AKHBAAR Volume-14 November 2019


A Quarterly Newsletter of Council for Pakistan

Volume 14 - November 2019



AKHB Celebrates World Heart Day

This Issue


Drugs and Violence:

Not Now, Not Ever - Never Ever!

A one-day programme aimed at

preventing substance abuse and

violence was organised by the One

Window Project of Gulzar-e-Rahim, in

collaboration.... cont. page-02

Jamat in Lower Chitral celebrates World Heart Day

According to the World Health Organisation,

diseases of the heart are responsible for 31%

of deaths globally. Given the gravity of the

issue, the Aga Khan Health Board (AKHB) for

Pakistan commemorated World Heart Day by

organising activities in Jamatkhanas where

doctors and nurses gathered basic

information about patients’ health to screen

for cardiovascular diseases. It included

calculating body mass index and measuring

blood pressure. A large number of Jamati

members visited the camps and some

participants received one-on-one

consultation with doctors; cardiologists from

local hospitals conducted an awareness

session on heart diseases and their

prevention. AKHB also organised a walk for

the Jamat to promote healthy living. In

Rawalpindi, the Jamat took part in a

scavenger hunt before the walk. While in

Gulmit, Hunza Scouts and Guides hiked with

participants from multiple Jamatkhanas who

joined at different venues and displayed

banners and shared pamphlets with related

messages. In Hyderabad, presentations were

made available to create awareness about

symptoms of heart disease and guidelines for


One participant said, “World Heart Day

reminds us that our heart is an important

organ and we must take good care of it.”

Freelancing in Cloud Accounting

through e-learning platform

The Aga Khan Economic Planning

Board (AKEPB), with the collaboration

of CaliberOn International, arranged a

training session for a period of three

months on..... cont. page-04

Health Camps

Girl Guides display banners

Jamati members convey messages

The Aga Khan Health Board for

Gulshan, in collaboration with Parinday,

a mental health NGO, organised a

mental health.... cont. page-07

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Rays of Light Closing Ceremony

The Ismaili Council for Gupis Yasin held an

event to mark the success of the traveling

Rays of Light (ROL) exhibition. Over a span of

37 days, tens of thousands of Jamati and

non-Jamati members visited the exhibition in

Taus, the site of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s

darbar during his Diamond Jubilee visit to

Pakistan in 2017. The exhibition was

supported by more than 1,200 volunteers

whose services were acknowledged at the

closing ceremony.

support of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan.

The programme lead, Dinar Aman, gave the

vote of thanks. Javed, a volunteer at the

exhibit, expressed his desire to volunteer

again, saying that he was more energised to

offer his service in the future.

The event was attended by members of the

Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN),

Jamati leadership, government officials,

donors and others. Hussain Samnani, the

International lead for ROL, spoke about the

exhibition which followed by remarks from

Shehzad Hussain, President Ismaili Council

for Gupis Yasin, who thanked the

International ROL team and appreciated the

ROL International team member addressing the volunteers at the closing ceremony

Threading Their Way Out of Poverty

Poverty alleviation has long been a cause

very close to the heart of Mawlana Hazar

Imam. One of the most effective strategies to

break the vicious cycle of poverty has been

educating oneself and acquiring a vocation.

The Aga Khan Social Welfare Board (AKSWB)

for Karimabad, as part of their social risk

mitigation initiative, arranged a parlour

training course for members of Alyabad


This week-long training programme attracted

45 beneficiaries. It was conducted by a

beautician, who runs The Beauty Oasis Salon

and Spa in the USA. The training aimed at

making beneficiaries financially self-reliant. To

ensure uniformity and effective learning,

complete parlour kits with required

accessories were provided to all participants.

Graduates of the programme were also given

a commitment of assistance in establishing

their own businesses or acquiring jobs.

The trainer and her assistants taught the skills

of threading, waxing, facial, manicure,

pedicure, hair dye, cutting, makeup, hair

styling, hair highlights, permanent eyebrows

and gel nails. After completion of the course,

a graduation ceremony was held in which all

students were honoured with certificates and

distinction prizes were given to the best


A graduate of the programme said, “This is

the first time ever that any institute has

arranged such an intensive programme of

international standards. Such programmes

should be arranged frequently to uplift our


Drugs and Violence: Not Now, Not Ever - Never Ever!

A one-day programme aimed at preventing

substance abuse and violence was organised

by the One Window Project of

Gulzar-e-Rahim, in collaboration with the

Aga Khan University School of Nursing and

Midwifery, the Aga Khan Health Board and

volunteers of the Social Welfare Board at

Metroville Jamatkhana.

Volunteers explaining how to “Just Say No” to drugs

The street theatre performance explained

different types of drugs and their harmful

effects on mental, physical and social

well-being. Aimed at educating the audience

about rehabilitation and other treatment

options, 800 people were in attendance,

including schoolchildren, Jamati members

and senior citizens. Upon completion of the

play, the actors and audience joined in raising

the slogan, “Drugs and Violence: Not Now,

Not Ever - Never Ever.” The programme, with

its emphasis on dialogue, was enlightening

and informative for the Jamat.

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Resume Writing & Interview Skills

The Aga Khan Economic Planning Board

(AKEPB) for Lower Chitral held a workshop

on resume writing and interview skills. Aimed

at students and those entering the job

market, the workshop was attended by 45

participants, along with national and regional

members of the AKEPB. Honorary Secretary

of the Ismaili Council for Lower Chitral was

also in attendance. The three main areas

covered were resume writing, interview skills

and non-verbal communication or body


innovative and informative session, while

Mumtaz appreciated that excellent

opportunities for young members were being

provided on a regular basis.

