Western US

Danial Asaria at a chess tournament.
Danial Asaria at a chess tournament.
Prodigy Danial Asaria inspires others to pursue the game of chess
Prodigy Danial Asaria inspires others to pursue the game of chess
8 August 2020

In the second round of the USA National High School Senior Online Rapid Chess Tournament, chess prodigy Danial Asaria hovered over the resign button on his computer screen. He describes the moment as being “completely dead lost.” However, since this was his final chess tournament as a high school student, he did not want to regret what could have been, so he continued to play.

Shawn Lopez illustrating some of his mobility exercises for an Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board program.
Shawn Lopez illustrating some of his mobility exercises for an Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board program.
Embracing the Power of Brain-based Training to Heal Pain
Embracing the Power of Brain-based Training to Heal Pain
2 August 2020

With an innovative approach to healing pain, Shawn Lopez from Los Angeles is inspiring seniors to engage with mobility and mindfulness.

A Milpitas Police officer receives an I-CERV t-shirt from an Ismaili volunteer.
A Milpitas Police officer receives an I-CERV t-shirt from an Ismaili volunteer.
I-CERV Volunteers in Western Region respond to pandemic during Ramadan
I-CERV Volunteers in Western Region respond to pandemic during Ramadan
6 July 2020

As many Americans continue to face hardships resulting from the pandemic, communities and Ismaili volunteers across six cities came together and collected donations of 55,000 food items and 14,000 toiletry items over three weekends, for local non-profit organizations.

Tennis Star, Naomi Osaka, holds championship jacket with Dr. Amersi’s name, as part of The Real Hero Project national campaign.
Tennis Star, Naomi Osaka, holds championship jacket with Dr. Amersi’s name, as part of The Real Hero Project national campaign.
OB/GYN Doctor and 15-year-old Son Help Patients and Communities during Pandemic
OB/GYN Doctor and 15-year-old Son Help Patients and Communities during Pandemic
30 June 2020

Physician delivering babies in difficult circumstances is recognized and thanked by celebrity patients.

Friends of the Children staff, St. John Vianney Kirkland Outreach Coordinator, Susan Weaver, Taufique Noorani, Karim Ravani,  Fayaz Jooma, and Tasnim Rehamani.
Friends of the Children staff, St. John Vianney Kirkland Outreach Coordinator, Susan Weaver, Taufique Noorani, Karim Ravani,  Fayaz Jooma, and Tasnim Rehamani.
Seattle Jamat and I-CERV provide food for those in need during Ramadan
Seattle Jamat and I-CERV provide food for those in need during Ramadan
25 June 2020

The Seattle Jamat partners with local organizations to provide families with food during this pandemic.

Shelmina and Minaz are recognized by Said Seifu, Chief of the Mgaraganza village.
Shelmina and Minaz are recognized by Said Seifu, Chief of the Mgaraganza village.
American Ismailis Partner to Build a Secondary School in Remote Tanzania Village
American Ismailis Partner to Build a Secondary School in Remote Tanzania Village
24 June 2020

In rural areas of Tanzania, the number of schools beyond primary levels are few and far between. Families with the ambition to climb out of poverty find it nearly impossible to do so without access to secondary education.

Dr. Noormahal Kabani and her husband in Tajikistan, five years after her recovery.
Dr. Noormahal Kabani and her husband in Tajikistan, five years after her recovery.
Cancer Survivors Share Stories of Tribulation, Support, and Courage
Cancer Survivors Share Stories of Tribulation, Support, and Courage
6 June 2020

Every cancer survivor can recall the moment he or she first learned of their diagnosis. Their stories often share similarities–questioning how their diagnosis came about, concern for their loved ones, a frenzy of doctor visits and tests that ensued, and a test of faith. They also share their sources of strength and the people in their lives who were by their side throughout their journey.

Annika Jiwani with Kobe Bryant and on right, with Team Mamba.
Annika Jiwani with Kobe Bryant and on right, with Team Mamba.
A Quest for Athletic Excellence: Basketball, Kobe Bryant, and the Jiwani children
A Quest for Athletic Excellence: Basketball, Kobe Bryant, and the Jiwani children
29 April 2020

A Quest for Athletic Excellence: Basketball, Kobe Bryant, and the Jiwani children

Karishma Ali has built a team of 100 girls to play soccer. “One person can make a difference, never give up,” she says.
Karishma Ali has built a team of 100 girls to play soccer. “One person can make a difference, never give up,” she says.
How Soccer is Making a Difference for Girls in Chitral
How Soccer is Making a Difference for Girls in Chitral
26 April 2020

One lonely girl’s passion and determination to play soccer is changing the lives of so many in Northern Pakistan

Healthcare Hero - Shamsah Malik
Healthcare Hero - Shamsah Malik
13 April 2020

As a part of the movement to acknowledge healthcare workers, we are featuring healthcare workers from the Ismaili community in a series entitled Healthcare Heroes. Read more about our next featured Hero, Shamsah Malik, who is a nurse on the designated Covid team at the hospital where she works.

Nurse Yasmin Ali with Aga Khan Hospital Dar es Salaam staff during her TKN assignment.
Nurse Yasmin Ali with Aga Khan Hospital Dar es Salaam staff during her TKN assignment.
Reaching the Top of the Nursing Profession
Reaching the Top of the Nursing Profession
9 March 2020

2020 is the Year of the Nurse and The Ismaili USA is featuring several nurses during the year to celebrate their contributions to their communities.

(From Left): Noah Sachartoff from Congressman Brad Sherman's office; Shawn Alexander, LA Police Dept.; Anthony Garcia, Deputy Fire Chief; Trevor Richmond, Deputy Police Chief, Jorge Rodriguez; President Rahim Karmali; Aashi Kabani; Emma Taylor, from Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian's office, and Suraiya Ali.
(From Left): Noah Sachartoff from Congressman Brad Sherman's office; Shawn Alexander, LA Police Dept.; Anthony Garcia, Deputy Fire Chief; Trevor Richmond, Deputy Police Chief, Jorge Rodriguez; President Rahim Karmali; Aashi Kabani; Emma Taylor, from Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian's office, and Suraiya Ali.
Recognizing Los Angeles First Responders
Recognizing Los Angeles First Responders
27 February 2020

“Our endless gratitude extends to all of the brave firefighters who fought with their lives to ensure we would have a home to return to,” Farida Makhani, San Fernando Valley resident.