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Imamat Day 2021 celebrations on The Ismaili TV
Imamat Day 2021 celebrations on The Ismaili TV
6 July 2021

The Ismaili is pleased to announce an Imamat Day programme to be aired on The Ismaili TV, 9-11 July, featuring various content to entertain and inspire the Jamat while commemorating the 64th Imamat Day of our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott poses with members of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US and a number of Ismaili volunteers at the Texas State Capitol on 26 May 2021.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott poses with members of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US and a number of Ismaili volunteers at the Texas State Capitol on 26 May 2021.
Texas leaders recognize Ismaili community’s service during challenging year
Texas leaders recognize Ismaili community’s service during challenging year
7 June 2021

Over the past year, the challenge of Covid-19 in Texas has been compounded by a winter storm that left millions throughout the state without power and water, and Hurricane Laura, which caused extensive property damage and displaced many. In the face of these challenges, members of the Ismaili community came together to assist those in need, staffing vaccine mega-sites, volunteering to distribute food and water, donating large amounts of PPE to first responders and communities in need, and organizing dozens of drives, including to collect blood, food, and books.

Karim Kaba created “Technology4Seniors,” a non-profit organisation that uses voice-assistant technology to help seniors connect with their families and friends, as well as access entertainment such as TV shows, devotional poetry, and music.
Karim Kaba created “Technology4Seniors,” a non-profit organisation that uses voice-assistant technology to help seniors connect with their families and friends, as well as access entertainment such as TV shows, devotional poetry, and music.
Using voice-assistant technology to help seniors during the pandemic
Using voice-assistant technology to help seniors during the pandemic
21 May 2021

During the course of the pandemic, the Jamat has adapted to an increased use of technology. It is inspiring to see how Ismailis around the world have taken this transition in stride, as can be seen by the founding of The Ismaili TV, the hundreds of virtual events and programmes that have been offered, as well as the individual contributions of time and knowledge the global Jamat has provided.

In 2020, Azima said the goal of her startup was to teach people sign language, which couldn’t be done physically due to Covid.
In 2020, Azima said the goal of her startup was to teach people sign language, which couldn’t be done physically due to Covid.
Innovation for communication: Increasing deaf accessibility and inclusion during the pandemic
Innovation for communication: Increasing deaf accessibility and inclusion during the pandemic
20 May 2021

Azima Dhanjee, a Pakistani entrepreneur, co-founded ConnectHear, a platform that generates sign language interpreters and seeks to increase deaf accessibility and inclusion in Pakistan.

The software tool allows users to text their postal code to a particular phone number and receive a reply with nearby vaccination sites.
The software tool allows users to text their postal code to a particular phone number and receive a reply with nearby vaccination sites.
Zain Manji develops tool to help find nearby vaccination sites
Zain Manji develops tool to help find nearby vaccination sites
17 May 2021

When the United States government released a service that supported users in finding a vaccination site near them, Ontario-native Zain Manji realised there was nothing stopping him from creating a similar tool for Canadians.

Four of the crew members of Expedition 65 currently aboard the International Space Station, including flight engineers Thomas Pesquet (ESA), Megan McArthur (NASA), and Shane Kimbrough (NASA) as well as Commander Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA).
Four of the crew members of Expedition 65 currently aboard the International Space Station, including flight engineers Thomas Pesquet (ESA), Megan McArthur (NASA), and Shane Kimbrough (NASA) as well as Commander Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA).
NASA and Ismaili Jamat in the US partner for a live event from the International Space Station
NASA and Ismaili Jamat in the US partner for a live event from the International Space Station
12 May 2021

In today’s global environment, engineers, scientists, and inventors from different backgrounds collaborate on a global scale to create the technologies that impact human life on a daily basis. Against this backdrop, the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US is collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to host an In-flight Education Downlink live from the International Space Station with Expedition 65 astronaut Megan McArthur on 17 May 2021. 

In India, with support from Jamati institutions, oxygen cylinders are being recycled and have provided almost two million litres of oxygen in areas where availability is scarce.
In India, with support from Jamati institutions, oxygen cylinders are being recycled and have provided almost two million litres of oxygen in areas where availability is scarce.
Jamati and AKDN institutions continue to prioritize Covid-19 response in India and around the world
Jamati and AKDN institutions continue to prioritize Covid-19 response in India and around the world
4 May 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic remains a serious public health concern across the globe. International attention is currently focused on the alarming situation in India, as many other countries around the world confront and prepare for second and third waves of infection.

The Ismaili TV series celebrates diversity in sport
The Ismaili TV series celebrates diversity in sport
28 April 2021

Health can be defined as a state of physical and mental wellbeing. While there are many ways to achieve this state, sport is a globally recognised medium that facilitates healthy lifestyles. Created in 2020, The Sportshow is a series on The Ismaili TV that promotes dialogue with Ismaili talent in the field of sport worldwide. Based on the show, here are the unique stories of three accomplished, skilled, and inspiring Ismaili athletes.

Supporting the community with healthy choices
Supporting the community with healthy choices
26 April 2021

Ismailis from different parts of the world have stepped up to support their communities and help each other maintain their health and overall wellbeing during the pandemic.

A labour of love: The Ismaili TV celebrates one year
A labour of love: The Ismaili TV celebrates one year
22 April 2021

One year ago, The Ismaili launched an online TV channel, supported almost entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers, in an effort to fill the void that the pandemic left in the lives of the global Jamat.

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CONNECT virtual camp continues to unite youth from around the world
CONNECT virtual camp continues to unite youth from around the world
14 April 2021

Covid-19 has changed much of what we do and how we do it; from shaking hands and hugging our friends, to the very way we learn and work with our peers and colleagues. At the same time, Covid-19 has given rise to CONNECT, an initiative of Global Encounters and Aga Khan Youth and Sports Boards from around the world. Taking the form of a virtual camp, CONNECT is a way for Ismaili students to build bonds no matter where they may come from. CONNECT will be returning this summer from 19-25 July and 2-8 August.

Dr Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a nonprofit organisation based in Chicago that prepares youth to become interfaith leaders in a changing environment.
Dr Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a nonprofit organisation based in Chicago that prepares youth to become interfaith leaders in a changing environment.
Bringing interfaith cooperation into the 21st century
Bringing interfaith cooperation into the 21st century
8 April 2021

This week, on our sixth episode of Trailblazers, we are joined by Dr Eboo Patel, the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a nonprofit organisation based in Chicago that prepares youth to become interfaith leaders in a changing environment. Eboo was also a member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural advisory council on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships. A Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in sociology from Oxford University, Eboo has authored four books, with a fifth on the way. In recognition of his life’s work, Eboo has also been awarded numerous honorary degrees.

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