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Top (left to right): Ali Alhaj, Ari Surani, Anisa Zulfova. Bottom: Arisha Wadani (front right) with her Guides group in Pakistan.

For much of the history of the Ismaili Volunteers Corps, young volunteers, scouts, and guides have played an important role in supporting the needs of the Jamat in various parts of the world. 

Anam Sherali (center) with other volunteers in Houston. The Ismaili Volunteer Corps in the USA have supported the development of the Jamat for over 40 years.

In celebration of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC) 100th anniversary celebration this year, the USA Jamat reflects on the significance and history of the organization. Thousands of volunteers across the country have served as part of the USA IVC. Here, we highlight a number of individuals - with different paths to their journeys, these volunteers tell a tale of happiness and humility.

The Ismaili Council for Gilgit hosted the Rays of Light exhibition that showcases Mawlana Hazar Imam’s life, vision and contributions towards uplifting the quality of life for individuals around the world.

Talent Show Performance

An annual event organised by the Arts and Culture Department, under the umbrella of Women’s Activities Portfolio of Mozambique.

According to UNESCO, knowledge societies must build on four pillars: freedom of expression; universal access to information and knowledge; respect for cultural and linguistic diversity; and quality education for all.

In today’s world, knowledge is being discovered and shared at a faster rate than ever before. This has made it possible for more people to become members of the Knowledge Society and work together to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

ECDC began with a simple concept - working with parents to support their young childrens’ educational and socio-emotional development. The model transitioned from offering parent-only sessions to joint parent and children activities.

In 2005 the Jamat in Tanzania embarked on an Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiative at Darkhana Jamatkhana in Dar es Salaam. Over time, as interest in community based early learning gained momentum, the Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) has gradually expanded. Today, ECDC activities take place in Zanzibar, Iringa, Mwanza, Arusha, Mbeya, Morogoro, Dodoma, and Zambia.

The clock strikes ten on a causal Sunday morning as eight Jamati youth members from various parts of Pakistan make their way to Booni Town in Chitral. The picturesque valley of Booni welcomes them with a light-scented summer breeze – for many of these youth, it is their first excursion outside their native city.

While each of the industrial revolutions were significant in their own right, Industry 4.0 is seen as more profoundly impacting human life, blurring the lines between physical, digital, and biological.

It’s become an oft repeated cliché that we live in times of exponential change, driven by disruptive technologies, shifting global politics, changing human behaviour, and newly emerging social norms. And yet, as we enter the era of the fourth industrial revolution, we may be witnessing the greatest amount of change ever seen in a single human lifetime. 

Dilangez Azizmamadova currently studies in Germany, although dreams of returning to her hometown of Rushan, Tajikistan.

Young climate activist Dilangez Azizmamadova from Tajikistan, was among 100 Green Ticket winners from across the globe to participate in the United Nations Youth Climate Summit in New York today, 21 September 2019.

Islam encourages us all to look after Allah's creation, and not to disrupt the delicate balance of nature.

The faith of Islam teaches followers to care for Allah’s creation, encouraging us to look after the natural resources which have been gifted to us, and not to waste or disrupt the delicate balance of nature. Since we only inhabit the earth for a relatively short time, each of us has a responsibility to leave behind a better social and physical environment for the next generation.

Logical thinking, emotional intelligence, and adaptability to change can help prepare us for the technically advanced world of the future.

Due to advances in technology, the landscape of work and jobs has changed significantly in the last 30 years. Some industries have progressed rapidly, while others have declined, which has shifted and disrupted standards of living and career aspirations. As the relationship between virtual and real becomes ever more blurred, how can we prepare for the next 30 years?

Technology has unlocked countless opportunities for students looking to get ahead in today’s world of rapid change; (From top to bottom) Sana Lakdawala, Zain Bhanji, and Azima Dhanjee.

With the growth of artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and social media, young Ismailis around the world are preparing themselves to be at the forefront of newly emerging fields of endeavour. 

I-CERV volunteers of all ages take pride in supporting the beautification of Whitney Pond Park.

Science has provided humankind with countless advancements, but also the ability to cause damage to the environment. Through awareness, education, and action, small steps at the individual level can lead to collective positive change. In this vein, Ismailis across the United States have taken steps to help sustain the planet’s resources for the future. 

The Rays of Light exhibition showcases Mawlana Hazar Imam’s life, vision and contributions towards uplifting the quality of life for individuals around the world. Members of the Pakistan Jamat and community were able to gain insight into the initiatives of the Imamat and its global impact during this unique, experiential journey.

Flag Hoisting ceremony in Immit, Gilgit-Baltistan

Ismailis celebrated Independence Day throughout Pakistan by fulfilling their civic duties for the betterment of the country.

Sleep is essentially our life support system, impacting all areas of the human condition, from mental health and physical activity, to nutrition and general wellbeing.

When was the last time you woke up feeling rested? If it takes a while to answer, this article is for you. Are you someone who checks their smartphone last thing at night, and first thing in the morning? Getting a regular good night’s sleep is a cornerstone of basic health, and essential to our long-term wellbeing. With some helpful tips, we can reverse unhealthy trends, and prioritise a restful routine.

Research has shown the positive impacts of a quality early childhood experience in ensuring better opportunities throughout children's lives.

Being a parent is perhaps the most complex job in the world. It can be a challenging yet joyful experience. Nowadays, parents are surrounded by multiple questions regarding their children’s everyday life, health, education, and future. Should parents control their children’s use of technology? How can parents give due time and attention to their children while life pressures increase each day? How can parents set clear limits for their children with empathy and respect?

The main courtyard at the Ismaili Centre Dubai features an intricate geometric arrangement of water channels which, along with the flower beds and trees, evoke the natural environment within a built-up area.

Today, climate change affects every country on every continent. It has become a global challenge that requires local engagement. In response, the Jamat in the United Arab Emirates has actively participated in environmental programming in the country, acting as stewards for a sustainable, green future.

Ismaili youth from around the world have been making strides to bring about positive environmental change.

Younger generations invariably inherit the earth from those who came before. It is often these youngsters who are leading action to create positive change in their surroundings. Here are some examples of inspiring stories of young members of the Jamat working to introduce sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in their communities.

Students, and volunteer artists paint the walls of the refectory of the Magnificat Centre.

Earlier this year, the secondary Bait-ul Ilm students of Antananarivo in Madagascar gave birth to a project entitled Green STEP, in collaboration with civil society organisations in the country, in order to better serve the physical and social environment around them.