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The logo designed for the Adopt a Senior initiative depicts a carer helping a senior citizen, housed inside a bubble of safety.
The logo designed for the Adopt a Senior initiative depicts a carer helping a senior citizen, housed inside a bubble of safety.
Adopt a Senior
Adopt a Senior
18 March 2020

The Ismaili is pleased to launch the Adopt a Senior initiative, a way for members of the Jamat to be matched with senior citizens who could benefit from support and assistance during this time of isolation and uncertainty.

Farah Nasser on practicing self-isolation

Video: Farah Nasser on practicing self-isolation
18 March 2020

As Ismailis, we have always cared for one another in times of need. As Canadian Journalist Farah Nasser says, by practicing self-isolation and social distancing at this time, we are helping to curb the spread of the virus, and in the process, safeguarding the most vulnerable among us.

Uncertain times present an opportunity to come together and face challenges with a sense of hope and resolve as One Jamat.
Uncertain times present an opportunity to come together and face challenges with a sense of hope and resolve as One Jamat.
Comment surmonter une crise
Comment surmonter une crise
13 March 2020

Ces derniers jours, la pandémie mondiale du Covid-19 a concentré toute l’attention médiatique, l’activité des réseaux sociaux ainsi que l’information générale. Bien que la menace du coronavirus soit sérieuse, il n’en demeure pas moins important de prendre du recul et de garder espoir.

Uncertain times present an opportunity to come together and face challenges with a sense of hope and resolve as One Jamat.
Uncertain times present an opportunity to come together and face challenges with a sense of hope and resolve as One Jamat.
How to cope in a crisis
How to cope in a crisis
13 March 2020

In recent days, the global Covid-19 pandemic has taken up the majority of news coverage, social media activity, and general communication. The threat of coronavirus is serious, though it’s important to retain some perspective and remain hopeful.

Ismailia Helping Society, India

Video: Ismailia Helping Society, India
7 March 2020

On the occasion of International Women's Day, we celebrate the work of the Ismailia Helping Society (IHS) in India. Established in 1936, under the guidance of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, IHS was established to promote the economic advancement of women in the Jamat. Over 80 years later, IHS continues to empower women who leverage their traditional skills in art, crafts, and beadwork to create lifestyle products.

To support women during the postpartum period, simple gestures such as offering to pick up groceries, making a meal, or taking the baby for a walk can have a positive impact.
To support women during the postpartum period, simple gestures such as offering to pick up groceries, making a meal, or taking the baby for a walk can have a positive impact.
Breaking down barriers in maternal mental health
Breaking down barriers in maternal mental health
28 February 2020

“Women are twice as likely as men to experience depression and anxiety, yet three times more likely to experience barriers to accessing mental healthcare,” explained Dr Simone Vigod during a session entitled Healthy Moms, Healthy Families – Breaking Down Barriers to Maternal Mental Healthcare at the Ismaili Centre Toronto in early February. 

AKEPB in Afghanistan have organised programmes focusing on the empowerment of women; promoting handicrafts and other products, and providing encouragement to launch small businesses.
AKEPB in Afghanistan have organised programmes focusing on the empowerment of women; promoting handicrafts and other products, and providing encouragement to launch small businesses.
Holistic economic planning in Afghanistan
Holistic economic planning in Afghanistan
27 February 2020

Improving quality of life requires a multifaceted-approach, of which economic empowerment represents an important piece. If an  individual or community is empowered economically this can result in having access to better education, health, safety, an enabling environment, and desired working and living conditions.  

The United Bakers Co-operative Society Limited (UBCL) whipped up a record-breaking 940 kg cake to commemorate Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Hyderabad.
The United Bakers Co-operative Society Limited (UBCL) whipped up a record-breaking 940 kg cake to commemorate Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Hyderabad.
Sweet success: The story of India’s United Bakers Alliance
Sweet success: The story of India’s United Bakers Alliance
27 February 2020

For nearly two decades, the United Bakers Co-operative Society Limited has been aggregating the interests and aspirations of local Jamati bakeries in Hyderabad. From centralised procurement to training and development, the alliance’s story illustrates that bonds of trust and collaboration can catalyse economic development. We take a look at the recipe behind their sweet story of success.

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. 

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. 

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.

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