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18 September 2020

Nisha Thanawala visiting the White House during her time working on Capitol Hill.
Nisha Thanawala visiting the White House during her time working on Capitol Hill.
Working to Change Policies and Have a Positive Impact on People’s Lives
Working to Change Policies and Have a Positive Impact on People’s Lives
5 August 2020

A young Ismaili woman with a passion works as a Legislative Assistant in Congress. 

Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.
Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.
Aga Khan University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collaborate on Global Education and Research Initiative
Aga Khan University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collaborate on Global Education and Research Initiative
30 June 2020

Collaboration on cancer research and education a further step towards addressing world health issues.

Rayhaan backstage after working an event for former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and her daughter, author Chelsea Clinton.
Rayhaan backstage after working an event for former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and her daughter, author Chelsea Clinton.
Young Ismailis in Politics
Young Ismailis in Politics
25 June 2020

“Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.” Winston Churchill.

The world of politics is a relatively new career arena for Ismailis, but Zaeem Ukani (age 21) and Rayhaan Merani (age 24) are paving the way by example, encouraging other young Ismailis to become involved in the political process.

Vaneeza Rupani holds a photo of Ingenuity, the NASA Mars helicopter she named.
Vaneeza Rupani holds a photo of Ingenuity, the NASA Mars helicopter she named.
Ismaili high school student names NASA’s Mars helicopter
Ismaili high school student names NASA’s Mars helicopter
8 May 2020

Ever since Vaneeza Rupani was a little girl, she has been captivated by space exploration. She fed her interest by reading books about space at her school library and visiting the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Top left: Sanif Maredia provides local healthcare workers with food from his restaurant MESS - College Station Waffle House. Middle left: Saleem Ali and Rahim Maknojia of Oaks Cleaner provide free laundry services for healthcare professionals and medical professionals. Bottom left: Alishah Momin and Nazim Sunesara at Ionized LLC prepare supplies for distribution. Right: Rafiq Karimi of CD One Price Cleaners in Chicago offers free laundry services to emergency and healthcare workers.
Top left: Sanif Maredia provides local healthcare workers with food from his restaurant MESS - College Station Waffle House. Middle left: Saleem Ali and Rahim Maknojia of Oaks Cleaner provide free laundry services for healthcare professionals and medical professionals. Bottom left: Alishah Momin and Nazim Sunesara at Ionized LLC prepare supplies for distribution. Right: Rafiq Karimi of CD One Price Cleaners in Chicago offers free laundry services to emergency and healthcare workers.
Entrepreneurs from USA Jamat help the community during COVID-19 crisis
Entrepreneurs from USA Jamat help the community during COVID-19 crisis
27 April 2020

While the USA struggles with the closure of many businesses, some entrepreneurs are taking a bold stand to make a difference. Building on the principles of ethical and moral responsibility, four entrepreneurs are determined to use their businesses to help the community and first responders.

Riaz Jiwani, who received college financial assistance through the Aga Khan Education Board’s Education and Financial Aid Scholarship program (EFAS).
Riaz Jiwani, who received college financial assistance through the Aga Khan Education Board’s Education and Financial Aid Scholarship program (EFAS).
Financial Help to Make College Dreams a Reality
Financial Help to Make College Dreams a Reality
10 March 2020

A student describes how financial impediments for college were overcome with a Scholarship Program.

Anam Sherali (Center) with other volunteers in Houston
Anam Sherali (Center) with other volunteers in Houston
Volunteers in the USA continue a tradition of service
Volunteers in the USA continue a tradition of service
30 November 2019

Jamati voluntary service was institutionalized by Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah in 1919, in India, and the Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC) has continued to evolve bringing to its platform a greater degree of professionalism while creating uniformity across a more globalized Jamat. In recognition of the contribution made by volunteers, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah bestowed the highest honor to the volunteers in India by allowing the use of his own crest, the “Taj,”on the volunteer badge.

Local volunteers prepare the venue to welcome the athletes.
Local volunteers prepare the venue to welcome the athletes.
Athletes and spectators gather in Austin to continue the 2019 United States Ismaili Games
Athletes and spectators gather in Austin to continue the 2019 United States Ismaili Games
30 November 2019

Following the success of Cricket last weekend in Dallas, over 1,200 athletes poured into Austin from around the country on Thanksgiving Day to continue the United States Ismaili Games (USIG).

From the minute athletes stepped into Austin, they could sense the excitement that pervaded the city stemming from the Games.
 

Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for USA Chairman Sean Hassan along with members of the local Ismaili Council leadership attending the presentation of the Proclamation with the Williamson County elected officials.
Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for USA Chairman Sean Hassan along with members of the local Ismaili Council leadership attending the presentation of the Proclamation with the Williamson County elected officials.
The United States Ismaili Games 2019: Williamson County, TX, Commissioners proclaim November 26, 2019, “Together We Win” Day
The United States Ismaili Games 2019: Williamson County, TX, Commissioners proclaim November 26, 2019, “Together We Win” Day
27 November 2019

The 2019 United States Ismaili Games (USIG), which continue over Thanksgiving Weekend, will bring more than 1,200 athletes and hundreds of spectators and volunteers to Austin, Texas, and the surrounding communities.

Participants welcoming a guest into their Mosaic Family by using Magic Fingers.
Participants welcoming a guest into their Mosaic Family by using Magic Fingers.
Camp Mosaic: Building Character and The Leaders of Tomorrow
Camp Mosaic: Building Character and The Leaders of Tomorrow
2 November 2019

There you are, a 14-year-old Guide waiting with your fellow Counselors, Guides, and Staff (CGS) for the first bus to come around the corner. You’ve never experienced Camp Mosaic before. You have been training hard for the past month — you’ve bonded with your team, learned all the songs, and played every Magic Box activity — but you’re nervous. You ask yourself: Are you prepared to handle the enthusiasm, energy, and excitement of 125 children?

Alameda, California, volunteers showing the Jamat how to be more eco-friendly.
Alameda, California, volunteers showing the Jamat how to be more eco-friendly.
Ismailis in the United States Working to Promote Environmental Sustainability
Ismailis in the United States Working to Promote Environmental Sustainability
1 September 2019

Science has generated numerous technological innovations, such as those in transportation, communication, health, and agriculture, which have improved our quality of life exponentially. At the same time, technological progress has also led to an array of challenges such as overpopulation, global warming, species eradication, and pollution. Our daily actions, of which we are often completely oblivious, are resulting in irreversible environmental damage.

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