At the conclusion of the programme, a

member of the national AKEPB shared his

views on the importance of younger

members of the Jamat benefiting from such

programmes. Bushra Hassan, an attendee,

was grateful to the AKEPB for organising an

Akhtar Nawaz discussing non-verbal communication with participants

AKEPB “How To” Series

The Aga Khan Economic Planning Board

(AKEPB) held two “how-to” sessions for

entrepreneurs in the Jamat. These events,

held in the Southern region, were attended

by more than 100 Jamati members. The idea

behind these sessions was to connect

budding entrepreneurs with established ones

and to introduce them to business

management concepts. The main concepts

presented were of “elevator pitches” and

“S.M.A.R.T. plans,” which could help

participants in developing and expanding the

reach of their businesses.

are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant

and time-bound. The events were held at the

training centre of LOGICOSE Ltd. in Karachi,

in partnership with the founders of

Investomate (Pvt) Ltd, Befiler (Pvt) Ltd, and

the Roots and Seeds Montessori. These

successful business owners shared their

experiences of strategic planning and

financial auditing with participants. During the

discussions, participants were able to interact

with the speakers and brainstorm on how to

implement new concepts in their own

businesses. The participants were impressed

with the presentations and eager to

incorporate the new ideas into their own


The first session introduced how to make an

elevator pitch. An elevator pitch refers to a

short description of a company’s main

products or services, which one should be

able to present within 60 seconds or less, the

time span of an elevator ride. Elevator pitches

allow business owners to deliver their ideas

to investors and consumers. A second

session on S.M.A.R.T plans helped

entrepreneurs define business goals which

Business owners discussing S.M.A.R.T. business plans with participants

Home Budgeting and Financial Planning Workshop

In an effort to educate Jamati members on

the importance of fiscal responsibility, the Aga

Khan Economic Planning Board (AKEPB) for

Lower Chitral held a home budgeting and

financial planning workshop.

The workshop created awareness about the

rising prices of consumer products. It also

encouraged creating a family budget,

avoiding extraneous spending and educating

families and individuals on ways to save and

invest. At the event, Hikmat Ullah Jan,

programme officer with AKEPB, explained the

objectives of the workshop. Meherban,

programme facilitator from the Aga Khan

Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) for

Chitral, delivered the workshop discussing

relevant topics. The event was attended by

66 participants, including national and

regional AKEPB members.

Bibi Hawa, a participant, appreciated the

workshop saying, “The programme gave me

a new perspective on creating family budgets

and developing informed saving habits.”

A discourse on inflation and financial planning

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Economic Upliftment of the Jamat in Northern Pakistan

arranged a three-month basic to advanced

fashion designing and beautician training

course, along with entrepreneurship training,

for 22 women from across Gilgit-Baltistan

and Chitral. Participants travelled to Karachi

where they were trained at certified,

diploma-awarding institutions, Misbah

Fashion Designing Institute and Parhao


Gul Nasreen, a participant and budding entrepreneur

The Aga Khan Economic Planning Board

(AKEPB) works to improve the quality of life of

the Jamat across Pakistan by imparting

relevant vocational skills and assisting people

in starting their own businesses. In

accordance with their mission, AKEPB

This training also included visits to

small-scale businesses of Karachi, allowing

candidates to learn and observe the running

of successful establishments. They visited the

wholesale markets, too, where they could

potentially acquire materials in the future.

The training benefitted the participants, who

upon their return, were able to set up

successful businesses. After completing the

training, Zarina Bibi of Chipurson Valley, with

the help of her husband, was able to set up

her enterprise in Alyabad, Hunza.

Freelancing in Cloud Accounting through e-learning platform

The Aga Khan Economic Planning Board

(AKEPB), with the collaboration of CaliberOn

International, arranged a training session for a

period of three months on Freelancing in

Cloud Accounting through e-learning

platform for the youth of Gilgit. The

programme, aimed at educating

professionals, preferably those with

Bachelors and Masters of Commerce or

MBAs, to attend and learn about International

Standard Accounting and Bookkeeping on

various e-platforms. The objective of the

session was to connect participants with

global e-markets for income generation by

providing on-the-job training and create

learning opportunities at CalibreOn

International. Participants were trained for

developing online profiles, proposal writing,

email writing and Skype Communication. This

training provided hands-on experience with

cloud-based accounting software like Xero

and Quickbooks Online (QBO). Furthermore,

the course also covered the trending API for

Inventory Management and Financial Data

Management on web interfaces.

The prime focus of the training was on

developing self-reliability and adaptability for

self-employment. After completion of training,

a select number of participants were given

opportunity to work as interns at CalibreOn

International for a further three-month stint to

ensure their smooth transition into e-markets.

This training enabled participants to look for

prospective opportunities in online markets.

Working with international clients made the

trainees proficient whilst following the highest

international standards. It also brought the

region awareness regarding online trends for

future investments. The initiative was

appreciated and other institutes also took

steps to replicate similar creative outlets for

the practical and professional development of

the youth.

CaliberOn provides an opportunity to start

businesses and use their work space

ELEP Awareness Campaign

The Aga Khan Education Board for Multan

and Bahawalpur conducted an awareness

campaign to encourage Jamati members to

develop their English language skills. In light

of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s guidance, an

orientation session for the English Language

Enhancement Programme (ELEP) was held.

The importance of English in education,

business and everyday life was underscored.

60 participants from all three Jamatkhanas

across Multan took part in the session. After

the orientation, a placement test was

conducted. Participants were grateful for

being given a unique opportunity to improve

their English.

Participants watch an orientation video

Participants appear for ELEP test

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ECD Mobile Truck Training

The Aga Khan Education Board for Tando

Turail, in collaboration with the Rupani

Foundation, organised an ECD mobile truck

training for parents of children between the

ages of six months to three years. This

training was conducted at three different

venues, CBS Tando Muhammad Khan, CBS

Talhar and CBS Tando Bago. It created

awareness among parents about how to

facilitate early childhood development.

