Roshan Hemani is the Plant Nursery Manager at the Aga Khan University’s Principal Campus in East Africa at Arusha.
Roshan Hemani is the Plant Nursery Manager at the Aga Khan University’s Principal Campus in East Africa at Arusha.
TKN volunteer aims to plant a forest while nurturing “mother plants” for Tanzania
TKN volunteer aims to plant a forest while nurturing “mother plants” for Tanzania
14 October 2011

Lifelong educator Roshan Hemani has been hard at work on the site of the new campus of the Aga Khan University in Arusha. But instead of moulding young minds she is re-forming the landscape – Hemani and a team of gardeners are on a mission to plant 150 000 trees in the area. And the plant nursery she has established may become a vital source in sustaining Tanzania’s ecology for years to come.

Ismaili volunteers taking part in the USA Jamat’s I-CERV programme pack clothes for Ocean Park Community Center in California.
Ismaili volunteers taking part in the USA Jamat’s I-CERV programme pack clothes for Ocean Park Community Center in California.
Ismaili Muslims uphold tradition of voluntary service hand-in-hand with their fellow Americans
Ismaili Muslims uphold tradition of voluntary service hand-in-hand with their fellow Americans
31 August 2011

Service to humanity is at once an ethic deeply rooted in the Islamic tradition, as well as a fundamental expression of American civic values. Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11th tragedy in partnership with their fellow Americans, Ismaili Muslims across the United States will volunteer in a wide range of service activities in their local communities.

Nasir Jetha with traditional dancers in Kyrgyzstan, where he served as a TKN volunteer at the University of Central Asia.
Nasir Jetha with traditional dancers in Kyrgyzstan, where he served as a TKN volunteer at the University of Central Asia.
University of Central Asia benefits from the services of a worldly accountant
University of Central Asia benefits from the services of a worldly accountant
31 August 2011

Nasir Jetha’s career in accounting and finance has taken him around the world, from Tanzania to England, Canada and Bermuda. Most recently, it took him to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where he helped oversee the Finance Department of the University of Central Asia as a TKN volunteer.

Fauzia of the FOCUS Search and Rescue Team, Gilgit demonstrates an evacuation technique.
Fauzia of the FOCUS Search and Rescue Team, Gilgit demonstrates an evacuation technique.
Through the camera lens: Life after the floods (Part 1)
Through the camera lens: Life after the floods (Part 1)
3 August 2011

In this first installment of a two-part story, broadcast journalist Faridoun Hemani describes his experience as part of a team that visited areas stricken by the 2010 Pakistan floods to document the impact of the AKDN Early Relief and Recovery Programme. The team travelled to Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, where they listened to local people recount life-changing stories.

Life after the devastating floods — a boy lost in thought in Darkut, Gilgit-Baltistan.
Life after the devastating floods — a boy lost in thought in Darkut, Gilgit-Baltistan.
Through the camera lens: Life after the floods (Part 2)
Through the camera lens: Life after the floods (Part 2)
3 August 2011

In this conclusion of a two-part story, broadcast journalist Faridoun Hemani recounts his experience as part of a team that visited areas stricken by the 2010 Pakistan floods to document the impact of the AKDN Early Relief and Recovery Programme. The team travelled to Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, where they listened to local people tell life-changing stories.

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.