Fifteen trainers from Egypt and Syria learnt how to conduct high impact training in Damascus.
Fifteen trainers from Egypt and Syria learnt how to conduct high impact training in Damascus.
My year of living livelihoods
My year of living livelihoods
20 August 2009

During the course of the Golden Jubilee, many murids around the world pledged a nazrana of Time and Knowledge to Mawlana Hazar Imam. Shaheen Tejani reflects on the completion of her recent TKN engagement with the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance.

Calgary’s Ismaili Muslim community was honoured to win the 2006 Best Overall and Most Creative prize for their float, which partnered with the Calgary Meals on Wheels agency.
Calgary’s Ismaili Muslim community was honoured to win the 2006 Best Overall and Most Creative prize for their float, which partnered with the Calgary Meals on Wheels agency.
Spirit of the West is alive and thriving in the Alberta Jamat
Spirit of the West is alive and thriving in the Alberta Jamat
9 June 2009

Anyone who has visited the Canadian province of Alberta will have been touched by the Spirit of the West. In the best tradition of that spirit, the Jamat in Alberta has worked to make the province and the country a better place for all.

Benefits of local coffee house ripple through Old Town Mombasa
Benefits of local coffee house ripple through Old Town Mombasa
20 May 2009

Nestled among the narrow streets of Old Town Mombasa is a little gem of a place that radiates the hopefulness of a new generation. Founded by three Aga Khan Academy teachers, the Jahazi Coffee House is making an effort to improve life in the surrounding community.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the 2009 Conference of the Global Philanthropy Forum in Washington, DC.
Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the 2009 Conference of the Global Philanthropy Forum in Washington, DC.
Being human together
Being human together
22 April 2009

Reflecting on Mawlana Hazar Imam's speech at the 2009 Conference of the Global Philanthropy Forum, Asif Penwala explores the connection between philanthropy, the ethic of compassion and voluntary service. He observes how this relationship comes together within the Jamat, as well as the wider sphere of the Ismaili Imamat. 

Participants braved the heat and the open road to keep cycling the 550 kilometres from Mumbai to Goa.
Participants braved the heat and the open road to keep cycling the 550 kilometres from Mumbai to Goa.
Cycling the open road: FOCUS Bike4Life 2008
Cycling the open road: FOCUS Bike4Life 2008
15 March 2009

Sixty-nine people participated in the 2008 FOCUS Challenge event, cycling some 550 kilometres from Mumbai to Goa along the Konkan Coast. This photo essay documents their journey.

Dr Soroya Janmohamed with patients from Hama and Salamieh who travelled to the eye health camp.
Dr Soroya Janmohamed with patients from Hama and Salamieh who travelled to the eye health camp.
Optometrist provides eye health services to people in need
Optometrist provides eye health services to people in need
25 February 2009

According to the WHO, more than 90 per cent of visually impaired people live in developing countries. One Ismaili doctor is making eye health services accessible to some of them and improving the quality of their lives.

Edmonton youth pose outside one of the sheds they built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Edmonton youth pose outside one of the sheds they built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Building a better society through CIVIC participation
Building a better society through CIVIC participation
10 February 2009

CIVIC, an initiative to engage Jamati youth, appealed to the social conscience of young Ismailis by inviting them to give back to their local communities through voluntary service. More than 1 100 participants contributed over 4 400 hours of service to projects that benefited communities across Canada.

The ceiling light feature in the Prayer Hall consists of seven heptagonal (seven-sided) figures, visible in this close-up.
The ceiling light feature in the Prayer Hall consists of seven heptagonal (seven-sided) figures, visible in this close-up.
New Chicago-area Jamatkhana described as the “Ruby of Glenview”
New Chicago-area Jamatkhana described as the “Ruby of Glenview”
9 January 2009

Some 200 guests gathered in December for the opening of a new Jamatkhana in Glenview, Illinois. Set on 9.3 acres of land, the 26 000 square foot facility includes a prayer hall, administrative offices, classrooms, and spaces for social gatherings.

Volunteers from FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance unload water for people affected by Hurricane Ike at a Houston Point of Distribution.
Volunteers from FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance unload water for people affected by Hurricane Ike at a Houston Point of Distribution.
Texas Jamat comes together in the face of a massive storm
Texas Jamat comes together in the face of a massive storm
25 October 2008

On 13 September, Hurricane Ike surged through Houston with destructive force. The Ismaili Council and Focus Humanitarian Assistance established a Crisis Response Team to ensure the safety of the Jamat, while also assisting relief efforts in the wider Houston community.

Participants pose at the Atlanta golf tournament, held at Country Club of the South.
Participants pose at the Atlanta golf tournament, held at Country Club of the South.
Golf balls dance in support of poverty relief
Golf balls dance in support of poverty relief
25 September 2008

Three hundred golf balls rained from the sky, marking the start of the PartnershipsInAction Annual Golf Tournament. The AKF-USA fundraising initiative was an opportunity for golfers to learn about international development while enjoying a day on the green.

Giving the gift of sight through service
Giving the gift of sight through service
22 August 2008

Service is a cornerstone of the social conscience that Islam espouses. Alqaim Giga and Sehar Lalani have applied their passion for service to the improvement of eyesight and eye health among peoples living in different parts of the world.

Ishkashim Jamatkhana in Afghanistan, with the mountains of Tajikistan visible in the background.
Ishkashim Jamatkhana in Afghanistan, with the mountains of Tajikistan visible in the background.
First purpose-built Jamatkhana opens in the Ishkashim region of Afghan Badhakhshan
First purpose-built Jamatkhana opens in the Ishkashim region of Afghan Badhakhshan
8 August 2008

The Jamat of Afghanistan celebrated the opening of the first purpose-built Jamatkhana in the Ishkashim district of Badakhshan. Hundreds gathered for the official opening, which was attended by a number of distinguished guests including the Governor of Badakhshan Province and the President of the Provincial Assembly.