Zakaat for the Shelterless

Donate your Zakaat to Gul Bahao
Donate your Zakaat to Gul Bahao

Dear Friend,

May the peace of the almighty be upon you!

It was in 2005 during the disastrous earthquake in the northern areas that Gul Bahao started making low cost Chandi Ghars for the shelterless. Ever since, whenever a disaster struck Pakistan, be it in Mansehra, Awaran (Baluchistan) the great deluge of 2010 affecting Thatta, Muzaffargarh, massive fire in Shanti Nagar (Gulshan-Iqbal), drought in Tharparkar, Gul Bahao has rushed to put up its prefabricated Chandi Ghars . These structures are put up in very little time. From a few days the installation time has dropped to a few hours. This despite the fact that the Chandi Ghars are as long lasting as houses made of stone or marble!.

While the number of houses put up may be symbolic only (not more than 150 houses, relief camps have been put up) the continuous work on this innovation has resulted in a boon not just for the disaster affectees of Pakistan but also for mankind as a whole . The Chandi Technology has the potential to change the world just like the mobile phone. Just as the mobile is multi functional so too the Chandi technology. Being modular it serves as a mobile toilet, a soft bed (fit for the king) tables, chairs and even a water reservoir!. A long lasting house strong against the elements and within the reach of the poorest of the poor. All because it took 22 years of hard and persistent work and an input of 9 crores from the wealthy and generous hearted people of Pakistan!.

Gul Bahao is also working on disaster management especially the heat wave in which it is planned to put up relief camps complete with a cooling pond and a mobile clinic. Here, it must be remembered that one of the best features of the Chandi Technology is its insular nature i.e it is cool in summer and warm in winter.

With the blessings of the almighty and your support Gul Bahao is planning on an ambitious program of replacing mud houses with Chandi Ghars. This is the need of the hour. Mud houses are problematic especially when heavy rains cause them to collapse and because they are hot beds of infectious diseases. Plastic material on the other hand is sterile by nature. Metalized film, a form of plastic is the raw material of the Chandi Ghar. This will ensure that people living in Chandi Ghars will be secured from many infectious diseases.

If our rural people start living in cool clean and weather resistant Chandi Ghars, they will not have to flock to major cities like Karachi and Lahore, rendering these megalopolises unsustainable.

We at Gul Bahao are assiduously spreading translations of the Holy Quran in 3 languages (Urdu, Sindhi and English). In order that our people are not deprived of the sacred words of the almighty due to their ignorance of the Arabic language.

Our past efforts and future plans for the upliftment of the Muslim Ummah makes us eminently eligible for your Zakat. Please put your contribution in First Women Bank Gul Bahao ac.no 0007 (branch code) 001-85781-0001, or Allied Bank, Nargis Latif acc.no. 00100-3275039-0011-0159 (branch code) Do inform us through SMS or through Telephone numbers: 32250452, 0333-8869491 and 0301-2754469

Yours Sincerely,

Nargis Latif (managing trustee)

Chandi Technology set to change the world

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It could be called a mini exhibition in a mega event. The showcasing of the Chandi Technology at the science exhibition held at the Dawood Public School. The venue was just the right one to display a new invention!. There were life size murals describing the lives and works of well known inventors. The mobile message from Gul Bahao, the parent organization of Chandi Technology ran “Chandi Technology – Karachi’s Gift to the world!, all set to change the world”. Truly the Chandi technology has caught the imagination of people living in different parts of the world. New York, Holland, Delhi, South Korea, Italy, France, parts of the Middle East etc, thanks to CNN, Voice of America, Al Jazeera etc. Pakistans social media is also chatting about this innovation.

As one entered the school premises, one had to go through a make believe tunnel. Immediately after in the brilliant sunshine, amidst picturesque surroundings stood the Chandi Ghar with a water reservoir right in front. The Chandi Ghar as the name suggests was doing full justice to its name. Its sheer beauty was attracting thousands of people on a daily basis. The school records showed that in the last 3 days more than 50,000 (fifty thousand) youngsters attended the exhibition. This excluded the parents and teachers who attended it.

