The value of one hundred smiles
The value of one hundred smiles
18 May 2011

For nearly 16 years, Shamim Hassan Shivji placed close to 100 Karachi orphans with couples from around the world. She and a neighbour routinely cared for the orphaned or abandoned infants while seeking out loving homes for them. She never charged for the service – her reward was seeing kids she placed grow up to become well-educated members of society.

Salim Mohamed signing his TKN contract at the PCM Dubai Office on 5 March 2008. He would serve as PCM’s Regional Project Manager for East Africa.
Salim Mohamed signing his TKN contract at the PCM Dubai Office on 5 March 2008. He would serve as PCM’s Regional Project Manager for East Africa.
TKN service a source of valuable experience and career growth
TKN service a source of valuable experience and career growth
5 May 2011

When Salim Mohamed started his Time and Knowledge Nazrana assignment with AKDN project and construction management company PCM, the civil engineer brought decades of experience to the East African construction projects he was tasked with overseeing. He in turn gained valuable experience working in an African setting, and an understanding of what it’s like to work for an AKDN institution.

Through “Planting a Tree for Africa”, the Serena Hotels Group has planted over one million trees in the National Parks of Kenya.
Through “Planting a Tree for Africa”, the Serena Hotels Group has planted over one million trees in the National Parks of Kenya.
Climate change, the carbon market and trees
Climate change, the carbon market and trees
16 March 2011

Over the last 25 years, AKDN has planted over 100 million trees in Asia and Africa. Many communities already recognise that sustainable agro-forestry provides dividends in the form of food, fuel and fodder, and the emergence of a global carbon market presents new opportunity.

A tent village established by FOCUS to house those displaced by the torrential rains that struck Sindh in August 2010.
A tent village established by FOCUS to house those displaced by the torrential rains that struck Sindh in August 2010.
Compassion and volunteerism save Pakistan’s most vulnerable
Compassion and volunteerism save Pakistan’s most vulnerable
4 March 2011

Massive flooding last year in the regions surrounding the Indus River caused devastation, destroying more than 1.4 million acres of cropland and over one million homes. But the resilience of those affected and the compassion and generosity of those providing assistance offers hope and lessons for the times ahead.

“Superstars” near and far work to help the people of Pakistan in the wake of flooding
“Superstars” near and far work to help the people of Pakistan in the wake of flooding
12 November 2010

Despite the magnitude of the disastrous flooding in Pakistan and the impact on its people, many in the international community remain unaware, and the attention garnered early on has waned. Through individual and organised institutional efforts, many Ismailis, together with others in Pakistan and around the world, have sought to raise awareness and funds to support flood relief efforts.

A family finds shelter from the flood devastation at a FOCUS relief camp in Sindh.
A family finds shelter from the flood devastation at a FOCUS relief camp in Sindh.
Of flood rains and resilience: The struggle to survive in the wake of the Pakistan flood disaster
Of flood rains and resilience: The struggle to survive in the wake of the Pakistan flood disaster
23 September 2010

Millions of people throughout Pakistan have been devastated by heavy downpours and massive flooding that has been described as one of the worst disasters in the country’s history. But in the face of calamity, communities, institutions, government and civil society are coming together to help one another and rebuild lives.

Medical professionals gather in a surgical theatre in Kinshasa to operate on a young patient. In addition to correcting patients’ facial deformities, Operation Smile gives local trainees a chance to learn from experts in their field.
Medical professionals gather in a surgical theatre in Kinshasa to operate on a young patient. In addition to correcting patients’ facial deformities, Operation Smile gives local trainees a chance to learn from experts in their field.
Changing lives in Congo, one smile at a time
Changing lives in Congo, one smile at a time
26 August 2010

Sixteen-month-old Jimla Kasenga and 61-year-old Mukadi Kabengele both have a reason to smile. Each of them underwent facial reconstructive surgery at Operation Smile’s recent medical mission to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The week-long mission was broadly supported by members of the local Ismaili community.

Members of the Jamat had an opportunity to try a variety of dishes at the at a Golden Alliance food mela, held at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai in April 2010.
Members of the Jamat had an opportunity to try a variety of dishes at the at a Golden Alliance food mela, held at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai in April 2010.
Entrepreneurial women transform home-cooked meals into a source of income
Entrepreneurial women transform home-cooked meals into a source of income
12 August 2010

The Jamat in Dubai includes a disproportionate number of bachelors and young families, who, with all the pressures of work and modern life, find it difficult to prepare traditional home cooked meals. Meanwhile, many older women in the Jamat possess exceptional cooking skills and an enterprising spirit. The opportunity to come together was obvious, and led to the creation of a Golden Alliance.

Students from Madagascar were excited to experience some of Kenya’s wildlife during a visit to the Nairobi Safari Walk.
Students from Madagascar were excited to experience some of Kenya’s wildlife during a visit to the Nairobi Safari Walk.
Malagasy students immerse themselves in Kenyan culture and hospitality
Malagasy students immerse themselves in Kenyan culture and hospitality
6 August 2010

In April, 13 students from Madagascar travelled to Kenya for a week-long visit. It was an opportunity for them to experience a culture outside their own, meet Ismaili students from another country, and to immerse themselves in an environment where they could improve their spoken and written English.

Michael Kahlenberg leads FOCUS Regional Disaster Managers on a tour of the Emergency Operations Center at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Houston.
Michael Kahlenberg leads FOCUS Regional Disaster Managers on a tour of the Emergency Operations Center at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Houston.
FOCUS prepares disaster management teams in North America for the inevitable
FOCUS prepares disaster management teams in North America for the inevitable
6 July 2010

Earlier this year, Focus Humanitarian Assistance in North America conducted disaster management and leadership training in Houston and Toronto, for their Regional Disaster Management Teams. As a key component of the Disaster Management Programme, the training prepared community stakeholders to effectively respond to natural and man-made disasters.

CIVIC participants in Edmonton build a shed for Habitat for Humanity.
CIVIC participants in Edmonton build a shed for Habitat for Humanity.
Sustaining the humanistic tradition of civic participation
Sustaining the humanistic tradition of civic participation
30 June 2010

Through civic engagement, humankind has refined agricultural practices, reformed education, rebuilt communities after natural disasters, and strengthened civil society. In countries around the world, Ismaili Muslims have made their own mark on history through community involvement, voluntary service, youth education and political engagement.

A tribute to the Girl Scouts in Savanah, GA, where Girl Scouts USA founder Juliette Gordon Low was from.
A tribute to the Girl Scouts in Savanah, GA, where Girl Scouts USA founder Juliette Gordon Low was from.
Almost a century later, the Girl Scouts movement is still engaged in service
Almost a century later, the Girl Scouts movement is still engaged in service
10 June 2010

This year, the Girl Guide movement turns 98. Over the years, the organisation’s impact on the physical, mental and spiritual development of girls and young women has been phenomenal. Many Ismaili Muslim women who are part of the movement have become inspiring role models and leaders in their communities and the world.