Fridah Mathembe works to make education a reality for some of the most under-served children in East Africa: girls. Through a program for marginalized schools and groups in Kenya, Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has trained education officials, teachers and community members, equipping them with skills and knowledge to create a gender-friendly learning environment. This includes establishing Girls’ Forums, groups within schools where girls take part in debates and other activities that promote their skills and self-esteem. Fridah has visited these forums and spoken with girls who have overcome great barriers to make a positive impact in their communities. Read on to hear her inspiring story and meet the incredible young women she's been able to work with.
PartnershipsInAction is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. and its network of volunteers across the U.S. to raise awareness and funds for innovative programs that create hope and opportunity for disadvantaged communities in the developing world.Find Out More.
THE BOSTON MARATHON
The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. is honored to be a partner charity for the 2014 Boston Marathon. The tragedy that occurred last year spurred a wave of solidarity with the people of Boston and renewed public commitment to easing the conditions that lead to extremism. For us, running 26.2 miles through Boston’s streets is a chance to embody that commitment. Through our participation in the Marathon we want to extend a hand for healing. This is a chance to support a great cause, and it is also an opportunity to demonstrate the ethic of compassion that guides our work. The AKF Run Team members are committed to our mission and will each raise $10,000 for AKF USA projects in Africa and Asia. Learn more about our runners and the marathon here.
We are pleased to announce Amira Valliani, Richard Prevost, and Sulfyna Murji will be representing the Aga Khan Foundation as our AKF Run Team. Want to keep up with the runners? You can take Amira's workout challenge and follow her progress here. You can follow Richard's progress here. And you can follow Sulfyna's progress here. If you'd like to donate to the team, you can do so on our Crowdrise page.
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Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. CEO Mirza Jahani's op-ed letter: "Regarding 'Generosity Amid Want' (Feb. 14): Bina Shah’s opinion article probably surprised many with the scale of Pakistan’s private philanthropy and its culture of 'everyday humanitarianism.' I appreciated her mention of the Aga Khan Foundation’s initiatives and the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy.
The Aga Khan’s connection to Canada goes back more than four decades. The Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam to the world's 15 million Shi'a Imami Ismaili Muslims, and became an honorary Canadian citizen in 2010. In 1972, when Ugandan President Idi Amin expelled Asians and Ismailis, thousands found refuge in Canada. The community has grown ever since, with a population in Canada of around 100,000 today. The Canadian government in 2006 announced a partnership with the Aga Khan in establishing the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa.