Southeastern US

Nizar Lalani and Rozina Bhagat dropping off fabric masks at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Nizar Lalani and Rozina Bhagat dropping off fabric masks at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Southeast region comes together to show support for healthcare workers
Southeast region comes together to show support for healthcare workers
2 July 2020

As the coronavirus continues to affect so many people around the world, what keeps us going is the courage and tireless work of the healthcare and frontline workers who are risking their lives to keep us safe. However, the shortage of personal protective equipment, even for healthcare workers, has added to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Waidehi Gokhale with Mawlana Hazar Imam and Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary-General of the Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP), shown here receiving a 2019 Honorable Mention at the Global Pluralism Awards.
Waidehi Gokhale with Mawlana Hazar Imam and Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary-General of the Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP), shown here receiving a 2019 Honorable Mention at the Global Pluralism Awards.
Creating the Next Generation of Empathetic Leaders: In Conversation with Soliya CEO Waidehi Gokhale
Creating the Next Generation of Empathetic Leaders: In Conversation with Soliya CEO Waidehi Gokhale
21 June 2020

How an organization uses technology to connect people and encourage greater understanding and empathy

The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center hosted Waidehi Gokhale, CEO of Soliya, for an interview on using technology to create an interconnected world. This interview aired on The Ismaili TV on June 22, 2020.

Sanah Sayani
Sanah Sayani
Beautician uses spa to make masks and donate to the community
Beautician uses spa to make masks and donate to the community
3 June 2020

Many in the Jamat around the country have been moved by the lack of adequate personal protective equipment available to healthcare workers and other frontline responders during this COVID-19 crisis. These dedicated professionals are risking their own lives to save others. Others have been concerned about the plight of those unable to work, and who are finding it difficult to provide food for their families at this time.

Some of these generous individuals are being recognized in this series for taking their own initiative to make a difference, and for illustrating the ethics of our faith by reaching out to those in need.

Healthcare Hero - Drs Aziz and Safia Pirani
Healthcare Hero - Drs Aziz and Safia Pirani
21 May 2020

Hailing from neighbouring countries – Dr Aziz Pirani in Indore, India, and Dr Safia Pirani in Karachi, Pakistan – the Piranis were destined for careers in medicine.

Zeenat Jiwani from Atlanta, who works as an administrative nursing supervisor at Emory Decatur Healthcare.
Zeenat Jiwani from Atlanta, who works as an administrative nursing supervisor at Emory Decatur Healthcare.
Once frightened of blood, now caring for COVID-19 patients
Once frightened of blood, now caring for COVID-19 patients
9 May 2020

For Nurse Appreciation Week, we are recounting the stories and struggles of a few of our nurses who care for us, especially during the current health crisis.

Pediatrician Dr. Nazia Kabani of Birmingham, Alabama. Right: Dr. Kabani at the hospital wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and wishing us all well.
Pediatrician Dr. Nazia Kabani of Birmingham, Alabama. Right: Dr. Kabani at the hospital wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and wishing us all well.
How one physician is coping with COVID-19
How one physician is coping with COVID-19
25 April 2020

A personal story: A day in the life of a pediatrician in Birmingham, Alabama, treating children in the age of the Coronavirus.

Participants of the International Women's Day Celebration are eager to take action for gender equality.
Participants of the International Women's Day Celebration are eager to take action for gender equality.
Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Discussion with Chief Justice Carol Hunstein
Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Discussion with Chief Justice Carol Hunstein
20 April 2020

Accomplishing Our Dreams: Continuing to promote opportunities for women and reducing gender inequality. 

President Salima Jaffer of the Ismaili Council for Southeastern United States, Professor Sabir Khan, and Scott Marble, Chair and Professor of the School of Architecture, at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Exhibition at Georgia Institute of Technology.
President Salima Jaffer of the Ismaili Council for Southeastern United States, Professor Sabir Khan, and Scott Marble, Chair and Professor of the School of Architecture, at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Exhibition at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Exhibition and Gallery Talk at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Exhibition and Gallery Talk at the Georgia Institute of Technology
29 March 2020

“I believe deeply in the potential of the architectural world to help inspire and enrich a creative dialogue…A dialogue between creative architectural partners, a dialogue between past and future, a dialogue between natural reality and human creativity, and a dialogue among diverse cultures.” Mawlana Hazar Imam at the award ceremony for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia, which focused on the theme, Architecture in Dialogue.

AWB participants at the new MLK statue at the Georgia State Capitol.
AWB participants at the new MLK statue at the Georgia State Capitol.
Ismaili Students Impact the Community During Alternative Winter Break
Ismaili Students Impact the Community During Alternative Winter Break
27 March 2020

Alternative Winter Break (AWB) provided an opportunity for Ismaili college students from around the United States to gather in Atlanta, over a course of three days, during their winter holidays in January 2020.

I-CERV and IVC-100 volunteers take over Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, Georgia.
I-CERV and IVC-100 volunteers take over Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, Georgia.
Celebrating IVC 100-Years by Participating in Day of Service
Celebrating IVC 100-Years by Participating in Day of Service
15 March 2020

On a chilly Saturday morning in Atlanta, the Southeast region’s Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC) took part in an initiative to help the environment as part of its 100-year celebration. The program was hosted by the Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering (I-CERV), in partnership with Trees Atlanta.

Sarah Ali, Founder, and CEO of Vijiti.
Sarah Ali, Founder, and CEO of Vijiti.
Teenage Girl Starts a Non-profit to Help the Developing World
Teenage Girl Starts a Non-profit to Help the Developing World
13 March 2020

This last article in the International Women’s Day series illustrates how a young girl with a vision and determination can create an organization that serves communities a continent away.

Panelists and keynote speakers discuss the importance of excellence in education.
Panelists and keynote speakers discuss the importance of excellence in education.
Ivy League Connect Inspires Students to Reach for Excellence
Ivy League Connect Inspires Students to Reach for Excellence
15 February 2020

“As a student, when choosing the right school, you have to ask yourself if this institution will prepare me for the future,” advised distinguished scientist, Dr. George P “Bud” Peterson, President Emeritus and Regents Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was addressing middle and high school students in particular, at a program entitled “Ivy League Connect,” organized by the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States to provide the community with information on how to select a quality higher education institution.

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