Public, Prinate Organisations and NGOs
Thursday, May 31, 2012
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.
"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.
Labels: Recycled Material
Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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
Thatta Kedona Bazzar
Monday, May 28, 2012
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
Labels: Thatta Kedona
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.
Labels: Rural Development
Reflections on a visit to EXPO 2005
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Labels: Thatta Kedona
Mud House Owners Quality of Life Competition - 2012
Friday, May 25, 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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Labels: S A J Shirazi
Thatta Kedona at Gymkhana Club
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Thatta Kedona Radio Station
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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.
Labels: Internet Radio
Radio TV Thatta Village
Monday, May 21, 2012
Peerzada Cultural Complex AT Workshop
Saturday, May 19, 2012
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:
- Examples of mud houses in rural areas and areas affected by the Indus flooding.
- 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.
- Residence for craftsmen, who belong to areas far away from Lahore.
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.
Labels: Mud Housing Project
Felt Workshop Concludes
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Pottery Workshops With Monika Kuppler
Thursday, May 10, 2012
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.
Pakistan Built Heritage
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
This article has also appeared in Dolls, Toys and More by S A J Shirazi
Thatta Kedona Education Project from 1999 till date
Sunday, May 6, 2012