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The milestone celebration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 80th birthday engaged artists from the diverse traditions of the Ismaili community in “a musical and cultural conversation.” And ensuring that within hours of the event, the worldwide Jamat could witness the celebration in a multiplicity of languages, was no minor feat.

Preparing to plant trees at Silvaasa to mark the anniversary of India's independence. Ismaili Council for India

Across India this 15 August, Ismailis celebrated their nation’s independence through acts that contributed to the wellbeing of society. Members of the Jamat planted trees, cleaned up local monuments and put on street plays to educate about traffic safety.

Aga Khan Scouts and Guides and volunteers from Oxygen Management Consultants prepare to spread smiles at the Rashid Hospital Trauma Center on the New Year's Eve. Habib Hussain

To help everybody usher in 2016 on a positive note, a group of Ismaili volunteers in Dubai visited the Rashid Hospital Trauma Center to bring new year festivities to the patients.

Ismaili Games Kenya 2015 is taking place in Nairobi between 17 – 20 December with participants from Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, and Kenya. Ejaz Karmali

Nairobi, 16 December 2015 — Over 290 athletes and some 2,000 spectators will be in Nairobi for the 2015 Kenya Ismaili Games this weekend. Ismailis from Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, and Kenya will take part in the four-day national sport event being held between 17 – 20 December.

Athletes, volunteers, and spectators from across the country came together for the 2015 US Ismaili Games in the spirit of One Jamat. Azim Maknojia

The 2015 United States Ismaili Games drew to a close on the Sunday of the American Thanksgiving weekend, as athletes, volunteers and spectators gathered to congratulate each other on a national sport tournament that embodied the spirit of unity within the Jamat.

With the help of FOCUS, students learn how to prepare a disaster management plan at school. FOCUS

As institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network and Ismaili communities around the world join in the 2015 international ShakeOut earthquake drill, Focus Humanitarian Assistance is placing special emphasis on disaster preparedness to save lives and limit the impact of calamity.

Based at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, Global Encounters campers from Jamats around the world engaged in community service, explored Kenyan culture and visited AKDN projects in the surrounding region.

This summer, 160 Ismaili students and volunteers gathered in Mombasa to take part in Global Encounters 2015. Now in its third year, the programme brought together youth and young professionals from 24 countries to renew a tradition of global citizenship and experience living as part of an international community.

Ismaili fans fill the stands to cheer on athletes at the Los Angeles Special Olympics. Ismaili Council for the USA

When the Ismaili Muslim community in the United States was invited to assist with the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, the Jamat embraced the opportunity. Volunteers took on numerous roles, including hosting the delegation of athletes and coaches from Bangladesh.

Team BC bends it like Sinclair! Ismaili Council for Canada

Thousands of Ismailis gathered in Calgary during the first weekend of August to take part in the 2015 Canadian Ismaili Games. The athletic calibre and success of the event fueled aspirations for golden glory on the international stage.

BC Ismailis pose for a photograph at a Vancouver pep rally ahead of the Canadian Ismaili Games to be held in Calgary between 31 July - 3 August 2015. Ismaili Council for BC

Athletes and spectators from across Canada will be in Calgary over the August long weekend for the 2015 Canadian Ismaili Games. Organisers are expecting record numbers at the Canadian qualifier event for the 2016 Jubilee Games.

Aga Khan Park volunteers gather with Leila Keshavjee, who carried the Pan Am flame. Ismaili Council for Canada

Thousands of visitors came out to see the Pan Am flame light up the Aga Khan Park at its inaugural event held on 5 July. Reflections — Celebrating our Cultures and Communities united the spirit of the Pan Am Games with a Silk Road theme.

Visitors enjoy the formal gardens at the Aga Khan Park. Vazir Karsan

The Aga Khan Park will come to life on 5 July when the Pan Am lantern makes an appearance at the park’s inaugural event Reflections: Celebrating our Cultures and Communities. The Pan Am flame represents the spirit of the Games taking place in Toronto this summer.

The Ismaili community has long been a part of India’s fabric and continues to contribute towards the country's development and the advancement of its people. Gary Otte

Once seen as a trading community from Gujarat, today Ismaili women and men are helping to shape India’s future. Builders of some of the country’s premier healthcare and financial institutions, they are also strengthening government administration.

Global Encounters campers gather around a bonfire in Zanzibar. Saraan Jiwani

Global Encounters, an international camp for Ismaili youth, is about making connections, serving humanity and exploring Ismaili Muslim faith and values. Applications for the 2015 cycle to be held at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa are being accepted until 7 February.

Students at Queen Elizabeth School in Lisbon watch the FOCUS ShakeOut presentation. JOSÉ CARIA

To the Community Emergency Response Team at Focus Humanitarian Assistance in Portugal, delivering earthquake safety education is just as important as responding in the aftermath. On 10 November, the FOCUS team visited Queen Elizabeth School in Lisbon, where they led a ShakeOut earthquake drill.

FOCUS Challenge4Life 2013 participants celebrate reaching the summit of Mount Kinabalu, before journeying on by foot, bicycle and raft to the South China Sea. Alnasir Jamal

One year after completing the 2013 FOCUS Challenge4Life, Faridoun Hemani recalls the adventure, the pain and the sense of accomplishment that he and 57 other participants shared during their Summit to Sea adventure.

Tour guides conduct mock tours in preparation for the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Moez Visram

As finishing touches are applied to the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, newly trained tour guides received their first walk-through of the facility. When the doors of the Centre finally open, the guides will help visitors to discover the building and provide a window on the Ismaili community, its values and aspirations.

Southeast men’s dance team, Nishani, is an example of the high calibre of competition at the North American Ismaili Games.

Chicago, 30 August 2014 – Two days into the North American Ismaili Games, the biggest draw so far has been the dance competition. Word spread quickly following an incredible set of performances on day one, and a crowd of over 800 spectators showed up for Saturday’s shows.

Share a Smile is an initiative of the Ismaili Muslim community in the United Kingdom to help those in need during the month of Ramadan.

London, 7 July 2014 – Over 5 000 parcels of food and provisions were packed at UK Jamatkhanas this Saturday to help some of the most vulnerable populations in London, Birmingham and Leicester. Local charities will distribute the packages under Share a Smile, an Ismaili community initiative to help those in need during the month of Ramadan.

Organised by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Ontario, the Premier Cup cricket tournament was part of a wider community effort to support the development of the sport in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park, Toronto neighbourhoods that are home to

While the annual Premier Cup cricket tournament brought Ontario Ismaili Muslims together in April, it was also part of a wider effort to build cricket pitches and support programming in Toronto neighbourhoods that are home to large South Asian immigrant communities.

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