History of Sojhla
“Sojhla” is a Siraiki word that means “Dawn”. In reference to its name, the main thrust of Sojhla is to raise the consciousness of general public regarding social issues confronting them, using theatre as an effective tool. The history of this organization tells that it was established in 2002 as a theater group by few passionate volunteers who were working in different organizations. The basic objective to establishing this organization was raising awareness on different social and political issues. As all founders were professionals and had good experience working on different development issues, it was decided that Sojhla will work as an advocacy organization which will struggle for raising awareness on rights and obligations. The very first long term project was initiated with the financial support of Action Aid in 2008 and the same year Sojhla registered it-self under societies’ Act 1860. Now Sojhla is working on multiple issues such as law and order situation, street crime, intolerance, and religious extremism leading towards terrorist activities. The major focus of Sojhla is working with marginalized communities so that they become empowered and raise their voices for having their rights.
Sojhla is facilitating those rural communities which are powerless to represent their issues at decision making level through forming their group, running media campaigns on their social and political issues, developing information documentaries and organizing social theaters etc. Sojhla is also working for empowerment and confident demonstration of local culture inherited by respective folk and land. Sojhla aims to promote local wisdom of the saints and mystics who led their lives for the sole origin of cementing friendly relations between humankind irrespective of caste, creed, faith and dogma.