"The AKTC is working in collaboration with government agencies as part of the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative. This was the first public-private partnership in monument conservation in India. This time next year, the project will complete a decade—the AKTC’s agreement with the Union government ends in 2017.'
Does that mean that we may expect something bigger as a Diamond Jubilee project such as the renovation of the Taj Mahal after the agreement is over and perhaps renewed?
Nothing in the world is the CSGO Skins only thing that is in constant change.
Do not allow your guilt to get the better of you. What's done is done and cannot be changed.:CSGO Ak47 Skins
To inspire, support and integrate older adults by engaging them in social, educational, cultural and recreational activities that enrich their mind, body and spirit.
F.O.C.U.S is a non-profit organization (registered since July 2011) and a personal grassroots initiative, launched on January 2007. With upcoming Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam, the direction of the team is to challenge themselves to learn about external and outreach volunteering with senior engagement in their NE. Calgary community.
As they mark their 10th anniversary in 2017, the F.O.C.U.S aligns with Diamond Jubilee, as well as Canada’s 150th Birthday. A perfect gift to offer the intention of Service to the beloved Hazar Imam and to the home Canada.
Ethics in Action Exhibition showcases AKDN impact across the globe
Ethics in Action: The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) held inaugural launch events in Islamabad and Karachi, Pakistan. Taking the form of an interactive exhibition, Ethics in Action provides a glimpse into the human dimension of the Ismaili Imamat’s efforts to improve quality of life.
As a Diamond Jubilee initiative, the exhibition aims to engage and enlighten visitors through a thoughtful and immersive experience, and illustrates how key ethics can positively influence development work around the world. An initial launch event was held in August at the Islamabad Serena Hotel, Pakistan, attended by guests, members of the diplomatic community, and young participants of the Global Encounters programme in Pakistan. A second event was held in Karachi in October, as part of a planned tour of several cities, as the showcase will journey across the world during the Diamond Jubilee year.
The Ethics in Action exhibition brings to life the ethical principles that underpin the work of the Ismaili Imamat. In addition to interpreting the faith, the Imam of the time strives to provide a good quality of life for his community, and those amongst whom they live. Today, this mandate is undertaken through the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a collection of institutions and programmes established by Mawlana Hazar Imam, working to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities in some of the poorest regions of the world.
In particular, Ethics in Action sheds lights on 8 ethics central to the work of AKDN and demonstrates how each of these guide development projects in fields as varied as healthcare and heritage preservation across the globe. The exhibition is accompanied by an app that allows visitors to explore projects and ethics further using a smartphone.
Grounded in the Ismaili community’s traditions of service, care, and compassion, Ethics in Action expresses the notion of AKDN protecting and sheltering those it serves, symbolised by the digitally fabricated canopy under which a selection of artwork and handicrafts are displayed. Guests at the exhibition were able to learn about and interact with the intricate embroidery, glittering gemstones, and bright fabrics on display. The content also shares human-centred stories about the lives touched through various development projects.
One such account comes from Jyothi in India, who was able to finish school with the help of the Aga Khan Foundation. Rather than staying at home, Jyothi now plans to serve her community by becoming a teacher and educating more children. A number of AKDN agencies are represented at the Ethics in Action exhibition, each sharing their own stories relaying the benefits delivered to people, while collectively uplifting the wellbeing of communities and societies across the world.
The exhibition in Islamabad coincided with the Global Encounters programme taking place in Pakistan. Coming from 12 different countries, 41 participants and 16 facilitators took part in the international camp, which brings together talented young Ismailis from around the world to focus on service, leadership development, culture, and global citizenship.
Participants were treated to a tour of Ethics in Action, which provided an additional dimension to the camp. Saif Kamran of the UK explained, “The exhibition brought to light the depth and passion these institutions operate under. From health services, to educational services, the exhibition allowed me to view the three-dimensional nature of AKDN and the ways in which its services promote the cosmopolitan ethic.”
Camp facilitator Marina Khan of Pakistan noted “the exhibition was an opportunity to touch, wear, or buy an artefact, making it more personal and relatable. In all, it was an amazing way to experience different arts from all over.”
Young adults tour institutional buildings in Jubilee Heritage Programme
Approximately 170 young adults from across the U.S. and Canada participated in the Jubilee Heritage Programme over the weekend of 13-15 April 2018.
The Jubilee Heritage Programme, a Diamond Jubilee initiative delivered by the Jubilee Programs and Activities Task forces for Canada and the USA as well as the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board, took the group of 25- to 40-year-olds through four institutional buildings: the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat and the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa; and the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre in Toronto.
Speaking about the aims of the initiative, Ismaili Council for Canada Vice President Karima Karmali outlined two main goals. The first was “to build a connection between people; between Jamats, and between individuals,” she said, and “Second, clearly Mawlana Hazar Imam has a vision for the buildings he has invested in here in Canada, and I think that vision is about our future. What we really want people to take away is a glimpse into the future and what is actually possible, and to tie that to our heritage and our history.”
The program also provided participants the unique opportunity to hear from and interact with a group of Jamati leaders from both countries.
Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Chairman of the Leaders International Forum and Resident Representative of the AKDN in Canada, and Henry Kim, Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum, delivered keynote speeches, while Khalil Shariff, CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, and John McNee, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism participated in panel discussions.
Kim explained that the goal of the Aga Khan Museum is not simply to present the arts, but to change perceptions and mindsets.
Kim also spoke about how the museum’s Fatimid exhibition shows that Muslim empires were not what they’re often perceived to have been.
“A very important lesson we get from the Fatimid rule and we get from this exhibition, that also underscores what this museum is trying to point out, is across time and across cultures there are more examples of cultures living harmoniously and building up together, than those that rended apart,” he said.
Both Khalil Shariff and Zahir Ladhani, Council for the U.S. Vice President, encouraged the young adults to participate in the global efforts of the Ismaili institutions.
“You are both teachers and learners from our institutions,” said Shariff to the audience at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. “Their strength relies on the character of our engagement.”
And during an inspiring closing speech at the Ismaili Centre Toronto, Ladhani asked, “Are we going to be spectators or are we going to participate?”
“Just get up and do something,” he answered. “Be it in the Jamat or be it in the community you live in.”
Although the weekend provided a surprise winter storm, the program’s leadership exemplified organisational resilience and the participants enjoyed added bonding time and many laughs on the unexpectedly extended bus journey from Ottawa to Toronto.
In fact, some of the best moments were those that were organic in nature — the deep conversation some participants enjoyed on the bus with both Canadian and American leadership and with each other. As Freba Muradi from Calgary shared, the commitment and passion of one of her tour guides was so contagious that she took a picture with her, saying that in the future when her commitment waivers, she will look back on that picture and be reminded of that passion and shared purpose.
Meena Naik, a participant from Dallas, described what was most meaningful to her: “Seeing there is a group of us willing to not only talk about the challenges we face as Ismailis, but also to mobilise to make our Jamat better,” she said.
Navid Kapadia, a participant from Atlanta, echoed her sentiments. “Regardless of where we come from, it is very satisfying to see the brotherhood amongst all of us and realise that in coming together in this brotherhood, we can accomplish so many amazing things throughout the world,” he said.
Rishma Bhimji, Canadian Project Manager of the Jubilee Heritage Programme, spoke about what she hopes attendees will take home: “My hope in terms of people remembering things from this weekend is that they share every piece of information they received, and they understand they need to be the ones to educate and bridge the knowledge gap, within their own communities and globally,” she said.
Bhimji said she hopes participants will share their experiences with family members and others who could not join the Jubilee Heritage Programme on this occasion.
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