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Ismailis around the world rise to economic challenges posed by Covid-19
Ismailis around the world rise to economic challenges posed by Covid-19
12 February 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has put economies around the world to the test. Unemployment has reached alarming levels, many industries have seen massive declines in revenue, and business models once thought reliable were disrupted. Surviving these circumstances required building new skill sets, adjusting career plans, and revising business strategies at an unprecedented pace. Inspiring stories have emerged of Ismailis who met these challenges with resilience as well as community institutions that stepped up to support the Jamat through times of hardship.

A new lease on life: Countering the economic impact of the pandemic
A new lease on life: Countering the economic impact of the pandemic
3 February 2021

When the pandemic struck and forced a nation-wide lockdown, it decimated thousands of small businesses across India. Gripped by uncertainty, and burdened with the costs of rent and inventory, many small businesses struggled to survive. As an immediate response to support the Jamat’s financial needs, the Ismailia Co-operative Credit Society Limited, Hyderabad (ICCS), launched a new series of financial products, offering a much-needed financial lifeline to the Jamat during this time.

Azan Virji from Kenya and Ashiana Jivraj from Canada aim to help other international students navigate their journey in higher education in the USA.
Azan Virji from Kenya and Ashiana Jivraj from Canada aim to help other international students navigate their journey in higher education in the USA.
International students helping others achieve their dreams
International students helping others achieve their dreams
29 January 2021

Take any highly successful person and chances are that person had a mentor to guide his or her journey, but when Kenyan-born Azan Virji set out to obtain a world-class medical education in the United States, he didn’t know whose path he could follow.

Abdul Saboor Farid shares public health guidelines with his students to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Abdul Saboor Farid shares public health guidelines with his students to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Building a knowledge-sharing bridge between the USA and Tajikistan during the pandemic
Building a knowledge-sharing bridge between the USA and Tajikistan during the pandemic
29 January 2021

As the global community faced unforeseen challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools and universities were required to quickly implement remote learning in order to maintain social distancing and other Covid-19 safety protocols.

Overcoming stigma: A journey towards mental wellbeing
Overcoming stigma: A journey towards mental wellbeing
18 January 2021

The phrase, Log kya kahenge meaning ‘what will people say,’ highlights a mindset within South Asian communities about the way people act, hold expectations, or even choose to participate in programs. This mindset has also been a contributing roadblock for many people when talking about and seeking out mental health support.

The Mosaic virtual camp reached over 80 participants aged 11-17 years across the UK and Europe.
The Mosaic virtual camp reached over 80 participants aged 11-17 years across the UK and Europe.
UK volunteer team innovates to turn obstacles into opportunity
UK volunteer team innovates to turn obstacles into opportunity
7 January 2021

Sensitive to the needs of our young Jamat in a time of uncertainty, and in the absence of regular in-person camp offerings, the virtual Mosaic camp was an example of innovation and dedication from a small group of volunteers in the UK, looking to inspire and educate leaders of the future.

The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service
The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service
31 December 2020

Welcome to The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service. This digital magazine provides a whistle-stop tour across continents, highlighting the various programmes, initiatives, and events organised by AKDN and Jamati institutions around the world over the past 12 months.

A unique celebration to welcome 2021
A unique celebration to welcome 2021
28 December 2020

Since Navroz this year, every special occasion in 2020 has been celebrated quite differently to what we are used to — and this New Year’s Eve will be no different. With many stuck at home and large gatherings prohibited around the world, The Ismaili TV is pleased to provide the opportunity to celebrate the start of 2021 as One Jamat — in your very own home.

Building a foundation to flourish
Building a foundation to flourish
27 December 2020

Many of us spend our weekends having much needed downtime, catching up with chores or spending time with family. How willing would you be to give that up? Yasmin Heath from Brighton Jamatkhana in the UK did just this when she served on a TKN assignment in Europe. For one weekend every month, for six months, Yasmin travelled to Germany to voluntarily help murids from Afghanistan learn English language skills.

Global youth volunteerism: Our community’s pioneering leaders
Global youth volunteerism: Our community’s pioneering leaders
20 December 2020

Whether you define it as seva, khidmat, or serviço, the ethic of offering service has been at the foundation of many selfless institutions and individuals around the world. This ethic is seen within our community and beyond, which can help to foster an active and healthy civil society. Youth leaders from around the world have adapted this very mindset: enabling communities through ‘building bridges.’ This phrase of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s is vital to forming a knowledge society, in which best practices — such as the ones used by Shagufta, Aly, and Sara — are shared and implemented worldwide.

These pictures and tiles were created by participants of the Bridges programme, reflecting various Islamic patterns and structures.
These pictures and tiles were created by participants of the Bridges programme, reflecting various Islamic patterns and structures.
Summer programme builds bridges to support global awareness of communication
Summer programme builds bridges to support global awareness of communication
20 December 2020

This summer, an Aga Khan Education Board collaboration unveiled Bridges, a six-week programme focused on learning and improving communication skills, while connecting students between the ages of 13-17, from across the globe.

Salgirah programme to air on The Ismaili TV
Salgirah programme to air on The Ismaili TV
8 December 2020

As the Jamat around the world looks forward to commemorating the 84th birthday of our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam, The Ismaili is pleased to present a two-day Salgirah programme on The Ismaili TV. Featuring a variety of content — from an inspiring theatre production to a special birthday party organised by children — we hope to entertain and inspire the Jamat on this joyous and special occasion.

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