Chandi Ghar technology introduced to president of Pakistan, Mr.Mamnoon Hussain

Provincial Disaster Authority Sindh
Provincial Disaster Authority Sindh

To the President of Pakistan
Mr.Mamnoon Hussain

Dear sir,

First of all please accept my heartiest congratulations on becoming the President of the Islamic republic of Pakistan. It is our good fortune that you have been selected from our home town there by giving us easier access to you and conversely giving you a better understanding of Gul Bahao’s innovations which are set to make a big difference to the socioeconomic revival of Pakistan. For more details please visit our website http://gulbahao.org. Sir,I believe that the devastating floods drowning the villages of Pakistan can also serve as a blessing in disguise to the urban dwellers, the traders and youth of Karachi who can fulfil some of the basic needs of the villagers as well as generate income for themselves and improve on their skills .

Gul Bahao 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 them are the “Chandi” blocks which are modular i.e a two storeyed house can be converted into furniture or a small water reservoir and vice versa in just a few hours. They are all weather proof i.e cool in summer and warm in winter,strong against the elements and extremely cost effective. The raw material which is the clean plastic waste of Karachi’s factories is being brought to us at our doorsteps by some of these factories.

Sir, as you know that many of the flood affectees are those who live 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 at a higher ground level. After the flood subsides they can return to the river bed again with all their belongings intact. The dismantling of the houses in the riverbed before the arrival of the floods will directly help in lessening the overflowing of the rivers. The alternative of the Chandi Ghar will also ensure that the flood affectees will then not have to rush to big cities, causing overcrowding and hence making them unsustainable.

During the last ten years or so Gul Bahao has been able to put up 150 Chandi Ghars in different parts of the country viz, Mansehra, Muzaffargarh, Thatta and Karachi. Thanks to this experience it has been able to refine its product to the extent that it has succeeded in bringing it at par with any other 21 st century innovation. What is more, it has been able to attract international attention as well. Both Voice of America and CNN have given it detailed coverage. International organisations like the UNDP, Clinton Foundation, German Embassy officials have taken keen interest in Gul Bahao’s research program. The list is long.

Ever since the start of the monsoon season we have speeded up our efforts to make Chandi Blocks, the basic unit of the Chandi Ghar. It is our greatest ambition to provide as many Chandi Ghars as possible. God willing they could run into thousands. For this we are also tapping the well off people of Karachi as well as educational institutions to donate cash or even recyclable waste which can be sold in the market. Gul Bahao intends to garner support from different strata of society like traders, professionals, educationists etc.

At this stage we need the moral support of the government. In this case we would be highly honored by your presence on the occasion of the departure of the first batch of Chandi blocks or alternately at a reception at the Arts Council to mark the event.

Waiting for an early reply,

I am,

Yours Sincerely

Nargis Latif

Chandi Ghars for flood affectees

Chandi Ghar Interiror
Chandi Ghar Interiror

Dear Sir,

Gul Bahao has been putting up prefabricated structures called Chandi Ghar for the last several years. The Chandi Ghar made its debut in the earthquake of 2005 in the Mansehra region. With the passage of time thanks to continuous research and experimentation we have come up with a product which is quick to put up long lasting, clean, good looking and very cost effective (between Rs,15,000 – 25,000 ) So far in the last several years we have been able to put up more than 80 Chandi Ghars in Mansehra, Muzzafarghar and Thatta as well as the slum areas of Karachi.

Now we plan to put up 10 ‘x12’ sized Chandi Ghars in flood affected areas of the country with the help of other NGOs as well as through administrative help from the government of the relevant districts at the earliest possible.

The importance of this scheme lies not only in the immediate putting up of these houses but also as a model to be emulated all over the world.

I therefore appeal to you in all earnestness to support us by donating for as many houses as is possible. We on our part will make sure that your help is acknowledged and publicized.

