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Overcoming stigma: A journey towards mental wellbeing
Overcoming stigma: A journey towards mental wellbeing
18 January 2021

The phrase, Log kya kahenge meaning ‘what will people say,’ highlights a mindset within South Asian communities about the way people act, hold expectations, or even choose to participate in programs. This mindset has also been a contributing roadblock for many people when talking about and seeking out mental health support.

Half a million facemasks donated to the City of Houston by the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US and FOCUS USA. From right: Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston; Murad Ajani, President, Council for the Southwestern US;  Shenila Momin, Chairperson, Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA, and Alim Adatia, Member for Communication and Publications, Council for Southwestern US.
Half a million facemasks donated to the City of Houston by the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US and FOCUS USA. From right: Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston; Murad Ajani, President, Council for the Southwestern US;  Shenila Momin, Chairperson, Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA, and Alim Adatia, Member for Communication and Publications, Council for Southwestern US.
Life in the Age of Corona: Reflections on 2020
Life in the Age of Corona: Reflections on 2020
17 January 2021

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

An evening view of the civic plaza, highlighting the radiant glow of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog.
An evening view of the civic plaza, highlighting the radiant glow of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog.
After Nasir-i Khusraw: Ghiyath al-Din ʿAli Isfahani and the Continuation of the Ismaili Tradition in Central Asia
After Nasir-i Khusraw: Ghiyath al-Din ʿAli Isfahani and the Continuation of the Ismaili Tradition in Central Asia
12 January 2021

For many of us who are not from Central Asia, our knowledge of the Ismaili tradition of this region begins and ends with the figure of Nasir-i Khusraw (d. after 1070).1 Without a doubt, Nasir-i Khusraw is a towering figure not only for the history of the Ismaili Tradition, but more generally for the intellectual history of the Islamic world.

Ismaili Professionals Network, USA
Ismaili Professionals Network, USA
Ismaili Professionals Network (IPN): The Year in Review
Ismaili Professionals Network (IPN): The Year in Review
9 January 2021

From new networking groups to offering new skills development and information on new careers, over the last year, IPN has transformed the organization to engage professionals and entrepreneurs in the Jamat virtually.

Mawlana Hazar Imam spoke as part of the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture Series, which provides for “the delivery of lectures by eminent and well-qualified persons for the promotion of tolerance, understanding and good will among nations, and the peace of the world."
Mawlana Hazar Imam spoke as part of the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture Series, which provides for “the delivery of lectures by eminent and well-qualified persons for the promotion of tolerance, understanding and good will among nations, and the peace of the world."
Towards a Cosmopolitan Ethic
Towards a Cosmopolitan Ethic
14 November 2020

Let us reflect upon how we can coexist peacefully in a globalized world through the cosmopolitan ethic.

Danish designed a school in Chennai that the World Economic Forum claims is one of the best schools in the world, and Arianna Huffington and other CEOs call it the School for Happiness.
Danish designed a school in Chennai that the World Economic Forum claims is one of the best schools in the world, and Arianna Huffington and other CEOs call it the School for Happiness.
Building from the Inside Out
Building from the Inside Out
19 October 2020

Creating a functional space begins by building from the heartspace. No one embodies this more than Danish Kurani, founder of the design firm Kurani. Straying from traditional architectural approaches, Danish invests deeply in understanding the culture and needs of the community that will inhabit the spaces he designs before ever going to the drawing board.

Studies on major depression have been pivotal in uncovering the contributions of genetics and environmental factors to its development.
Studies on major depression have been pivotal in uncovering the contributions of genetics and environmental factors to its development.
The Genetics of Mental Health
The Genetics of Mental Health
10 October 2020

During the pandemic, mental health has come to the forefront of many discussions, not only because of the effects of the virus on the body, but because of additional factors such as changes in daily life, job stress, stay at home orders, and reductions in social interactions within and outside the Jamat. A silver lining of the virus is the growing awareness and more frequent conversations around the topic of mental health.

Yaseena Khalfan, a teacher at the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, has had to be creative and learn new skills to transition to remote learning.
Yaseena Khalfan, a teacher at the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, has had to be creative and learn new skills to transition to remote learning.
Teachers and students of the Jamat embrace remote learning amidst pandemic
Teachers and students of the Jamat embrace remote learning amidst pandemic
1 September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced teachers and students around the world to make an abrupt transition from classrooms to remote learning as schools, universities, and religious education centres were closed. Teachers redesigned lessons and adapted to the new reality of keeping students engaged virtually. Meanwhile, students adjusted to learning online without the ease of classroom interactions. Ismaili teachers and students around the world have risen to this challenge and are finding ways to embrace remote learning and tap into the opportunities it offers.

Children engage in creative arts prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Children engage in creative arts prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
LEAPS programme supports early childhood education during Covid-19 pandemic
LEAPS programme supports early childhood education during Covid-19 pandemic
23 August 2020

The clock reads 6 AM and Karima Rehmani is already at work on a Zoom call, talking with colleagues in Boston and Pakistan about everything ranging from children’s art activities to Covid-19 training for teachers and government officials in rural Sindh. 

Representatives from Oxfam, UNICEF, and Aga Khan Foundation gathered virtually on World Humanitarian Day, in a moderated session on the topic of The Future of International Development.
Representatives from Oxfam, UNICEF, and Aga Khan Foundation gathered virtually on World Humanitarian Day, in a moderated session on the topic of The Future of International Development.
The Future of International Development: in Recognition of World Humanitarian Day
The Future of International Development: in Recognition of World Humanitarian Day
20 August 2020

Representatives of three organizations discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the poor and marginalized, and on development.

Drones will be used increasingly in a number of industries, from agriculture to construction and security.
Drones will be used increasingly in a number of industries, from agriculture to construction and security.
Coronavirus and the acceleration of innovation
Coronavirus and the acceleration of innovation
17 August 2020

The current healthcare crisis is accelerating the pace of change, and new innovations that were expected to take a decade to develop are now being tested and marketed at a dizzying rate, which has consequences for almost all organisations and employees.

Pandemic highlights the importance of mental wellness
Pandemic highlights the importance of mental wellness
3 August 2020

According to the American Psychiatric Association, 36 per cent of Americans say coronavirus is having a serious impact on their mental health. This means that in every group of three friends, at least one could be at risk of developing a mental health condition.

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