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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)

Relief, Rehabilitation AND “Karachis gift to the world”

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Dear Sir,

This is to seek your active support in bringing Relief for and Rehabilitating people badly affected by catastrophic floods ravaging the length and breadth of the country. As usual, we intend to coordinate with the authorities concerned in putting up Relief camps, Chandi halls for storing relief items as well as rehabilitating the people in Chandi Ghars. Please visit our website http://gulbahao.org.

Your support for this cause will be amply acknowledged in our publication “Karachi”s Gift to the World” in the month of August which will be listing, photographing and explaining the various innovations developed by us. These are briefly :

  1. Chandi Technology – modular blocks which are inter convertible into a two storied house, light weight furniture (tables, chairs, beds etc), water pond, reservoirs etc.
  2. Fuel packs for producing cheap electricity
  3. Safai/Kamai bank (a futuristic bank)
  4. Instant Compost…….. and many more

The purpose of the book is manifold. To work on:

  • Waste management and conserving the environment in order to prevent extreme climatic conditions of temperatures as well as rainfall, flooding etc.
  • Disaster Management-Relief and Rehabilitation using Chandi Technology
  • To provide our youth and entrepreneurs with “Opportunities Unlimited” to make profits from minimum investment.

These innovations have received international recognition from the following:

Italian, French , Indian and South Korean publications. CNN, Voice of America, BBC, Zee T.V etc. Clinton foundation, Ashoka Foundation. UNDP, ILO, WSCC, Supreme court of India, German nationals (including their consul general), Representative of United Nations, Saarc conference held at Kathmandu.

Why are the innovations a “Gift from Karachi to the World” ?. It may be remembered that Karachi is:

  1. One of the largest metropolises of the world
  2. It has a peculiar geography (desert like conditions with a relatively moderate climate)
  3. It is highly urbanized and modernized.These very conditions gave rise to the unique discoveries mentioned above
  4. Hundreds of educated Karachites, lecturers, professors, professionals like architects, engineers, business men, philanthropists etc have donated in cash or kind, recyclable material which fetch a good price in the market. Research demands money and this is where the finances came from. Secondly Karachi’s youth, especially its uneducated youth were responsible for: The physical development of the products including collection of the raw materials. The educated youth on the other hand may be credited for arranging seminars,writing theses, reports and media coverage. In short it has been a big movement spread over a period of 21 years and costing more than 8 crore rupees.

We would like you to consider sponsoring KARACHI’S GIFT TO THE WORLD. An extremely valuable book, which will be used by government officials, professionals , environmentalists ,educationalists, business men, especially Chambers of Commerce, foreign diplomats etc according to the following rates:

  1. Back cover (Rs 3.lacs)
  2. Inside back cover (Rs 1 lac)
  3. Inside front cover (Rs. 2 lacs)
  • Full page – Rs.50,000 (fifty thousand)
  • Half page – Rs.30,000 (thirty thousand)
  • Your organisations/institution’s name in the list of sponsors – Rs. 7,000 (seven thousand)

THE PROCEEDS OF THE BOOK WILL GO INTO MAKING PREFABRICATED CHANDI GHARS FOR RELIEF, REHABILITATION AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT

The book will be launched formally either at the Karachi press club or the Arts council

Waiting for an early reply,

I am
Yours Sincerely
Nargis Latif

Sponsorship of “Karachi’s gift to the world”

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Dear sir

Gul Bahao is planning to take out a publication in the month of August which will be listing, photographing and explaining the various innovations developed by us. These are briefly  :

  1. Chandi Technology – modular blocks which  are inter convertible into a two storied house, light weight furniture ( tables, chairs, beds etc ), water pond, reservoirs etc.
  2. Fuel packs for producing cheap electricity
  3. Safai/Kamai bank ( a futuristic  bank )  ……..   and many more

The purpose of the book is  manifold. To work on:

  1. Disaster management
  2. Waste management and conserving the environment in order to prevent extreme climatic conditions of temperatures as well as rainfall, flooding etc.
  3. To provide our youth and entrepeneurs with “unlimited opportunities” to make profits from minimum  investment.

These innovations have received international recognition from the following:

  1. Italian, French , Indian  and South Korean publications
  2. CNN,Voice of America,BBC, Zee t.v etc
  3. Clinton foundation, Ashoka Foundation
  4. UNDP, ILO,WSCC, Supreme court of India
  5. German nationals (including their consul general)
  6. Representative of United Nations
  7. Saarc conference held at Kathmandu.

Why are the innovations a Gift from Karachi to the World?. It may be remembered that:

  1. Karachi is one of the largest metropolises of the world
  2. It has a peculiar geography ( desert like conditions with a relatively moderate climate)
  3. It is highly urbanized and modernized. Hundreds of educated Karachites (  lecturers, professors, professionals like architects, engineers, business men, philanthropists etc) have donated in cash or kind (recyclable material which fetch a good price in the market ). Research demands money and this is where the finances came from. Secondly Karachi’s youth, especially its uneducated youth were responsible for:The physical development of the products including collection of the raw materials. The educated youth on the other hand may be credited for arranging seminars ,writing theses, and reports and media coverage. In short it has been a big movement spread over a period of 21 years and costing more than 8 crore rupees.

