Zameer Rayani receiving the “Just Do It Award’ from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Zameer Rayani receiving the “Just Do It Award’ from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Receiving Amazon’s “Just Do It Award”: a Shoe
Receiving Amazon’s “Just Do It Award”: a Shoe
18 July 2019

“I didn’t believe it until I was shaking his hand,” Zameer Rayani admits. When his presence was requested at Amazon’s recent All-Hands Meeting in Seattle, he didn’t even share with his family or friends. After all, no one from the HR department had ever won the award in the company’s 25-year history, but with numerous Ismaili Amazonians live-streaming the event around the world, messages like this spread like wildfire on social media: “Do you know Zameer Rayani? Sounds Ismaili, he just got an award from Bezos at our company All-Hands!”

Alaudin Bhanji receiving NASA's Outstanding Leadership Award, in 2014. He is with the (then) Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Charles Elachi (L), and Dr. John M. Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA.
Alaudin Bhanji receiving NASA's Outstanding Leadership Award, in 2014. He is with the (then) Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Charles Elachi (L), and Dr. John M. Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA.
Asteroid named after Ismaili scientist
Asteroid named after Ismaili scientist
14 May 2019

It is a rare and historic honor to have an object in space named after an individual. It is usually reserved for someone who first discovers it, generally after years of painstaking observation of the night sky through giant telescopes. So to be recognized in this manner is indeed an occasion worthy of note. Yet, this is precisely what happened at the end of 2018.

AKU nurses Salima Pirani (Dallas) and Amina Huda (California) review patient records during their volunteer shift.
AKU nurses Salima Pirani (Dallas) and Amina Huda (California) review patient records during their volunteer shift.
Ismaili Nurses Provide Medical Care to Northern California Fire Survivors
Ismaili Nurses Provide Medical Care to Northern California Fire Survivors
6 February 2019
“Thank you again for all you are doing to help staff the shelter. You and all the Aga Khan Council volunteers have been a tremendous help, and I really can’t thank you enough! Your nurses wanted to be here. They came with such open hearts. It was fabulous.” -Monica Soderstrom, Nursing Director for the Butte County Public Health Department, California.
 
Maya and Tabish Tharoo doing their Christmas rounds at Winnie Palmer Hospital, Miami.
Maya and Tabish Tharoo doing their Christmas rounds at Winnie Palmer Hospital, Miami.
Born with a passion for service
Born with a passion for service
31 December 2018

Born a premature baby at Orlando Heath Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Maya Tharoo weighed only one pound and fourteen ounces with a height of twelve inches. Maya’s journey into this world began with a surgery on her small intestine combined with multiple other health challenges, required her to remain at the hospital for 110 days. She believes she owes her life to the excellent care and dedication provided by the team of doctors and her family. Today, she has dedicated her life to raising awareness and serving that medical institution as her cause.

Swatson, mascot of the Sugar Land Skeeters, posing next to a few of the donated food items., Over 30,000 pounds of food were collected at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center and donated to the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry in Stafford, Texas.
Swatson, mascot of the Sugar Land Skeeters, posing next to a few of the donated food items., Over 30,000 pounds of food were collected at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center and donated to the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry in Stafford, Texas.
Share Your Holidays Food Drive
Share Your Holidays Food Drive
31 December 2018

The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center (IJKC) in Sugar Land was transformed into a bustling site on December 7, 2018, as countless individuals made their way to donate thousands of pounds of food. For the third consecutive year, IJKC hosted the annual ABC 13 Share Your Holidays Food Drive where over 100 I-CERV volunteers gather to help collect, package, and transport over 30,000 pounds of donated food to the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, located in Stafford, Texas.

Global Encounters Reunion at the Lisbon Ismaili Centre.  A handful of participants and faculty from the Pakistan 2017 camp pose for a group picture.
Global Encounters Reunion at the Lisbon Ismaili Centre.  A handful of participants and faculty from the Pakistan 2017 camp pose for a group picture.
An Ismaili teen shares knowledge and serves peers across the globe
An Ismaili teen shares knowledge and serves peers across the globe
1 December 2018

A junior in high school, Insha Merchant has been blessed with experiences that would be the envy of students her age.

