they are encouraged to grow their own kitchen gardens.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 10:17 AM, ,

Mud Housing Project

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Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch - the Honorary Doctor of Science

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Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch has been working tirelessly on Appropriate Technology in Cameroon, Pakistan and elsewhere.

I have the fortune to be familiar with Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch’s work in Technical Transfer and Training Center (TTTC) for Men in remote Pakistani Village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka, Mud Housing Project at Lahore and also what he has been doing to promote African energy through the use of solar energy with the meaningful and active coopration with Senior Expect Service (SES) Bonn-Germany and Society for the Advancement of Culture (DGFK) Berlin Germany as solutions to Climate Change and adaptation.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 10:42 AM, ,

Culture is a basic need

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Cultural curators say the most important factors for the current development were laid in the 19th century. The rejection of thinking and acting as a community meant for the technology an enormous increase in the industrial production because the division of work led to higher productivity and new professions and it appeared on the face of it to increase the standard of living in western cultures (for example the Taylorism as introduced in Ford automobile factories).

Analysis of the society by political and economic thinkers led to development theories, which could not foresee the effects of these policies as evidenced today. The cardinal error by these theorists was the euro-centristic model, i.e. nobody took the happenings in other cultures into consideration..
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 10:44 AM, ,

The Market of People

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Dr. Senta Siller has been busy in displaying beautiful handmade dolls from Pakistan at bazaars in the ethnological Museum in Cologne, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Vienna Austria and bringing them to “market of people.”

Dr Senta Siller got an award in Brandenburg for the work in the Project Landgut Borsig. Here are some images of Dr. Senta Siller with Dr Posch – the former Austrian Ambassador in Pakistan.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4:20 PM, ,

Visible Change

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On the occasion of the 75th birthday of Dr. Siller Siller,  I on my own behalf and on the behalf of all other volunteers associated with Thatta Kedona we take this opportunity to thank her heartily for her exemplary and untiring efforts towards the cause.

Twenty years are a long time for a village NGO, or for that matter any other organizations from private and government sectors. The Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama in district Okara (near Gogera) has come a long way in th last two decades. From the start, the NGO never aimed at mass production and has focused on high quality products in small.

The work of the NGO is based upon artistic handicraft. Remember, a large machine based production would be dependent upon the energy supply, which in this country, is hardly available 24 hours.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4:10 PM, ,

On the way in the Five Rivers Land

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by Ulrike Vestring

Some time ago we came to know about a blog publication of a former volunteer from our village project, Mr. Werner Schroeder see here:

It is a great pleasure for us to announce that we have received the news of another publication *, u.z. by Ulrike Vestring, who lived in Pakistan for six years as the wife of the ambassador at the time, until 1994, where she also visited Senta Siller at the village project and stayed overnight. At that time it was not a problem for ambassadors to go to the country unprotected to really get to know the country and its people

U. Vestring also published in Women in Pakistan (1996), as well as in Dolls, Toys and More (2012).

Among others you will find a lovely story on p.149-156: Rani from Thatta Ghulamka

5x5 Stories About Life in Pakistan

164 pages


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