We  would like you to consider sponsoring this extremely valuable book according to the following rates:

  • half page -Rs.50,000 (fifty thousand)
  • quarter page -Rs.30,000(thirty thousand)
  • your organisations/institution’s name  in the list of sponsors-  Rs. 7,000 (seven thousand)

The book will be launched in the month of  August either at the Karachi press club or the Arts council

Waiting for an early reply ,

I am
Yours Sincerely
Nargis  Latif

Letter to Pakistan’s representative in the United Nations

Dear Sir,

May the peace of God almighty be upon you!  I hope this letter of mine finds you in the best of health and spirits. In the first place please accept my heartfelt gratitude for helping in promoting the cause of Gul Bahao through your esteemed TV channel before assuming your latest responsibilities at the United Nations. This letter is in fact an appeal to you to use your good offices to further the cause of this movement, one of whose objectives is conducting research into waste management. The results have been fantastic to say the least and must be shared with the international community considering that we as Muslims and Pakistanis are duty bound to share our knowledge for the good of mankind. Sir, let me pause here and recall how it became possible for Gul Bahao to come up with its two classic innovations-the Chandi Ghar and the Safai/Kamai Bank (known as Garbage N Gold Bank). As you are aware research demands money and a great deal of it for that matter. To date more than 8crore rupees have been spent (only in 2002,1 crore and ten lacs were spent according to audited accounts). This was the time when for an entire decade the world thanks to the aggressive policies 0f Mr. Bush and company was embroiled in the deadliest war of the world. As if to create a soft corner for this war millions and trillions of dollars poured into our country especially Karachi. Certainly, getting hold of the money was no joke, but the fact remains that it came and was wisely used by us for:

  1. A socioeconomic revival
  2. Controlling environmental degradation while allowing industrialization to flourish
  3. To attract the educated youth towards research activities.

No doubt Gul Bahaos innovations have been getting coverage in the press but the approach at best has been superficial. Both the Chandi Ghar and the Safai/Kamai Bank are totally in sync with 21st century requirements. In fact most of the material used in the Chandi Ghar is high tech material. Let me describe to you the “Kutchra do Sona Lo” campaign. For two years a fleet of vehicles including trucks and pickup vans carrying young men were meeting junk dealers and motivating them to trade in garbage by giving them cash and gold. So successful was the campaign that it brought into existence a new breed of businessmen who started providing cheap raw material to industries and despite the endemic violence that keeps taking place in Karachi its economy keeps growing. The impact of the Safai mein Kamai system can be gauged from the fact that its slogan “You give us garbage, we give you gold” is a household slogan in this metropolis of more than 15 million people .The Safai mein Kamai Bank is truly the bank of the future where the instruments of banking is waste material. It is difficult to say which of the two innovations Chandi Ghar or the Garbage N Gold Bank is going to have a greater impact on the international scene. Briefly the Chandi Ghar is a modular block whose uses are multipurpose. The same blocks may be used to make a double storied houses to making  a swimming pool, furniture including chairs sofas, tables etc. They are waterproof as well as strong enough to resist storms and gales. They are easy to put up and dismantle as well. As the name suggests they are splendid to look at. Sir, recent history tells us that a single innovation has been able to change the course of history, take the example of the steam engine, the computer and now the mobile phone. I am confident that Gul Bahaos innovations are going to do just that.

It may come as a pleasant surprise to you that there has been widespread recognition of our innovations. These include:

1. German nationals connected with the German embassy
2. Clinton Foundation and Ashoka (American NGO)
3. Articles written in Courier International (French)  ,Hindustan Times (India)
4. Supreme Court of India
5. UNDP, UNESCO, World Bank
6. BBC CNN ZeeTV StarPlus
7. Included as a scientific organization in the directory of the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology. It has been covered by the mainstream print and electronic media of Pakistan
8. Have been written about in school level textbooks in both Urdu and English
9. 600 people visit our website on a monthly basis
10. Local bodies (including Nazims and Civil Servants) coming for training
11. University Students doing theses and assignments on our work

No doubt most of the gigantic work mentioned above can be claimed by me and my organization but it would be unfair not to mention hundreds of people throughout the length and breadth of Karachi who gave moral and material support especially the latter. These include:

1. Professionals like architects, engineers, teachers, lecturers, professors
2. NGOs
3. Businessmen (including office bearers of Chambers of Commerce and Industry)
4. MPAS and provincial ministers
5. Universities, elite schools
6. Women who give zakat once a year.

In addition to this and the fact that Karachi has a peculiar geography(especially its arid climate ) has made  the program  truly unique and hence the slogan “Karachi’s gift to the world” Why use the word Karachi when people from outside Karachi as well as Pakistanis living abroad have supported it Answer one must  not forget the fact that Karachi is one of the  largest metropolises of the  world  and hence any innovation coming from here is bound to affect the world. At this stage when the country is going through a rough spell and people’s morale is at low ebb it is particularly important that the above slogan be raised. If these two innovations are publicized on the world forum they are sure to renew the country’s self-esteem and confidence. February 1 will the day when Gul Bahao will be completing 18 years of its existence. In other words it has taken a full 18 years for these innovations to develop and mature. And before I forget there have been claims by other organizations and persons to own these innovations. They have not been patented by us.

Sir, you have been putting your best efforts to project Pakistan’s case abroad. God willing you will also succeed in projecting Karachi’s gift to the World as well.”

With Best Wishes I end with the prayer “May the blessings of the almighty shower down on you”

Nargis Latif
(Managing Trustee)
An Open Letter to Mr. Hussain A. Haroon Pakistan’s Representative in the United Nations