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Anam Sherali (center) with other volunteers in Houston. The Ismaili Volunteer Corps in the USA have supported the development of the Jamat for over 40 years.

In celebration of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC) 100th anniversary celebration this year, the USA Jamat reflects on the significance and history of the organization. Thousands of volunteers across the country have served as part of the USA IVC. Here, we highlight a number of individuals - with different paths to their journeys, these volunteers tell a tale of happiness and humility.

Dr. Ben Jawdat, Founder and CEO at Revterra, presenting on the topic “Clean Energy’s Dirty Secret,” at TEDxSugarLand.

On 26 October 2019, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Houston hosted TEDxSugarLand for the fourth consecutive year. In keeping with the general theme of celebrations across the greater Houston area this year, marking the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, the theme of TEDxSugarLand 2019 was One Small Idea, One Giant Leap for Mankind.

Group of counselors in Atlanta with participants during arrival playing Magic Box Activities.

Camp Mosaic is about lifelong relationships, built piece by piece, through meaningful conversations and interactions — a place where Ismaili youth in regions across the USA create bonds with each other and find their calling.

ECDC began with a simple concept - working with parents to support their young childrens’ educational and socio-emotional development. The model transitioned from offering parent-only sessions to joint parent and children activities.

In 2005 the Jamat in Tanzania embarked on an Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiative at Darkhana Jamatkhana in Dar es Salaam. Over time, as interest in community based early learning gained momentum, the Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) has gradually expanded. Today, ECDC activities take place in Zanzibar, Iringa, Mwanza, Arusha, Mbeya, Morogoro, Dodoma, and Zambia.

Host Committee members, Dr Anne and Albert Chao, and the President of the Asia Society Texas Center, Bonna Kol, in conversation with Princess Zahra during a pre-dinner reception.

The Asia Society Texas Center presented Princess Zahra with their highest honour, the Huffington Award, for her tireless work to uphold human dignity, develop future leaders, and spearhead health and education initiatives in more than 30 countries around the world.

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