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.

AKF Rural Support Team visits a farm in Syria to check on the new irrigation system.
AKF Rural Support Team visits a farm in Syria to check on the new irrigation system.
Two cities inextricably linked by a shared heritage and common values
Two cities inextricably linked by a shared heritage and common values
7 August 2008

During the past year, Sameer Kassam served as a volunteer with the Aga Khan Development Network in Salamieh and in Cairo. In addition to gaining an understanding of the AKDN’s work and local impact, Kassam also noted the links between the two cities.

Ismaili Volunteers and members of the Aga Khan Scouts and Guides gather at Mamzar Park for the 2008 Dubai Terry Fox Run.
Ismaili Volunteers and members of the Aga Khan Scouts and Guides gather at Mamzar Park for the 2008 Dubai Terry Fox Run.
UAE Jamat volunteers in event to raise funds for cancer research
UAE Jamat volunteers in event to raise funds for cancer research
29 July 2008

Every year since Dubai held its first Terry Fox Run in 1999, the Jamat in United Arab Emirates has helped with the event’s organisation. The 2008 run set a new benchmark for attendance and fundraising, making a significant contribution to cancer research and raising awareness about the disease.

Nurjehan Mawani
Nurjehan Mawani
Transforming the world through institutional imagination
Transforming the world through institutional imagination
21 May 2008

Nurjehan Mawani honoured by UNIFEM Canada - In 2007, Nurjehan Mawani was the recipient of the UNIFEM Canada award for her work in advancing equality for women and girls. In her acceptance remarks, she discussed the role that institutional imagination can play in addressing complex societal issues.

Nafisa Gulshaeva, a staff member of the AKF-supported Institute of Professional Development in Dushanbe, discusses teaching resources with visitors.
Nafisa Gulshaeva, a staff member of the AKF-supported Institute of Professional Development in Dushanbe, discusses teaching resources with visitors.
AKDN hosts exhibition in Tajikistan
AKDN hosts exhibition in Tajikistan
30 November 2007

Over 5 000 people viewed informative exhibits, listened to traditional Tajik music, and examined locally-developed products as part of a two-day exhibition on the work of the Aga Khan Development Network in Tajikistan.

Scouts & Guides at base camp at Nanga Parbat
Scouts & Guides at base camp at Nanga Parbat
Nanga Parbat - Hike to raise awareness of thalassemia
Nanga Parbat - Hike to raise awareness of thalassemia
14 November 2007

The United Arab Emirates Thalassemia Society and Pakistani Thalassemia Society joined hands in an effort to increase awareness of this blood disorder which occurs most frequently in people of Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Southern Asian and African ancestry. About 100 000 babies worldwide are born with severe forms of thalassemia each year.

Presentation of the 'Bachelor of Humanities' degree by Eddah Gachukia of Kenyatta University, together with Zul Abdul, President of the Ismaili Council for Kenya
Presentation of the 'Bachelor of Humanities' degree by Eddah Gachukia of Kenyatta University, together with Zul Abdul, President of the Ismaili Council for Kenya
A woman's efforts to help the needy
A woman's efforts to help the needy
14 November 2007

A member of the Lions International, Dilshad Mohamed, a businesswoman, has undertaken many initiatives to help out the members of the community in which she lives. Her efforts have been recognised both locally and internationally.