Thatta Kedona

Culture is a Basic Need

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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“Thatta Kedona” at Christmas Bazaar in German Embassy Islamabad

This year’s ‘Christmas Bazaar’ at the German Embassy in Islamabad was organised on Friday, 1 December 2017 in full traditional German spirit with Christmas food and music.

A large number of people, including the staff of different diplomatic missions in the capital visited and enjoyed the ‘Christmas Bazaar’ at the embassy premises.
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In Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka

Prof Aamir Rafiq with with the Secretary General of the AFA, Mr Farooq Ahmad and Mrs Farzana, in Thatta Ghulanka Dhiroka talking about future plans concerning one SSDC (Foundation for the Preservation of Buildings).

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Welcome Chaudhry Norbert

It's autumn, Dr Norbert Pintsch (commonly called Chaudhry Norbert in the Dolls Village) has been coming to Pakistan in the fall for years, this time however very briefly.

Dr Norbert Pintsch with Professor Ismat Baig, Dr Kumail Rizvi, Maj Hussain and Shirazi in Lahore School of Economics
The village project of the AFA in TGD is growing - now with a new management. It is hoped to link up with the positive developments of the past, also to go for more ways and to find new opportunities in future.
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’ٹھٹہ کھڈونا‘: پاک جرمن غیر سرکاری تعاون کی کامیاب مثال

پنجاب کے ایک گاؤں ’ٹھٹہ غلام کا دھیروکا‘ میں ’’ٹھٹہ کھڈونا‘‘ کے نام سے جاری ایک ثقافتی ترقیاتی منصوبے کو پاکستان اور جرمنی کے مابین غیر سرکاری تعاون کی ایک عمدہ اور کامیاب مثال قرار دیا جاتا ہے

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Alles Gute zum Geburtstag Super Senta Siller!

A tribute by Amjad Ali to Dr Senta Siller on the eve of her birthday

There are some people you encounter in life who do not wait for things to happen. They just make things happen.

Dr. Senta Siller is one such person in my life.

My first recollection of Dr. Siller is from the days I spent at the Lette Verein in the German capital, Berlin, some 33 years ago. I had secured admission at Lette Verein in 1984 and it was there that I first met her.

Thankfully, it was not the last time.

Needless to say that Lette Verein is one of prestigious German organisations for Applied Arts. It was founded by Dr. Wilhelm Adolf Lette way back in 1866.

My three-year diploma course in Graphic Design was completed by 1987 but my formal association, which subsequently transformed into cherished friendship, with my teachers and mentors Dr. Siller and her spouse Dr. Norbert Pintsch remains intact till date. I do hope and believe that our friendship will survive until we are present in this world in a physical form.

Yes, as long as we are alive and kicking.
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A study tour - BNU students in Thatta Ghulamka

A large group of students from BNU (Beaconhouse National University) visited the village Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka in district Okara on 24 October 2017. This study tour was headed by the Associate Professor Aarish Ali Sardar, who is currently teaching in the Dept. of Visual Communication Design at School of Visual Art & Design of Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan.

These students wanted to closely study the handicrafts project “Thatta Kedona”, which was initiated back in 1993 by the German designer Dr. Senta Siller and her husband Dr. Norbert Pintsch.
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No Theory Without Practice

Academic activity ruins the practice
Presentation by Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch at the FBTC on July 7, 2017

Preliminary remarks

Due to space restraint, only core statements are being made here. The critic and the constructive thinker both recognize the explosiveness of the statements, but also the almost hopeless situation, because if mistakes are not understood and every effort for reform is rejected with justifications, future of all companies and organizations is destined to be futile. Recognition of the knowledge in later years will lead to gray hair and hair loss!

We can easily explain situations of the past and present on the "cultural model" and scientifically justify, even if we can never really predict.

Essential facts remain unrecognized even in this digital and global, but not the real world, which supposedly offers detailed viewpoints.

Researching here is understandable, even though it leads unknowingly to a tragic reproduction of errors instead of to a lasting solution.
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