“When I submitted my TKN Niyat in 2007, I had no idea how things would transpire over the years,” says Dr. Almina Pardhan upon reflecting on the success of the Early Child Development program that she helped implement in five countries across Asia in collaboration with numerous Jamati and AKDN institutions.

The state-of-the-art 141-bed facility places particular emphasis on the needs of women and children, and represents a new chapter for the Bamyan Provincial Hospital. AKDN / Kiana Hayeri

Bamyan, Afghanistan, 24 April 2017 — Princess Zahra and Vice President Sarwar Danesh opened a 141-bed hospital facility today. Emphasising the health of mothers and children, the facility expands Bamyan Provincial Hospital’s capacity to deliver much needed services in obstetrics and gynecology, paediatrics and surgery.

Mawlana Hazar Imam with the President of Afghanistan, Dr Ashraf Ghani, at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. AKDN / Anya Campbell

Brussels, 6 October 2016 — “Since 2001, AKDN and its partners have channelled over $1 billion to enhance self-reliance and improve the quality of life of Afghans,” said Mawlana Hazar Imam yesterday, and he indicated that more will follow in the years ahead.

Nurjehan Mawani and Meena Baktash in conversation at the International Women’s Day talk held at the Ismaili Centre, London. Ismaili Council for the UK / Jahanara Mirzai

International Women’s Day was marked at the Ismaili Centre, London with a discussion on Women and the future of Afghanistan that took place on Thursday, 3 March 2016. The event featured Nurjehan Mawani, AKDN Representative for Afghanistan; Shireen Rahmani, Director of HR at Roshan Telecom and Meena Baktash, Head of the BBC Afghan Service.

Institutional leaders meet with affected communities in Phadar, Ghizer following a devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake. FOCUS

2 November 2015 — The powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the Jurm District of Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan on 26 October has affected large parts of Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and Tajikistan. Many populations in the region of the Hindu Kush mountain range have suffered the consequences of this calamity, including Ismaili communities.

Mawlana Hazar Imam meets with the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. AKDN

Kabul, 29 September 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam was in the capital of Afghanistan to witness the inauguration of the new president, Dr Muhammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and the swearing in of the Chief Executive, Dr Abdullah Abdullah. Dignitaries from around the world attended the event, which marked a new era of National Unity Government in Afghanistan.

Students at a school in Kyrgyzstan take cover under their desks during the AKDN ShakeOut earthquake drill.

In October 2013, over 341 000 individuals suddenly stopped what they were doing to Drop, Cover and Hold On! They were taking part in the AKDN ShakeOut – a drill that teaches people around the world how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is presented with a bouquet of flowers by AKDN Resident Representative Nurjehan Mawani upon his arrival in Kabul, as Ismaili Council for Afghanistan President Shair Baz Hakemy looks on.

Kabul, 21 December 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam visited Afghanistan today, where he met with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, as well as ministers and other senior government officials.


Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Karzai unveil a plaque commemorating the restoration of the mausoleum of Timur Shah.

Kabul, 19 – 20 October 2012 – During an eventful weekend, Mawlana Hazar Imam and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai officially opened the restored mausoleum of Timur Shah. Hazar Imam also took part in the foundation ceremony of a new Women’s Wing for the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul.

Ismaili Council and Kabul City leaders plant the first tree at an event marking Navroz.

Marking Navroz, some 2 500 Ismaili volunteers gathered on 30 March to plant 5 000 trees in the city’s Afshar area. Organised by the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan, the tree planting took place in the presence of Kabul’s mayor, Eng Mohammad Younus Nawandesh, and was part of an ongoing effort to make the city more beautiful and greener for its inhabitants.

Dear World: I want to become a doctor (Diyana).

A selection of photographs from the Dear World Afghanistan campaign, taken by Grace Chung while she was an intern at Roshan in Afghanistan.

Dear World: We are equal.

In Afghanistan, everyone has a story to tell – stories about the country’s people, their hopes for the future, of peace and development – yet most go untold. But when a Harvard student working at Roshan decided to launch a Dear World campaign, she gave new voice to the people of Afghanistan and to the many stories they have been waiting to tell.

At the foundation ceremony of the Shurobod Bridge, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon presented Mawlana Hazar Imam, Afghan Minister of Public Works Abdulkudus Hamidi and German Ambassador to Afghanistan Ruedeiger Koenig with ceremonial robes to mark the occas

Showun, Shurobod District, Tajikistan, 31 October 2011 – Mawlana Hazar Imam, together with the President of Tajikistan and Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Works, performed the foundation-stone ceremony for the Shurobod Bridge. The bridge is the fifth to be built in partnership with the AKDN, and will connect the Shurobod District of Khatlon Region in Tajikistan with the Khohon Province of Afghanistan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam meets with His Excellency President Hamid Karzai in Kabul and receives a state welcome, including a guard of honour.

Kabul, 30 October 2011 – Between visits to India and Tajikistan, Mawlana Hazar Imam made a stop in Kabul, where he met with His Excellency President Hamid Karzai to discuss the progress of AKDN activities in Afghanistan. The Government of Aghanistan accorded Hazar Imam a full state welcome, including a guard of honour.

Children play with everyday food items as they learn about the world in which they live, at the National Council Sparks Early Childhood Development Program in Kabul.

Sparks Academy in Kabul is a catalyst for community development and learning opportunities for people of all ages. When Tahmina Shayan began volunteering with a community-based early childhood development programme of the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan that was supported by the school, she discovered new opportunities for herself and an avenue to make a difference in the lives of other young Afghans.

A traditional Afghan dance during Navroz celebrations in Vancouver.

Celebrated on 21 March each year, Navroz is an occasion of special significance to millions around the world. Having migrated to Canada from Afghanistan, 35-year-old Ahmad Wali fondly reminisces over the rich traditions and memories of Navroz that he harbours from his childhood.

The two-storey Youth, Sports and Social Development Center opened its doors in Kabul, Afghanistan on 16 December 2010.

The Ismaili youth of Afghanistan have a new place where they can play, learn and socialise. The two-storey Youth, Sports and Social Development Center in Kabul, opened its doors in December 2010.

Since 2002, when jamatkhana planning and development efforts got underway in Afghanistan, 20 new jamatkhanas have opened and at least nine more are at various stages of construction.

In Afghanistan, the past year will be remembered for the large number of jamatkhanas that were inaugurated across the country. In Kabul alone, four newly built facilities were opened, while ground was broken for additional jamatkhanas in Badakhshan province and elsewhere.

Volunteers line up to welcome Jamati and institutional leaders at Umomi Jamatkhana at the conclusion of Volunteer Week in Afghanistan.

Earlier this year, the Afghan Jamat observed a week-long celebration of volunteerism, a tradition that has long been central to Ismaili culture. Volunteer Week was an opportunity to showcase the impact that volunteers have on the Jamat’s wellbeing, and increase the unity and collaboration among them, as well as within the wider Jamat.