Ismaili friends enjoy each others company as they take in a view of the Great Rift Valley.
Ismaili friends enjoy each others company as they take in a view of the Great Rift Valley.
“Global Encounters” opens a new window on the world for Ismaili youth
“Global Encounters” opens a new window on the world for Ismaili youth
18 October 2013

In July 2013, 64 students with roots in 13 countries gathered at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa to participate in Global Encounters, the first summer programme of its kind for Ismaili youth from around the world. Students engaged with pressing issues in global development, contended with real-world challenges, broadened their world views, built new friendships, and nurtured a sense of self-discovery.

Staff at the Aga Khan University in Karachi Drop, Cover and Hold on during the AKDN ShakeOut drill.
Staff at the Aga Khan University in Karachi Drop, Cover and Hold on during the AKDN ShakeOut drill.
The Great ShakeOut drill: Do you know what to do when an earthquake strikes?
The Great ShakeOut drill: Do you know what to do when an earthquake strikes?
10 October 2013

The Great ShakeOut is an annual drill that teaches people around the world how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake. The Aga Khan Development Network, which has been participating in the ShakeOut drill since 2011, drew more than 168 000 particpants last year, teaching them to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON when the earth begins to tremble.

Be prepared to protect yourself during an earthquake: 1. DROP and make yourself small; 2. Take COVER under a shelter; and 3. HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
Be prepared to protect yourself during an earthquake: 1. DROP and make yourself small; 2. Take COVER under a shelter; and 3. HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
DROP, COVER and HOLD ON!
DROP, COVER and HOLD ON!
10 October 2013

When an earthquake strikes, there are only seconds to react — knowing how to correctly respond can save your life or prevent major injury. Practising the DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON technique is important. You may only have seconds to protect yourself before a strong earthquake knocks you down, or causes dangerous objects to fall on you.

Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib, Honorary Secretary Arif Amlani
and President Mohamud Zaver of the Ismaili Council for the Praries visit with a host family and their guest, who was evacuated from a flooded Calgary neighbourhood.
Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib, Honorary Secretary Arif Amlani
and President Mohamud Zaver of the Ismaili Council for the Praries visit with a host family and their guest, who was evacuated from a flooded Calgary neighbourhood.
In flood-devastated southern Alberta, Calgary Ismailis rose to the challenge
In flood-devastated southern Alberta, Calgary Ismailis rose to the challenge
15 August 2013

As rains pounded southern Alberta and water levels rose earlier this summer, states of emergency were declared in Calgary and other communities across the province. Ismaili institutions and volunteers quickly organised themselves to ensure the safety of the Jamat and to assist their fellow citizens in the wake of the disaster.

Participants take a keen interest in the music session during the National Youth Camp.
Participants take a keen interest in the music session during the National Youth Camp.
Drawing strength from their diversity, Pakistani youth chart a roadmap for their future
Drawing strength from their diversity, Pakistani youth chart a roadmap for their future
6 June 2013

Young Ismailis from across Pakistan grappled with the challenge of re-imagining their country’s future last year at the National Youth Camp 2012 held in Karachi. Some 80 participants aged 18 – 22 engaged in dialogue about differences and commonality, reflected on how to make positive life choices, and learnt how they might transform their hopes for a better world into reality.

Participants rescue a casualty in a mock drill organised by FOCUS as part of the Delhi Emergency Management Exercise.
Participants rescue a casualty in a mock drill organised by FOCUS as part of the Delhi Emergency Management Exercise.
FOCUS India delivers search and rescue training as part of Delhi emergency exercise
FOCUS India delivers search and rescue training as part of Delhi emergency exercise
22 January 2013

At the invitation of and in collaboration with India’s National Disaster Management Authority, four members of the FOCUS India Search and Rescue Team conducted a training seminar for police and fire officials, members of the army, railway, home guard, and other security and government agencies in Delhi. The training was part of a week-long emergency management exercise organised by the District Disaster Management Authority of Delhi.

Canadian immigration consultant Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla was selected for an international TKN assignment by the Ismaili Council for Australia and New Zealand to find better ways to help recent migrants settle.
Canadian immigration consultant Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla was selected for an international TKN assignment by the Ismaili Council for Australia and New Zealand to find better ways to help recent migrants settle.
Matchmaker pairs volunteer skills with institutional needs
Matchmaker pairs volunteer skills with institutional needs
11 December 2012

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Azim Mitha is a matchmaker of sorts: he matches offerings of time and knowledge made by volunteers with the opportunities and needs of Jamati and Imamat institutions. In doing so, he helps qualified and capable professionals in the Jamat to offer meaningful voluntary service in their own field, while strengthening institutional capacity.

Zahra Jessa runs as a torch bearer in the 2012 London Olympics on 25 July.
Zahra Jessa runs as a torch bearer in the 2012 London Olympics on 25 July.
Hundreds of Ismaili volunteers ready to make London Olympic Games a success
Hundreds of Ismaili volunteers ready to make London Olympic Games a success
26 July 2012

Today’s opening of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games marks an historic moment for the city and for modern sport gatherings. Approximately 680 members of the Ismaili community registered to help in the Olympic effort, and will take part as drummers, dancers, torch bearers and Olympic Ambassadors.

The Miller Bell Tower is an icon of the century-old Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York.
The Miller Bell Tower is an icon of the century-old Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York.
Chautauqua Institution and the Muslim community build a relationship of common purpose
Chautauqua Institution and the Muslim community build a relationship of common purpose
17 April 2012

In their quest to broaden their relationships with religious communities, the prestigious Chautauqua Institution in New York state reached out to the Muslim community. With a mind to creating greater awareness about Islam and Muslim cultures, members of the Ismaili Muslim community responded, drawing in Muslim intellectuals to Chautauqua, who could share an understanding of Islam that is hard to find in mainstream media.

Karim Moledina (centre) enjoys a picnic with the Rovers of Darkhana Scout Group. In 2011, Moledina marked 50 years with the Scouts movement.
Karim Moledina (centre) enjoys a picnic with the Rovers of Darkhana Scout Group. In 2011, Moledina marked 50 years with the Scouts movement.
Fifty years of Scouting: One man’s commitment to fostering leadership through service
Fifty years of Scouting: One man’s commitment to fostering leadership through service
14 February 2012

Karim Moledina has been a Scout for 50 years. In that time he has worked his way up through the organisation, steadily widening his scope of impact from his local roots in Mumbai to the national stage in India, and, more recently, beyond national borders to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tajikistan. Through the Scouting movement, he is enabling young people to put their values into action.

30 January 2012

A selection of photographs from the Dear World Afghanistan campaign, taken by Grace Chung while she was an intern at Roshan in Afghanistan.

Dear World: We are equal.
Dear World: We are equal.
Dear World: Messages of hope and inspiration from Afghanistan
Dear World: Messages of hope and inspiration from Afghanistan
25 January 2012

In Afghanistan, everyone has a story to tell – stories about the country’s people, their hopes for the future, of peace and development – yet most go untold. But when a Harvard student working at Roshan decided to launch a Dear World campaign, she gave new voice to the people of Afghanistan and to the many stories they have been waiting to tell.