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Volunteers from AFA-project collect material for the village museum project in Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka in March 2017

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Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka is a remarkable village in rural Pakistan. A large number of volunteers from Western countries have visited and coached the village people in a help to self help project for over quarter century. Dolls and tin toys reflecting regional cultures of Pakistan are village products which generate cash income for the farming families through the local cooperative like NGO. At the same time, volunteers from Western countries are also having fun by working creatively in a remote village with strong overlays by the traditional culture of Indus Valley (Harappa 3.000 B.C.), the Mogul period, influences from the colonial British-India and the Punjab country culture. Hence the playfulness of a "toy village" is on both sides: for the villagers by manufacturing hand-craft toys for cash in a not-yet industrialized region avoiding rural exodus to the big cites (poverty slums that are generated in cities by migration). And on the other side one can notice the joy of Western volunteers being confronted at work by their own history framework but in present time and with a very foreign and sometimes strange context.

Here readers can see Director and Producer Dr Joachim Polzer, Potsdam (moviemaker of Amjads Village - 1991 and Thatta Kedona – 2005) is handing over material to Dr Senta Siller. Remember, the movie Thatta Kedona - Polzer Media Group GmbH & Globians Media Project - was shown on Globians Documentary Festival 2005 in the City Hall of Potsdam.

In another image here, Renate Borowka, Soltau, a photographer from Village Life 1994 who held a special photography exhibition in 1995 in the Broadcasting and Telvison Centre in Cologne, Voice of Germany is seen discussing her past experiences with Dr Senta Senta Siller. The photographs now make a unique part of Amjad Village Project.

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Lectures by Dr Norbert Pintsch

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IISS / Integrated infrastructure system in a rural area

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Neem Tree / Moringa Tree / Jetrupa Cures -Ph tester-Water Pump

Thanks to the digital communication and information age, people even in remote rural areas obtain news about the lives of people in the so-called industrialized countries, with all its possibilities and apparent abundance. One is inclined to share and participate in it, preferably immediately than later.

The problems behind the sham abundance are not perceived, not even by the producers, who are in fact proud of their performance: Water for all, Housing for all, etc., etc.. One cannot expect of the migrants to understand the economic ups and downs of the economic factors, - that's even true of the highly developed countries. It is like speaking of water and drinking wine. The correlations between production and commerce, consumption and uniformity are at best entertaining, - serving only as theory and as entertainment program for general distraction and targeted manipulation of the believing public and consumers. 

Background to this discussion is rural project, supposed to offer remedy through the targeted measure of providing flowing water to a basin for buffaloes and to bring the fresh water supply back on track. The process is to be accompanied by regular pH tests. The project is laudable, but lack of interest of the affected people is to be expected, who are possibly not interested in a controlled environmental pollution, or even its stoppage, and rather more interested in pursuing their internal family interests. There can also be no discussion of educational deficit or other cultures. This development is similar in the whole world: one is most interested in becoming a consumer, getting regular income, fixed breaks, - in short, the existing mistake further propagated by the media, which is erroneously perceived as progress.

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Dr Senta Siller in Pakistan

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Dr Senta Siller was in Pakistan where she had a very busy time in research and development, meeting people from research specialties to local NGOs and artisans, and also giving guidelines to Thatta Kedona artisans for Lok Virsa Mela (April 2016). Here are some of the images of her activities while in Pakistan:  

Senior Researcher Dr Senta Siller at National Data Base of Lok Virsa, Islamabad that includes a library for the benefit of scholars on subjects of Cultural Heritage.
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Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch lectures in GCU Lahore

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Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch (SES) is a German Senior Volunteer who has been working in Pakistan (and in many oher countries) for over quarter Century. Now Pakistan is like his second home (that is why I call him Chaudhry Norbert now). He started working in a remote Punjab village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka - some 80 Kilometers from Lahore - and over time have made it a model village. His special interests are appropriate technology, preservation of rural culture, housing, handicrafts, communication and information, income generation for rural communities (through self help projects) and promotion of academic coordination.

This time in Pakistan, Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch was invited to Government College University, Lahore where he delivered a lecture on “Open and Closed System of Development Demonstrated Through an Example of a Village Project in Pakistan.”

Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch is a retired Professor, Architect, Engineer, MBA by Profession and presently a social worker who represents German Society for Promotion of Culture.

The DGFK (German Society for Promotion of Culture) was officially registered in 1973 at the district court Berlin-Charlottenburg.

The main activities of the society in the beginning revolved around promotion of culture in its widest sense. About 133 projects were initiated or supported which included projects of art exhibitions, lectures as well as concerts, film projects and festivals.

A number of publications were published and events initiated and organized in Berlin, Germany and other European and Non-European countries.

Since 1990 however, most of the activities of the society are concentrated in the Non-European regions.
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Special Impact of Housing

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By Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch 

How closely these areas are interconnected with each other can be well explained through Anglo-Saxon terms, for example Marketing and Distribution, which are gladly used in many other languages too.

The durability of such expressions is very limited and will be soon history, as we can see on hand for words like hippies. Also yuppies is not much better in this regard. Who knows today terms like DINKS (Double Income No Kids), LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), or PARKOS (Internet Users Participative Consumers) and LOVOS (Lifestyle of Voluntary Simplicity)! If now, in the context of growing automation of industry, many follow this trend blindly like lemmings in the clouds, it may unsettle many people from older generations but not NERDS (Computer fans), who recognize in it prospect for greater income by dedicating themselves to MINT-Subjects (Maths, Informatics, Natural Sciences, Technology) while at the same time further educating themselves in MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses).
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Radio TV Thatta Kedona

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AeFeA (NGO) has been harboring to set up own Radio and Television at the village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka for a long time. Preparation in this regards are coming up fine and Thatta Kedona is expected to start broadcasting soon. The Community Radio will be another first of its kind and will help create awareness among rural communities of the areas about all relevant fields.

Income generation for people in rural areas based on the traditional culture.

TGD Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka

BHU: Basic Health Unit

WAC: Women Art Centre

TTTC: Technology  Transfer  and Training Center

AT: Appropriate Technology (Wind Mill, Solar Cooker, a.s.o.)

HC: Handicraft (Dolls and Toys)

PCH: Preservation of Cultural Heritage (one per year)

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Preparation of Operations in March or October

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Through the NGO AFWA, experts are again to be requisitioned from SES for the areas of Basic Health + Traditional Medicine (Marlis Bartkiewitz-Schmid) and Upcycling + Handicraft (Monika Kupler).

Research in Dolls, Toys and Development

SPARC hopes together with with other institutions to win the support of the initiator of the dolls project in TGD for carrying forward the handicraft research project in Islamabad, which will benefit women of AFA and AFWA as well as students. Basics of the project have already published in a report for the National Museum LokVirsa (see Dolls, Toys and More, p. 91 - 106).

Communication+Information Once again via the NGO AFA and through SES support of PDP is to be requested in order to support among others the C + I.

DGFK e.V., SPARC-PROJECT, Dr Senta Siller/SES-Bonn, Prof Dr Pintsch/SES-Bonn, Marlis Bartkiewitz-Schmid /SES-Bonn, Monika Kuppler/SES-Bonn, AFA, AFWA

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