Yours Sincerely,
Nargis Latif (Managing trustee Gul Bahao)

Worlds first plastic house plant established

Worlds first plastic house plant established
Worlds first plastic house plant established

Today, Nargis Latif Managing Trustee of the Gul Bahao Trust while addressing the assembly of A level students of City School PAF chapter announced that Gul Bahao has succeeded in establishing the world’s first assembly plant of prefabricated housing made from plastic waste on main Rashid Minhas Road on a two thousand yards plot. Nargis claimed amidst tremendous applause that Gul Bahao has developed a totally new product through its research work which is comparable to any other innovation of the 21st century. She exhorted that we Pakisanis must rid ourselves of the inferiority complex that we are incapable of innovating. She said one of the impact of the plant will be to make a name for Pakistan as no one in the world including the developed countries has come anywhere close to designing the Chandi Ghar (Made of building blocks from plastic waste) She said that the raw material is being supplied by manufacturers free of cost and in tones which has helped to reduce the cost of the houses considerably the result is that the plant is in a position to supply hundreds of houses to flood affected areas. And now a 20’ x20’ house will cost as little as Rs 40,000. She reminded the audience that last year Gul Bahao put up a number of Chandi Ghars in the flood affected areas of Muzzafargarh and Thatta . Nargis said that in order to make a deeper impact Gul Bahao will open the doors of this vital research open to the public especially the business community so that the Chandi Ghars may be produced enmasse and large numbers of flood affectees may be benefited.

Here, the head of Gul Bahao announced the formation of the Gul Bahao Club whose objective she said is to form Research Centres in the schools. However as a first step she said students will be asked to bring in recyclable garbage like paper, plastic etc from their homes which will be a source of revenue generation for the houses to be built for the flood affectees . She said in the past the students had donated their dry garbage but only in a limited way and that now efforts would have to be increased manifold. She revealed that Karachi University and NED University have been supporting Gul Bahao’s cause by donating their recyclable waste. This she said helped the organization considerably in meeting its expenses. She exhorted the students to “donate” as much recyclable garbage as possible to Gul Bahao.

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 –  One Unit costs Rs. 40,000 with double ceiling).

Key to Pakistan’s success – expanding small cities

Key to Pakistan’s success – expanding small cities
Key to Pakistan’s success – expanding small cities

Yesterday, Gul Bahao’s Nargis Latif addressed the senior students of City School PAF Campus. According to her Gul Bahaos innovations can easily turn the tide in Pakistan’s favor especially in the strife torn Karachi. She said that a major reason for Karachi’s turmoil is the overcrowding of the metropolis. Referring to Mao Tse Tungs China she said the key to Chinas success was moving the population from big cities to the countryside and forming new towns and cities. In any case she said that our Sindhi villagers are quite happy in their villages. It is only the floods which after destroying their houses render them penniless and they have to flee to the cities.

The managing trustee of Gul Bahao claimed that Gul Bahao’s Chandi Ghar is the ideal solution for our flood affected areas. Being prefabricated these houses can be put up in hours and dismantled just as quickly. The building blocks called wastic blocks are huge 6X17X21 and made of plastic material. They are extremely strong against the elements as well as long lasting. She explained research on this innovation cost her organization 80 million rupees and took 17 years to develop. She pointed out that it has been put up in several places and stood the test of time. Giving one example she said that Gul Bahao’s office is located in one such Chandi Ghar for the last four years and has survived cyclones and heavy downpours. She revealed that its advantage is its very low cost (between Rs.20,000-40,000) having size 20’x20’. This is because the raw material i.e plastic foil is being supplied in tonnes by big multinational companies.

Nargis revealed that recent delegations from UNDP, UNESCO and Pakistani born Britishers came to study this new innovation at Gul Bahao’s set up Gulshan-e-Iqbal. She said the organization has attracted organizations as diverse as Clinton foundation, German embassy, French nationals, CNN, Supreme Court of India etc.

Here it may be mentioned that the City school PAF Chapter has been helping the Gul Bahao organisation in its campaign for collecting funds through Garbage collection and the talk was arranged by the school for helping Gul Bahao to build houses for the flood affectees.

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 –  One Unit costs Rs. 40,000 with double ceiling).

Donation for flood affectees

Donation for flood affectees
Donation for flood affectees

Once again Pakistan is being devastated by floods which are wiping away peoples homes. Gul Bahao has come up with a solution. The Chandi Ghar a prefabricated house which can be put up and dismantled easily and quickly. For the last several years several Chandi Ghars have been put up in earthquake affected areas, flood affected areas and where fires have broken out. What is more Karachi’s premier factories are providing some of the raw material free of cost so that a one unit house will cost as little as 40,000 rupees. So please help!.

Kindly help us by donating. We accept payments from western union. For information about making a donation please contact us or inform us on telephone numbers 021-32250452,0333-8869491, 0300-6628697 or through SMS. ( One Unit costs Rs. 40,000 with double ceiling).