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Cheap tiny homes for Karachi’s pariahs to beat the heat

Modulus Tech building structures that can house 6-9 animals

SAMAA | - Posted: May 23, 2020 | Last Updated: 7 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: May 23, 2020 | Last Updated: 7 months ago
Cheap tiny homes for Karachi’s pariahs to beat the heat

Photo: Instagram/modulus_tech

Temperatures in Karachi soar to nearly 40 degrees Celsius as the city is gripped by its now annual heatwave, and humans are not the only ones feeling the heat. 

Stray animals, littered across the city, are particularly vulnerable in such harsh climate and are usually left on their own.

Modulus Tech, a start-up dealing with sustainable housing solutions, has come up with a way to help stray animals by providing them shelter and hopefully acceptance. 

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Fighting Animal Cruelty and Neglect Magnus Communications joins hands with @modulus_tech to reduce needless cruelty towards the street dogs in Karachi. With an incredibly terrible heatwave on its way to Karachi, a startup company by the name of ModulusTech is providing animal shelters for stray dogs to survive. Inbuilt with wind catchers, the design offers much more than just a shade, providing excellent air circulation while blocking glare from the sun. Utilizing waterproof and recyclable materials. Today we deployed three of our animal shelters for @noorulainali & @alikhurshid1 Please feel free to contact us if you’re interested in purchasing one on info@modulus-tech.com #doglovers #dogshelters #heatwave #helpthestrays #animalshelters #doghouses

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“Animals are not protected in Pakistan like they are in other countries,” said Modulus Tech’s Nabeel Siddiqui. “We are a company that specialises in affordable and sustainable housing that is ideal for refugees and internally displaced persons. We were approached by Magnus Communications to make a few shelters for dogs as part of their corporate social responsibility, so we have built three for them using the technology we use to produce our relocatable and low-cost houses that are built with recycled material. We are a for-profit social enterprise so we don’t take donations.”

Siddiqui added that each shelter can house between six to nine animals depending on their size. “The shelters are good to look at as well, so hopefully they will help people accept strays because right now they are just shunned aside. This will not only give them shelter but will also help create acceptance and awareness for these animals.”

The Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation that works actively to provide shelter to stray animals of all kinds is now looking to place an initial order of around 500 such shelters, Siddiqui claims, to be put all around the city.

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  1. M. Saeed  May 31, 2020 12:01 am/ Reply

    But, how would the stray animals be directed to make use of the shelter? How would the various categories of stray animals be accommodated in the selter witout them fighting between them? What about the upkeep?

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