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Life after the devastating floods — a boy lost in thought in Darkut, Gilgit-Baltistan.
Life after the devastating floods — a boy lost in thought in Darkut, Gilgit-Baltistan.
Through the camera lens: Life after the floods (Part 2)
Through the camera lens: Life after the floods (Part 2)
3 August 2011

In this conclusion of a two-part story, broadcast journalist Faridoun Hemani recounts his experience as part of a team that visited areas stricken by the 2010 Pakistan floods to document the impact of the AKDN Early Relief and Recovery Programme. The team travelled to Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, where they listened to local people tell life-changing stories.

The value of one hundred smiles
The value of one hundred smiles
18 May 2011

For nearly 16 years, Shamim Hassan Shivji placed close to 100 Karachi orphans with couples from around the world. She and a neighbour routinely cared for the orphaned or abandoned infants while seeking out loving homes for them. She never charged for the service – her reward was seeing kids she placed grow up to become well-educated members of society.

The Bhakta and Dhalla families share their adoption experiences.
The Bhakta and Dhalla families share their adoption experiences.
Finding happiness through adoption, the gift of a lifetime
Finding happiness through adoption, the gift of a lifetime
18 May 2011

Each year, thousands of North Americans adopt orphaned or abandoned children, and make a lifelong commitment to love and care for them. Two Ismaili families share their personal stories of adoption, and journeys they undertook to bring their children home.

Through “Planting a Tree for Africa”, the Serena Hotels Group has planted over one million trees in the National Parks of Kenya.
Through “Planting a Tree for Africa”, the Serena Hotels Group has planted over one million trees in the National Parks of Kenya.
Climate change, the carbon market and trees
Climate change, the carbon market and trees
16 March 2011

Over the last 25 years, AKDN has planted over 100 million trees in Asia and Africa. Many communities already recognise that sustainable agro-forestry provides dividends in the form of food, fuel and fodder, and the emergence of a global carbon market presents new opportunity.

A tent village established by FOCUS to house those displaced by the torrential rains that struck Sindh in August 2010.
A tent village established by FOCUS to house those displaced by the torrential rains that struck Sindh in August 2010.
Compassion and volunteerism save Pakistan’s most vulnerable
Compassion and volunteerism save Pakistan’s most vulnerable
4 March 2011

Massive flooding last year in the regions surrounding the Indus River caused devastation, destroying more than 1.4 million acres of cropland and over one million homes. But the resilience of those affected and the compassion and generosity of those providing assistance offers hope and lessons for the times ahead.

“Superstars” near and far work to help the people of Pakistan in the wake of flooding
“Superstars” near and far work to help the people of Pakistan in the wake of flooding
12 November 2010

Despite the magnitude of the disastrous flooding in Pakistan and the impact on its people, many in the international community remain unaware, and the attention garnered early on has waned. Through individual and organised institutional efforts, many Ismailis, together with others in Pakistan and around the world, have sought to raise awareness and funds to support flood relief efforts.

A family finds shelter from the flood devastation at a FOCUS relief camp in Sindh.
A family finds shelter from the flood devastation at a FOCUS relief camp in Sindh.
Of flood rains and resilience: The struggle to survive in the wake of the Pakistan flood disaster
Of flood rains and resilience: The struggle to survive in the wake of the Pakistan flood disaster
23 September 2010

Millions of people throughout Pakistan have been devastated by heavy downpours and massive flooding that has been described as one of the worst disasters in the country’s history. But in the face of calamity, communities, institutions, government and civil society are coming together to help one another and rebuild lives.

FOCUS Pakistan delivering relief items to displaced people in Hundur village of the Yasin valley in Gilgit-Baltistan.
FOCUS Pakistan delivering relief items to displaced people in Hundur village of the Yasin valley in Gilgit-Baltistan.
FOCUS deploys full-scale relief effort to assist thousands of flood victims in Pakistan
FOCUS deploys full-scale relief effort to assist thousands of flood victims in Pakistan
13 August 2010

Islamabad, Pakistan, 12 August 2010 – FOCUS Pakistan has launched a significant relief effort in the wake of severe flooding that has caused widespread destruction in several of the country’s provinces. With its Search and Rescue Team, Community Emergency Response Teams and hundreds of volunteers, FOCUS has already delivered food, shelters and supplies to hundreds of affected households, with some 200 tonnes of relief goods en route to help thousands more

Women who survived the landslide rest in one of the schools that was re-purposed as a camp for internally displaced persons.
Women who survived the landslide rest in one of the schools that was re-purposed as a camp for internally displaced persons.
Displaced people of Hunza struggle to move on
Displaced people of Hunza struggle to move on
13 April 2010

Life in the Hunza valley was changed forever when a landslide buried the entire village of Attabad in the Northern Pakistan territory of Gilgit-Baltistan earlier this year. Despite extensive relief efforts, the future remains uncertain as a lake resulting from the landslide swallows villages and threatens the lives of thousands downstream.

Forest cutting leaves animals homeless: A participant from southern Pakistan expressing herself at the regional competition.
Forest cutting leaves animals homeless: A participant from southern Pakistan expressing herself at the regional competition.
Art competition in Pakistan raises awareness of environmental issues
Art competition in Pakistan raises awareness of environmental issues
1 October 2008

In Islam, protection of the physical environment is one of humankind’s responsibilities. The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan organised a nationwide Friends of the Environment art competition to raise awareness about the importance of the natural environment and methods of preserving it.

Athletes line-up to register at the Aga Khan University Sports Complex in Karachi.
Athletes line-up to register at the Aga Khan University Sports Complex in Karachi.
Road to the Games: Pakistan’s josh trials at AKU draw wide participation
Road to the Games: Pakistan’s josh trials at AKU draw wide participation
8 June 2008

The Pakistan Jamat participated in the josh trials for the Golden Jubilee Games at the Aga Khan University Sports and Rehabilitation Centre in Karachi, drawing more than 2 200 athletes from across the country.

Scouts & Guides at base camp at Nanga Parbat
Scouts & Guides at base camp at Nanga Parbat
Nanga Parbat - Hike to raise awareness of thalassemia
Nanga Parbat - Hike to raise awareness of thalassemia
14 November 2007

The United Arab Emirates Thalassemia Society and Pakistani Thalassemia Society joined hands in an effort to increase awareness of this blood disorder which occurs most frequently in people of Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Southern Asian and African ancestry. About 100 000 babies worldwide are born with severe forms of thalassemia each year.

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