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Rural Tourism

Saturday, July 31, 2010
Strong travel movements characterize our times. The infrastructure, good connections by land, water and air make travel easy and suggest that everything is easily available everywhere. The values of the traditional culture however are increasingly forgotten in this scenario, although it is these values, which give the city dweller – the local one as well as foreigners a new outlook and possibilities to show off people and places. Which is why it is recommended that conveniences of city life be transferred to villages.

Tourists, visitors an travelers, for example to the Punjabi village Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka are best recommended to leave back their city ideas and thereby become more open for understanding the rural life and its rich, traditional culture. If the come with urban attitudes, the visitors will start pitying the village dwellers for the deficient possibilities. Currently the villagers there do not need gymnastic studios like the city dwellers, the dusty path from one village to another is sufficient for walking practice instead of taking rounds in an oval stadium, and so on.

The so-called conveniences of city life must be financed. The drainage water must be disposed of somewhere, cultural and other institutions must be filled with life.

While making a journey to a village, one should leave behind expectations of necessities of life, like multiple course meals, air-conditioned rooms, luxurious bathrooms, swimming pools, the list goes on because with such fixed ideas one cannot learn anything about the culture in the rural areas.

We have already reported on the tragedy of the traditional culture, -- the absence of assessment possibilities of the economic impact only when the traditional values do not exist any more. Do we give them the due value which is at that point of time is probably too late?

An eventual help here is the reference to the increasing environmental sensitivities in populations in industrialized countries. The protection of the nature, the earth, the water is a luxury, which must be financed very expensively, with the side effect that one is not able to compete with countries that over exploit their resources.

Should good sense prevail, and sensible people should ask themselves why the whole expenditure? Reference is made here to “Max Weber” and his work “Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.”

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Handicraft - Men Center - AFA


New handicraft are produced in Men Centre of AFA at TGD. Air Glider is another tiny winy toy manufactured by Zephanja from October 2007 to January 2008.




Readers of this blog remember the tin Rikshaw (toy) that is still very famous in gift market.

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Frequently Asked Project Questions

Friday, July 30, 2010
From information we got from internet, we would also like to start an income generating measure: what must we do?

Motivation to do something, inspiration and vision and the readiness to find a new way and a new product are necessary to start.

How can we manufacture dolls in traditional clothes economically?

It is not the cheap manufacturing that should be the main consideration rather affectionate conversion of traditional dresses into dolls.


How do you judge the use of technology in the manufacture of handicraft?

The use of technology should always be seen in connection with the quantity; use of machine means larger and larger quantity, reduction in price and reduction in the individual quality of these products. Investments need finance. Even if you get the machines as donation, please don’t forget the cost for its operation and maintenance.

We are a group of about 60 women, who would like to earn money, how many dolls must we manufacture in order to generate regular income?

The idea of the project is based on completely different assumptions, namely the idea of culturally friendly manufacturing. It always has more to do with earning some additional income along with income from agriculture; therefore the intention here is not to do this as a full time day job (8 hours per day).

How much do we earn from one doll?

A doll is manufactured as a rule by a trained woman. She is independent in her work and not employed and it is up to her to distribute her work according to her possibilities. The sales price also includes cost of material and transport. The income of the doll maker is about 30% of the sales price.

How can we manufacture dolls in a rational, effective and optimal manner?

It is possible that there is a misunderstanding. Unique handicraft products and dolls should be manufactured with affection and individually. Each piece is different than the other.

How can we get cheap materials (polyester cloth, industrial thread)? Is this a good starting position for handicraft manufacture?

The traditional handicraft is based on local, traditional materials; therefore modern materials are not suitable! Appropriate products must be developed from suitable materials like washable animal figures, balls etc.

Your manufacturing process does not appear to be very economical, why don’t you let clothes, shoes and accessories to be manufactured cheaply in a factory?

Since each piece is individually manufactured, the trained women should also get a fair income from their effort.

We want to start a factory for production of dolls, can you help us?

In principle yes, if it is clear to you, that these products have nothing to do with the idea of the DOLLS OF THE WORLD project.

Are the members of such an NGO project organized in unions?

The project is directed towards people in the rural areas, who were organized in traditional ways, but are today members of their own NGO, it is rather members of the city culture, who are organized in unions.

How big is the foreign influence on the local NGOs?

The idea of the project relates to sensitizing and schooling of the village women as well as guidance towards independent entrepreneurship, which can only be successful, when the idea of the project is clearly understood by the members.