The first session, on poetry, was intended to

generate interest in reading. Sessions were

also conducted on teaching the English and

Urdu alphabet and rote number counting.

Parents were encouraged to learn and

continue to practice effective teaching skills.

The final session, on storytelling, kept the

audience captivated until its culmination.

Overall, 47 people benefited from these

A trainer conducting an ECD session

trainings. A parent said, “This programme

was very helpful in understanding my child’s


Parents work on an activity during the session

Career Counseling Sessions

Students appreciating advisory sessions on

career paths

Each year, thousands of young Jamati

members need to consider career options in

tune with their skills set and passions. To

facilitate these decisions, the Regional

Education Board for Lower Chitral, in

collaboration with the Aga Khan Higher

Secondary School (AKHSS) and Local

Education Board (LEB) Garam Chashma,

organised a career counselling session for

students of AKHSS Seenlasht and Garam


The programme, in which 387 students

participated, was led by Dr. Nadir Budhwani.

Dr. Budhwani earned his Ph.D. in Human

Resource Management from the University of

Minnesota, U.S.A. He spoke about the

challenges students face in deciding upon

their future, nevertheless encouraged his

audience by sharing his own story. He also

impressed upon participants the importance

of perseverance and competence with the

English language. He explained that you do

not need to be a millionaire or a genius to be

successful, all you need is the will to

persevere and the ability to respond to

contemporary demands.

Ahab Ali, a student of the eighth grade, said,

“The keynote speaker’s life story taught me

about the value of hard work, perseverance

and never losing hope of a better future.”

Ittihad and Tanzeem Badge Training Conducted in Hunza

The Ismaili District Boy Scouts Association

(IDBSA) Aliabad and Hyderabad, Hunza

concluded a three-day extensive training and

certification camp for the Ittihad and Tanzeem

badges. Around 250 scouts from four

clusters participated in this learning activity.

On the first day, participants were divided into

different patrols, including Ibex, Eagle, Tiger,

and Parrot. The campers pitched their tents

and received basic scouting education,

including information on its history and rules

and regulations. On the next day, after

morning prayers, campers engaged in

activities focused on mental, spiritual, ethical

and physical nourishment. They learnt the six

basic scouting knots and the use of gadgets.

On the final day, campers learnt first aid and

outdoor cooking. They also went on a hike to

explore their surroundings and experience

nature. The camp closed with a certificate

distribution ceremony. Key messages

included, which were reiterated throughout

the three days were:

• “A Scout is a leader and a role model for


• “A Scout is an ambassador of peace.”

The programme was attended by Jamati

leadership from the Ismaili Council, ITREB,

AKYSB, and IDBSA, Aliabad and Hyderabad

jurisdiction. In their speech, one leader said,

“Scouting is a complete way of life. It

inculcates social responsibility, civic sense

and life skills.”

Participants were thrilled by the experience.

One said, “This is my first Scouts camp! I

learnt about scouting and really enjoyed all

the activities.”

Scouts gather in front of the scenic background in Hunza at the completion of the training

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Girl Guides Camporall

Girl Guides practice patrol formation and

march past

The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board

(AKYSB) for Lower Chitral hosted a Guides

Camporall where 206 Girl Guides’ members

from Ismaili Council for Garam Chashma and

Karimabad participated. The event included

various activities including patrol formation,

campfire building, gadget making and march

past practice.

The Camporall was appreciated by all those

involved, including the local leadership, who

praised it as an important extracurricular

activity for girls. Gulshan Ara, a Girl Guide

from Ismaili Council for Karimabad, said she

enjoyed the practicality of camping activities,

which she can translate to everyday life.

AKYSB Chitral also held a Guide Camporall in


More than 84 participants from across the

seven Jamatkhanas in Zhupu took part in the

two-day event. Much of the programme was

about the ethics, principles and history of the

Ismaili Girl Guides institution. The event

emphasised the importance of volunteering

and guiding.

Cleanliness Drive

In order to promote a healthy environment, a

series of cleanliness drives were held in Gilgit,

Islamabad and Lahore. They were organised

by the Boy Scouts, in collaboration with local

government administrations. The events were

meant to educate the public about the

dangers of pollution. Nearly 70 Boy Scouts

participated in this activity in Gilgit,

successfully collecting 600kg of litter in four

hours. The event began with a formal

opening ceremony at Central Jamatkhana,

where the Deputy Commissioner of Gilgit,

Naveed Ahmed, said a few words. In

Islamabad, the Interior Minister Ijaz Shah

spoke to the youth.

The scouts learned about the dangers of

climate change and discussed its impact on

mental and physical health.

Boy Scouts cleaning the streets during the Cleanliness Drive

A Healthy Mind, Body and Soul

Adolescence is a crucial time for the

development of social, physical and

emotional habits that are indispensable for

mental and physical health. These include the

development of coping mechanisms,

problem-solving and interpersonal skills,

exercise and sleep patterns and emotional

intelligence. To create awareness among

adolescents of the Jamat, the Aga Khan

Health Board for Gilgit, in collaboration with

Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board (AKYSB)

for Gilgit, conducted a seminar on adolescent

physical and mental health for Girl Guides

and Boy Scouts at Jamatkhana-12, Danyore.

AKYSB DSOR Ashfaq, and Chairperson

Local Health Board Saleem Uddin attended

the programme. Uzma Ali, a clinical

psychologist, was the keynote speaker.

“Speaking about our mental health and

feelings empowers us and improves our

well-being,” said Heera Nihal. Jamati

members appreciated the seminar and asked

the board to arrange more sessions. Asma,

another participant, said, “Girl Guides and

Boy Scouts were provided relevant and

relatable information about mental health,

safety, and physical health.”

