Ismaili Volunteer Corps

The Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC) was established over 100 years ago in 1919 to encourage voluntary service with the Jamat. A majority of the activities carried out in the community are achieved through voluntary service.

i-CERV and the Ismail Volunteer Corps partnered with The Salvation Army to prepare gift bags for the homeless and vulnerable people in Nottingham.
i-CERV and the Ismail Volunteer Corps partnered with The Salvation Army to prepare gift bags for the homeless and vulnerable people in Nottingham.
UK’s i-Cerv programme demonstrates importance of serving and supporting others
UK’s i-Cerv programme demonstrates importance of serving and supporting others
30 May 2019

Over the years, Mawlana Hazar Imam has often spoken of the importance of civil society and of contributing towards the wellbeing of our communities. The iCERV programme in the UK has demonstrated that this ethic is very much alive within our Jamat.

i-CERV and the Ismail Volunteer Corps partnered with The Salvation Army to prepare gift bags for the homeless and vulnerable people in Nottingham.
i-CERV and the Ismail Volunteer Corps partnered with The Salvation Army to prepare gift bags for the homeless and vulnerable people in Nottingham.
UK’s i-Cerv programme demonstrates importance of serving and supporting others
UK’s i-Cerv programme demonstrates importance of serving and supporting others
30 May 2019

Over the years, Mawlana Hazar Imam has often spoken of the importance of civil society and of contributing towards the wellbeing of our communities. The iCERV programme in the UK has demonstrated that this ethic is very much alive within our Jamat.

The inaugural i-CERV weekend saw Ismailis from across the UK volunteer at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, park clean-ups, and training sessions for the aged.
The inaugural i-CERV weekend saw Ismailis from across the UK volunteer at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, park clean-ups, and training sessions for the aged.
i-CERV programme illustrates UK Jamat’s contribution to the wider community
i-CERV programme illustrates UK Jamat’s contribution to the wider community
15 August 2018

The i-CERV initiative was launched in the United Kingdom jurisdiction Jamat during the Diamond Jubilee year with a great sense of excitement. i-CERV — Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering — is a programme first established in the United States, with a mission to offer its members an opportunity to serve the wider communities in which they reside.

The inaugural i-CERV weekend saw Ismailis from across the UK volunteer at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, park clean-ups, and training sessions for the aged.
The inaugural i-CERV weekend saw Ismailis from across the UK volunteer at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, park clean-ups, and training sessions for the aged.
i-CERV programme illustrates UK Jamat’s contribution to the wider community
i-CERV programme illustrates UK Jamat’s contribution to the wider community
15 August 2018

The i-CERV initiative was launched in the United Kingdom jurisdiction Jamat during the Diamond Jubilee year with a great sense of excitement. i-CERV — Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering — is a programme first established in the United States, with a mission to offer its members an opportunity to serve the wider communities in which they reside.

Jahanara Mirzai was motivated to volunteer after her experience serving during the Golden Jubilee
Jahanara Mirzai was motivated to volunteer after her experience serving during the Golden Jubilee
Volunteering around the clock in the United Kingdom jurisdiction
Volunteering around the clock in the United Kingdom jurisdiction
22 June 2018

With Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit quickly approaching, thousands of volunteers are working all hours, preparing to host Jamats from Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and across the UK.

The Ismaili volunteer team took charge of the Water Station at Mile 20, handing out hydration and plenty of encouragement to runners as they passed a critical junction along the course.
The Ismaili volunteer team took charge of the Water Station at Mile 20, handing out hydration and plenty of encouragement to runners as they passed a critical junction along the course.
UK Ismaili volunteers help marathon runners get to the finish line
UK Ismaili volunteers help marathon runners get to the finish line
5 May 2011

Thirty Ismaili volunteers extended a hand of friendship and support – and many bottles of water – to some 8 000 runners at the 2011 Brighton Marathon. The event was an opportunity to get involved and give back to the wider community.

The Ismaili volunteer team took charge of the Water Station at Mile 20, handing out hydration and plenty of encouragement to runners as they passed a critical junction along the course.
The Ismaili volunteer team took charge of the Water Station at Mile 20, handing out hydration and plenty of encouragement to runners as they passed a critical junction along the course.
UK Ismaili volunteers help marathon runners get to the finish line
UK Ismaili volunteers help marathon runners get to the finish line
4 May 2011

Thirty Ismaili volunteers extended a hand of friendship and support – and many bottles of water – to some 8 000 runners at the 2011 Brighton Marathon. The event was an opportunity to get involved and give back to the wider community.

Volunteers at the Camley Street Nature Park busied themselves digging, raking, levelling and pulling out unwanted roots.
Volunteers at the Camley Street Nature Park busied themselves digging, raking, levelling and pulling out unwanted roots.
Getting involved and making a positive difference in the lives of others
Getting involved and making a positive difference in the lives of others
31 March 2010

As a Muslim community, giving of our time and helping others is integral to our way of life. From a young age, Ismailis are surrounded by examples of volunteers in action. In the UK, the Youth, Cultural and Social Network has launched an initiative that provides opportunities for the Jamat to give back to the society in which they live.

Volunteers at the Camley Street Nature Park busied themselves digging, raking, levelling and pulling out unwanted roots.
Volunteers at the Camley Street Nature Park busied themselves digging, raking, levelling and pulling out unwanted roots.
Getting involved and making a positive difference in the lives of others
Getting involved and making a positive difference in the lives of others
30 March 2010

As a Muslim community, giving of our time and helping others is integral to our way of life. From a young age, Ismailis are surrounded by examples of volunteers in action. In the UK, the Youth, Cultural and Social Network has launched an initiative that provides opportunities for the Jamat to give back to the society in which they live.

Turkish Art from the Spirit & Life Exhibition. Chestnut tree leaf, 19th Century. From the Collections of the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto.
Turkish Art from the Spirit & Life Exhibition. Chestnut tree leaf, 19th Century. From the Collections of the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto.
Charting a family's journey
Charting a family's journey
6 January 2008

Afroza and Alykhan Nanji, a dentist and doctor respectively, are raising their two children in Calgary, Canada. Like many couples with young families, they have struggled with the definition of success as they juggle commitments to their faith, family, careers and community.

Mawlana Hazar Imam gives his acceptance speech upon receiving the Andrew Carnegie Medal, as Sally Magnusson, BBC presenter, and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights look on.
Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan upon receiving the Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy
3 October 2005

“The achievements of the AKDN would not be possible without the tireless contributions of the global community of Ismailis that I lead, residing in Central and Southern Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. Our volunteers and contributors also include many thousands of others from multiple cultures and faiths around the world. They are united with us in our mission to help build capacity and dignity for individuals, to enable them to take control of their own development.”

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