A Gul Bahao team is ready to leave for Mithi (Tharparkar) any day to
- Complete and upgrade the visitor’s hall (using Chandi technology) it has put up in the civil hospital of Mithi in the month of April
- To put up one unit Chandi Ghars for the people
- To distribute its latest research product “Mithai” which is cheap,highly nutritious as well as delicious.
Kindly put your valuable 1,000 ( one thousand ) Rupees in First Women Bank, Gul Bahao account no 0007001857810001 or Allied Bank, Nargis Latif acc. no.0010032750390011( 0159 branch code )
Nargis Latif (managing trustee)
There is no doubt that Pakistan is in severe need of research work. Its universities and other institutes of scientific research by and large are not doing the kind of work they ought to be doing. This is why we have not been progressing in our economy, environment and so many other aspects of life. This is why items that could have been raw material for industry and agriculture are thrown away into garbage dumps, burnt or thrown into the sea. This only results in worse calamities, environmental pollution and natural disasters.
We refuse to acknowledge an important law of nature i.e. recycling; according to which there is nothing useless in nature not even human waste. There is perpetual crying over environmental pollution. Few solutions are given.
Gul Bahao has (for the last 15 years) been quietly working on industrial and municipal waste in order to bring forth a clean non-polluting environment as well as to make new discoveries for improving the economy and making life cheaper and easier for all.
The time is now ripe for the formation of the Gul Bahao complex, rudiments of which are already there on a 2000 sq. yards plot located on main Rashid Minhas Road. Amongst others it has been visited by:
- The German councilor, Detlef Quester
- Mrs Almithra Patel, Supreme Court India
- World bank consultant, Mr Kazim Saeed
- 25 member delegation from Quetta
- Scores of Nazims and Naib Nazims from all over Sindh
- Students of architecture from Dawood, N.E.D and Karachi University
- BBC, Zee T.V Start Plus and several local T.V channels like AAJ T.V, Indus T.V,P.T.V, Sindh T.V,ARY Digital
- WWF and representatives of several NGOs
Pakistan’s first research center on waste management during the last thirteen years has come up with the following innovations:
- Wastic blocks and panaflex panels (alternative housing)
- Instant compost
- Water purification method
- Fuel Pack
- Fodder for cattle
- Mobile toilet
- Safai/Kamai Bank
The center has spent more than five crores out of which Rs 1.5 crores was loan and funds, the rest came from its commercial activities. At its peak point one can find 70 young men working on it, using a dozen or so vehicles, i.e. trucks, pickup vans and donkey carts. The center is doing what the government research organizations and universities are expected to be doing.
The center serves as the connecting link between the environment and the economy, and is meant to send out environmental intelligence to the world community through its website, newspapers and the electronic media.
The research center will concern itself with:
- Environmental issues
- Simple and cheap technologies
The Safai/Kamai bank and the chandi ghar are the earning/commercial/welfare arms of Gul Bahao. In addition they serve as extension programs of the research activities of Gul Bahao. The commercial objective is important as it helps to maintain sustainability and puts fewer burdens on the search for funds. The Safai/Kamai bank is the up-gradation of the “kabaria” in line with 21th century requirements, while the Chandi Ghar is a pre-fabricated housing plant. The welfare aspect gives employment and succor to the most down trodden in society.
We therefore request you in all earnestness to help the cause of research cum welfare in Pakistan by donating generously for the Gul Bahao complex.
Yesterday, the CEO of Gul Bahao was invited as chief guest at Textile Institute of Pakistan (TIP). The occasion was the launching ceremony of a boat made from used pet bottles. Escorted by young female students of the institute, Nargis sat in the boat rowed by the girls. It was a delightful occasion for all those Karachites who had traveled from the heart of the city to witness the innovation.
The TIP is located at the edge of the city, near Ghaggar Phattak on 32 acres of land. It has been developed by a well known architect. Right in the middle of the lush greenery of the campus is a lake on which the boat was sailing. A good deal of mathematics must have gone into the “bottled boat” as even a strong wind failed to over turn it while the combined weight of the “passengers” did not sink it.
Then followed a number of speeches at an improvised public meeting place with the lake in the background. In her maiden speech, the student organizer of tip Ammna Shahzad revealed that she and a couple of like minded students were tired of seeing all kinds of garbage littering the idyllic campus. The main “culprits” she said were plastic pet bottles. Both the faculty and the students decided to do something about it. The result she said was the “bottled boat”.
Highly enthused by her boat trip on the campus lake, Nargis Latif reminded the audience consisting of faculty and students of the tip of the teenager James Watt who discovered the steam engine and hence ushered in the industrial revolution. She talked of the youthful Wright brothers who while trying to emulate birds trying to fly in the air ended up inventing the modern airplanes. She also spoke in detail how her urge to clean up the metropolis of Karachi landed her with 21st century concepts, innovations which “nobody in the world had ever imagined” she said and which are meant to make life cheaper and easier, she claimed.
Talking in a more serious vein, the Gul Bahao head pointed to the natural disasters afflicting Pakistan from time to time. She warned the well fed “burger class” that god forbid Karachi can “drown in a river of gutter water.” she reminded that not very long ago a 24 yr. Hour downpour resulted in high speed waves sweeping away peoples belongings in the shanty towns of the metropolis. This has also happened in the elite south she said. The cause cited was the clogging of the drainage system because of poor solid waste management for a metropolis of Karachi’s size she said research is indispensable for any proper solution of its waste management system.
In his presidential speech the head of the institute Mr. Zarar Zubair, agreed that the best way to acknowledge the student’s innovation is to market it.
In the end, amidst thunderous applause, Nargis was presented with a plaque by Mr. Zarrar Zubair. Later on as a token of honor a tree was planted in Nargis Latif’s name.