Around 250 participants attended the

seminar from Ismaili Council for DSOR. The

seminar focused on how a Jamati member

can lead a healthy life. Moreover, the seminar

educated participants about physical

changes and about mental health. The

Honorary Secretary for the Regional Health

Board, Gilgit, Ali Haider, Chairperson of Local

Girl Guides and Boy Scouts discuss the importance of mental and physical health

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Health Camps

Mental Health

The Aga Khan Health Board for Gulshan, in

collaboration with Parinday, a mental health

NGO, organised a mental health camp at

Al-Azhar Garden termed “Raise Yourself.”

The event was attended by 104 participants,

including children, Jamati leaders and

Parinday organisers. The key objective of the

event was to provide a therapeutic

environment to promote growth in social,

emotional, and behavioural well-being of


The event commenced with an introduction

by all participants followed by Zumba and a

treasure hunt to foster communication and

teamwork as well as a sense of comfort

within the group. The programme continued

with a focus group discussion to identify

children’s daily stressors and ‘mold yourself’

activity where children used clay and music

to express themselves. The event concluded

on a successful note, encouraging

extracurricular activities for a holistic

approach to child development.

Non-Communicable Diseases

The Aga Khan Health Board for Gulshan, in

collaboration with the Aga Khan Health

Service, Pakistan (AKHS,P) planned a health

camp for the Jamat residing at Evershine

Jamatkhana. A total of 150 members

attended the event for affordable

consultations at subsidised rates of Rs. 50

per consultation. This camp had a

paediatrician, an ENT specialist, a dentist as

well as a general physician to provide the

Jamat with an overall assessment of vitals.

The key objectives of the event was to

increase awareness regarding

non-communicable diseases and to provide

the Jamat with early screening from AKHS,P


Women Health

The Aga Khan Health Board for Gulshan and

the Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan

organised a Breast Self-Examination

education session for the women of

Karimabad at Al-Jiwani Health Centre and

Al-Azhar Garden. The key objective of the

event was to educate women about the

prevalence of breast cancer and about

prevention through regular screening and

breast self-examination. A total of 315

registered and 130 non-registered Jamati

members attended the event for an

affordable consultation at subsidized rates of

Rs. 50/- per consultation. The camp had a

paediatrician, gynaecologist, orthopaedic and

general physician on staff as well for queries.

Guiding camp for Malir Boarding School Girls

The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board’s

guiding portfolio for Girl Guides, arranged a

camp for the girls of the Malir Boarding

School. This three-day camp introduced the

guiding movement and how it plays a

substantial role for the well-being of humanity.

A total of 64 guides were registered to make

this event a success. The objectives of the

camp were to provide opportunities to

stimulate the development of self-esteem,

individual character and confidence, to instill

the importance of teamwork and to be aware

of how to set goals in order to achieve them

in a timely manner.

Day one started with a team building activity

followed by a session on emotional

intelligence and various art activities. To give

a different start to day two, the camp started

with Zumba and continued with a visit to a

senior citizen home, a brief on table manners

and ended with a learning session about

prevailing stage fright by an activity termed

‘theatre.’ Day three was focused on teaching

the importance of personal hygiene, excelling

in communication skills and sports. The

planning and implementation of this three-day

camp was highly praised and all the

participants applauded the services of the

guiding unit.

Congenital Heart Disease Screening Camp

Too often, congenital heart disease goes

undetected until it is very late. Screening

camps are required to detect congenital heart

disease at an early age and provide medical

treatment. To meet this need, Family Health

Programme Sultanabad, in collaboration with

Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) and

Garden Health Board, arranged a Congenital

Heart Disease (CHD) screening camp at

Sultanabad Jamatkhana.

patterns that contribute to multiple types of

heart disease. They held counselling sessions

to encourage healthy habits, including a

balanced diet, increased vegetable and fruit

intake, and performing daily physical

exercise. Naveen Hirani, who was screened

at the camp, said, “The programme was

reasonable and high-quality services were

provided at our doorstep. The doctors were

really cooperative and such screening camps

should be conducted for other diseases as


The health camp screened around 230

children and adolescents from Sindhi Para

and Sultanabad. The camp informed Jamati

members about the symptoms and early

diagnosis of CHD. Cardiologists from AKUH

examined Jamati members and

recommended echocardiogram tests for

more than a hundred patients. Jamati

members who were diagnosed with CHD

were given follow-up appointments at AKUH

for an in-depth assessment. Moreover, camp

staffers identified unhealthy habits and eating

Health experts assessing children at the health screening camp for CHD

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Tax Filing Sessions Across Pakistan

In light of recent amendments introduced in

the federal budget for 2019, there is an

enhanced emphasis by the Government of

Pakistan on increasing the number of tax

filers. The Aga Khan Economic Planning

Board (AKEPB) for Pakistan organised a

series of tax-return filing sessions. The

purpose of these sessions was to educate

the Jamat on the benefits of filing tax returns,

provide guidance on filing taxes online in light

of the new policy changes, and offer group

and individual consultations. On average,

these sessions lasted two hours and were

held at many Jamatkhanas in the south and

central regions, including outreach areas in

interior Sindh and Punjab. They were led by

representatives from the Federal Board of

Revenue as well as qualified tax consultants.

More than 700 Jamati members attended

these sessions, including salaried individuals,

business owners, and first-time tax filers. The

Jamat had an opportunity to ask questions

An on-going tax session

and seek clarifications from the experts. One

participant from Sargodha commented, “The

session helped me understand the

importance of filing tax returns for business

owners.” Another Jamati member, Navroz

Wasanjee, shared, “This was an informative

Q&A session with participants

session, especially for those who are filing

taxes for the first time.” Rahim Ali Nathani,

honorary secretary AKEPB, Southern region,

said, “Our goal is that every Jamati member

becomes a responsible citizen and files

regular tax returns.”

