Faruq Vishram is an electrical engineer with a vision to light up lives by helping to develop renewable energy projects in Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan. His TKN assignment began in March 2015 to support a project funded by Global Affairs Canada to introduce solar energy to the newly inaugurated Bamyan Provincial Hospital in Afghanistan.
Alif Khalfan was selected to participate with other field professionals as a teacher and mentor at the UCA Naryn Campus’ “Connecting Your Discipline” programme in May, which offered a series of engaging workshops, guest lectures, career panels, interactive activities, simulation and real world applications to help students navigate their undergraduate specialisations.
“When I submitted my TKN Niyat in 2007, I had no idea how things would transpire over the years,” says Dr. Almina Pardhan upon reflecting on the success of the Early Child Development program that she helped implement in five countries across Asia in collaboration with numerous Jamati and AKDN institutions.
Since the earliest days of Islam, the Shia notion of nazrana — the offering of an unconditional gift to the Imam of the Time as a gesture of a murid’s love and homage — has been a time-honoured tradition in the Jamat. With the approach of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, Ismailis around the world are renewing this age-old tradition.
On July 11, 2012, the Aga Khan International Conciliation and Arbitration Board (“ICAB”) received approval from Mawlana Hazar Imam to implement a new and unique training model for the global CAB system by utilizing TKN volunteers. ICAB formed an international task force comprising of TKN volunteers to survey the needs of each National CAB; review literature on best practices; consult academic and training institutions; and, apply lessons learned from other Ismaili training programs.
After leaving her home town 35 years prior, Vancouver’s Habiba Teja was excited to return to Mombasa, Kenya, where she volunteered as a Food Services and Nutrition Consultant with the Aga Khan Academies (AKA) to provide nutritious meal options for children studying there.
Roshan Pirani has been working in the field of diagnostic imaging for over 30 years. In January 2014, she travelled to Khorog’s Regional Diagnostic Unit and her primary responsibility was to develop the technical skills of the diagnostic imaging staff. She trained five Radiology staff on procedures to scan patients for CAT scan studies (with and without iodine contrast), mammography and x-rays.
Aga Khan Health Board developed the program “Choices for Health, Act Now” where Lifestyle Coaches motivated Jamati members to make better lifestyle choices related to diet and physical activity. Shamim Abdullah was one of them.
Diamond Lalani was engaged as a Consultant and Advisor by AKTC, AKUHN and UCA to contribute his extensive expertise and global experience in capacity building and best practices. He served on these TKN assignments over a span of more than 7 years as a full time volunteer.
In 2011, Calgary’s Fatimah Sorathia, an architect with over 25 years of experience, travelled to Gilgit and the Northern Areas of Pakistan to assist in the construction of jamatkhanas in one of the most difficult terrains in the world.
One vital step in the direction of AKU becoming a comprehensive University is the establishment of a principal East African campus. AKU also plans to construct a new permanent campus for the Institute for Educational Development, which will be co-located with an Aga Khan Academy. Nasir Peerani’s role in both these projects was to oversee the design and development of the campuses from start to finish.
Anil Sayani was assigned to Kampala, Uganda; Bujumbura, Burundi; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with the Industrial Promotion Services (IPS), an entity of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), as head of marketing and products for eight months.