Service

Abdul Saboor Farid shares public health guidelines with his students to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Abdul Saboor Farid shares public health guidelines with his students to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Building a knowledge-sharing bridge between the USA and Tajikistan during the pandemic
Building a knowledge-sharing bridge between the USA and Tajikistan during the pandemic
29 January 2021

As the global community faced unforeseen challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools and universities were required to quickly implement remote learning in order to maintain social distancing and other Covid-19 safety protocols.

Azan Virji from Kenya and Ashiana Jivraj from Canada aim to help other international students navigate their journey in higher education in the USA.
Azan Virji from Kenya and Ashiana Jivraj from Canada aim to help other international students navigate their journey in higher education in the USA.
International students helping others achieve their dreams
International students helping others achieve their dreams
29 January 2021

Take any highly successful person and chances are that person had a mentor to guide his or her journey, but when Kenyan-born Azan Virji set out to obtain a world-class medical education in the United States, he didn’t know whose path he could follow.

Building a foundation to flourish
Building a foundation to flourish
27 December 2020

Many of us spend our weekends having much needed downtime, catching up with chores or spending time with family. How willing would you be to give that up? Yasmin Heath from Brighton Jamatkhana in the UK did just this when she served on a TKN assignment in Europe. For one weekend every month, for six months, Yasmin travelled to Germany to voluntarily help murids from Afghanistan learn English language skills.

Global youth volunteerism: Our community’s pioneering leaders
Global youth volunteerism: Our community’s pioneering leaders
20 December 2020

Whether you define it as seva, khidmat, or serviço, the ethic of offering service has been at the foundation of many selfless institutions and individuals around the world. This ethic is seen within our community and beyond, which can help to foster an active and healthy civil society. Youth leaders from around the world have adapted this very mindset: enabling communities through ‘building bridges.’ This phrase of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s is vital to forming a knowledge society, in which best practices — such as the ones used by Shagufta, Aly, and Sara — are shared and implemented worldwide.

we serve

Music video: We serve the Jamat
4 December 2020

In celebration of International Volunteer Day, The Ismaili is pleased to present We serve the Jamat, performed in Farsi by Najib Shirzad and volunteers from the Jamat in Afghanistan. The song depicts the humility and commitment of volunteers who ensure the wellbeing of the entire community, year after year.

we are ivc

Music video: We are IVC
4 December 2020

Released to coincide with International Volunteer Day, We are IVC honours the Ismaili Volunteer Corps and others who continue a long-standing tradition by offering tireless and dedicated service to the Jamat and beyond.

Ismaili Volunteers in Portugal have been serving since the Jamat settled in the country in the 1970s.
Ismaili Volunteers in Portugal have been serving since the Jamat settled in the country in the 1970s.
Volunteering: A cherished tradition of service
Volunteering: A cherished tradition of service
4 December 2020

The long-standing tradition of giving of one’s time and resources has been a significant aspect of the worldwide Jamat. On the occasion of International Volunteer Day, we explore the notion of voluntary service and the impact it has had in community building and enhancing quality of life.

The Paris Peace Forum was launched to promote multilateralism and drive progress on issues that concern the world at large.
The Paris Peace Forum was launched to promote multilateralism and drive progress on issues that concern the world at large.
Young Ismailis volunteer at the Paris Peace Forum
Young Ismailis volunteer at the Paris Peace Forum
1 December 2020

The third edition of the Paris Peace Forum was held from 11 to 13 November 2020. Stakeholders from different backgrounds were brought together to discuss global challenges and promote constructive solutions. This year, young Ismaili professionals from the France jurisdiction also participated as volunteers.

The Paris Peace Forum was launched to promote multilateralism and drive progress on issues that concern the world at large.
The Paris Peace Forum was launched to promote multilateralism and drive progress on issues that concern the world at large.
Young Ismailis volunteer at the Paris Peace Forum
Young Ismailis volunteer at the Paris Peace Forum
30 November 2020

The third edition of the Paris Peace Forum was held from 11 to 13 November 2020. Stakeholders from different backgrounds were brought together to discuss global challenges and promote constructive solutions. This year, young Ismaili professionals from the France jurisdiction also participated as volunteers.

Saif Punjwani standing next to the prototype of his FIRST Robotics Competition team's lift mechanism. Saif led the creation of the lift mechanism, which was a crucial component that allowed his team's 2019 robot to lift above the ground and reach a new level.
Saif Punjwani standing next to the prototype of his FIRST Robotics Competition team's lift mechanism. Saif led the creation of the lift mechanism, which was a crucial component that allowed his team's 2019 robot to lift above the ground and reach a new level.
Student-run nonprofit seeks to close gaps in STEM education
Student-run nonprofit seeks to close gaps in STEM education
24 October 2020

Everything is made of something. Materials science is the study of what objects are made of – from metals to ceramics and polymers – and why certain materials function the way they do. It is the science that explains why your phone charger is made of the insulator polycarbonate or why a car contains the fireproof material fiberglass in its bumpers, doors, roof, and wheels. Though materials science and engineering (MSE) is not often studied in schools, it is the foundation of all objects in our world. 

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.

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.

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