12 th Annual Youth Forum – Pakistan Girl Guides Association

Aimed at instilling leadership skills and a

sense of civic responsibility among young

girls, the workshop titled “Be the Change”

was attended by 35 guides from across

Pakistan. The workshop commenced with

the introduction of a leadership model

developed by the World Association for Girl

Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

Every participant developed an action plan

outlining the steps they would take to affect

change after returning to their respective

regions. The workshop equipped participants

to develop a leadership mindset, build

confidence and bring positive change in

society. Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, chief guest of

the closing ceremony, encouraged

participants to share the lessons they had

learned with other Girl Guides and young

leaders of their district.

AKYSB Women Athletes Win Highest Altitude Road Marathon

Female athletes representing the Aga Khan

Youth and Sports Board (AKYSB) won the

first-ever World’s Highest Altitude Khunjerab

Road Marathon. The race was organised by

the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), with the

International marathon travel company, Z

Adventures, and Serena Hotels. A total of

154 long-distance runners from across the

world competed on the descending

Karakoram Highway, starting from the

magnificent Khunjerab Top and ending at

Dhe, a checkpost at the Khunjerab National

Park. An astonishing 39 foreign athletes from

17 countries took part in the race. The

AKYSB team participated as the Hunza team

on the request of the Deputy Commissioner,


In the 21-kilometre race, 19-year-old Bibi

Nabat, hailing from Shimshal Village, clinched

first position, whereas 19-year-old Hasina

Ismail from Karimabad was the runner-up.

Third position was awarded to Shameem

from Khanabad. Bibi Nabat is an active

athlete of AKYSB Hunza and has taken part

in national games several times. She has

participated in three different marathons in

the last four years and won the 42-kilometre

Khunjerab marathon organised by WAPDA in

2017. Hasina Ismail is also an athlete of

Athletes gearing up at the starting point - Khunjerab Top

AKYSB Hunza, who was part of the national

athletic gold cup championship team. In

2017, she took part in the national

championship as a member of the

Gilgit-Baltistan athletic team and secured a

silver medal in the 1,500-metre race. The

Pakistan Army has offered her a spot as an

athletic player, but for now she is focused on

continuing her studies. In the 42-kilometre

race, 23-year-old Ayesha Jabeen, from

Ghalapan Village won second position. She

has also participated in the Khunjerab

marathon in 2017 as a member of the

AKYSB athletic team and secured second

place in the 42-kilometer race. The male

AKYSB team acquired sixth position in the

51-kilometer, 42-kilometer, and 21-kilometer

races. All of the athletes were awarded

medals at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad.

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Women’s Volleyball

Historically, female participation in sports has

remained low, as not enough opportunities

are made available for women. The Ismaili

Council for Parabeg and the Aga Khan Youth

and Sports Board (AKYSB) organised a

women’s volleyball event to promote gender

equality. Members of AKYSB went

door-to-door to schools and homes to

encourage girls and young women to

participate. Young women between the ages

of 8 and 25 participated in 13 teams. The

tournament took place over the course of

three days and the final matches were played

between Village Royee and Government High

School Parabeg in Group One and Village

Royee and Gistini in Group Two. Both

matches were won by Village Royee. Jamati

leadership, families and guests from Parabeg

Valley came together for the closing

ceremony. President of Ismaili Council for

AKYSB ensures women participation in sports to promote gender equality

Parabeg, Mahmoor Murad and ex-general

manager, AKES Chitral Dr. Mir Zaman

addressed attendees. They appreciated the

efforts of AKYSB and congratulated the

players for their outstanding performances.

They also thanked parents for encouraging

their children. A prize was distributed to each

of the four teams.

AKYSB Holds a Three-Day Residential Camp in Islamabad

The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board

Scouting Chapter for Ismaili Council for

Rawalpindi successfully held a camp for boy

scouts at Karimabad Jamatkhana,

Islamabad. The three-day residential camp

hosted 125 scouts, including 55 Shaheen

Scouts, 45 Boy Scouts, and 25 members

from the management and leadership team

from Karimabad, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and

Abbottabad Jamatkhanas.

The camp aimed to foster the spirit of

volunteerism and civic responsibility among

participants. It had fun and challenging

activities that took scouts on a journey of

self-exploration and self-awareness.

Furthermore, it provided an opportunity for

scouts to engage in outdoor activities, unplug

Umang Youth Camp

The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board

(AKYSB) for Gilgit organised the Umang

Youth Camp in Balad-ul-Karim Jamatkhana

to enhance leadership qualities, develop

communication skills and engage the youth in

capacity building.

from technology and learn teamwork and

scouting values.

A participant from Islamabad Jamatkhana

remarked, “This camp allowed me to interact

with other scouts of my age.” Another

participant from Abbottabad Jamatkhana

mentioned, “I tried new things at the camp

and am surprised to discover talents that

earlier I did not know I have!”

Chairman AKYSB Rawalpindi, Farman Ali

Thara, said, “Team YSB wanted to inculcate

the habit of volunteering, leadership and

confidence in the scouts. We also

successfully tested a module of science and

technology for the very first time at this


lifelong learning and positive youth

involvement. Misbah Baig, one of the

participants, said, “I enjoyed the camp a lot,

specifically the session on ethics, where I

was able to discuss my questions about

Boy Scouts hold a flag to signify Honour

faith.” Ahtisham Karim, another participant,

added, “Umang Youth Camp was one of the

best camps I have attended. I learnt a lot

about leadership, entrepreneurship and

ethics. It also increased my confidence.”

The camp catered to over 48 participants,

engaging them in a diverse range of activities,

which taught leadership skills, addressed

queries about faith and enhanced

communication. Participants also learnt to

cope with stress and the path to become

entrepreneurs. President Ismaili Council for

Gilgit, Pervaiz Karim and Chairman Local

AKYSB, Tariq Rafi also attended the camp.

