SPARC

Society for the Promotion of Art and Culture

What to do?

Discussion event during a SPARC meeting in Lahore with Friends of the SSDC*** in TGD**.

While a lot is being said about freedom in a world of consumption, digitization and globalization, environmental protection and nature conservation in legal terms, but their implementation in an industrial environment is more than questionable.

Also, unselfishness and self-help may theoretically be mentioned, but practically it is not implemented.

The religion of wealth is not only believed in, but it is also practiced. Meanwhile, charitable models practically disappear in nothingness!

Self-involved and affected people in self-help projects behave as in the usual institutions and organizations, - regular income, leisure and progress are the criteria in urban life. This is in strong contrast to the goals of selfless-serving, philanthropy and self-help!

The impossibility of realizing this world-wide is not recognized at all, on the contrary, more and more resources are destroyed, preserved as values. The wealth of a country is based on industrial indicators. This affects the simple areas, including the rural area. Industry and mass production gain in importance.

Opportunities are not recognized or perceived and the orientation towards urban life and its prosperity psychosis grows.

New values and possible goals are ignored!

Projects that could give achieve such goals are not injected with man-power!

Wherever a cautious, sustainable development is possible, we close our eyes.

Modest touristic developments (guest houses, display of local history), cultural exchange (artists in residence, student visits from urban into rural), cooperation with other, similar NGOs, are not given importance. This is how the simple people in the rural areas help to cut down on the already little piece of economic independence they are sitting on.

What is need of the hour?

An unselfish, energetic person who sets a good example - who loves his traditional culture but thinks ahead of the ruling elites!

But in election this will not convert into votes ...... 

 * Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama 
 ** Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka 
 *** Senta Siller Design Centre

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Logicalness as a special feature of SSi projects

by Omar M. Ali, Njini King Caro, Ricardo Coslez & Norbert Pintsch

Again and again, questions arise about what is special in SSI projects.

We have therefore made a list of characteristics for everyone interested,

although:

-the specialty should actually be logically self-evident:
-Local help with local resources
-Avoidance of migration, - to the urban areas or foreign countries
-Help should be holistic, so the problem solutions are not simply shifted to later time
-An NGO should never be a family clan, but open to all active members
-Help from the outside requires participation of concerned persons from the inside
-An NGO should always work with an open mind and be more flexible than government or private companies, etc.
-Local leadership should work as selfless as volunteers from outside
-An NGO is not a government organization or company; its products must stay below the BE point otherwise it will not be like a genuine NGO
-The head of the NGO must be on moral high ground; not enrichen himself , be communicative and possess broad experience!

Then why should not such head of the NGO work in a GO or Pvt Ltd company and earn better money?

Because ........ the benefit of the general public counts more!

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Learning by Doing

Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch (SRF of the FPAC)  giving a talk on the subject of practical experience as a prerequisite for theoretical employment. 


Understanding comes before Doing! A challenge of the present times to make meaningful innovations possible!

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Water Issues in TGD

Discussion over issue of the  drinking water expert Dr Amir H. Malik. concerning possible tests in Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka.


Dr. Malik. had already carried out decentralized investigations in the village some time ago; He also led the investigation of the deep well project.

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Environment Protektion

Waste management Pilot Project in Rupshu in September 2017

by Klaus Schaette*** 

In cooperation with HH Lang Na Rimpoche, Wildlife Dept. and Nomadic Resort in Korzok, the Amitabha Expert introduced an awareness campaign for a clean Environment to the Tso Moriri Area, one of the main tourist attraction in the Chantang plateau with almost 120.000 visitors per year. Places of activity were Puga school, Sumdo, Korzog, Tsokar and Debring; three Oildrum Incinerators were given to the villages.

At present, there is no waste collection in the area, nor dumping sites in all villages opened. The waste is flying around, some dumped in the wild or near rivers or seashore. Separation for Recycling of plastics, glass and metal is almost unknown! Tourism is growing, more hotels, tented camps, guesthouses, home-stays and restaurants are set up, especially in Korzok and Tsokar. Most of the tented camps have made holes for the waste, regular burning of the unsorted waste is practiced, a smelling, health hazardous affair. The Awareness that burning all waste, especially all plastics is so far not known. Wildlife Dept. has already lead cleaning campaigns; this unsorted waste, already filled in sacks remained there, as no transport to Leh could so far organized by Wildlife Dept.

