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Preservation of Gogera Heritage

Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama
in Co-Operation with
German Society for the Advancement of Culture
Special Report by S A J Shirazi
Preface
This report reviews the situation of the cultural heritage in Pakistan and in particular it focuses on Gogera Fort, gives inventory of the fort and proposals for its preservation as well as management. Part II of covers the poverty alleviation and self help activities of community based local NGO Anjuman-e-Fala-e-AAma working in cooperation with German Society for the Advancement of Culture (DGFK) in Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka – Punjabi village famous all over the world for dolls and toys made here and developments taking place in the process. The report also covers the details of some of the tourists’ attractions in the historic breadbasket of Pakistan around Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka. This part of the report should be read along with the map of the area.
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Doll's Village is Changing


With so much happening, Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka (TGD) is changing in the process. The relative prosperity is visible. The serene environment and ambiance is also very pleasing. Quality of life is much better. 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. Fruit and flower trees are given to residents for their court yards and they are encouraged to grow their own kitchen gardens. Best of all, an annual quality of life competition is held in the village when best mud houses and brick houses are selected in different categories. Owners of mud houses have lucrative incentives (thanks to Dr. Norbert Pintsch) and they keep their homes in spanking condition and well maintained all the year. This alone has changed the look of the entire village.
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Annual repair and maintenance

Village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka – commonly known as Dolls Village – is a center of activities that range from dolls and toys making to research and a place where large number of local and foreign volunteers come and add value.


Thatta Kedona is a project, first of its kind, in rural area where handmade quality toys are crafted using all indigenous materials and traditional designs based on cultural and folklore themes. The workmanship of the dolls and toys has acclaimed international recognition through their participation in numerous international events, exhibitions, fairs and displays. These toys are the embodiment of dreams, hopes and most of all self-reliance of the hands, which breathe a part of their own soul into them.
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