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The Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Random circular roof openings allow daylight into the prayer hall creating an ornate pattern on the floor, enhancing spirituality through light.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was conceptualised with the hope of creating a platform to cultivate conversation and debate about the built environment and provide direction for the betterment of human life through its enhancement. Award-winning architect and Steering Committee member Marina Tabassum spoke to The Ismaili to continue the conversation.

Alameda, California, volunteers showing the Jamat how to be more eco-friendly.

Science has generated numerous technological innovations, such as those in transportation, communication, health, and agriculture, which have improved our quality of life exponentially. At the same time, technological progress has also led to an array of challenges such as overpopulation, global warming, species eradication, and pollution. Our daily actions, of which we are often completely oblivious, are resulting in irreversible environmental damage.

Attendees during an LTP workshop.

The Leadership Training Program (LTP), an initiative of the National Council for the USA, was designed to inspire and empower the leaders of tomorrow. At the end of June 2019, twenty-nine attendees from Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Syria participated in the final session of the program. LTP created encouraged participants in ways to contribute to the progress of the Jamat both in the US and their countries of origin.

Children listen attentively to Sonia Mackwani during a storytelling session.

Civil Society has the potential to play a fundamental role in bringing about change for a brighter future. This article features stories of individuals who have brought about change and bettered the lives of others, illustrating that each of us, in our own special way, can can help one another to build a better future.

Monica (right) and her mother Beatrice share smiles of relief. Monica had to leave school to help her family.

“For me, school is like a safe haven,” says Monica Muthoni, a Grade 7 student in primary school on Kenya’s coast.

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