Can you please send us statistical and other information for research and study project?

Interested persons can of course carry out field studies and work out the necessary information; many students also carry out different studies, and counseling can be provided if needed.

How many villages / NGOs can be integrated into manufacture of dolls?

The decisive question is not how many villages can participate in the project, but the marketing and the available capabilities, which have their limitations in the villages.

Which project information’s are available to interested persons?

A study by Dr. Senta Siller is available with the heritage museum Lok Virsa in Islamabad, Pakistan; if you type the project name and the name of volunteers on web you can get a lot of information.

How much money can I earn as a volunteer in the self health project?

All volunteers earn the same: nothing. They pay for their journey and all other costs themselves.

How can I participate in the self-help projects?

Young, middle aged and old persons can participates in the projects, if they are ready to collect experiences in different cultures; there are also introductions by German speaking coaches, who discuss the different possibilities of engagement.

Who can finance my participation?

This depends on the individual capacity of the interested persons.

How can a new group manufacture traditional dolls in best of quality?

Step by step.

Who can take over the function of the leader?

All persons, who are well versed in design, ethnology and materials processing.

What are the responsibilities of the group leadership?

*Source research for local dresses (Museums, Bazaars, etc.)
*Introduction of the project
*Organizing the group of interested persons – registrations as NGO
*Look for suitable working space
*Arrange small tools and materials
*Development of product in the group
*Making the first sample of doll clothing
*Manufacturing or buying doll jeweler , shoes and hairs
*Training of the artisans with an eye for detail
*Quality control
*Costume
*Wage accounts
*Accounting and book keeping

Which target groups can be approached at first in the country of manufacture?

*Diplomats
*Tourists
*Representative of international firms
*Teachers, parents and students of international educational institutes
*Anybody who wants to buy presents and souvenirs

How can the products be marketed economically?

*At festivals and in bazaars
*In museums – Shops
*In churches
*In hotels
*At airports

Who can market the product responsibly and cost effectively?

*The management of the group
*Members of the group and their families
*Volunteers
*Retailers with profit percentage

What possibilities of advertising are available?

*Handouts
*Press
*Radio
*Television
*Film on DV

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Buzz-Y


A bee collects pollen from a sunflower in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Time

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Secret of a happy marriage


I wasn’t going to take our future happiness for granted. I vowed not to moan or nag him like I’d heard so many other married women do.

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Women at Their Best at 31

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Women are at their attractive best when they are 31—that’s the precise age when, according to a survey, they are considered most beautiful.

The poll of 2,000 men and women, commissioned by the shopping channel QVC to celebrate its Beauty Month, found that females in their early thirties are seen as more attractive than younger girls as they are more confident and stylish.

The research concluded that beauty is as much about personality as appearance.

It was defined as being confident by 70 per cent, having good looks by 67 per cent and being stylish by 47 per cent.
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Remember being a fat girl...

I spent most of my young life as "the fat girl."

This is what I remember.

I remember the rough cobblestone steps leading up to my grade school. I sat on them clinging my green vinyl lunchbox for all of recess when my classmates didn't want to play with the fat new girl.
You remember?

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Working From Home

Monday, July 26, 2010
Working from home has has many benefits but you have to be disciplined to be productive. Working from home certainly has its benefits, particularly at this time of year - no commutes pressed up against less-than-fragrant businessmen, no clock-watching.

But there's a downside, too; it can be isolating, non-productive and lead to repeated visits to the biscuit tin and a too-intimate knowledge of the sub-plots of Murder She Wrote. Here's how to remain at your most productive...

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Dolls Village Internet Radio



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The Real Housewives

Saturday, July 24, 2010
Between the series, their personal blogs, and the various tabloids they frequent, you'd think you already knew everything about these women. But the interviews—with cast members and producers—in The Real Housewives Get Personal contains behind-the-scenes satchels of gold.

While the book is a little outdated—it was obviously completed before Kelly's Caribbean freak out and Bethenny and Jill's falling out (although Kelly does talk about bullies and uses the lemons/lemonade analogy correctly)—it's still highly entertaining and packed with actual weirdo quotes from these women. There's so much to read and look at, that fans of the franchise could find themselves cracking up at just a little corner of the table of contents.

