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The Ismaili Sounds provides a platform for hundreds of music artists across the worldwide Jamat.
The Ismaili Sounds provides a platform for hundreds of music artists across the worldwide Jamat.
The story behind The Ismaili Sounds
The story behind The Ismaili Sounds
20 June 2022

In May 2020, while the world was in lockdown, The Ismaili TV hosted a virtual Shukrana Concert to commemorate Eid ul-Fitr. To prepare, the organising team issued a call out for song submissions, hoping for a few hours worth of content. The response was overwhelming. A new platform was soon created to showcase the musical talent of the Jamat – and thus, two years ago this week, The Ismaili Sounds was born.

Stammering or Stuttering is a neurological condition that affects one out of every 100 people worldwide, about 70 million people in total.
Stammering or Stuttering is a neurological condition that affects one out of every 100 people worldwide, about 70 million people in total.
Facing my fears, year after year
Facing my fears, year after year
10 May 2022

As part of the one percent of the population who stammer (stutter), I know first-hand the challenges that come with having one. I remember the feeling of dread when being asked my name or if I had to speak on the telephone. Ever since I was young, I’ve been on a journey to find the courage to face my speaking fears.

World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year on 10 October.
World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year on 10 October.
Mental health care for all: Let's make it a reality
Mental health care for all: Let's make it a reality
7 October 2021

Mental health isn't just the absence of mental illness. It extends to a more holistic spectrum of emotional and social well being, and affects how we think, feel, and act. To raise awareness of mental health issues globally and mobilise efforts around it, World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year. This year's theme highlights the urgency to make quality mental health care a reality for all.

The profession of teaching involves constantly adapting to changing circumstances; among young people, their societies, and the world at large.
The profession of teaching involves constantly adapting to changing circumstances; among young people, their societies, and the world at large.
Teachers: Inspiring tomorrow’s leaders
Teachers: Inspiring tomorrow’s leaders
4 October 2021

The 20th century writer William Arthur Ward once wrote that “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” On the occasion of World Teachers’ Day 2021, we celebrate the teachers and educators in our Jamat that continue to inspire us week after week, and thus help to positively shape the future of humanity.

Pakistan ranks among the top ten countries affected by climate-induced disasters in the last two decades.
Pakistan ranks among the top ten countries affected by climate-induced disasters in the last two decades.
Improving quality of life in remote communities
Improving quality of life in remote communities
27 September 2021

In Pakistan, the Ismaili community is scattered all over the country, with a substantial number residing in the mountainous valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. These valleys are known for their beauty and splendour, but also bear many socio-economic and environmental issues. Jamati and AKDN institutions continue to provide access to basic services in the region.

The Aga Khan Academies are ideal places to make lifelong friendships.
The Aga Khan Academies are ideal places to make lifelong friendships.
Striving for a bright future
Striving for a bright future
5 August 2021

High school student Aimaan Sayani has lived in Pakistan and Canada, and spent five years studying at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya. “When I used to hear Aga Khan Academies students talk about studying there, and when I read about the school, I was so intrigued,” she said.

The Aga Khan School’s science teachers provide students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons, and dive deep into the world of science and technology.
The Aga Khan School’s science teachers provide students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons, and dive deep into the world of science and technology.
Science has no boundaries at Aga Khan School in Osh
Science has no boundaries at Aga Khan School in Osh
27 July 2021

Dr Sadru Damji, a TKN volunteer based in Toronto, Canada, recently led an interactive and exciting online chemistry class in May 2021 for a group of grade 11 students at the Aga Khan School in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

The composition "United In Our Song" features contributions from each of the three monotheistic faiths.
The composition "United In Our Song" features contributions from each of the three monotheistic faiths.
Singing together in the spirit of harmony
Singing together in the spirit of harmony
19 July 2021

The festival of Eid al-Adha celebrates the common humanity and ethical heritage shared by the three Abrahamic faiths. A new musical composition performed by artists in the UK harnesses a long-standing relationship between three faith communities and illustrates the strength found in diversity.

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat makes bathymetric (depth) assessments of lakes and rivers in Tajikistan jointly with Moscow State University specialists.
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat makes bathymetric (depth) assessments of lakes and rivers in Tajikistan jointly with Moscow State University specialists.
Interning at AKDN: A student’s story
Interning at AKDN: A student’s story
28 June 2021

University of Central Asia student Payrov Dehqonov interned at the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, and helped to analyse data in order to better prepare communities in Tajikistan that are at high-risk of being impacted by natural disasters.

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
16 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.

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
3 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.

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