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It is important that senior citizens take the necessary steps to ensure they have a good quality of life financially, even after retirement.
It is important that senior citizens take the necessary steps to ensure they have a good quality of life financially, even after retirement.
Saving for the future, at every age
Saving for the future, at every age
24 February 2020

The percentage of elderly people in Pakistan is expected to double to 12 percent by 2050, increasing the number of senior citizens to 40 million. This demographic transition impacts citizens of all ages. Therefore, it is important that senior citizens take the necessary steps to ensure they have a good quality of life financially, even after retirement. 

Ismaili youth lead the way in poverty alleviation
Ismaili youth lead the way in poverty alleviation
24 February 2020

From organising skills enhancement camps to leading school fundraising teams, Ismaili youth from around the world have taken on leadership roles in the movement to alleviate poverty, through economic empowerment and other measures. 

A day in the life of a farmer: GE Expedition participants join in an early morning excursion with Ismaili farmers.
A day in the life of a farmer: GE Expedition participants join in an early morning excursion with Ismaili farmers.
Global Encounters Expedition: Into the heart of India
Global Encounters Expedition: Into the heart of India
17 February 2020

In December 2019, Global Encounters (GE) Expedition brought together young Ismailis from 13 countries to the rural areas of Southern Saurashtra in Gujarat to engage with the local Jamat and study the work of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The impact of Expedition on its participants is well known, but the impact that Expedition has on the Jamat in Southern Saurashtra is equally profound.

Having financial security plays an important role in securing your own quality of life and standard of living, but where do we draw the line between economic empowerment and the desire for excessive wealth?
Having financial security plays an important role in securing your own quality of life and standard of living, but where do we draw the line between economic empowerment and the desire for excessive wealth?
Finding a balance between empowerment and wealth
Finding a balance between empowerment and wealth
16 February 2020

Often, we think of balance as a scale: having equal weights on either side. In reality, balance may not be what it seems. Instead, it can be thought of as a pendulum. It’s about finding what’s right for you. There isn’t a one size fits all, especially when it comes to wealth.

Through presentations and team-building activities, Girl Guides acquired the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to better promote sustainable development.
Through presentations and team-building activities, Girl Guides acquired the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to better promote sustainable development.
Ismaili Girl Guides engage with sustainable development goals
Ismaili Girl Guides engage with sustainable development goals
12 February 2020

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) set forth by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 are envisioned to make the world a better place by 2030. In order to better understand the goals and their potential, the Ismaili Girl Guides in Pakistan attended a four-day summit at the Guides’ Association headquarters in Islamabad.

Nabeela Talib displays an example of the product of her computer code, which sends messages from her phone to her printer to print sticky notes.
Nabeela Talib displays an example of the product of her computer code, which sends messages from her phone to her printer to print sticky notes.
Girls landing: Reaching for the moon
Girls landing: Reaching for the moon
10 February 2020

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination,” said Mae Jemison, an American engineer, physician, and the first African American woman to travel into space. She orbited the earth in 1992, making history as the first female person of color to journey into space about 30 years after the first man, Yuri Gagarin.

Young girls from the Dubai Jamat form the Oceans X team, the winning team of the Innovation Award at the UAE First Lego League Competition.
Young girls from the Dubai Jamat form the Oceans X team, the winning team of the Innovation Award at the UAE First Lego League Competition.
Dubai girls team wins award for innovative solution at robotics competition
Dubai girls team wins award for innovative solution at robotics competition
10 February 2020

In an effort to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls through access to and participation in science, the United Nations recognises 11 February as International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Young girls from the Dubai Jamat have displayed that women and girls can thrive in the field of science by winning an award for their innovative solution at the FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition.

The audience enjoys a performance by Takkaat — a well-known band composed of five Ismaili artists who met through Jubilee Arts, and were part of the Syrian contingent at the International Arts Festival.

Jubilee Arts legacy in Syria

The audience enjoys a performance by Takkaat — a well-known band composed of five Ismaili artists who met through Jubilee Arts, and were part of the Syrian contingent at the International Arts Festival.
Video: Jubilee Arts legacy lives on in Syria
8 February 2020

After the International Arts Festival held in Lisbon in July 2018, the number of Ismaili artists in Syria has increased, with the offering of intensive training and rehearsals organised by the Ismaili Council. A host of artists came together to perform on the occasion of Imamat Day in 2019.

Artists highlighted the diversity of the community, presenting cultural performances of different countries including Syria, India, Tajikistan, Egypt, Pakistan, and Iran.
Artists highlighted the diversity of the community, presenting cultural performances of different countries including Syria, India, Tajikistan, Egypt, Pakistan, and Iran.
Jubilee Arts legacy lives on in Syria
Jubilee Arts legacy lives on in Syria
8 February 2020

The Syrian Jamat commemorated Imamat Day in 2019 by reminiscing about Jubilee Arts during an event where artists came together to perform traditional songs and dances, demonstrating dedication, passion, and excellence in their performances.

World Cancer Day unites people, communities, and countries to raise awareness, show support, and take action to fight the global challenge of cancer.
World Cancer Day unites people, communities, and countries to raise awareness, show support, and take action to fight the global challenge of cancer.
World Cancer Day: Spotlight on prevention and early detection
World Cancer Day: Spotlight on prevention and early detection
3 February 2020

Cancer is a global challenge: millions of people around the world are diagnosed with the condition every year. World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4 February, and unites people, communities, and countries to raise awareness, show support, and take action. Through prevention and early detection, the global community can reduce preventable suffering from cancer and non-communicable diseases. 

Engaging the elderly and demonstrating their value to society can bring them happiness, provide a sense of purpose, and help them feel positive about their role in the world.
Engaging the elderly and demonstrating their value to society can bring them happiness, provide a sense of purpose, and help them feel positive about their role in the world.
Bringing youthfulness into old age
Bringing youthfulness into old age
30 January 2020

The nature of life for the elderly has changed considerably in recent history. With advancements in science and healthcare, human lifespan has substantially increased and the majority of people in the world can expect to live past the age of 60. Jamati institutions in Pakistan have embarked on numerous initiatives to support the elderly and create opportunities for interaction between different generations.

Investing in the early years can help to ensure that each young person can eventually reach their fullest potential.
Investing in the early years can help to ensure that each young person can eventually reach their fullest potential.
Parwaaz ECD programme in Afghanistan supports the right start to life
Parwaaz ECD programme in Afghanistan supports the right start to life
28 January 2020

Scientific research has shown that 90 percent of brain growth happens before a child begins school. During this time, the foundation is laid for health and wellbeing throughout life. As such, investing in the early years of a child’s life is one of the smartest investments a parent or community can make. The Parwaaz Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme in Afghanistan aims to ensure that every child has the right start to life.

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