In Puga Residential Nomad School live around 85 students and 10 teachers. A Cleaning Campaign was organized, followed by waste separation by students and teachers. The parts for Recycling and Dumping were set aside, a demonstration of Burning in the incinerator with paper and plastic wrappers was In lower Sumdo a Cleaning Campaign was organized by around 30 villagers, followed by a waste Separation for Recycling, Dumping and a demonstration of Burning. In upper Sumdo 25 villagers took part in the same action.

In Korzok with around 300 people living, the villagers deposit their garbage in some dump sites or oil drums, located in- and outside the village. Usually waste is burned, even metal and glass with the help of kerosene, as well by some of the camps. The Village does not look clean. No waste collection, nor dustbins have been introduced so far.

A meeting of villagers and YDA discussed the cleaning problem. A demonstration of waste Separation for the village groups, even monks and military, was organized. Almost 50 people separated the waste. The parts for Recycling and Dumping were set aside, a demonstration of burning in the incinerator with paper and plastic wrappers was given.

In a separate discussion, a site for collection of recycling waste and proper dumping was identified. Our visit to the lakeshore showed a lot of plastics, cement rests, even rotten player flags in and near the water.

In Thukjey at Tsokar-Lake two tented camps, guesthouses, home-stays and restaurants have been set up, most tourist visit here after Tso Moriri. The Eco Resort had already started a simple waste separation in earthholes. Dumping of waste outside village is practiced. On the day of our visit a Cleaning Campaign was underway. A demonstration of waste separation for Recycling and Dumping was given to 40 villagers, followed by a demonstration of burning. During our visit, a site for collection of recycling waste and proper dumping was identified.

In Debring at the Manali Rd, a waste Separation for Recycling and Dumping was introduced to the shopkeepers.

 Puga school cleaning campaign 

Tukjey waste separation demo 

Tukjey paper burning demo

Recommendations: -introduction of deep hole as dumping site and regular waste separation for recycling of metal and plastics, especially in tourist locations will reduce waste by half -introduction of dustbins, may be three in different colours will assist the waste separation and to keep the village clean -follow up of waste separation practice and transport from villages to leh scrapdealers will assist in spreading the practice of waste separation.

*** Klaus Schaette is part of a volunteer member team with around 16 independent IPC-senior experts

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Further Development

Sustainable project work, wherever there are projects, requires constant commitment. Not only internally are problems to be managed, but also external.

Internally, market shifts as a result of political weather conditions can be detrimental, - interpersonal relationship and family structures change.

Externally, e.g. In connection with political processes between urban and rural, even affects of foreign co-operations, can be more than a hindrance.

In the long-term, work in the area of the arts and crafts, of course, also changes the relationship between producers and consumers, - this is the case in the growth-oriented manufacturing of handicrafts on the one hand and the individual production of unique items on the other hand.


The team of Dr Siller, from central Europe, has spent time in researching the recycling of products, their design improvements for value addition, as well as decycling, which means the use of high-quality material accessories.

These type of project inputs are better pushed in Central Europe because of the need for substantial research. The Siller team has been doing research on the material of fish leather in Germany, Austria, Iceland, - probably research on the Ussuri will be necessary, - preparatory work has already been undertaken in a project on the Amazon.

The fish leader project is a good example of handicrafts for NGOs in the rural areas and can stimulate and inspire local work. This is true for the mother project in Pakistan, as well as for daughter projects in Cameroon and Colombia.

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Announcements

The following short films /videos are available and can be downloaded:

Information about these is available through Google

-Pakistan concerning Thatta Kedona / AFA (NGO)


Alhamra Event

-Cameroon concerning CAT / RUC

Cameroon 2017

-Colombia concerning Tanto Mejor (ONG)

Colombia 2015

-Germany concerning Cultura e.V. / DGFK e.V.

LITHOworkshop Landgut Stober

ART workshop Landgut Stober

Landgut Stober: Schnitt & Schneidern

Landgut Stober: Deutsch-Polnische Runde

-Iceland concerning International Dolls Museum

15-Y-IDM

Announcement:

The following publications for 2018 are planned:

Projects

with introduction and project description or project studies

Sounds

with introduction and transcriptions, 6 sections

Graphs

with introduction, illustrations black / white and color in 6 sections

Announcement:

From Global Village

each about 300 pages with different topics,

limited and uncensored editions:

Volume 33: News from the Ground!

Volume 34: Enough is Enough!

Volume 35: What's going on?

Volume 36: Flowers Blue Letters

Volume 37: All over again

Volume 38: At the end of the tunnel

Related: See more videos here 

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Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch in University of Punjab


Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch talked to Professor Doctor Rubeena, Institute for Social and Cultural Affairs / Punjab University Lahore on further lectures concerning Housing and so on

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