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Civil Society organisations and Jamat in USA promote peace, health, and unity
Civil Society organisations and Jamat in USA promote peace, health, and unity
14 October 2021

Mawlana Hazar Imam’s guidance on building bridges to understand and learn from one another, and his emphasis on local participation in the promotion of peace and pluralism served as an inspiration for two recent initiatives held in Georgia, USA.

Alma, Aqil, and Anusha Merchant pose for a sibling photo at their high school graduation.
Alma, Aqil, and Anusha Merchant pose for a sibling photo at their high school graduation.
Triplets Achieve Academic Success and Honored Simultaneously
Triplets Achieve Academic Success and Honored Simultaneously
9 October 2021

May 2021 was momentous for Laila and Arif Merchant as the beaming parents watched their triplets cross the stage and graduate from The Mount Vernon School in Atlanta. What made this milestone even more special is that their children graduated top of their class, with Aqil as Valedictorian, and Alma and Anusha as co-Salutatorians.

A scene from the film with leading actress Hibba Aziz.
A scene from the film with leading actress Hibba Aziz.
A River that Takes Lives: an Acclaimed Film about Social Issues in Northern Pakistan
A River that Takes Lives: an Acclaimed Film about Social Issues in Northern Pakistan
30 September 2021

A short and poignant new film captures the imagination and underscores social issues leading to suicides among girls in Northern Pakistan. Depicting the strains caused in families and villages by the impact of higher education, the film Darya Kay Iss Paar (This Bank of the River) makes its statement with little dialogue. The emotions, confusion, and despair are all too obvious in the actress who plays the part of a tormented young girl.

Salutatorian Adeel Sumar from Nederland, Texas
Salutatorian Adeel Sumar from Nederland, Texas
High School Valedictorians and Salutatorians Inspire and Share their Educational Journeys
High School Valedictorians and Salutatorians Inspire and Share their Educational Journeys
13 August 2021

In his speech at the Inauguration ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Hazar Imam spoke about the power and influence that younger generations have in shaping their communities and societies as they progress through their education.

“It is my hope that it will be members of this new generation who, driven by their own wide knowledge and inspiration, will change their societies; that they will gradually replace many of the external forces that appear, and sometimes seek, to control our destinies,” Hazar Imam said.

Dr. Gulshan Harjee with patients in her clinic.
Dr. Gulshan Harjee with patients in her clinic.
Dr. Gulshan Harjee Receives 2021 Award for Service by the Georgia Legislature
Dr. Gulshan Harjee Receives 2021 Award for Service by the Georgia Legislature
25 July 2021

Dr. Gulshan Harjee’s smile lights up a room and she shares her life experiences that shaped the person she is today. Gulshee, as she is fondly referred to, is a co-founder of Clarkston Community Health Center (CCHC), a non-profit clinic that provides patient-centered medical care to the uninsured and underserved residents of Clarkston, a city known for its ethnic diversity and recently settled refugee population. She serves pro bono as the Chief Marketing Officer, Board Member, and teacher/mentor to students at CCHC.

Ismaili CIVIC (formerly known as I-CERV) organized a series of COVID-19 vaccination drives at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Atlanta to help vaccinate the greater community and bridge disparities in vaccination rates among minorities.
Ismaili CIVIC (formerly known as I-CERV) organized a series of COVID-19 vaccination drives at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Atlanta to help vaccinate the greater community and bridge disparities in vaccination rates among minorities.
Ismaili Community and Walmart Pharmacy Collaborate to Vaccinate Georgians
Ismaili Community and Walmart Pharmacy Collaborate to Vaccinate Georgians
23 July 2021

Walmart Pharmacy collaborated with the Ismaili Council for the Southeast US to host the Jamat’s first COVID-19 vaccine drive. It was held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana on May 16, 2021, with the goal of providing easier access to vaccines for local communities. Ismaili CIVIC (formerly known as I-CERV) mobilized a significant number of volunteers for this event.

Dr. Eboo Patel, Founder and President of IFYC, Rhodes Scholar, and author.
Dr. Eboo Patel, Founder and President of IFYC, Rhodes Scholar, and author.
Building Bridges through Faith: a Conversation with Interfaith Leaders
Building Bridges through Faith: a Conversation with Interfaith Leaders
27 April 2021

“America changes, we can change America – that is the promise of interfaith work,” Dr. Eboo Patel, Founder, and President of the Interfaith Youth Core.

Shaheen Ebrahim
Shaheen Ebrahim
Serving patients and the Jamat
Serving patients and the Jamat
10 March 2021

An education used to help those in need and the youth of the Jamat.

View of a classroom with desk partitions to separate students.
View of a classroom with desk partitions to separate students.
Inventors Design Hospital Equipment and Safe Learning Spaces for Students
Inventors Design Hospital Equipment and Safe Learning Spaces for Students
7 March 2021

Innovatively repurposing filters from respirators, and reconfiguring classroom desk design to keep children in school, and safe from infection. 

Pakistani Consul General, Mr. Abrar Hashmi, tours the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Atlanta.
Pakistani Consul General, Mr. Abrar Hashmi, tours the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Atlanta.
Consul General of Pakistan Shares Perspectives on AKDN and Promotes Pluralism
Consul General of Pakistan Shares Perspectives on AKDN and Promotes Pluralism
9 February 2021

Consul General Abrar Hashmi recently visited the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Atlanta, where he met local leaders from the Ismaili community and toured the Jamatkhana facility. Mr. Hashmi is based at the offices of the Consulate General of Pakistan in Houston, with jurisdiction in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

Ms. Stacey Abrams, politician, lawyer, voting rights activist, spoke on National Voter Registration Day on an Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center program.
Ms. Stacey Abrams, politician, lawyer, voting rights activist, spoke on National Voter Registration Day on an Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center program.
Community Barriers to Economic Prosperity - A Virtual Town Hall with Stacey Abrams
Community Barriers to Economic Prosperity - A Virtual Town Hall with Stacey Abrams
1 February 2021

In recognition of National Voter Registration Day, a non-partisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center delivered a program titled, "Community Barriers to Economic Prosperity: a Virtual Town Hall with Stacey Abrams."

Abdul Saboor Farid shares public health guidelines with his students to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Abdul Saboor Farid shares public health guidelines with his students to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Building a knowledge-sharing bridge between the USA and Tajikistan during the pandemic
Building a knowledge-sharing bridge between the USA and Tajikistan during the pandemic
29 January 2021

As the global community faced unforeseen challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools and universities were required to quickly implement remote learning in order to maintain social distancing and other Covid-19 safety protocols.

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