Spirit of Service: Tariq Fancy’s Rumie Initiative: Using Tablets As Learning Tools In Ebola-Stricken Communities

Misfortunes never come singly. Although less than 1% of the population has been diagnosed with Ebola, to tackle the outbreak and avoid spreading the disease, Liberia’s Government has shut down all schools in July, leaving 1.4 million children with no education for over 4 months now. To lend a hand and help kids continue their…

Bamba founders Al Ismaili, Shehzad Tejani and Faiz Hirani (not shown) saw an opportunity to use their company's business model to improve education and address poverty (Courtesy of Bamba)

Spirit of Service: Intrepid Ismaili entrepreneurs bring creative approach to increase school attendance in Kenya

Three Ismaili entrepreneurs use creative business model approach to improve education and address poverty in Kenya, innovating with a Nairobi school and a local charity … the results – student attendance, grades and enrollment at the school soar, and the innovative concept receives adoption at 250 schools for 2015. Growing up as an Ismaili, you…

Suraya Shivji, 17, crowd-funds for African orphans

Spirit of Service: Suraya Shivji, 17, crowd-funds for African orphans

San Jose Mercury News Q&A with Suraya Shivji of Rizikitoto (Swahili words for “self-sustenance” and “child”). FREMONT — Among the legions of tech-savy millennials who are launching Silicon Valley start-ups and websites at a feverish pace, it’s hard to find one more inspiring than 17-year-old Suraya Shivji. After teaching herself to program iPhone gaming apps…

International Volunteers Day 2014

International Volunteers Day 2014

The world today marks International Volunteer Day for 2014, a global celebration of the achievements of volunteers and organisations at all levels. Ismailimail presents some quotes and related posts from the archive. “Enabling individuals to recover and maintain their dignity as befitting their status as Allah’s greatest creation, is one of the main reasons for…

Princess Zahra: the concept of service

Reflection: Princess Zahra on the importance of volunteerism

“Voluntary service to others is viewed as an integral part of daily life never as a burdensome obligation or an elective activity. Service is a means for each individual to actualise Islam’s ethics of inclusiveness, of compassion, of sharing, of the respect for life, and of personal responsibility for sustaining a healthy physical, social and…

Participants weighing the garbage collected by their group (Izzat McGrath, Gail Willson, Naima Salehmohamed, Robert McGrath). AL-NASHIR CHARANIA

Victoria Ismaili Muslim Community Participates in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Saxe Point Park, Esquimalt, BC

AL-NASHIR CHARANIA October 18, 2014 Esquimalt, October 18, 2014 – Inspired by similar events happening across the country, members from the Greater Victoria Ismaili Muslim community participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Saxe Point Park on Saturday, October 4. This was the first time that members of the Victoria Jamatkhana had participated in…

Uganda: Volunteers of Aga Khan Education Service and Angella Katatumba Foundation help clean Mulago Hospital

Uganda: Volunteers of Aga Khan Education Service and Angella Katatumba Foundation help clean Mulago Hospital

Organizations launch 3 month Mulago hospital clean-up Officials of the Angella Katatumba Foundation and the Aga Khan Education Service have pledged to help clean Mulago hospital for the next three months in a community exercise dubbed ‘Mulago Yaffe.’ Hospital officials welcomed the initiative that will be jointly carried out by Jubilee Insurance, Smart Telecom and…

Hannah Kanani, 6, raises awareness of epilepsy through art – Richmond Review

By Matthew Hoekstra for Richmond Review A six-year-old Richmond girl is using her paintbrush to help create awareness of a hidden disability she first faced as a baby. Hannah Kanani, a Grade 1 student at Quilchena Elementary, was diagnosed with epilepsy two years ago—a disorder characterized by unpredictable seizures. She now takes 15 pills a day…

5000 families in the UK to receive aid through Ismaili Muslim community’s “Share a Smile” Campaign

5000 families in the UK to receive aid through Ismaili Muslim community’s “Share a Smile” Campaign

3 July 2014, London–Over 5,000 homeless families in the United Kingdom will receive a parcel of essential items through a new campaign known as “Share a Smile” developed by the UK Ismaili Muslim Community. The parcels, which include baked beans, sweetcorn and soup as well as essential non-food items such as toothbrushes, toothpastes and socks,…

Sabrina Premji & Nadim Nasser: Two Amazing Young Professionals Taking Steps to End Global Poverty

Sabrina Premji & Nadim Nasser: Two Amazing Young Professionals Taking Steps to End Global Poverty

On Sunday May 25th, 2014, Toronto will join cities across Canada in the 30th annual World Partnership Walk, to increase awareness and raise funds to help fight global poverty. The Walk attracts tens of thousands of Canadians united in a common effort to bring hope and renewal to poor communities living in Asia and Africa.…

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For Canada’s Volunteer Week, Aga Khan Council President Malik Talib Tells Ismaili Volunteers, “You Are a Beacon of Islamic Ethics”

We wish you a lifetime of “enlightened self-fulfillment” The President of His Highness the Aga Khan Ismaili Council for Canada, Malik Talib, issued the following message through the community’s weekly newsletter “Al-Akhbar” as the country marks the National Volunteer Week from April 6-12: