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Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad students planned and implemented an organic farm on school grounds during the pandemic.
Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad students planned and implemented an organic farm on school grounds during the pandemic.
Students build organic farm during school closures
Students build organic farm during school closures
3 September 2020

A group of Ismaili students from Afghanistan and Tajikistan made the most of a difficult situation when they were unable to return home from the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the abundance of spare time they were suddenly given, the students planned and implemented an organic farm on the school grounds.

Yaseena Khalfan, a teacher at the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, has had to be creative and learn new skills to transition to remote learning.
Yaseena Khalfan, a teacher at the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, has had to be creative and learn new skills to transition to remote learning.
Teachers and students of the Jamat embrace remote learning amidst pandemic
Teachers and students of the Jamat embrace remote learning amidst pandemic
1 September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced teachers and students around the world to make an abrupt transition from classrooms to remote learning as schools, universities, and religious education centres were closed. Teachers redesigned lessons and adapted to the new reality of keeping students engaged virtually. Meanwhile, students adjusted to learning online without the ease of classroom interactions. Ismaili teachers and students around the world have risen to this challenge and are finding ways to embrace remote learning and tap into the opportunities it offers.

Danial Asaria at a chess tournament.
Danial Asaria at a chess tournament.
Prodigy Danial Asaria inspires others to pursue the game of chess
Prodigy Danial Asaria inspires others to pursue the game of chess
8 August 2020

In the second round of the USA National High School Senior Online Rapid Chess Tournament, chess prodigy Danial Asaria hovered over the resign button on his computer screen. He describes the moment as being “completely dead lost.” However, since this was his final chess tournament as a high school student, he did not want to regret what could have been, so he continued to play.

Amin Bhatia is an award-winning composer with nearly 50 scores to his credit. He has written music for film, TV, and album projects for over 30 years and recently won a Canadian Screen Award for his work on the Netflix show Anne with an E.
Amin Bhatia is an award-winning composer with nearly 50 scores to his credit. He has written music for film, TV, and album projects for over 30 years and recently won a Canadian Screen Award for his work on the Netflix show Anne with an E.
Composer Amin Bhatia wins Canadian Screen Award
Composer Amin Bhatia wins Canadian Screen Award
23 July 2020

Amin Bhatia and his musical composing partner Ari Posner have been nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards for the last five consecutive years, including two nominations this year for Canadian TV shows. However, with no wins to show from the previous years, Amin wasn’t expecting to win this year.

Dr Karim Damji with Dr Sheila Marco, who graduated as a glaucoma specialist from the University of Nairobi and now works at AKUH Nairobi and the University of Nairobi.
Dr Karim Damji with Dr Sheila Marco, who graduated as a glaucoma specialist from the University of Nairobi and now works at AKUH Nairobi and the University of Nairobi.
Canadian Jamat works to improve healthcare systems around the world
Canadian Jamat works to improve healthcare systems around the world
14 July 2020

Mawlana Hazar Imam has frequently commented on the value of sharing our time and knowledge with Jamats around the world and with the communities in which they live. Canadian Ismaili health professionals have taken that message to heart, having a long history of partnering with the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to improve the quality of life of people around the world.

Salma Lakhani from Edmonton will be the first Muslim Lieutenant Governor in Canadian history.
Salma Lakhani from Edmonton will be the first Muslim Lieutenant Governor in Canadian history.
Salma Lakhani appointed as first Muslim Lieutenant Governor in Canadian history
Salma Lakhani appointed as first Muslim Lieutenant Governor in Canadian history
1 July 2020

On 30 June 2020, Salma Lakhani, a member of the Jamat in Edmonton, was named as the next Lieutenant Governor of Alberta by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Dilshad Mawani (left), Sultana Sherali (top left), and Mumtaz Hirani (top right) have helped to make face coverings for physicians and families all over the Dallas region.
Dilshad Mawani (left), Sultana Sherali (top left), and Mumtaz Hirani (top right) have helped to make face coverings for physicians and families all over the Dallas region.
College student and friends produce face masks for physicians
College student and friends produce face masks for physicians
29 May 2020

For Sofia Babool, a 20-year-old sophomore studying neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas, conversation in recent weeks has centered around Covid-19. The world seems to be on pause; her school, favorite coffee shop, everything in her life has been turned upside down.

Ghulomidinov Navruzshoh says he will continue to produce and distribute masks until everyone in his village of Emc has one.
Ghulomidinov Navruzshoh says he will continue to produce and distribute masks until everyone in his village of Emc has one.
The blessing of helping others: Tajikistan’s heroes in action
The blessing of helping others: Tajikistan’s heroes in action
24 May 2020

Members of the Jamat in Tajikistan are helping their communities — which are at high risk of natural disasters — as part of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), an integral part of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)'s emergency management activities.

President of the Council for Kenya Shamira Dostmohamed delivers provisions to the National Police Service along with Safety and Security members Zahid Peermohamed and Sonya Nanji.
President of the Council for Kenya Shamira Dostmohamed delivers provisions to the National Police Service along with Safety and Security members Zahid Peermohamed and Sonya Nanji.
Kenyan Jamat serves those in need during pandemic
Kenyan Jamat serves those in need during pandemic
14 May 2020

During this time, through its Ismaili CIVIC initiative, the Kenyan Jamat has come together from across the country to volunteer time and resources to help those in need.

Rahim Bhimani uses the industrial laser cutting machine in his basement to create thousands of face shields for healthcare workers.
Rahim Bhimani uses the industrial laser cutting machine in his basement to create thousands of face shields for healthcare workers.
Ismaili designer makes face shields for health workers
Ismaili designer makes face shields for health workers
28 April 2020

In mid-March, as Covid-19 arrived in Canada amidst fear and panic, Rahim Bhimani began talking with his peers in Toronto, discussing possible ways they could help to serve health care workers in the local area and beyond.

A volunteer delivers a care package to a family as part of the partnership programme between Ismaili CIVIC and Yayasan Chow Kit in Malaysia.
A volunteer delivers a care package to a family as part of the partnership programme between Ismaili CIVIC and Yayasan Chow Kit in Malaysia.
Ismaili community in Malaysia works with local organisation to support families
Ismaili community in Malaysia works with local organisation to support families
15 April 2020

Sixty Kuala Lumpur families in need were recently provided with much-needed care packages thanks to the Ismaili community in Malaysia working in partnership with Yayasan Chow Kit (YCK), a 24-hour crisis and drop-in centre.

Children's story: A new year and a new beginning
Children's story: A new year and a new beginning
19 March 2020

On the occasion of Navroz, The Ismaili is pleased to share a story about two children, Nargis and Aziz, who celebrate the festival of Navroz with their family. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to read this story with children, whether in person or over a video call.

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