The President appreciated the efforts of the

camp team and facilitators and encouraged

the participants to work hard and avail

opportunities for personal and professional

development. Furthermore, he encouraged

Participants receive certificates at the close of ceremonies

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Web Making and Station Activity

The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board

(AKYSB), in collaboration with Alnoor Guiding

Group, organised a series of

community-building activities, including

web-making, singing and the crafting of

friendship bands. The event was attended by

16 girl and junior guides.

were framed along the guides motto of

preparing themselves and helping others.

They taught the girls teamwork and

encouraged them to share their ideas and

respect the opinions of their peers.

The young women made a web together with

the help of a thread. As each guider

introduced herself in the circle, she tied a

knot and passed the thread on to the guide

sitting next to her, who would do the same.

At the end of the activity, a web was created

out of the thread, which was symbolic of how

the guides are united in their diversity. Guides

also learnt to use miscellaneous household

products to make everyday things such as

dustbins out of newspapers and friendship

bracelets using loom bands. The activities

Girl Guides and Junior Guides make a web to promote unity

Junior League hosts “Hum Aik Hain”

Artists present their talents for Independence


The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for

Karimabad organised a competition named

“Hum Aik Hain” at Alyabad Jamatkhana. The

competition, whose theme was

Independence Day, invited approximately 80

participants, belonging to Junior League

camps of local Jamatkhanas, to exhibit their

skills in various artistic mediums.

The event included dancing and singing

performances, as well as an art competition.

Rahimabad Pipe Band played national songs

that captured the spirit of independence.

Winners were announced at the prize

distribution ceremony, which was hosted by

the Jamati leaders of Alyabad Jamatkhana.

They expressed their elation at seeing young,

talented and motivated individuals expressing

their patriotism creatively. They said, “These

are our future leaders. They will not only

make the Jamat, but also the whole country


Inara, a participant of “Hum Aik Hain,” said,

“Such programmes motivate our young

members to keep on working for the

country’s future.”

Gather to Pedal 5.0

The Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board

(AKYSB) for Karimabad hosted the Gather to

Pedal 5.0 event at Seaview in Karachi. 60

people attended the cycling competition,

which was organised to encourage youth

participation in sports, for the sake of living

healthy and encouraging not just

competitiveness, but also collaboration.

Participants cycled a distance of roughly 20

kilometres and later had a communal

breakfast. Many participants resolved to

make cycling a part of their daily routine. In

addition to exercising the muscles, cycling

increases stamina, strength and aerobic

fitness. Cycling also allows people to enjoy

fresh air with friends and family at low cost.

Alisha Iqbal, a student, said, “The fresh air

and breathtaking view was a welcome

escape from her academic stress.” The event

allowed young people like her to take some

time out of their busy schedules to come

together as a community to exercise.

Mansoor Vadsariya, Chairman AKYSB

Karimabad, encouraged the Jamat to live a

healthier life without committing to expensive

equipment and tough workout routines.

Participants gather at Seaview in Karachi for a 20km ride

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Art Camp

Ismaili Council for Parabeg held an art camp

at Gishtini Jamatkhana. The camp gave

children a basic understanding of art and

provided an opportunity for mental and

physical growth through extracurricular

activities. Seven instructors were tasked with

training more than 216 children between the

ages of six and nine. Due to the large number

of participants, the instructors were further

assisted by local Aga Khan Youth and Sports

Board (AKYSB), members. Local Jamati

leaders and members were invited to the

closing ceremony to recognise the work of

the children.

Mahmoor Murad, President, Ismaili Council

for Parabeg and Chairman AKYSB

Nasiruddin thanked the instructors for their

work and expressed the need to conduct

such camps for high school students as well.

Participants working with wooden sticks to

construct artwork

The event ended with an award ceremony for

the best performers.

An instructor guides children on the basics of


Award for Excellence

Guides & Scouts performing at the ceremony

An Award for Excellence ceremony was held

in Danyore Jamatkhana where accolades

were distributed among young people who

had achieved distinction in the fields of

education, sports, arts, and

entrepreneurship. Members of the Ismaili

Council, Aga Khan Education Service, the

Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board and the

Aga Khan Economic Planning Board joined

hands to celebrate young and exceptional

members of the Jamat. There were 27 high

achievers who were applauded for their

accomplishments by their parents, Jamati

members and leaders of local and regional

council. Nearly 300 people were in

attendance. In his welcome speech Nisar

Karim, former President, the Ismaili Council

for Danyore noted, “All our children who are

currently studying in schools, colleges, and

universities need to work hard and achieve

excellence in their academic life as well in

their professional life and this platform is the

best way to send the message to be on a

good track in their lives.”

There was also a presentation on the

importance of education, delivered by Mola

Dad Shifa, Head, Professional Development

Centres North and Chitral who emphasised

to attendees that meritocracy in education

and professional life is a part of Islamic values

and that it should go hand-in-hand with their

personal, spiritual and religious development.

STEP Teachers Initiated Classes in Hunza

ITREB for Pakistan organised a session on

the implementation of the Institute of Ismaili

Studies (IIS) secondary curriculum modules in

Hunza. ITREB has initiated this programme

by professionally training teachers in the

Secondary Teachers Education Programme,

otherwise known as STEP.

The session, led by newly-trained teachers,

was meant to orient the Jamat and

institutional leadership on the vision, goals,

and processes of the IIS secondary modules.

Around 400 people including leadership,

parents, students and youth attended the

week-long orientation. At the culmination of

the session, participants shared their

thoughts saying, “STEP is an educational

programme that, I feel, will inspire people in

the Jamat.”

