This edition of From the Field comes from the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) Communications Fellow, Linda Flynn. Before joining AKF USA, Linda spent a year teaching English to college freshmen in Morocco. In our classroom at Mohammed V University in Rabat. While there, her students told her about the obstacles that prevented girls in rural areas of Morocco from accessing education—few parents would allow their female children to make miles-long walks from home to school unattended. At AKF USA, Linda had the opportunity to be exposed to the people who carry out development work and came to better understand how communities can participate in solving problems like access to education.
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 three members of the AKF Run Team inspire us everyday with their dedication to both our work and their training. Amira Valliani, Richard Prevost, and Sulfyna Murji have committed to our mission and able to raise $10,000 each for AKF USA projects in Africa and Asia. Learn more about the AKF Run Team members in our video blog series, which you can check out on our YouTube channel. Be sure to show your support today!
The Aga Khan University (AKU) clinical laboratories have introduced an automated hematology system, the first of its kind in Pakistan. The new automated equipment having a capacity to test 150 samples per hour has not only enhanced the accuracy of results but also increased the turnaround. According to Dr. Mohammad Khurshid, Professor of Hematology, initiation of advanced automated services in hematology at AKU will provide patients with rapid results of their tests and assist physicians to interpret results in light of more reliable clinical information.
Today 144 golfers took a swing at ending global poverty by raising $180,000 net in the annual Houston Partnership Golf tournament at the Redstone Club in Houston. The Houston Partnership Golf tournament is an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia. One hundred percent of all donations and net proceeds from the tournament go directly to projects supported by the AKF USA; not a cent is spent on administration.
Children affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa will have a chance for a better start in life and a more promising future because of the educational initiative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. This new partnership, a joint venture between the two organizations, will train community leaders to help improve the odds for young children affected by HIV and AIDS. The first in a series of training courses was launched today in Nairobi, Kenya for the inaugural cohort of 25 participants.