Western US

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.

Ismaili volunteers from Torrance Jamatkhana in front of the Sikh Gurdwara, Orange County, CA.
Ismaili volunteers from Torrance Jamatkhana in front of the Sikh Gurdwara, Orange County, CA.
Volunteering with the Sikh Community
Volunteering with the Sikh Community
16 February 2020

Thirty volunteers from the Torrance Jamatkhana (Greater Los Angeles Area) participated in an interfaith exploration and outreach event sponsored by the Sikh Center of Orange County and organized by the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board for the Western United States in January 2020. This was part of the Aging Gracefully Intergenerational program and Jamati members learned about the similarities between the Sikh and Ismaili communities – the shared ethics of volunteerism and service to the community, as well as of their focus on spirituality and equality. They assisted the Gurdwara’s (Sikh place of learning and worship) volunteers in serving breakfast and prasad to the congregation.

Sharmin Barolia stands in front of a plaque with the names of past honorees of the Embrace Civility Award.
Sharmin Barolia stands in front of a plaque with the names of past honorees of the Embrace Civility Award.
Receiving the Embrace Civility Award
Receiving the Embrace Civility Award
1 February 2020

In the eight short months, Sharmin Barolia has lived in the United States, she has already begun to leave a significant impact in the various communities of which she is a part. Sharmin is an active member of Los Angeles Headquarters Jamatkhana, her community of the greater Los Angeles area, and her workplace, the City of Beverly Hills.

School in Aliabad where the Karmali girls taught morning sessions. (Left to right) Alizeh Karmali, Ayla Karmali, Ammana Karmali.
School in Aliabad where the Karmali girls taught morning sessions. (Left to right) Alizeh Karmali, Ayla Karmali, Ammana Karmali.
Three Seattle girls teach English to students in Hunza
Three Seattle girls teach English to students in Hunza
14 December 2019

My extended stay in Pakistan began with a family vacation from our home in Seattle, to Karachi, in February of 2019. We had gone to visit family and see where our parents had grown up, and in the process had visited some community schools, hospitals, and neighborhoods. Seeing the situations in which people were living -- conditions filled with need and poverty -- made me realize I needed to do something to help. Thus, we approached the Aga Khan Education Board (AKEB) in Pakistan to see if they could use our assistance.

Sabreena Merchant interviewing Sparks head coach and five-time NBA champion with the Lakers, Derek Fisher
Sabreena Merchant interviewing Sparks head coach and five-time NBA champion with the Lakers, Derek Fisher
Two Ismailis chose the path less traveled – a career in sports journalism
Two Ismailis chose the path less traveled – a career in sports journalism
20 November 2019

Two young Ismailis, Shams Charania and Sabreena Merchant, are now in the forefront of reporting for the National Basketball Association (NBA).

There are twenty seconds left and you are at the edge of your seat. It could be anyone's match and suddenly there is a power outage. You suddenly remember that you follow Shams Charania and Sabreena Merchant on Twitter, among the most-followed and high-profiled NBA-reporters in the business. And as you realize that your team has won, you get the satisfaction of being the first to message your friends as you heard it directly from the best in the industry.

Best Buddies Collage
Best Buddies Collage
Bicycling on the California coast for a cause
Bicycling on the California coast for a cause
2 November 2019

A very hilly bike ride that covered either 100, 62, 30, or 15 miles of the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, heading south and ending at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, was truly a grueling challenge for all riders. Among them were five Ismaili riders.

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.”