Southwestern US

Mona Dossani, RN, teaching at AKHS, Dar es Salaam.
Mona Dossani, RN, teaching at AKHS, Dar es Salaam.
Supporting Nurses Around the World: Ismaili Nurses Alliance
Supporting Nurses Around the World: Ismaili Nurses Alliance
12 October 2019

“ I have long felt the enhancement of the nursing profession to be absolutely critical to the improvement of healthcare in the developing world, and the Islamic world. The way forward was to professionalize, to institutionalize, and to dignify this great profession.” -Mawlana Hazar Imam, Archon Award Ceremony of Sigma Theta Tau International, Copenhagen, Denmark,  June 7, 2001

President of the Aga Khan Council for Southwestern United States Murad Ajani, engages with guests viewing the AKDN Ethics in Action exhibit.
President of the Aga Khan Council for Southwestern United States Murad Ajani, engages with guests viewing the AKDN Ethics in Action exhibit.
Houston Consular Corps Embarks on New Partnerships
Houston Consular Corps Embarks on New Partnerships
11 August 2019

The Houston branch is the third largest Consular Corps in the United States after Washington, DC and New York City. On Friday, June 7, 2019, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center hosted the inaugural Houston Consular Corps luncheon in Sugar Land, Texas. Over 90 countries were represented to engage in discussions on economic development by fostering foreign relations. Amongst the attendees were guest speakers Fort Bend County Judge KP George, Ambassador Juan B. Sosa, Consul General of Panama and Dean of the Consular Corps of Houston, and Jeffrey C. Wiley, President & CEO of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council.

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.

Mayor Zimmerman, joined by the candidates of the City of Sugar Land, moderators, members of Aga Khan Council, and volunteers.
Mayor Zimmerman, joined by the candidates of the City of Sugar Land, moderators, members of Aga Khan Council, and volunteers.
Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center hosts the Sugar Land City Council Candidates Forum
Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center hosts the Sugar Land City Council Candidates Forum
4 June 2019

The Sugar Land City Council Candidates Forum was organized by the League of Women Voters and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, and held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, on Saturday April 20, 2019.

Council leadership members and participants were welcomed by Governor Greg Abott of Texas.
Council leadership members and participants were welcomed by Governor Greg Abott of Texas.
Students at the State Capitol
Students at the State Capitol
1 May 2019

Texas students and young professionals get an inspiring glimpse into life and opportunities as a public servant.

On a brisk February morning, Ismaili young professionals and students from across Texas converged in Austin for a day-long visit to the Capitol building. Throughout their visit, the group met with a host of public officials including five State Representatives, the Texas Railroad Commissioner and Secretary of State. It was an opportunity to hear both the day-to-day travails and the long term vision of those in public service.
 

Workshop participants had several opportunities to work with equipment and gain hands-on experience.
Workshop participants had several opportunities to work with equipment and gain hands-on experience.
Building a path to IMARA: Jamati property management teams reach out to engage a new generation
Building a path to IMARA: Jamati property management teams reach out to engage a new generation
1 January 2019

When 19-year-old Zill Momin thinks back to childhood trips with her father to the IMARA warehouse, there is something she can’t quite put her finger on. “Being a girl growing up I would go occasionally to the IMARA warehouse with my dad, she remembers, “but it wasn’t as open an option…I wanted to go, but something was holding me back.”

Swatson, mascot of the Sugar Land Skeeters, posing next to a few of the donated food items., Over 30,000 pounds of food were collected at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center and donated to the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry in Stafford, Texas.
Swatson, mascot of the Sugar Land Skeeters, posing next to a few of the donated food items., Over 30,000 pounds of food were collected at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center and donated to the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry in Stafford, Texas.
Share Your Holidays Food Drive
Share Your Holidays Food Drive
31 December 2018

The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center (IJKC) in Sugar Land was transformed into a bustling site on December 7, 2018, as countless individuals made their way to donate thousands of pounds of food. For the third consecutive year, IJKC hosted the annual ABC 13 Share Your Holidays Food Drive where over 100 I-CERV volunteers gather to help collect, package, and transport over 30,000 pounds of donated food to the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, located in Stafford, Texas.

Leslie Marchand speaking to the attendees about Disruption as a Gateway to Growth.
Leslie Marchand speaking to the attendees about Disruption as a Gateway to Growth.
TEDxSugarLand Features Inspiring Stories
TEDxSugarLand Features Inspiring Stories
30 December 2018

The TEDxSugarLand event helps spread big ideas and elevate inspired citizenship in the Houston area. For the third year, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center hosted this event in October, on the theme, “Local Ideas, Global Influence.” 

Zoya Surani
Zoya Surani
Ismaili student develops acclaimed nutritional curriculum
Ismaili student develops acclaimed nutritional curriculum
8 September 2018

When Zoya Surani and her sisters began iConquer in 2012, little did they know that their idea would evolve into a nutrition curriculum that would be sought after by numerous states around the nation, and commended by a Canadian Senator.

State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, and President of the Ismaili  Council of the United States, Dr. Barkat Fazal, unveiled the commemorative plaque marking the opening of the Ismaili Jamatkhana.
State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, and President of the Ismaili  Council of the United States, Dr. Barkat Fazal, unveiled the commemorative plaque marking the opening of the Ismaili Jamatkhana.
Texas Governor and community officials inaugurate new Ismaili Jamatkhana
Texas Governor and community officials inaugurate new Ismaili Jamatkhana
22 August 2018

Nestled just outside Austin, the city of Cedar Park is now home to a new, permanent Ismaili Jamatkhana. On 7 August 2018, state, city, and local leaders from across Texas joined Jamati leaders and volunteers to open the new purpose-built space, and share its vision.

Guests posing for a photo at the annual Eid ul-Fitr Luncheon at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Sugar Land, Texas
Guests posing for a photo at the annual Eid ul-Fitr Luncheon at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Sugar Land, Texas
Annual Eid Luncheon at IJKC strengthens bonds within the community
Annual Eid Luncheon at IJKC strengthens bonds within the community
26 July 2018

The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston hosted over 130 people including state and city officials of diverse faiths and backgrounds at the annual Eid Luncheon.

Solero Flamenco performing their final song, Bulerias, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center Social Hall on Sunday, May 6 ,2018.
Solero Flamenco performing their final song, Bulerias, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center Social Hall on Sunday, May 6 ,2018.
Performing Arts: Fanna-Fi-Allah and Solero Flamenco
Performing Arts: Fanna-Fi-Allah and Solero Flamenco
16 June 2018

The Houston Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center’s (IJKC) Social Hall was transformed into a stage for global arts and culture as it hosted performances by Fanna-Fi-Allah and Solero Flamenco.

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