Volunteers In Action

Volunteers collect data from members of the Jamat at the vaccination centre.
Volunteers collect data from members of the Jamat at the vaccination centre.
Dedicated volunteers play vital role in Covid-19 vaccination drive
Dedicated volunteers play vital role in Covid-19 vaccination drive
14 September 2021

As some parts of the world begin to regain a semblance of normality after the Covid-19 outbreak, low and middle-income countries continue to battle against inadequate vaccine supply and vaccine hesitancy. In Pakistan, mass vaccination drives were organised by the Ismaili Council to increase immunity against Covid-19. The inoculation drives were led by a dedicated TKN taskforce comprised of health professionals, data scientists, designers, and volunteer stewards.

Agriculture Expert’s outstanding volunteer service
Agriculture Expert’s outstanding volunteer service
11 August 2021

Dedicated and committed volunteer Amir Kassam has served AKDN and Jamati institutions for over 40 years. During the late 1970s, Amir assisted the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) UK National Committee in its project evaluation work. More recently, he has focused on sharing his extensive knowledge of agricultural development with AKF Geneva and AKF field units in Mozambique, Syria, India, Tanzania, Madagascar and Tajikistan, and with AKDN rural support programmes in Africa and Asia.

The Aga Khan School’s science teachers provide students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons, and dive deep into the world of science and technology.
The Aga Khan School’s science teachers provide students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons, and dive deep into the world of science and technology.
Science has no boundaries at Aga Khan School in Osh
Science has no boundaries at Aga Khan School in Osh
27 July 2021

Dr Sadru Damji, a TKN volunteer based in Toronto, Canada, recently led an interactive and exciting online chemistry class in May 2021 for a group of grade 11 students at the Aga Khan School in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

TKN volunteers make key contribution to AKU-ISMC’s ground-breaking KITAB Project
TKN volunteers make key contribution to AKU-ISMC’s ground-breaking KITAB Project
21 June 2021

For the past six years, the Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) has been breaking new ground in digital methods to study the written heritage of the Islamic tradition. At present, the University runs projects funded by the European Research Council and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that involve building a collection of Arabic texts – now more than 2 billion words – and studying the relationships between books.

TKN Volunteer Helps Ensure UCA Thrives in Harsh Mountain Regions
TKN Volunteer Helps Ensure UCA Thrives in Harsh Mountain Regions
27 May 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken many educational institutions to their core. Globally, over 1.5 billion students in 165 countries are out of school due to the pandemic, according to estimates by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Pakistan’s English Language Program: Key contribution by TKN educators
Pakistan’s English Language Program: Key contribution by TKN educators
26 April 2021

The English Language Enhancement Programme (ELEP) is an 8-level English Language Diploma Programme adopted from the Pakistan American Cultural Centre (PACC) to provide English Language teaching to the Jamat. Lead educators are trained and certified by the PACC who, in turn, train other educators regarding the various pedagogies and didactic ways of instilling English fluency skills within the Jamat. These primarily focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening. 38 TKN volunteers, from all over Pakistan, serve as lead educators and educators and they undergo over 50 hours of training before they start teaching a class.

Aga Khan Foundation’s TKN Pool Volunteers continue to make significant global impact
Aga Khan Foundation’s TKN Pool Volunteers continue to make significant global impact
26 March 2021

TKN volunteers are positively impacting the programs and initiatives of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in diverse regions of the world, whilst serving remotely from other regions in the world. Who are these volunteers? Dedicated women and men who are contributing their expertise in various areas of humanitarian assistance and rural development, and who have generously pledged their time and knowledge to support AKF’s work in communities around the world.

Volunteers come together to deliver virtual camp for global youth
Volunteers come together to deliver virtual camp for global youth
31 January 2021

When the Covid-19 global pandemic hit, the whole world stopped. While many experienced difficulties establishing a “new normal” for themselves, others struggled with remembering to click the “unmute” button before speaking during Zoom meetings. Ismailis from all corners of the globe have stepped up to navigate the most challenging of situations in order to better the lives of others. Enter CONNECT, the first ever virtual camp for Ismaili Muslim Youth from across the globe.

Building a foundation to flourish
Building a foundation to flourish
27 December 2020

Many of us spend our weekends having much needed downtime, catching up with chores or spending time with family. How willing would you be to give that up? Yasmin Heath from Brighton Jamatkhana in the UK did just this when she served on a TKN assignment in Europe. For one weekend every month, for six months, Yasmin travelled to Germany to voluntarily help murids from Afghanistan learn English language skills.

The BOP programme pairs mentors and business owners who work together on development strategies, financial planning, taxation laws, and agile management.
The BOP programme pairs mentors and business owners who work together on development strategies, financial planning, taxation laws, and agile management.
TKN volunteers in Pakistan: Catalysing economic upliftment
TKN volunteers in Pakistan: Catalysing economic upliftment
29 November 2020

The path towards initiating and sustaining one's own business can be a daunting mountain to climb, and often many individuals, even those who possess good business ideas, refrain from treading this path. To harness the spirit of entrepreneurship and promote business ownership within the community, the ‘Business Opportunity Programme’ (BOP) initiative has been launched by the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board (AKEPB) in Pakistan.

Building a sustainable future: Ashak Nathwani’s story
Building a sustainable future: Ashak Nathwani’s story
9 November 2020

In June 2017, when the Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List was announced, Ashak Nathwani received the highest public recognition when he was awarded Member of Order of Australia (AM) for his service to “the Ismaili community in Australia, sustainable design at tertiary level, and engineering.” For Ashak, an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sydney, it has been a long journey. In the early 1970s, during the Ugandan crisis, Ashak found himself “stateless”. He arrived in Australia as a refugee with only 20 cents in his pocket. The rest, as they say, is history.

USA Nurse Practitioners serve on key TKN assignments in Afghanistan and Tajikistan
USA Nurse Practitioners serve on key TKN assignments in Afghanistan and Tajikistan
16 October 2020

FMIC Kabul, Afghanistan: Hafiza Ukani and Shireen Alwani (both Alumnae of Aga Khan University) travelled to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2016 for a TKN assignment with the French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC). FMIC operates through an innovative four-way partnership between the Government of Afghanistan, the Government of France, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the French NGO, La Chaîne de l’Espoir. The Aga Khan University manages FMIC on behalf of AKDN.

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