Many of the visitors who came to the Chandi Ghar came with the preconceived notion that the Chandi Ghar being an offshoot of the Gul Bahao waste managment program must be made up of garbage. People young and old kept congratulating the CEO of Gul Bahao trying ways of recycling the city’s garbage. On the other hand, the staff of Gul Bahao was at great pains to explain to the people that in fact a new technology, first time in the world has come up during the last 12 years or so. They kept insisting that the raw material used in the Chandi Technolgy is so clean that it can be used in places of worship. That it is metalized film which though they are factory leftovers is sterile material which can be called virgin material.

Gul Bahao’s spokesman Mohammad Hannan explained to the groups of visitors that kept coming in that the longevity of the Chandi Ghar can be gauged from the fact some of the structures put up in various parts of Pakistan are there since the last several years. One such Chandi Ghar at Ibrahim Haideri has been there since the last 10 years, according to him. What is more, these structures have proved themselves against heavy storms in several places.

Pointing to the photographic mounts displayed on the tables (even these were made up of the Chandi Technology) Mohammad Hannan claimed that 150 structures using this technology have been put up all over Pakistan. These include a marriage hall, lecture hall, single rooms, ware house, water reservoir, rest house etc.

Here it may be added that only a short while ago, during the 3 weeks leading upto the Eidul Azha , a Chandi Hall was put up for exhibition at the Cattle Mandi on Superhighway. Throughout that time the Chandi Hall exuded a gold like effect during the night, while its silver effect shimmered in the day time, captivating the imagination of thousands of people thronging the streets of the Mandi.

BANNER FOR ROZGAR LA MEHDOOD

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Dear Friends,

May the peace of the Almighty be upon you!. This is to seek your attention to the novel discovery of the Chandi Technology which has the key to a prosperous Pakistan. What is more we have slowly but surely started getting both national and international Media Coverage. Newspapers of France, Italy, Holland, South Korea and India have given us very positive coverage while T.V channels CNN, Voice of America, Al Jazeera and several lesser known channels have been covering us for years.

This is apart from Pakistani channels, which have given us abundant coverage. We now intend to run a 3-week long campaign called Rozgar La Mehdood in the Gai (Cow) Mandi located on main superhighway from the 21st of August right upto Eidul Azha. We have been allotted prominent space 15ft x 30ft area in the VIP area block 1, front row facing the super highway. Here, an attractive looking Chandi Hall. i.e a prefabricated structure will be put up complete with the latest innovations of the Chandi technology. In this campaign opportunities will be offered to our youth and entrepreneurs. New and profitable ways of making money with the least investment using the Chandi technology.

A second and vital aspect of the display would be to provide “shelter for the shelter less”. Another part of the campaign meant to provide subsidized housing for the poorest of the poor. One way would be to explain to the poor how they can make cheap plastic houses them selves. Second would be to motivate people to donate for the cause. The occasion provides ample opportunity for extensive publicity of your products as well as for your CSR activity. The Cow Mandi you must be aware is the biggest one of its kind in the world which gets massive publicity on a daily basis. We would like you to sponsor the 3 week event at the following rates: a) Banner inside the hall 3ft x 6ft – Rs.5o,ooo. b) Banner on the exterior wall 3ft x 6ft. Rs.1,00,000. c) Banner on the side facing the superhighway 3ft x 6ft. Rs.1,75,000.

Yours Sincerely,

Nargis Latif (CEO – Gul Bahao)

Shelter for the Shelter less

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SUB: SHELTER FOR THE SHELTER-LESS

OPEN LETTER TO

The Prime Minister of Pakistan

Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif

Dear Sir,

May the peace of the almighty be upon you! Here is a proposal which if undertaken will not only help in the Revival of the Economy but will also enable Pakistan to stand tall in the international arena!. Please visit our website http://gulbahao.org.

