Thatta Kedona

Culture is a Basic Need

Public, Prinate Organisations and NGOs

The problem has already been described at another place; however the differences in various forms of organization are again mentioned specially in context to the anthropological and ethnological aspect.

The constructed Organizations have rationalized their inter-human problems. Hostilities, Mobbing etc. do exist but are principally possible to be reduced by way of changes in work place, even if it does sometime entail social injustices. Losses of income, slipping into poverty etc. are only the tip of the iceberg. Members of the city culture today do not live under the pressures, which under the slogan “city life makes you free” led to immense growth of the cities and a freedom of the person in the sense of independence from social responsibilities.

The NGO, if it really represents an alternative to the constructed organizational entities, is flexible and it can react faster to the changes. This is the theory.

If the NGO works in the rural environment integrated into the traditional culture, the city persons come across additional intangible problems, which cannot be solved by anthropologists and ethnologists, unless they work together with the village NGO and do their research covertly.

Even in relatively small village units of about 1000 residents exist in the course of the day chaos, the violence, archaic circumstances, which can disturb the sensitive work of the NGO.

The behavioral structures here are not at all so different from the construed organizations but the effects are more difficult and complex. Who marries whom, which field belongs to whom, who has more fields, who enjoys what type of respect, who behaves as a member of village society, who is physically stronger, who is psychologically smarter, which doesn’t mean that it leads to longer life because violence can easily be applied from many directions.

Who shall work in the NGO, will it change their position in the village community, should this be possible?
Who takes over the leadership function, should he be allowed to exercise influence over the family? Can he exercise influence and to what extent?

Although there may be lot of general knowledge about the traditional culture but the reality can only be experienced by being there in person.

The efforts of the NGOs should not be directed towards financing the whole life but only income to the extent of earning the daily bread. But this also means that the production methods which maintain the cultural identity are made difficult by the above mentioned factors. Pressure cannot be exerted due to the missing dependence of the subjects and the village customs must also be taken into consideration.

The task is like walking on a cable rope even for special experts, whose performance can hardly be judged in tangible terms.

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Recycled Art Materials


"Throwdown" night at Meow Wolf, an art collective. One of the artists puts out piles of "recycled art materials " and invites others to assemble pieces on the boards any way they like.

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Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka

Located on the offside, between Okara und Faisalabad, 45 Minutes eastward of Harappa.

100 % EXPERIENCE OF RURAL LIFE IN THE PUNJAB,- A PROGRAMME OF ABSOLUTE CONTRASTS !


NO Swimming Pool - NO Alcohol - NO Buffet - NO Bus - N O ...!

Pre-condition for Participation: Covered skin, Respect for the traditional culture !

- Last war of freedom in the Punjab in 1857, Murder of Lord Berkeley by
the Kharel tribe of TGD
- Region of the best buffaloes of the world as well as cattle thieves;
- AFA / TGD at the EXPO 2000 in Hannover and EXPO 2005 in Aichi
- AFA / TGD silver medal for the dolls project IWSA/UNESCO 2004
- “TV-Programme”: channel ONE-sunset, channel TWO-moonshine and stars

Handicraft production of dolls in traditional dresses of provinces and minorities at the Women Centre

Models of Rickshaws and other metal toys at the Men Centre.

Best time for visits: March and October (as there is no air-conditioner in summer and no heating in winter)

Local Boarding and Lodging is available for visitors @ Pak. Rs. 250 per person per day.

Registration for Transport Lahore - Village:

M.Ilyas, AFA, Showroom Lahore, 0303-7 35 69 86

Registration for Self-Transport: Mr Farooq Ahmad, AFA, Man. Director Men Centre 0300-417 43 60

Mrs Farzana Zahoor, AFA, Man. Director Women Centre 0321-697 21 05

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Say it With Flowers

Flowers surely bring people together. Blossoms can fuel a flaming passion, calm a raging jealousy, comfort a living being or earn a living. Presenting flowers is a romantic social folkway. Aside from romantic and literary delights, there is commerce in flowers too.

The town of Patoki is one of the most famous places in Pakistan for growing flowers. The town has one of the biggest clusters of flower, fruit and decorative plant nurseries in the country. Growing flowers and tree plants and selling is a major business concern in this sleepy town situated in the suburbs of Lahore.

Leave Patoki - a typical Punjabi rural market town - by road and it is like sailing through the ocean of green. All those who drive on the National Highway between Lahore and Sahiwal are familiar with over one kilometre of lush greenery and the fragrant stretch of nurseries on either side of the road on the edge of the town. Aside from the fragrance of the wares, the traders offer a large variety of flowers, creepers, decorative bushes, ornamental and fruit tree plants, flowerpots and seeds. 'How to grow' flower books (even if you have no space in your home) are also available. I saw a few breeding greenhouses on the roadside and hundreds of rows of crossbred blossoms on a fresh spring morning.

It all started when a migrated family settled here after partition in 1947. Two brothers set up a small nursery along the roadside. The concern started growing with the passage of time. Later, the family grew and divided the business assets, which resulted in more nurseries as a family business. Afterwards, more and more people started growing and selling flowers and now the small town of Patoki has earned its claim to national fame for growing flowers and decorative plants. Despite having potential for becoming a recognised industry, flower trade in Patoki is still a family business.

"Rose plants grown in Patoki are sent to places as far as Quetta," according to Mubarik Ali, a proprietor of a well-laid nursery, "but what keeps us going are commuters on the National Highway who stop by and purchase flower or fruit plants for their home gardens. Or when we get a large order from some five star hotels or multinationals based in Lahore to provide them grown flowers plants (in pots) for special events. We deliver them the flowers, indoor plants, shrubs and even creepers in pots and the landscape experts and interior decorators arrange them for display on the site." Besides growers and traders, a large number of people are associated with this trade: pot makers, gardeners, and labourers.

Another flower grower, Mian Khan, told Us about a beautiful tradition that has matured with the cooperation of his nursery in a nearby village Thatta Ghulamka, where German volunteers are working on different poverty alleviation projects. In the Village every newly married couple is presented a fruit tree whereas parents of every newborn get a flower tree by the community based NGO Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama.

Nature being on the side of agricultural Pakistan, flowers can be one of the best sources of earning for Pakistan. We have potential markets in Middle East and some European countries to start with. There is a dire need to explore these markets and grow more flowers {via}.

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Thatta Kedona Bazzar


Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama (AFA) wurde am 17. März 1992 registriert als soziale Nicht-Regierungs-Organisation des Dorfes Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka (TGT), District Okara, Pakistan, bei der Landesregierung des Punjab in Lahore unter Nr. DDSW-LD/92-405. Ethnologische Kenntnisse, kunsthandwerkliche Fähigkeiten und umweltfreundliche, lokal verfügbare Materialien, werden bei familienfreundlicher Herstellungsweise von Frauen und Männern zusammen mit deutschen ehrenamtlichen Volontären zu vermarktbaren, signifikanten Artikeln wie Puppen und Spielzeug entwickelt. Read here

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Living Laboratory

Who could have imagined during the Cold War how wonderful new socialism would be (Fast Food Spray 2002).

Problems facing projects is less-developed countries

One feature of the general approach in development co-operation that is not discussed much is misunderstandings between urban and rural cultures. The diversity between the cultures is ignored -- differences between the urban and rural culture of a country as well as between different cultures, between western and western-orientated cultures.

As a consequence of misunderstandings, processes are augmented, multiplied, compounded by use of scientific and industrial methods to assess the consequences of technology.

When such projects are installed, it is more a question of concealed job creation measures with short-term economic thinking; any kind of "social efficiency is ignored and or is not recognized.
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Reflections on a visit to EXPO 2005

Aaron Pinsker

Our guest is a frequent traveler. He likes to jet from one continent to another. Perhaps there is a concert at one place he would like to visit, or an exhibition or something else somewhere else. Thanks to the super fast means of transport in toady’s world, it is not a problem anymore. Where ever he arrives, he can spend the night at a hotel of an international chain with standardized service. He can afford it –because he earns quite well. He loves the international cuisine which include local dishes. The internationally qualified staff makes it difficult for a person not to feel at ease. So this is how you enjoy life. Everywhere in the world. A large entertainment park has recently been opened in X which is not shy of comparison with other entertainment parks in other parts of the world. Another internationally foodstuff chain has sucessfully started to offer highest quality meat in the capitals, resorts and other centres of tourism.

Thanks to clever research, the wine lover can today choose between Californian, Argentinean, Australian and Indian Beaujolais.

Thanks to the tremendously successful fashion wave of the last season, the designed outfits can now be supplied to large areas. The intensive reader of Harry Popper is time and again surprised, how these books are available almost everywhere. Our professionally successful traveler feels himself everywhere at home, if he can hear the latest video clips or songs of his favorite singer Y.

In the middle-european region of Oberammergau one can purchase wonderful religious paintings, which –thanks to the industrial revolution- can now be imported directly from China. In Taiwan also, you are not much behind, if it pertains to the Sydney Opera house, the roman Coliseum, the Guggenheim-Museum in New York or for that matter the Egyptian temple in Luxor, -all these articles can be purchased as Souvenirs –minimum purchase quantity being 25000 pieces.