In the summer of 2017, Insha participated in Global Encounters,  the international service and leadership development camp that annually brings together Ismaili youth from multiple countries and diverse cultures. Although she would be one of the 720 participants since its inception in 2012, hers would be the first camp to be based in Pakistan. As part of the camp, Insha had the opportunity to spend a week in the beautiful and pristine Gilgit and Hunza in Northern Pakistan.

Zoya Surani
Zoya Surani
Ismaili student develops acclaimed nutritional curriculum
Ismaili student develops acclaimed nutritional curriculum
8 September 2018

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.

 I-CERV volunteers and others packing nutritional packs in partnership with Feed My Starving Children, Chicago.
 I-CERV volunteers and others packing nutritional packs in partnership with Feed My Starving Children, Chicago.
Midwest Jamat prepares 155,000 meals to feed the hungry
Midwest Jamat prepares 155,000 meals to feed the hungry
6 September 2018

On August 18 and 19,650 members of the Midwest Jamat and neighboring communities of Chicago, Glenview, Milwaukee and Naperville, collaborated with Illinois' Feed My Starving Children to prepare and pack nutritionally complete meals for malnourished children around the world. In six hours, this group of volunteers was able to pack over 155,000 meals, enough to provide food for 420 children for a full year.

 

Sanya received the “2018 Be the Change award,” and is seen here with her school Principal,Mr. Sasha Kuznetsov.
Sanya received the “2018 Be the Change award,” and is seen here with her school Principal,Mr. Sasha Kuznetsov.
Hope for our future generation: Sanya Pirani
Hope for our future generation: Sanya Pirani
26 August 2018

Previously featured in “Students’ Plans for the Impoverished,” Sanya Pirani, then eight years old, embarked upon a mission to feed children around the world. She partnered with Feed My Starving Children to feed a 700-person village in Letant, Haiti, for an entire year. Sanya successfully raised $16,000 dollars. Her efforts in charity did not stop there. She raised money for a crisis nursery and collected non-perishables for a food-drive held at local libraries. These are only a few of Sanya’s contributions to help humanity.

Seattle I-CERV volunteers help Food Lifeline prepare 91,000 lbs of food for those in need.
Seattle I-CERV volunteers help Food Lifeline prepare 91,000 lbs of food for those in need.
Ramadan inspires Ismaili volunteers to serve as an expression of their faith
Ramadan inspires Ismaili volunteers to serve as an expression of their faith
7 August 2018

In celebration of Eid ul-Fitr, Ismaili volunteers came together across the country to serve their communities to mark the end of Ramadan.

Councilwoman Anna Kaplan offering remarks during the I-CERV Earth Day Park Beautification in Long Island in April 2018.
Councilwoman Anna Kaplan offering remarks during the I-CERV Earth Day Park Beautification in Long Island in April 2018.
Twenty-four youth from Long Island and New York City honored with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award
Twenty-four youth from Long Island and New York City honored with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award
7 August 2018

Twenty-four youth from Long Island and New York Jamatkhana were presented with this award, signed by the President of the United States, at a ceremony on June 30, 2018 at Great Neck Library, Long Island.

Ruhiya Mithani worked with a local community in Hyderabad, India to find sustainable solutions for their electricity problems.
Ruhiya Mithani worked with a local community in Hyderabad, India to find sustainable solutions for their electricity problems.
Global Encounters: Learning to Make an Impact
Global Encounters: Learning to Make an Impact
7 August 2018

The annual Global Encounters program brings together Ismaili youth from the around the world to provide a broad, global perspective, ground students in the ethics of our faith, and inspire them to be change-makers in their home communities and the world at large. But, for many participants, the experience has a long-lasting impact on their lives.