Participants receive certificates upon completion of the summer Makerspace Lab programme from Zuloby Mamadfozilov, AKES Tajikistan's CEO, and the programme facilitators, Faith Harron and Allison Armstrong.

A Makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school or other facility to encourage students to design, experiment, build, and invent; as they engage in science, engineering, art, and other creative projects. Two students from Stanford University were selected to implement the Makerspace initiative at the Aga Khan Lycée in Khorog, Tajikistan.

Students watch as the first 3D printer in all of Badakhshan province begins to print a model.

For the final article in November’s Science and Technology theme, we pay a visit to the Aga Khan Lycée in Khorog, Tajikistan. While immersing themselves in local culture, Stanford University students Faith Harron and Allison Armstrong taught the Makerspace curriculum at the Lycée, an Aga Khan Education Service (AKES) school.

The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe.

Good architecture serves its functional purpose and is structurally sound. Great architecture fits seamlessly into its surroundings and awakens the spirit of everyone who interacts with it. Decatur, Georgia, is home to the first permanent Jamatkhana in the United States. It was designed by Farouk Noormohamed, an architect whose 33-year career portfolio includes designing multiple Aga Khan University buildings in Africa and Pakistan, and the award-winning Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Jamati members get vision screenings.

Our quality of life depends on the decisions we make for our health. These decisions are based on the knowledge we possess about preventive measures for non-communicable diseases and cancer, awareness of mental health conditions, and the importance of nutrition and exercise. Without this knowledge, it is difficult for us to make well-informed decisions about our health.

AKF and I-CERV volunteers unloading bottles, sports bottles and hot meals to be transported to the Thousand Oaks Command Center.

The annual Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) USA Walk-Run was scheduled to be held at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, November 11, 2018. As in prior years on this day, walk organizers envisioned residents of Southern California would participate in the event to learn about AKF programs worldwide, and invest in long-term solutions to improve the quality of life for global communities.

Alaudin Bhanji being presented with the Outstanding Leadership Award from NASA, by the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Charles Elachi (L); and Dr. John M. Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA.

This month, The.Ismaili is focussing on the theme of Science and Technology. Today, we will explore the numerous ways that members of the Jamat in the United States participate in and contribute to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The guests were hosted at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, by President of the Ontario Ismaili Council, Sheherazade Hirji, and volunteers. They were given a tour of the Centre and an overview of the role of the six global Ismaili Centres and the values they represent.

"I had previously read some of the speeches of His Highness the Aga Khan regarding religious pluralism and interfaith relations. However, visiting the Ismaili Centre in Toronto was a physical manifestation of the Aga Khan's embrace of artistic excellence, modernity, and the search for God."

Donald E. Miller, Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California (USC)

Police officers, clergy, educators, and community peacebuilders discuss implicit bias in group break-out sessions.

Considering the litigious disposition of today’s society, United States Attorney, Byung J. “BJay” Pak pointed to mediation as a means for reaching closure between opposing individuals. He said, “mediation is the process by which each party’s voice is heard, despite who may win or lose at the very end…It really comes down to balancing the interests of two people, looking for a compromise and likeness, and not divisive litigation.”

Gene editing technology is already having a significant impact in medical research and in treating patients.

The.Ismaili USA is presenting a series of articles on Education, the Future, and New Skills, that appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of The Ismaili USA magazine. Quality higher education is a key priority of the Jamat and this series of articles explores some of the new scientific areas worth considering as careers, as well as the need to adapt to the changing work environment, and the skills needed for advancement. Additionally, as technology develops, so too are the media through which knowledge is disseminated, and new avenues to acquire learning are becoming prominent.

Prince Amyn delivers remarks upon accepting the 31st annual Hadrian Award.

On 23 October, Prince Amyn was presented with the 2018 Hadrian Award by World Monuments Fund (WMF) Chair Lorna B. Goodman, who paid tribute to his “generous, thoughtful, responsible, and engaged” contribution to WMF. In his acceptance remarks, Prince Amyn emphasised the importance of monuments, and ensuring that they are self-sustaining and accepted by local communities.