Occasionally there are some wondrous travelers on their way, strange people, who travel to France, in order to be able to drink Cognac in Cognac.

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Friends of Dolls From Rotary Club in TGD

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Mud House Owners Quality of Life Competition - 2012


Since 2000, Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka NGO (AFA) has been holding quality of life competition under the Preservation of Cultural Heritages Program where prizes are awarded to house owners for specially interesting details on mud buildings. This has been a great way to slow the spread of brick housing and also to retain the traditional housing to give the visitors an impression of life rural Punjab. The program was redesigned in 2009 and certain mud houses in the village were selected to receive financial help, through donations from friendly architects, for repairs after two extended monsoon rain periods. This year Professor Mansoor Durrani (from Punjab University) was the chief guest in the award ceremony. Here are the images from award ceremony this year.
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How are tweeple bringing change?

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Mosque - New WAC Product


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Thatta Kedona at Gymkhana Club

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Thatta Kedona Radio Station

Thatta Kedona Radio Station project is coming of age. Two rooms have been constructed and new solar units have already been installed in them. Computer and MP3 recorders for the Radio Station.

In addition to infrastructure including building, electrification and hardware, special some software is also required for streaming for high speed traffic to run the Internet radio. When commissioned, this will be another ‘first’ in Pakistan.

Please visit Radio TV Thatta Village Live Stream at http://radiotv-thattavillage.com/. It is on all the time. Click here to listen and enjoy!

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Radio TV Thatta Village

Please visit Radio TV Thatta Village Live Stream at http://radiotv-thattavillage.com/. It is on all the time. Click here to listen and enjoy!

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Peerzada Cultural Complex AT Workshop

Children Learn to Protect Environment
September 26-30, 2011

Mud Housing Project started in October 2010 on the premises of Peerzada Cultural Complex (PCC), in which three types of mud houses and use of appropriate technology was introduced to the interested public.

The event followed three objectives:
  1. Examples of mud houses in rural areas and areas affected by the Indus flooding.
  2. Motivation for students of architecture for the purpose of experimentation, measurement and study of concepts in order to develop strategy for helping the affected population of the catastrophe.
  3. Residence for craftsmen, who belong to areas far away from Lahore.
Of course, one of the main objectives was also to motivate the urban population towards construction of more energy efficient houses. With the scarcity of energy in current times, this is an important objective for public as well as private application.
We must provide a platform for the students to start experimenting.
The illustration shows Sohni and Rani, who are explaining the functionality of alternative technology devices to each other.

Our main contribution here is to show the simultaneous use of the construction material mud in harmony with appropriate technology, which will be done in a playful manner in a workshop for children. We connect thereby entertainment and education. To achieve the purpose, among others, alternative energy is used to make cakes and hot chocolate for children.
 
The AFA (NGO), SPARC (NGO), FPAC, SES Bonn, as well as German Embassy supports the project.

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Felt Workshop Concludes

Three days Felt Workshop in serene environment of Landgut Borsig in Gross-Behnitz concluded today. Seniors participants from different parts of Germany were also taken on a speial tour at the end of the Workshop.

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German Connections

German Ambassador Dr. Gunter Mulack meets on Mar 1, 2007 the Afghan students who have been nominated for a scholarship.

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Preservation of Cultural Heritage


The best mud house in Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka

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Pottery Workshops With Monika Kuppler



Monika Kuppler (on the left in upper image), one of the most dedicated volunteers that had come to TGD for the fourth time – has done a wonderful job during every visit. She conducts pottery workshop with groups of women and starts every time where she had left the previous time. That has resulted in some excellent developments; new products and enhanced skills. What is more, this time clay for pottery was procured from Harappa and Multan.

In addition, Monika had conducted another workshop with paper. Here are some of the glimpses of her work with women from TGD.
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Pakistan Built Heritage

This article has also appeared in Dolls, Toys and More by S A J Shirazi

Situated on the bank of river Ravi on Okara Faisalabad Road, Gogera Sadar was once an important and dignified town in the plans of Central Punjab. The town is reduced to a shabby and sleepy suburb of Okara today. Gogera still boasts its importance when it was British power centre and district headquarters from 1852 to 1865 and the part played by the resilient people of the area during War of Independence in 1857. The stories of the war that was fought around Gogera echo in the pages of history books.

While traveling, off the beaten tracks, not only you travel in soot free and serene environment but you also see what normally remain hidden. I have had a chance to explore Gogera along with Dr. Norbert Pintch - a German architect by profession and a volunteer by choice – who is working on an idea to convert ruins of British Court building into a monument. “Remain of British Court are important signs of built heritage of Pakistan and should be preserved for next generation,” Dr. Norbert says.
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Thatta Kedona Education Project from 1999 till date

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