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The victorious Kuala Lumpur cricket team at the Far East Sports Tournament. Salman Motani

As Ismailis around the world prepare for the Jubilee Games in Dubai, the Jamat of the Far East came together in November to participate in their own sports tournament, which served as a regional qualifier for the international Games.

"One Jamat, No Boundaries" themed wristbands await athletes and spectators at the 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament. Sumair Khemani

The 2016 ANZ Ismaili Sports Tournament is taking place between 24–27 March in Sydney, Australia. See photo highlights from the Tournament here.

An Ismaili pipe band from Dallas performing at the US Ismaili Games pep rally held in Dallas on 21 November. Umair Ali

Nearly 1 000 athletes will compete at the United States Ismaili Games over the upcoming Thanksgiving Day weekend. The sports tournament will take place in Dallas, Texas between 26–29 November.

Children in the opening parade wave the Tanzanian and Ismaili flags in celebration of the 2015 Unity Games. Alkarim Pirmohamed

Ismailis from Eastern and Southern Africa gathered in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 2015 Unity Games, which took place between 3–6 April.

Cancer screening camps combine the resources Jamati institutions, Aga Khan Health Services and AKU Hospitals and medical clinics to raise the Jamat's awareness about cancers and other non-communicable diseases. Ismaili Council for Tanzania

In the past, when an individual was diagnosed with cancer or heart disease, the options for treatment in East Africa were limited. But as the footprint of the Aga Khan University has expanded, new facilities and trained health specialists are making quality care accessible in the region.

Ismaili athletes take part in a Sports Fellowship programme organised by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan. Ismaili Council for Pakistan

In Pakistan, young Ismailis are receiving knowledge and inspiration from elite-level athletes in a sports fellowship programme organised by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board. In addition to training and mentoring, the youth are coming away with a new sense of what they can possibly achieve in sport.

Ismailis from across North America gathered in Chicago over the 2014 Labour Day weekend for the first ever North American Ismaili Games. Akber Dewji

Over Labour Day weekend in early September, more than 2 500 athletes, spectators and volunteers attended the first ever North American Ismaili Games in Chicago. While there were individual medal presentations and celebrations in every sport, the entire Jamat was the real winner.

A mother brings her infant for a check-up at one of 18 facilities supported by the Aga Khan Health Services in Rushan, Tajikistan.

Providing expectant mothers and newborns the highest quality of care, and giving children the best start in life is part of a value system that Ismaili Muslims have practiced for generations. In partnership with government, civil society, friends, and neighbours, the community is leveraging strong institutional foundations in Africa and Asia to make a meaningful difference.

People are spending a growing amount of their time on social media sites.

The Internet and social media have given us one more avenue of expression, a wealth of information, and the ability to connect effortlessly across the globe. But behaving irresponsibly online can affect relationships with friends and family and impact education and career paths.

Meeting people of different cultures and traditions reshaped the way participants view the world around them.

This summer, Ismaili secondary school students from countries across the globe will have an opportunity to get to know one another as they take part in the 2014 Global Encounters programme being held at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa. The international programme is currently inviting applications from Ismaili students all over the world.

The Prince Aly Khan Hospital in Mumbai is a 137-bed acute care, multi-speciality facility established in 1945. Its Cancer Rehabilitation Centre goes beyond medical treatment, providing patients physical, emotional and cosmetic rehabilitation.

The Cancer Rehabilitation Centre at Prince Aly Khan Hospital in Mumbai recognises that for a cancer patient to make a healthy recovery, they require more than state-of-the-art medical treatment. Volunteers at the Centre – many of whom are cancer survivors themselves – offer everything from physical and emotional support to cosmetic rehabilitation.

Mental health is strongly linked to socioeconomic conditions; job security and steady incomes predict good mental health, while unemployment, debt and poor housing are significant contributors to poor mental health.

Positive mental health allows an individual to cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and contribute to their community and family. But changes in socioeconomic conditions can impact mental wellbeing. In times of economic difficulty, it is particularly important to maintain and improve our mental health and lifestyles.

Yoga enthusiasts at the Karimabad Fitness Centre.

Only a minimal percentage of adults in Pakistan actively participate in any sports, games or exercise to stay fit. Nevertheless, societal changes over the past two decades have resulted in a greater need for active lifestyles and increased health awareness. Through programming, facilities and services, the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board in Pakistan is helping the Jamat to “leap into fitness”.

Athletes take part in the opening ceremony of the 2011 Ismaili Games Kenya.

At the close of 2011, Ismaili Games were held in Uganda and Kenya. Featuring a wide range of sports, the Games offered opportunities for members of the Jamat to come together and celebrate through competition and camaraderie.

As 2011 drew to a close, hundreds of athletes gathered to take part in Ismaili Games held in Uganda and Kenya. Featuring a wide range of sports, the Games offered opportunities for members of the Jamat to come together and celebrate through competition and camaraderie.

With daily practices, weekly games, and weekend long tournaments, participating in high school sports is no walk in the park.

Women’s Flag Football player, Naayab Ladak of Birmingham, Alabama recounts her experience playing in Ismaili regional and national sports tournaments in the USA. Speaking with other female athletes, she discusses how participating in sports with determination, courage and hard work can build character and confidence, both on and off the field.

The Bhakta and Dhalla families share their adoption experiences.

Each year, thousands of North Americans adopt orphaned or abandoned children, and make a lifelong commitment to love and care for them. Two Ismaili families share their personal stories of adoption, and journeys they undertook to bring their children home.

Asad smiles after winning the Gold Medal in Basketball Individual Skills at the 2010 Illinois State Special Olympics.

For a special mind, sometimes it takes just a dream and the efforts of those who understand it to unlock its true potential. The Jiwanis demonstrate how nurturing their autistic son’s dream of being an athlete provided all of them with much-needed hope for a successful future for their child.

Arsheel (back row, third from left) with Coach Paal Joshi (back row far right) and his team after they won the regional gold medal at the District 225 Glenbrook United Special Olympics.

Arsheel Lalani has not allowed Autism Spectrum Disorder to deter him from his love for sports. Together with his basketball team, the 19-year-old won the regional gold medal at the District 225 Glenbrook United Special Olympics.

The Ismaili Council’s Art for Alzheimer’s canvas includes notes from many supporters, including the First Lady of California, Maria Shriver.

At Maria Shriver’s March on Alzheimer’s held at Long Beach, California in October, two large communal canvases served as creative outlets for those who visited the booth on “Art Therapy and Alzheimer’s” hosted by the Ismaili Council for the USA. The canvases drew patients and family members, some of whom were emotional as they painted messages honouring loved ones suffering from a disease that causes memory loss and confusion.

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