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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.

Attendees during an LTP workshop.
Attendees during an LTP workshop.
Leadership Training Program: A Knowledge-Sharing Immersion
Leadership Training Program: A Knowledge-Sharing Immersion
29 July 2019

The Leadership Training Program (LTP), an initiative of the National Council for the USA, was designed to inspire and empower the leaders of tomorrow. At the end of June 2019, twenty-nine attendees from Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Syria participated in the final session of the program. LTP created encouraged participants in ways to contribute to the progress of the Jamat both in the US and their countries of origin.

The One Jamat Mosaic — comprising thousands of individual photos into a single, cohesive work of art — was presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam on the morning of Navroz, March 21, 2018, to commemorate his Diamond Jubilee.
The One Jamat Mosaic — comprising thousands of individual photos into a single, cohesive work of art — was presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam on the morning of Navroz, March 21, 2018, to commemorate his Diamond Jubilee.
Imamat Day Mubarak 2019
Imamat Day Mubarak 2019
10 July 2019
On behalf of the Jamati institutions, we extend our heartfelt mubarakis to the Jamat on the occasion of our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam's 62nd year as Imam of the Time. We offer our sincere shukranas for Hazar Imam’s continued benevolent guidance that has led to the unprecedented advancement of the US and global Jamats. 
Over 400 Dallas Jamati members and friends from the larger community volunteered to pack meals on Thanksgiving Day.
Over 400 Dallas Jamati members and friends from the larger community volunteered to pack meals on Thanksgiving Day.
The United States Jamat and Civil Society
The United States Jamat and Civil Society
23 June 2019

“One of the energizing forces that makes a quality civil society possible, of course, is the readiness of its citizens to contribute their talents and energies to the social good. What is required is a profound spirit of voluntary service, a principle cherished in Shia Ismaili culture.” -Mawlana Hazar Imam, Brown University in 2014.

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.
 
Purnur Ilolova, National ITREB Member, and other attendees at the Leadership Training Program.
Purnur Ilolova, National ITREB Member, and other attendees at the Leadership Training Program.
Leadership Training Program: Paving the Way for the Next Generation of Leaders
Leadership Training Program: Paving the Way for the Next Generation of Leaders
31 December 2018

With the mission of inspiring and empowering new leaders, the inaugural cycle of the Leadership Training Program (LTP) was launched in Houston, in November 2018. Forty participants, selected from across the United States, participated in the training that was organized by the National Council. The program was conducted in partnership with the Canadian National Council, which has been organizing a similar Management Training Program for a number of years.

The DJAC was an event organized by the Council for USA and the Ismaili Professionals Network (IPN). The organizing and leadership team pose for a picture.
The DJAC was an event organized by the Council for USA and the Ismaili Professionals Network (IPN). The organizing and leadership team pose for a picture.
Diamond Jubilee Alliances Conference takes place in Dallas
Diamond Jubilee Alliances Conference takes place in Dallas
10 October 2018

“As a Jamat, we are fortunate to have access to the best education and opportunity to build for ourselves, and it’s now an opportunity to build for our children and our grandchildren...the themes of this conference are sharing knowledge, best practices, coming together, lifelong learning, and building for future generations. What is more befitting for the United States Jamat than to have this Conference as our last Diamond Jubilee initiative?” -Zahir Ladhani, Vice President, Council for USA

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