After the floods of 2010 in Pakistan, Indus Earth Trust carried out a project to create awareness about the issues concerning climate change and environmental degradation in 5 villages of District Sujawal in Sindh.
Indus Earth Trust (IET) was established in 2000 with the simple vision of providing help to neglected coastal communities in Pakistan. This film explores the work of IET in the village of Peeru Patel in Sujawal, Sindh.
IET worked closely with the community to supply clean water pumps and solar street lighting. They also worked towards community empowerment, holding local and regional government bodies and officials democratically accountable, and explored the importance of women’s education and empowerment to society. Indus Earth Trust believes that poverty is a complex, multi-layered issue, so that development must have an integrated approach for success, and that development work cannot focus only on the here and now, but also on the generations to come. Long-term sustainability in an age of climate instability is a requirement, not an option. The devastating floods of 2011 in the Sindh regions reiterated this concern, which has become a cornerstone of IET’s approach. Currently, IET operates in 5 districts in Sindh and Balochistan, with 255,000 beneficiaries in over 400 villages.
Laaltain- Performing Art Society worked with an NGO, Indus Earth Trust, which was part of the Un Grip Project. Their aim has been educate the flood affected villages of Sajawal about environmental degradation and how to combat it in the future. Laaltain's role was to reinforce these teachings of environmental cahange and how they can prevent it in the future by abiding to certain reconstruction methods, hygiene and disposal rules that have been taught to them by Indus Earth Trust. Laaltain believes that theatre is a potent tool that can help reach out to so many people and that is exactly what we hoped to achieve through this performance.
Nantanki is an excerpt from a longer performance offered by Laltain performance arts group, based in Karachi, Pakistan. The students enacted a play in the village of Sujawal, where a non-profit organization Indus Valley Trust is offering education for community residents.
Laaltain- Performing Art Society is an arts collective in Karachi, Pakistan. The film was launched at Voices Breaking Boundaries' Women Under Siege living room art production in April-May 2012.