Gul Bahao a research organization during the last 20 years of its existence and a monetary input of more than 8 crores has succeeded in coming up with unique innovations. Among these are the “Chandi” blocks which are modular i.e a two storied  house can be converted into furniture or a small water reservoir and vice versa in just a few hours. They provide excellent insulation i.e they are cool in summer and warm in winter. Strong against the elements and extremely cost effective i.e as little as Rs.400/sq.ft!  The raw material which is the clean plastic waste of Karachi’s factories is expected to last more than a life time.

Sir, as you are aware disasters such as earthquakes and floods have been striking Pakistan for the last several years rendering millions of people homeless. This can also serve as a blessing in disguise for the urban people, the traders and youth who can fulfil some of the basic needs of the villagers as well as generate income for themselves and improve on their skills. This can be done using the Chandi Technology which can rightly be called  “A Gift of Karachi to the world”.

The Chandi Technology may provide the best answer to earthquakes on two accounts. a) They are strong against external pressure b) They can be put up in no time. In the case of the flood affectees, many of these are often found living in the river beds or “kutcha areas”. For them the Chandi Ghar will be invaluable as they can be dismantled in a matter of hours whenever a flood warning is sounded. After dismantling, the Chandi Ghar can be reassembled again on a higher ground level. The alternative of the Chandi Ghar will also ensure that the disaster affected i.e flood and earthquake affectees will then not have to rush to big cities, causing overcrowding, and making them unsustainable.

During the last ten years or so more than 150 Chandi Ghars and  Chandi Halls have been put up in different parts of the country viz Mansehra, Muzaffargarh, Thatta, Awaran (Baluchistan), Mithi ( Tharparkar) and Karachi. What is more, this technology has been able to attract international attention as well. Apart from the print media, Voice of America and CNN have given it detailed coverage. World organizations like the United nations, Clinton Foundation and German Embassy officials have taken keen interest in this technology.

It is our greatest ambition to provide as many Chandi Ghars as possible to the people of Pakistan. For this we have been tapping the well off people of Karachi for donations in cash or even recyclable waste which can be sold in the market. We now intend to seek support from all over the country as well as from Pakistanis living abroad. God willing we will soon be in a position to provide subsidized clean durable housing to millions of people!

At this stage we need the moral support of the government.

Waiting for an early reply,
I am,
Yours Sincerely
Nargis Latif (MANAGING TRUSTEE GULBAHAO)

Chandi Technology for Sale

 

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Dear Friends

Gul Bahao has been relentlessly pursuing its research program for the last 22 years. A very useful product, the Chandi Technology has emerged after a monetary input of more than 8 crore rupees!. For the last ten years or so we have been putting up Chandi Ghars in different parts of Pakistan. Mansehra, Muzaffagarh, Thatta, Awaran, Mithi (Tharparkar) as well as in Karachi. All these together number 150 structures including halls, rooms, warehouses etc.

The following results have been obtained:

  1. They are durable, long lasting, strong against the elements i.e storms, rains, insects etc.
  2. Cool in summer and warm in winter
  3. Being essentially plastic in nature, they are clean. They have the following advantages:
  • Stunning looks. Its silver exterior glitters like silver or gold, depending upon the colour of light falling on it.
  • Highly affordable. Less than half the cost of conventional structures Rs. 400/sq ft.
  • Quick to put up. Being prefabricated it takes hardly a day.
  • The blocks and panels used in it can be changed into a water reservoir, a bed, table, sofa etc.

We strongly believe the Chandi Technology will become an indispensable part of our lives just like the CNG kits, Mobile Phones, Solar Panels and other modern innovations. However , for the time being we recommend the Chandi Ghar for the following uses:

  1. Classrooms,lecture halls,examination halls etc.
  2. Exhibitions
  3. Warehouses for storing food grains
  4. Marriage halls
  5. Best alternative to Tents and Shamianas,
  6. Mobile camps of any kind
  7. Pent houses( a room on roof tops )
  8. Farm houses
  9. Labour colonies
  10. Low lying areas
  11. Low cost houses for disaster affected areas viz earthquakes, floods etc.

Profits generated from this will go into further research and our welfare program, “Shelter for the shelter less”. For details please visit our website: http://gulbahao.org

Yours Sincerely,
Nargis Latif (managing trustee, Gul Bahao)