Ismailis in Action
According to the United Nations (UN), climate change poses a threat to virtually every aspect of life on Earth, from human health and livelihoods to ecosystems and infrastructure. The fact that there has been a substantial increase in severe heatwaves, droughts and wildfires over the past few years is a testament to the urgency of the climate crisis we are amidst.
Nahida Bibi, a 27-year-old from Sultanabad, Yasin, embodies the success of a businesswoman; one who starts with small investments and big hopes to establish themselves as a successful entrepreneur.
To mark the completion of 75 years of Pakistan, the Ministry of Planning Development and Special Initiatives bestowed Development Leadership Awards upon 75 remarkable individuals and institutions, divided into three categories: High Achievers, Emerging Leaders and Institutions, at a ceremony. This initiative aimed to commend those who have contributed significantly to the progress of Pakistan, inspiring others to follow and continue the journey towards a brighter future.
Hailing from Hundur, a remote valley of Yasin in Gilgit-Baltistan, Noor ul Ain is a student at the Ismailia Youth Service (IYS) in Karachi. She is an alumnus of the Bridge Programme and now mentor students at the Gahkuch Bridge Camp 2023. From the humble beginnings as a student of the Bridge Programme to becoming an advisor, her journey is an inspiration and shows the positive impact of the Aga Khan Education Board’s initiative of improving quality of life through education.
Last year, Mawlana Hazar Imam approved a new set of guidelines for Jamatkhana volunteers. Since then, the Ismaili Council for Pakistan with the help of dedicated volunteers has been working to launch the new structure.
According to the United Nations (UN), climate change poses a threat to virtually every aspect of life on Earth, from human health and livelihoods to ecosystems and infrastructure. The fact that there has been a substantial increase in severe heatwaves, droughts and wildfires over the past few years is a testament to the urgency of the climate crisis we are amidst. International forums have started to stress on the desperate need for global action to address the impact of climate change and promote sustainable practices. Mawlana Hazar Imam has also been a vocal advocate for environmental sustainability, stating, “The consequences of climate change, if unchecked, will be catastrophic for all humanity and for the natural world we rely on.”
International Women's Day is celebrated annually on the 8th of March to recognize the contributions and achievements of women around the world. The day celebrates the progress made towards gender equality and serves as a reminder of the multiple challenges confronted by women. It is a day to acknowledge the vital role that women play in society and to reflect on the work that still needs to be done to achieve true gender parity.
Leaders are often described as those whose primary role is providing guidance; however, the past few years have proved to be an eye-opener as it brought to light the different attributes necessary for a leader to possess. A more precise role of a leader is one that is compassionate, empathetic and has the ability to unite people in peaceful, as well as vehement, times with understanding. In light of this, the Human Resource Development Committee (HRDC) of the Ismaili Council for the Southern Region, in collaboration with the Ismaili Council for Thatta Shahbunder, organised a six-day leadership programme for 40 participants from Shahbunder Jamatkhanas.
This summer, more than 100 mountaineers set a record by conquering the world’s second highest mountain, K2 in the early morning hours of July 22, 2022. Amongst them, nine brave Ismaili mountaineers completed their summit and set new records for Pakistan.
Through her tireless efforts and unwavering commitment, Nadia Iqbal from Zulfiqarabad in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) sets a remarkable example for the women of our Jamat through her contributions in the field of IT. Her hard work paid off as she was honored with Prime Minister’s Excellence Award.
Izzat Bibi from Hunza, Azima Dhanjee from the Karachi and Farida Kanwal, also from the Karachi, will serve under the Chairmanship of Usman Dar, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs. Their responsibility includes empowering young people in the country who have been deprived of economic opportunities aiming to create more sustainable livelihoods for all.
Hailing from Aliabad, Hunza, Sirbaz Khan, 32, has become the first Pakistani to scale the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest (8848m) as well as Mount Annapurna (8091m) within 30 days. Sirbaz dedicates his achievement to the memory of late Pakistani mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara. The expedition was sponsored by the Serena Hotels under its Adventure Diplomacy.