Thatta Kedona

Culture is a Basic Need

Thatta Kedona Guest Book

Friends of Thatta Kedona, guests to the Dolls Village and former volunteers of the project can now look into the scanned guestbooks and refresh their memories here.

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Quality of Life Competition

FPAC Secretary General Professor Aamir Rafique handing over the prize money to Bashira-Bibi - the winner of annual Quality of Life Competition.  AFA (NGO) holds annual competition for preservation of cultural heritage.  

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Repair Work in AFA Project of NGO in TGD

Member of Supervising Board 3S, Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch in TGD to check repair work:

-Front wall with mud and bricks
-White wash front and entrance
-Repair of shelves in kitchen garden of Women and Men Centres
-Cleaning work on drinking water plot,
-Floor repair work in office

3S is an informal, Senta Siller Foundation related platform from which funds are collected from home and abroad.

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Thatta Kedona at AHAN

Visit of the AFA (NGO) General Secretary, Professor Aamir Rafique, at the Thatta Kedona stand, in AHAN Show held on 7-10 March, 2018 in Lahore.

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Meeting with DC Okara Over Issues of Drinking Water and Gray Water

Discussion with the Deputy Commissioner of Okara, Dr Irshad Ahmed, at the DC office Okara on the subject of Buffalo Pond project in the village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka. A special concern here is to keep the area free of illegal construction, as well as a connection from the Buffalo Pond to the local drainage canal to dispose of the waste water, so that the drinking water well can again be put back into operation.
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Dr Norbert Pintsch in Pakistan

Dr Norbert Pintsch is in Pakistan for Spring 2018.

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Thatta Kedona at Neelibar Cultural Show in Lahore

The Information and Culture Department held a number of cultural shows recently at the Open Air Theatre in Bagh-e-Jinnah Lahore to exhibit the arts and culture of different regions of Pakistan’s most populous province Punjab.

On 24th of February Sahiwal Division celebrated its culture at the “Neelibar Cultural Show”. Many artists, groups and organisations represented Sahiwal Division at this show, including “Thatta Kedona”, the handicrafts project initiated in 1993 in the village Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka in district Okara by the German Designer Dr. Senta Siller and her husband Dr. Norbert Pintsch.

Beautiful ethnic dolls created by the “Thatta Kedona” girls were not only exhibited at a stall near the stage but also displayed at the huge stage of the Open Air Theatre, where live music and local dances of Neelibar region were presented by a number of artists. This day long cultural event was visited by hundreds of people.

Sahiwal Division is one of the nine divisions of the Punjab province. Okara was a Tehsil of Sahiwal Division until 1982 before becoming one of the three districts of Sahiwal Division.

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Success of NGOs due to Selflessness

Omar M. Ali

An example of obviously excellent project work is the ThattaKedona project of the Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama in the village of Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroke in the district of Okara, Tehsil Gogera. The initiative began in the autumn of 1990 with a visit from Austrian graphic designer S.S. in the village.

The special thing about the project is that it is actually a self-help project, and that outside help was primarily selfless. In the daughter projects (see www. ...) of the ThattaKedona project, this peculiarity is also evident as well: The external participation depends upon whether something is drawn from a project, i.e. portion of the financial success. Comparisons with other projects show that volunteer can be found in projects, but they want (whether they have to, that is the crucial question) to be paid or financed . They give their time, but want to be rewarded! In the projects of S.S. The selflessness prevails, - which is the basis of long-term success. The local management of the NGO also does not live on the income, - a worldwide novelty and rarity in NGOs!
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News from AFA-project

Interview with Mr Ghayyoor Obaid concerning a foundation that supports the preservation of the SSDC (Senta Siller Design Centre) supported (expected again with Mr Iqbal from Harappa); so far this happened about another private initiative.

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New Cooperation Agreements With Thatta Kedona Web-Radio

The Internet Radio in TGD (Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka) district Okara has reached another milestone. Now you can see a news-window on the main website This DW news-window offers current news from Germany and all around the world in English language.

This news content is updated 24 hours a day. Through this news window one can directly access the English and German Web Pages of DW (Deutsche Welle). DW is Germany’s public international broadcaster. It is based in Bonn and its service is available in 30 different languages of the world.

The village Web-Radio, available on, has also signed another agreement with the German Press Agency DPA (Deutsche Presse Agentur), which allows the website to use the news content of this news agency. Founded in 1949 and based in Hamburg, this news agency offers news content in German, English, Spanish and Arabic.

DPA produces over 800 daily reports from the entire world and covers topics ranging from politics and business to culture and sports.

Internet Radio, run by the local NGO AFA (Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama) in TGD is on live stream and offers 24 hours not only local folk music but also interviews on development issues, cultural heritage and environment protection. This live stream can also be accessed on mobile phones through the app “Radio TV Kedona”, which can be installed from here.

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