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Premier Rachel Notley and Mayor Naheed Nenshi visit residents currently living at Generations campus in Calgary.
Premier Rachel Notley and Mayor Naheed Nenshi visit residents currently living at Generations campus in Calgary.
Generations programme expansion brings families closer together
Generations programme expansion brings families closer together
8 November 2017

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of the Generations: Multi-Generational Housing and Community Centre campus on 3 November 2017.

Five former Presidents on stage for the Points of Light Award ceremony, with the five awardees and Neil Bush
Five former Presidents on stage for the Points of Light Award ceremony, with the five awardees and Neil Bush
Five former U.S. presidents recognise Houston’s Ismaili Muslim volunteers
Five former U.S. presidents recognise Houston’s Ismaili Muslim volunteers
30 October 2017

“These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. That spirit of volunteerism, that spirit that says we are all in this together, that spirit is exemplified by the five Points of Light recipients.”

— President Barack Obama, speaking about the Points of Light honourees at Texas A&M University on 21 October 2017.

The Dharkhana Kampala, decorated in preparation for Mawlana Hazar Imam's visit to Uganda.
The Dharkhana Kampala, decorated in preparation for Mawlana Hazar Imam's visit to Uganda.
Diamond Jubilee Darbar to be held at Darkhana Kampala
Diamond Jubilee Darbar to be held at Darkhana Kampala
10 October 2017

Today, 10 October 2017, Mawlana Hazar Imam is expected to grace the Jamat in Uganda with the first Darbar of his Diamond Jubilee year, at the historic location of the Kampala Darkhana.

8 October 2017

Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, youngest son of Mawlana Hazar Imam, yesterday arrived in Pakistan for a private visit.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledges million-hour pledge from Canadian Jamat
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledges million-hour pledge from Canadian Jamat
19 September 2017

In 2017, the Canadian Jamat is celebrating both the Diamond Jubilee as well as the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. In honour of these special occasions, the Jamat has pledged one million hours of service to improving quality of life in Canada as part of the Ismaili CIVIC 150 initiative.

Volunteers ventured out into stormy conditions to provide assistance in flood affected areas
Volunteers ventured out into stormy conditions to provide assistance in flood affected areas
Helping Hands reach out to assist in Texas
Helping Hands reach out to assist in Texas
3 September 2017

Hurricane Harvey has been referred to as a "1,000-year flood," with its 50 inches of rainfall exceeding all records for the continental USA. It is estimated that damage from the storm will surpass that of hurricanes Sandy (New Jersey 2012) and Katrina (Louisiana 2005) combined. Volunteers have worked to reach Jamati members and others affected by the flooding, and to provide assistance with the recovery process.

His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic, thanks the Ismaili community for their contributions to the nation.
His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic, thanks the Ismaili community for their contributions to the nation.
Portuguese President visits Jamat at Ismaili Centre, expresses nation’s gratitude
Portuguese President visits Jamat at Ismaili Centre, expresses nation’s gratitude
29 May 2017

Portuguese President visits Jamat at Ismaili Centre, expresses nation’s gratitude

Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah acknowledges the greetings of all those gathered in commemoration of 70 years of his Imamat during Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Karachi, February 1954.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah acknowledges the greetings of all those gathered in commemoration of 70 years of his Imamat during Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Karachi, February 1954.
Diamond Jubilee to renew a tradition of enduring legacy
Diamond Jubilee to renew a tradition of enduring legacy
12 May 2017
Sixty days ahead of the commencement of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee on 11 July 2017, TheIsmaili is pleased to launch the first in a series of Jubilee-related articles. Dr Mahmoud Eboo, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum, talks about the Ismaili tradition of commemorating Jubilee anniversaries of our Imams, and the legacies that they leave behind.
Children at Viara Junior Academy receive books as rewards for their commitment to learning. Courtesy of Bamba
Children at Viara Junior Academy receive books as rewards for their commitment to learning. Courtesy of Bamba
Innovative charity boosts school attendance in Kenya
Innovative charity boosts school attendance in Kenya
11 December 2014

When three Ismaili entrepreneurs saw the potential for their business model to improve education and address poverty in Kenya, they partnered with a Nairobi primary school and a local charity to test the idea. Student attendance, grades and enrollment at the school have since soared.

Governor of Gaza Province, Raimundo Diomba, receives a donation of food and cooking utensils for flood victims in Chibuto District, delivered by representatives of the AKDN and the Ismaili community.
Governor of Gaza Province, Raimundo Diomba, receives a donation of food and cooking utensils for flood victims in Chibuto District, delivered by representatives of the AKDN and the Ismaili community.
Jamat and AKDN team up in response to flooding in Mozambique
Jamat and AKDN team up in response to flooding in Mozambique
17 April 2013

When heavy January rains caused massive flooding in south and central Mozambique, the Ismaili community and the institutions of the Ismaili Imamat quickly mobilized a response. A donation of food, medicine, tools, and supplies was assembled to help the Government of Mozambique support victims, volunteers and military forces who were providing assistance on the ground.

Children play with everyday food items as they learn about the world in which they live, at the National Council Sparks Early Childhood Development Program in Kabul.
Children play with everyday food items as they learn about the world in which they live, at the National Council Sparks Early Childhood Development Program in Kabul.
Kabul school sparks new opportunities for young people and a brighter future for Afghanistan
Kabul school sparks new opportunities for young people and a brighter future for Afghanistan
14 October 2011

Sparks Academy in Kabul is a catalyst for community development and learning opportunities for people of all ages. When Tahmina Shayan began volunteering with a community-based early childhood development programme of the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan that was supported by the school, she discovered new opportunities for herself and an avenue to make a difference in the lives of other young Afghans.

President Manji waves at the residents of Don Mills as he carries the Olympic Torch along York Mills Road in Toronto.
President Manji waves at the residents of Don Mills as he carries the Olympic Torch along York Mills Road in Toronto.
Ismaili community celebrates the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay in Don Mills
18 December 2009

Thursday afternoon, President Mohamed Manji of the Ismaili Council for Canada carried the Olympic torch through the Don Mills neighbourhood of Toronto. Earlier in the day, community members gathered for a pre-torch event hosted by the Ismaili community in partnership with the Flemingdon Food Bank.

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