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Minaz Fazal and Shajahan Merchant, posing with their awards.

New York State Senator Anna Kaplan presented former Council for the USA President Banu Minaz Fazal, and former Council for the Northeastern United States President Shajahan Merchant, with the State Senate’s Commendation Award to recognize the Ismaili leaders for their dedication and outstanding contributions to their community while exemplifying the values of Islam.

School in Aliabad where the Karmali girls taught morning sessions. (Left to right) Alizeh Karmali, Ayla Karmali, Ammana Karmali.

My extended stay in Pakistan began with a family vacation from our home in Seattle, to Karachi, in February of 2019. We had gone to visit family and see where our parents had grown up, and in the process had visited some community schools, hospitals, and neighborhoods. Seeing the situations in which people were living -- conditions filled with need and poverty -- made me realize I needed to do something to help. Thus, we approached the Aga Khan Education Board (AKEB) in Pakistan to see if they could use our assistance.

The Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board (ITREB), Bangladesh organized an educational and entertaining day on November 7, 2019. The main objective was to show the recent school that won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and to recognize and appreciate the valuable time, effort, dedication and knowledge sharing that the REC teachers, ITREB Library members, volunteers, and staff give in order to shape the lives of the children and provide religious education to jamat.

For World Teacher's Day, performances were put on by literacy students of the Women’s Committees from different Jamatkhanas.

The Women’s Committee of the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan hosted an event in Kabul in October 2019 to coincide with World Teachers’ Day.

Prince Hussain and Princess Fareen pose for a group photograph with Mawlana Hazar Imam; Vahid Khoshideh, President of the Association Islamique et Culturelle d’Ahl-el-Bayt de Geneve (centre right); Mahmoud Eboo, Chairman of the Leaders’ International Forum; and his wife Karima Eboo.

Prince Hussain, second son of Mawlana Hazar Imam, married Ms Elizabeth Hoag in a private ceremony on 29 September 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. Attended by immediate family members, the proceedings took place in accordance with Muslim tradition.

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