Western US

The Los Angeles I-cerv team joins California Assemblyman Richard Bloom at Santa Monica’s 4th of July Parade.
The Los Angeles I-cerv team joins California Assemblyman Richard Bloom at Santa Monica’s 4th of July Parade.
California Ismailis and Civic Leaders Exhibit American Value of Service
California Ismailis and Civic Leaders Exhibit American Value of Service
2 November 2019

As the nation observed the anniversary of 9/11, Ismaili volunteers and their communities sought to honor the victims of the unforgettable event through charity and peaceful congregation. The 9/11 Day of Service hosted by L.A. Works has become among the nation’s largest annual charitable engagements with participation from over 1,000 volunteers. Ismaili volunteers participated in packaging over 300,000 meals to be distributed to children, families, seniors, and military veterans in the Los Angeles area who are at risk of hunger.

Guests at the dinner for guests from Egypt at Karim Gowani’s residence.
Guests at the dinner for guests from Egypt at Karim Gowani’s residence.
Council for the Western US hosts Egyptian Leaders
Council for the Western US hosts Egyptian Leaders
26 October 2019

In an interview with La Cohorte earlier this year, Mawlana Hazar Imam said, “I have always taken the view that civil society must play a fundamental role in the future of all populations. So, we have to consolidate and strengthen it. And that means taking the most important institutions of civil society and giving them support and encouragement wherever we can perhaps help them do things differently from anything we have known up till now.”

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

Dr. Aliya Sheriff with her son Azekiel.
Dr. Aliya Sheriff with her son Azekiel.
Despite Personal Struggles, Helping Others Struggling
Despite Personal Struggles, Helping Others Struggling
12 October 2019

Dr. Aliya Sheriff is as an agent of social change. Since childhood, she understood that an education was earned to serve humankind. Her older brother, who passed when she was 17-years-old always teased her for her unrelenting vision, and her parents encouraged her to pursue her passion to help the most vulnerable.

Zameer Rayani receiving the “Just Do It Award’ from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Zameer Rayani receiving the “Just Do It Award’ from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Receiving Amazon’s “Just Do It Award”: a Shoe
Receiving Amazon’s “Just Do It Award”: a Shoe
18 July 2019

“I didn’t believe it until I was shaking his hand,” Zameer Rayani admits. When his presence was requested at Amazon’s recent All-Hands Meeting in Seattle, he didn’t even share with his family or friends. After all, no one from the HR department had ever won the award in the company’s 25-year history, but with numerous Ismaili Amazonians live-streaming the event around the world, messages like this spread like wildfire on social media: “Do you know Zameer Rayani? Sounds Ismaili, he just got an award from Bezos at our company All-Hands!”

Attendees at the Day of Religious Pluralism, including members from the Aga Khan Council, the Los Angeles Day of Religious Pluralism Planning Committee, and representatives from various civic organizations.
Attendees at the Day of Religious Pluralism, including members from the Aga Khan Council, the Los Angeles Day of Religious Pluralism Planning Committee, and representatives from various civic organizations.
Celebrating a Day of Religious Pluralism in Los Angeles
Celebrating a Day of Religious Pluralism in Los Angeles
28 May 2019

Los Angeles is a city where the multicultural ethic is thriving, with continuous efforts to engage diverse communities in order to cultivate greater tolerance. The fourth annual Los Angeles Day of Religious Pluralism was held on April 9, 2019, at the Los Angeles City Hall, sponsored by the Aga Khan Council in collaboration with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. It was organized by the Human Relations Commission and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement.

Leadership with Milpitas Police Chief Armando Corpuz and Assistant Police Chief Kevin Moscuzza.
Leadership with Milpitas Police Chief Armando Corpuz and Assistant Police Chief Kevin Moscuzza.
California Assemblyman and Milpitas Mayor Visit New Milpitas Jamatkhana
California Assemblyman and Milpitas Mayor Visit New Milpitas Jamatkhana
9 May 2019

“This is one of the most peaceful places in the City of Milpitas” -Richard Tran, Mayor of Milpitas

The recent opening of the Milpitas Jamatkhana was celebrated with an open house where community members were invited and provided with a guided tour of the new center. California Assemblyman Kansen Chu, Milpitas Chief of Police Armando Corpuz, and Superintendent of Milpitas Unified School District Cheryl Jordan were amongst the invited guests.

Another delicious cake by Natasha
Another delicious cake by Natasha
The Food Network’s Kids Baking Champion
The Food Network’s Kids Baking Champion
14 April 2019

“It's all about a balancing act between time, temperature and ingredients: That's the art of baking.” Peter Reinhart   

Watching cooking competitions has become quite popular in households around the world. After watching chefs create mouthwatering dishes that receive honest critique from experts, viewers are left at the edge of their seats waiting patiently for the next episode.

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.
 
Samir Lakhani assists with painting a mural in the school gymnasium.
Samir Lakhani assists with painting a mural in the school gymnasium.
Volunteers Take “A day On” in Los Angeles and Portland for MLK Day
Volunteers Take “A day On” in Los Angeles and Portland for MLK Day
5 February 2019

It was an uncharacteristically cold and windy Monday morning in Los Angeles on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2019. Most families were bundled warmly in their homes, but 48 volunteers in I-CERV shirts huddled together at George Washington Carver Middle School to help the community. This event attracted over a thousand volunteers from dozens of corporations and nonprofits, evidenced by the colorful company shirts sported throughout the school campus. The day marked an annual tradition when I-CERV partners with LA Works to participate in a school beautification project in downtown Los Angeles.

AKF and I-CERV volunteers unloading bottles, sports bottles and hot meals to be transported to the Thousand Oaks Command Center.
AKF and I-CERV volunteers unloading bottles, sports bottles and hot meals to be transported to the Thousand Oaks Command Center.
Los Angeles area volunteers provide help to Police Department during wildfires
Los Angeles area volunteers provide help to Police Department during wildfires
23 November 2018

The annual Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) USA Walk-Run was scheduled to be held at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, November 11, 2018. As in prior years on this day, walk organizers envisioned residents of Southern California would participate in the event to learn about AKF programs worldwide, and invest in long-term solutions to improve the quality of life for global communities.

The guests were hosted at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, by President of the Ontario Ismaili Council, Sheherazade Hirji, and volunteers. They were given a tour of the Centre and an overview of the role of the six global Ismaili Centres and the values they represent.
The guests were hosted at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, by President of the Ontario Ismaili Council, Sheherazade Hirji, and volunteers. They were given a tour of the Centre and an overview of the role of the six global Ismaili Centres and the values they represent.
California and New York visitors to the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto
California and New York visitors to the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto
13 November 2018

"I had previously read some of the speeches of His Highness the Aga Khan regarding religious pluralism and interfaith relations. However, visiting the Ismaili Centre in Toronto was a physical manifestation of the Aga Khan's embrace of artistic excellence, modernity, and the search for God."

Donald E. Miller, Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California (USC)

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