TDF Ghar

Karachi, Pakistan

TDF Ghar is a project of The Dawood Foundation. The project of preserving the historic 1930’s house (Ghar in Urdu) was initiated with an aim to provide a space that was reminiscent of Karachi of the past and to connect visitors with the city’s rich and vibrant history.

TDF Ghar was donated to The Dawood Foundation by Aisha Bai Dawood in 1961 for philanthropic educational activities. Collected archive records show that TDF Ghar was initially owned by a Hindu woman, Mrs. Haribai Motiram. She sold in April 1948 to Hanifabai Haji Ghani for her daughter Aisha Bai Dawood in June 1948 for residential purposes. In 1965 Mr. Ahmed Dawood established Hanifa Hajiani Vocational Training Centre for women with an aim to empower community women. With the passage of time, the vocational training centre witnessed a decline, and in 1991 the centre was closed. The house remained vacant for a few years before being restored in 2016 and opening to the public a year later.