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Making a Difference

Friday, October 21, 2011

Two volunteers Therapist Gundula (left) and Porter Monika Kuppler (right) are working in Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka, the famous Dolls Village in rural Pakistan.

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Lahore International Association at TGD

Tuesday, October 18, 2011




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Love, hate

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Love between men and women is the foundation of a conjugal relationship. Tell us why you love your spouse? Opinions from cross section of cyber society (may be anonymous) in comment section will be brought up in the post (and comment deleted) or email.


Women
Reasons: Why I love my husband?
  1. He is the love of my life.
  2. He is the best person I know; very adoptive.
  3. He has earned my trust and I know he will never leave me.
  4. He cares and provides for me.
  5. He sings to me constantly, making up the songs as he goes along.
  6. He writes real songs for me and plays them on his guitar in bed.
  7. After a fight, he always makes sure to heap loads of love on me to assure me that we are still going to be okay.
  8. He is not too tough to cry in front of me.
  9. He is beautifully sensitive and loving.
  10. He needs me.
  11. He makes up characters like the Invisible Monkeys and the Face Bug and then sicks them on me. (The Invisible Monkeys tickle and the Face Bug dances on your face and ears.)
  12. He insists that I'm clever and compliments my work.
  13. He buys me stuffed toys all the time. Even when I insist I have too many. He knows I don't mean it.
  14. He always listens to me.
  15. Every day he has some thing nice to say to me.
  16. He always says that I am not chubby. He makes me believe that.

    Reasons: Why I do not love my husband?
    1. He does not trust me.
    2. He has a big ego that does not let him budge.
    3. He is selfish.
    4. He does not brush his teeth.
    5. He cares more for his parents then for me.
    6. He comes home to sleep only; spends all quality time outside doing business and with friends.
    7. He has a crush on every woman he meets.
    8. He is adict.
    9. He smells.
    10. He is always comparing me with wives of others.
    11. He is a cheat.
    12. After 36 years of marriage, there are more things that I dislike about my husband than I like. He seems to live in his own world and I am just a part of it.
    13. All he knows about me is that I have b****ts.
    14. I thought he loved me but after marriage it came out that he married to get imigration papers. Now that he is settled, he is looking for even greener pastures.
    15. My husband and me fight all the time.
    16. He says that I have pimples on face, no lustre on it, circles round eyes.
    17. My husband is a wonderful, charming, loving guy to every one, but when it comes to me, he can be a son of a …

      Men

      Reasons: Why I love my wife?
      1. She has earned my full trust over time.
      2. She is a wonderful person and sincere friend.
      3. She is very caring: helps me get ready for the day, day after day.
      4. She takes care of our home.
      5. She is respectful to my parents.
      6. She is easy to to talk to and participate positively and keenly.
      7. She is very beautiful.
      8. I always find neat home, when I come back after work.
      9. She cooks good.
      10. She always calls me from home to remind to take my lunch on time.
      11. She has become my best friend over time; she listens, she shares.

      Reasons: Why I do not love my wife?
      1. She is very selfish and always thinks about herself.
      2. She keeps telling our kids that I am not doing enough for them.
      3. She thinks I have a lot of money hidden from her and keeps on spending recklessly.
      4. She does not like sex. She sleeps with me only as a duty not as a passion.
      5. She does not like my parents. (She does not like her parents either).
      6. She keeps nagging.
      7. She does not need me; only needs my securities in life.
      8. She sleeps too much.
      9. She is always complaining.
      10. She is never thankful or happy.
      11. My wife will not do what I tell her to do but will do things what others tell her. BTW, I have never advised her with malice; never.

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        Summer Camp in Hunza with Monika and Sophie Kuppler

        Tuesday, October 11, 2011
        The adventure of this year’s summer school started for three women from TGD, Shama Bibi, Sarvat Bibi, and Meraj Bibi and their teachers Monika (arts and handicrafts) and Sophie Kuppler (English). Unfortunately, in the last moment three of the originally six participants had to stay at home due to family problems. After 25 hours of sitting in the car they arrived at the guesthouse in Altit, Hunza where they stayed for 18 nights. The days were filled with learning English, enhancing handicraft skills, especially in pottery and doll making, cooking, and playing games.



        For learning English the women were separated into two groups. One of them already knew some English and a school book was used to enhance her reading, speaking and writing skills. The other two women did never visit a school and thus never learned to read or write. In their lessons most weight was put on being able to communicate with the volunteers coming to teach handicrafts.


        Thus, under a lot of laughter the learned things were repeated and deepened while working.Of course, the 2.5 weeks did not only serve to study, but also to get to know the country and how differently people live in the country’s north and south. The happier the participants were to find very friendly and welcoming village people, some of whom quickly became friends with the women from TGD. Knowledge about handicrafts was exchanged and cooking skills tested.



        Also different living styles and styles of houses were discussed with the two local friends, Sultana and Bushra.The most exciting day for sure was the day of the excursion to the Passu glacier. Never before had the women touched or seen ice in their lives, now they could even walk on it!After an exciting and instructive 2.5 weeks everybody was happy to return to their families, sad to leave the newly made friends and full of wonderful memories. The participants of the summer school would like to thank Lions Club Heilbronn, Mrs Gabi Fröhlich, Explore Pakistan, Mr Shafqat Ali, and Mr Amir Jan, who all together made this stay possible and enjoyable.




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        C A T

        Friday, October 7, 2011
        Center for Appropriate Technology (CAT), is NGO based in Bamenda, Capital of North West Region in the Republic of Cameroon.

        Vision of the NGO, founded in 2001, is development, presentation on exhibitions and promoting of appropriate technology. For men, do-it-yourself usage of appropriate technology gives a hope of independence from central technical infrastructure. And for women handmade dolls, dressed in traditional attires from the different provinces is a means of additional income generation in rural areas. CAT also involves children in different initiatives through Youngsters Club.

        CAT has develop active cooperation with foreign NGOs like Technology Transfer and Training Centre in Pakistan, Institute for Planning and Consulting, German Society for the Development of Culture (DGFK) and Bamenda University of Science and Technology (B.U.S.T).

        This blog, in addition to useful information about Cameroon (one of the most diverse African countries that is called Africa in Miniature) and its culture and people, will covers CAT initiatives and projects.

        Mr Njini Victor is Programme Director and Sobe Manasse, Programme Coordinator and Assistant at CAT..

        Related: Snail Farming in Cameroon

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        AeFeA Workshops With Monika Kuppler

        Monday, October 3, 2011


        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.







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        European Projects

        Sunday, October 2, 2011



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        Dolls Galore

        Saturday, October 1, 2011

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