Secondary teachers conducted similar

orientation sessions for the Jamat at six

different venues. Through these sessions the

teachers disseminated the importance of

religious education, focusing on key aspects

of STEP. A participant said, “For a leader, this

was the first-ever opportunity to learn about

Children engaged in a group activity

Mawlana Hazar Imam’s vision for educating

the youth. The session also helped me realise

my role as a leader in the successful

implementation of this programme in Hunza.”

Participants presenting at the session

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Why is it a Good Idea?

Inflation rates are surging into double digits and

indications are that this trend may remain for the near

future. Such conditions impact the cost of living and

increase the burden on households to support

expenditures on ration, transportation, education and

health. One way of dealing with such issues is by

developing budgets for your families.

Family Budgeting is a tool that educates members

how to spend money wisely. It is an estimate of a

family’s income and expenditure and helps decide

more effectively how much is to be spent on different

kinds of goods and services and how much can be



Spending less than you earn

All families handle family budgeting and money

management in different ways, but the general goal

of a family budget is a yearly, monthly or weekly

picture of what you need to spend and what you

have left over:

• Write down long-term and short-term goals.

• List earnings, expenses and debt.

• After you’ve accounted for essentials, put a set

amount towards savings each month for

unexpected expenses, emergencies and

long-term goals.

Sticking to a budget is the hardest part but if you

continue the above practice you will be able to plan

ahead for your family’s needs.



• Spend your money wisely on the things

you must have – these are your needs.

• Save money for the things you like but can

live without – these are your wants.

• Set aside money for unforeseen expenses.

• Stop accidental overspending and control

the temptation to spend.

• Take steps towards the control of your own


• Avoid Debt.

• Not spend too much time worrying about

your finances.

• Reduce money-related conflicts within

your families.

• Set a good example for your children.

In addition to its programmes for skills development, entrepreneurship and employment services, the

Economic Planning Board for Pakistan (EPB) will be bringing to the Jamat, sessions on key economic

related topics of government regulations, taxation, financial products, family budgeting, and smart

investments. If you wish to learn more about these important concepts, make sure that you register

for these sessions as they are announced in your jurisdictions.

Visit of Federal Advisor

on Climate Change to GB

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) facilitated a

visit of Federal Minister/Advisor to the Prime

Minister , Mr. Amin Aslam, to Gilgit-Baltistan.

He visited various AKDN and Government of

GB projects including Satpara Development

Project, participated in a plantation drive near

Satpara Dam, CIQAM, MHP Ahemd a abab,

Khunjarab National Park.

During his visit certain decisions/actions were

agreed upon including the inclusion of

greenhouses in 10 billion tsunami tree

plantation; MOCC will support AKRSP in

construction of MHPs and PC-1 is under

process; Chief Secretary directed DC Hunza

to put up a case for not charging tariffs on

transmission of electricity for Ahmedabad

MHP; Advisor directed CS and Secretary

Forest to repair uplift pump for Ahmedabad

block plantation; On the request of

Ahmedabad LSO Advisor, cost estimates

through AKF for installation of new turbine

were shared; CS directed Secretary Law to

table Area Water Board Act and Agriculture

/Livestock policies for cabinet approval;

Advisor at every place praised AKDN work,

especially AKRSP’s community model and

assured that they will follow same; approach

during 10 billion tsunami tree plantation

programme. AKRSP will be the key partner

during the plantation process in GB and

Declared Hunza as first district where the use

of plastic bags will be banned and replicated

in other districts of GB in stages.

Ground breaking of FMFB

Regional Headquarter -


Sultan Ali Allana, FMFB’s founding Chairman

and current Chairman of HBL, graced the

occasion as Chief Guest of the ceremony.

The ceremony was also attended by

Muhammad Aurangzeb, President HBL,

Mehmood Madviwalla, Rayomond Kotwal –

Chairman FMFB, Amir Masood Khan –

President FMFB, the Board of Directors of

FMFB, the Senior Management of FMFB,

ARCOP and Aga Khan Agency for Habitat.

Dignitaries of the local community, law

enforcement agencies and local FMFB staff

also attended.

The building will be a state-of-the-art green,

LEED-certified environmentally friendly,

structure in Gilgit Baltistan. Spread over

11,505ft 2 , the building is planned to be

completed in two years and shall house a

bank branch, bank offices, training

development centre and regional and area


ARCOP (Pvt) Ltd have been designated as

the principal architects of the project while

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat shall act as the

Project Manager for its planning, construction

and the completion.

MoU between AKAH and

KIU Gilgit

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)

partners with Karakoram International

University, Gilgit, for programs of scientific

and technical collaborations to advance the

state of living conditions and reduce the

vulnerability of mountain communities.

This partnership will encourage and facilitate

young researchers and development

practitioners in the field of disaster

management and related disciplines such as:

hazard identification and assessment,

mitigation, preparedness socioeconomic

vulnerability assessment, climate change

induced disasters, glacier and glacier lakes,

radiation hazards in the built environment and

area-focused structural design.

In a high-level meeting held between Aga

Khan Agency for Habitat and Karakoram

International University, at Gilgit on 29 May

2019 an MoU was signed by the Vice

Chancellor of KIU and the CEO of AKAH to

advance the state of living conditions and

reduce the vulnerability of mountain

communities to natural disasters.

In the past AKAH formerly known as AKPBS

jointly with KIU has worked on the

development of skilled craftsmanship in

Gilgit-Baltistan through joint programmes.

Hundreds of craftspeople have benefited

from the joint program and are helping

communities progress with their learned


Saving lives and

changing mindsets

Fatima Bibi, a CMW working with AKHS,P,

provides essential MCH services in a

remote valley of Chitral

Fatima Bibi, 31, lives in Washich Valley of

Torkhow Tehsil of Upper Chitral District.

