Fredric "Fred" Roberts, award-winning American photojournalist and founder of the international photography workshop, taught 20 immigrant and refugee teens in Toronto how to capture significant moments in their communities. Teenage immigrants and refugees will be sharing photographs from their communities at Toronto's Aga Khan Museum this weekend. Henry Kim, Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum, says the programme teaches kids to become storytellers and to engage with their communities.
In Lahore, the restoration of the Northern façade of the Mosque Wazir Khan, built in 1634-35, was restored last year by the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan. The PC-1 (Project plan of five years) of the conservation of Mosque Wazir Khan was approved in March this year, according to Rashid Makhdum, senior architect and consultant at the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan.
In Pakistan, the contribution of the Ismaili Imamat in the development of the country goes beyond 60 years of Imamat. The first Aga Khan school was established in Gwadar in 1906 and the first maternity home was set up in Kharader, Karachi in 1940s. In Chitral, the dream of access to education and literacy came true only after 80s when the Aga Khan Education Services (AKESP) put its foot in Chitral. The role of AKESP in the socioeconomic development in Chitral is phenomenal. Chitral stands among the top in the list of districts with the highest educational ratio in the country.
The Aga Khan Foundation has launched a 2-year initiative called 'Sustainable and Inclusive Sunflower Market Development Project' in Lindi and Mtwara regions. The initiative is the result of a partnership with the Agricultural Markets Development Trust, which is a collaboration with the governments of Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland, and local government authorities. The project targets the economic inclusion of women and youth through targeted approaches to ensure accessible training and opportunity.
The Aga Khan has received one of Portugal’s highest honours in recognition of his service to uplifting lives around the world. Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa bestowed the Grand Cross of the Order of Liberty on the Aga Khan with at Lisbon’s Belem Palace on July 20th. The Aga Khan was in Lisbon at the invitation of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa to receive an Honorary Doctorate for his longstanding commitment to improving the quality of life for some of the world’s vulnerable populations.