The behind-the-scenes tidbits are really interesting. For example, the show started—with Orange County—because Executive Producer Scott Dunlop was a "disenchanted" Coto de Caza resident. His neighbor was Jeana Keough. He decided to put together a "semi-improvised sitcom" called Behind the Gates with Jeana and a few other women. He pitched it to Bravo, which they retooled into The Real Housewives.

Slade and Jo were cast on the show because they were attending a fund raising party in the neighborhood and Dunlop offered anyone who would donate enough money a cameo on the show. Slade immediately cut a check for $2500.

Producers say that Ramona Singer's "shooting ratio" is very high because "as long as she's in front of the camera, there's almost a guarantee that the scene is going to make it on the air."
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Thatta TV Radio Station

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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Heritage Restoration

Monday, July 19, 2010
The restoration of southern and northern parts of historical Wazir Khan Mosque has finally been completed, thanks to the generous funding by the US government.
The parts known as ‘Craft bazaar’, which originally housed calligraphers and bookbinders, are also ready to serve as a showcase of traditional arts and crafts after years of neglect. These parts of the mosque were in a state of disrepair for more than three decades; and the provincial archaeology department responsible for the maintenance did not have money for its restoration.

It was a typical case of blessing in disguise as some officials of the US embassy visited the mosque, a couple of years ago, and expressed serious concern over its decay. An amount of $49,000 under the US Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation was allotted for its restoration.
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Thatta Kedona: The Toy Village of Pakistan

Sunday, July 18, 2010
The film Thatta Kedona: The Toy Village of Pakistan was screened in front of an informed audience here in Lahore. The show was followed by a heated debate on such activities and how every one can participate and on very incisive observations on society by Dr. Senta Siller.

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Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence

Friday, July 16, 2010
22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America. Read more
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Greenland Dolls Project

Thursday, July 15, 2010
The idea for the project originated in the year 2002 and is based on the location of the west to east greenland. At first there were various contacts between Narsalik and Qaqortoq and in 2006 a meeting with the director of the group in greenland was held. The meeting took place in the south of the island.The pre-conditions for the project were good due to the parallels in the locations as well as the income generating factors sheep breeding and tourism.

After the activities came to a standstill and difficulties regarding deadlines and financing emerged but also as first orders for the Inuit-Dolls were received, the project was revived by arranging the finance and a visit to Kulusuk was undertaken in September 2007.

Complete manufacturing of the Inuit-Dolls is also not feasible here as the manufacturing of the naked doll would be too expensive here. For this purpose the doll bodies from Pakistan are used here. However, the hair and skin type as well as the face form correspond to the Greenland.

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Craft Bazaar

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Craft bazaar at the Wazir Khan mosque Lahore (Pakistan) opens.

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Have Been to Pakistan House Postdam, Germany?


Complete List is here

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How lo Love a Black Woman

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
You know how to love  black woman? Find out here.

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Heritage Trail

Monday, July 5, 2010

A road bifurcates towards north from Gogera town and leads to village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka (TGD) in the backwaters of the Punjab. The village has become famous all over the world for dolls and toys made here by village folks. Volunteers from German NGO DGFK are working in this village since 1992. Aside from locals, large numbers of foreigners interested in rural culture, social work and poverty alleviation, and experts in different fields of human activities come to this village and pass by the grand building of Gogera Fort. Community based local NGO Anjuman-e-Fala-e-Aama is working in cooperation with DGFK under direct supervision of two full time volunteers Dr Senta Siller and Dr Norbert Pintsch.

The idea of the conservation of the Gogera Fort and turning into a monument not only for the foreigners who frequent this area but also for next generations has become one of the active concerns of the NGO. Norbert Pintsch, Volunteer Project Director Technology Transfer and Training Center for Men in TGD, an Architect by profession and social worker by choice is taking keen personal interest in this project.

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Serena Williams Win Women's Final Wimbledon 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010
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Doll Art

Friday, July 2, 2010

Eman's first art piece on my PC

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Dolls Village Honorable Guests

Monika Kuppler is in the Womens Centre of the AFA in TGD for the fourth time this year. She has helped in the establishment of a Ceramics Workshop, which produces doll-house crockery on the basis of traditional culture and designs with the help of the young village girls.

The NGO, which has now become part of an international NGO network, has received a Seal of Excellence for Handicraft 2007 from UNESCO for its handicraft dolls, however it is still important to develop new marketable products.

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Dolls of the World


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Be in Cameroon

Thursday, July 1, 2010




Cameroon, a Place to Be

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Defenders

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