Washich Valley is about a four hour drive from

Chitral Town. It is a remote valley and an

underdeveloped area of the district. People

living in the valley are by and large

conservative and education indicators are

low, especially for women. In these

circumstances, health of women – especially

maternal and child health – tends to be

ignored. Additionally, given the remoteness of

the areas, the health care services are limited

in the valley. In fact, women living in Washich

have only one place to turn to for MNCH

services: CMW Fatima’s working station.

Fatima is a Community Midwife (CMW), and

plays a vital role in delivering essential and

sometimes lifesaving services to women in

Washich Valley, but this was not always the

case. According to Fatima, when she was

selected for initial training of CMWs by the

MCH department, the community of the area

opposed the idea of Fatima attending the

training or being a part of the CMW

programme. Luckily, Fatima won her family’s

support, and her father stood by her decision

to join the CMW program.

For the mHealth component, the CMWs were

provided smartphones with an application

called Nighedasht pre-installed. One of the

features of Nighedasht is its ability to connect

a CMW with a doctor for expert advice in real

time. Fatima and other CMWs also attended

a 20-day clinical observership at the Aga

Khan Medical Centre, Booni; this unique

training helped the CMWs to observe the

practical aspects of healthcare.

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Giving Back

We continue our series of honouring the Jamat’s many selfless Khidmatgars. In this issue, we showcase Bibi Saima, volunteer from Booni and

Ali Madad, volunteer from Immit.

Bibi Saima

The current area lieutenant of the ladies

Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC) in Booni, Upper

Chitral, the journey of Bibi Saima weaves

through a path of commitment and

dedication to voluntary service. She began

her volunteering career 19 years ago while

serving in the REC. Not many years later, she

found her calling at the IVC in 2004. Now at

the delicate age of 75, Bibi Saima continues

working in these institutions, teaching REC

students five days a week and giving

volunteer duties in Jamatkhana on Fridays

and other days the REC is off. For her,

volunteering is a way to achieve the blessings

of the Imam-e-Zaman, which gives her

internal peace. Through her love for khidmat,

Bibi Saima has instilled in her own children

the spirit of voluntary service and they too

continue her tradition of volunteerism as

members of the Ismaili Girl Guides and Boy

Scouts’ chapters.

During the Diamond Jubilee darbar in 2017,

Bibi Saima gave her services as a volunteer

during event preparations where IVC

members would cook food daily for workers

and other volunteers setting up the darbar

hall. Additionally, her family graciously opened

the doors of their home to host murids who

had travelled from out of town to attend the

darbar. In her own words, these were guests

of Mawlana Hazar Imam and she felt blessed

to be given the opportunity to host them

during such a joyful occasion. In December of

2018, Bibi Saima was given a token of

appreciation during a Khushyali celebration

program. She was told that her work had an

impact not only on the jamat, but also on the

community at-large and will surely be an

example of best-practices for the generations

of khidmatgar that follow. Her advice to

young volunteers is to always try to better

their efforts in voluntary services and to do

their work out of love and affection for the

Imam and his Jamat.

Ali Madad

Mr. Ali Madad, President, Ismaili Council for

Immit, began his volunteering career at the

age of 25 years old and has continued

volunteering for nearly as long. Since the

beginning of his journey, Mr. Madad has been

inspired by the love and gratitude Mawlana

Hazar Imam has showered upon volunteers,

and it is this affection which has given him

immense satisfaction from his volunteer


Operating in the mountains and valleys of

Pakistan, where he is tasked with reaching

out to the remotest and poorest jamati

members, Mr. Madad has learned to become

a symbol of resilience and a leader in

logistical management.

During the July 2017 flood, Mr. Madad recalls

that he had relocated himself for a week to

be near the village of Badswat; this allowed

him to have eyes and ears on the ground in

order to coordinate with the situation and

needs of the Jamat. Such a practical

experience during the floods was useful

during the Diamond Jubilee darbars in

December 2017, when Mr. Madad ensured

12,000 Jamati members were able to access

the darbar in Taus, Gilgit-Baltistan. Taking

responsibility of such a large and widespread

Jamat included catering towards not only

their financial needs, but also their safety

requirements. These challenging experiences,

nevertheless, were immensely rewarding to

Mr. Madad, who felt that the lessons learnt

prominently reflect his personal and

professional development.

Today, Mr. Madad spends nearly 35 to 40

hours weekly – equivalent to a full-time job –

on his council responsibilities, which include

liaising with other councils, ensuring the

boards are keeping up with their tasks and

maintaining ties with governmental

institutions to ensure the safety and security

of the Jamat.

His advice to young volunteers is that they

must remain humble during volunteerism and

strive to give their full potential to any task


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Special Thanks to:

Editorial Team

Aaqib Merchant, Aftab Ahmed Khan Niazi, Ahmed Nayyar, Ahsan Ali, Ambreen Abdul Karim, Amin Rammal, Anila Moloo,

Asma Ladak, Daniyal Ashraf, Enara Dossa, Faiza Virani, Fazal Karim, Gohar Ali, Henna Tajani, Jasmine Ajani, Karim Hasan,

Khadija Ladhani, Maneshah Kassim, Naina Qayyum, Rizwan Jamil Jaffery, Sana Sherali, Shamila Ladak, Shamsur Rehman,

Shayan Rajani


Anwar Ali, Dr. Hina Veljee, Fakruddin Yadgha, Hazar Muhammad, Hazir Panah, Hikmat Jan, Imran Rahim, Imtiaz Ali,

Inayat Ali Meghani, Kamran Tahir, Karima Yasub Uddin, Maria Hayat Khan, Meherban Karim, Mir Akbar, Munira Vallani,

Muhammad Zafar Khan, Nighat Bano, Nousheen Rahim, Saleem Raza, Shah Nawaz, Shelina Aamir, Suleman Merchant,

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