“By becoming engaged, by informing itself of the challenge we face and collective actions that can make a difference. The AKDN is particularly well placed to assist at various levels; through the common actions of the diaspora, high-level scientific work in the academic centers of AKDN and population based actions on sustainable development in the geographies in which AKDN works.”

Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta, Aga Khan University, a speaker at the Global Climate Action Summit, reflecting on the significance of the event.

Lorna B. Goodman, Chair of the World Monuments Fund, presents the 2018 Hadrian Award to Prince Amyn.

The World Monuments Fund honoured Prince Amyn at the 31st annual Hadrian Gala on 23 October at the Rockefeller Center Plaza in New York City, in recognition of his lifelong support for cultural heritage.

Qayl and Riyaan Maherali in front of the entrance to the Darbar site.

In keeping with Mawlana Hazar Imam’s emphasis on the importance of sharing knowledge globally, ninth-grader Qayl Maherali is reaching through reporting. He enjoys “learning, connecting, and educating people about different places around the world, as well as traveling and using technology.”

The DJAC was an event organized by the Council for USA and the Ismaili Professionals Network (IPN). The organizing and leadership team pose for a picture.

“As a Jamat, we are fortunate to have access to the best education and opportunity to build for ourselves, and it’s now an opportunity to build for our children and our grandchildren...the themes of this conference are sharing knowledge, best practices, coming together, lifelong learning, and building for future generations. What is more befitting for the United States Jamat than to have this Conference as our last Diamond Jubilee initiative?” -Zahir Ladhani, Vice President, Council for USA

Joint team picture taken in the spirit of unity and brotherhood after a hard fought soccer final between Richmond (white) and New York (blue).

On the weekend of August 25, over 500 hundreds of athletes, volunteers, and spectators from across the Northeast came together to compete in the 2018 Northeast Regional Sports Tournament, held at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. This was the first ever two-day tournament held for the Northeast region, providing more opportunities for all involved. Most athletes competed in multiple sports over both days with hundreds of families and friends who joined as spectators to show their support for each other and come together as one Jamat.

Murad Abdullah, President of the Ismaili Council for the Southeast US,  Kenny Blank, Executive Director of Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), Kirkland Carden, City of Duluth Council Member, and other community leaders and volunteers at the presentation

The Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States partnered with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) to present the documentary Shalom Bollywood:  The Untold Story of Indian Cinema, based on the early history of the Indian film industry. This AJFF Connects screening was a part of “year-round programming initiative that uses the power of film to build bridges of understanding and spark dialogue with diverse audiences”

Jawed Jessani discussing conflict resolution with students at the 19th Annual Arizona Peer Mediation Conference, November 2016

“We are here today to recognize the great work of the Ismaili Muslims’ Conciliation and Arbitration Board. The arbitration and mediation program you have developed is remarkable, and many good things have come about as a result of your ability to resolve disputes in your community.” -From remarks by Hon. Carol Hunstein, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, at the National Conciliation and Arbitration Board luncheon, Atlanta, May 4, 2012

Salim Rahimi, Hon. Sec of the Council for the Central US, welcoming the artists, speakers, and guests to the dinner at Plano Jamatkhana.

“Diversity is not a burden to be endured, but an opportunity to be welcomed,” said Melia Belli, Associate Professor of South Asian art history at the University of Victoria, in her opening remarks. The occasion was the Islamic Art Symposium entitled “Intersections: Visual Cultures of Islamic Cosmopolitanism,” held at the Dallas Museum of Art between May 4-5. It was cosponsored with the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, Islamic Art Revival Series, and the Aga Khan Council for the Central United States.

Zoya Surani

When Zoya Surani and her sisters began iConquer in 2012, little did they know that their idea would evolve into a nutrition curriculum that would be sought after by numerous states around the nation, and commended by a Canadian Senator.

Volunteers measuring the frames.

In 2011, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer initiated Orlando Cares, a service initiative which includes The Garden is an impactful volunteering program.