Wednesday
Dec 14,2011

Monday, December 13, 2011 – Ismailis in Afghanistan on the occasion of 75th birth day of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, the 49th Imam (spiritual leader) organized gatherings in Afghanistan.

The Aga Khan council for Afghanistan organized the event in capital Kabul which was attended by a number of high level Afghan governmental officials and guests.

Sayed Shah Nasir Rahnuma, presidential adviser and Sayed Makhdom Raheen were among the participants.

Prince Karim Aga Khan IV was born on 13 December 1936 and is the 49th and current Imam of the Shia Imami Nizari Ismaili Muslims.He became the 49th spritual leader of the world Ismailis on July 11, 1957 at the age of 20, succeeding his grandfather, Sultan Mohamamd Shah (Aga Khan III).

Prince Karim Aga Khan is one of the significant donors for Afghanistan reconstruction. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) launched operations in different sectors after the fall of Taliban in 2001.

AKDN has been actively engaged in the reconstruction of Afghan historical sites, reconstruction of health clinics, provision of educational services, construction of roads and bridges since 2001 in Afghanistan.

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Monday
Oct 3,2011

VANCOUVER–The annual Ismaili Walk, which took place at Lumbermen’s Arch in Stanley Park last Sunday , brought out over 2,000 British Columbians and together raised over $640,000. For this year’s annual Walk, the BC Ismaili Muslim Community partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, to help increase awareness of the risks of heart disease and stroke, and raise funds for the Foundation’s “Take the Pressure Down” campaign and for the HeartSmart Kids™ healthy lifestyle program.

Last year, the Ismaili Walk raised over $300,000, and has now raised over $3.8M since inception. The 20thAnnual Ismaili Walk featured a full day of live entertainment, delicious heart-healthy meals, and activities for the whole family. Healthy Families BC was one of many proud supporters of this year’s record-setting Walk.

For more information visit www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca.

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Saturday
Jun 18,2011

LONDON: UK government Minister for Climate Change held as an example a clean energy project from Pakistan as showcase of sustainable energy utility after the project won one of the world’s most prestigious green energy awards here.

Princess Zahra Aga Khan accepted the Ashden Sustainable Energy Award on behalf of the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (AKPBS) at a VIP ceremony here at the Royal Geographical Society.

Greg Barker MP praised the work of AKPBS in Pakistan for working with “vulnerable people”. He told The News there is a lot that can be learnt from the relatively simple but “innovative ways” used by the organisations to change the lives of the local people. He said the local and simple techniques were being helpful in switching to a sustainable lifestyle.

He said the UK government was “keen to support such initiatives. He said the politicians internationally have yet to come together to find solutions of energy and climate change yet the local NGOs, whether in Pakistan or elsewhere, were taking a lead in bringing people together, encouraging local communities to be part of the solution. “They are empowering people and not waiting for the solutions to be given to them to help form resource-sufficient and prosperous economies.”

Princess Zahra Aga Khan told The News that they were working to help lift thousands of families out of the vicious cycle of poverty through simple and efficient use of simple technology in high mountain areas.

She explained that the organization has nearly 70 products in building and construction programme, from smoke-free stove to, making insulated walls and water production locally as well teaching communities on the use of the new technologies. The princess said the team in Pakistan had done a fantastic work to deserve this award.

Sarah Butler-Sloss, founder Director of the Ashden Awards and chair of the judging panel told that the initiatives of AKPBS are exemplary because “they are bringing enterprise and solutions of environment, energy and poverty in a vulnerable and important part of Pakistan.

We are delighted by the work they do as they show it is possible to improve the lives of thousands of families and successfully tackle the major challenges of deforestation and climate change.

They are inspiring and their techniques are replicable”. The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service in Pakistan (AKPBS) was awarded £20,000 for helping families in remote mountain villages save energy and enjoy warmer and more comfortable homes by installing a range of energy-efficient products.

Source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=53246&Cat=2&dt=6/18/2011

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