Pamir Energy, a project company of AKFED, has won a prestigious international award for bringing clean energy to eastern Tajikistan and northern Afghanistan. The 2017 International Ashden Award for Increasing Energy Access will be handed out to Pamir Energy, the first public-private partnership in Tajikistan, for restoring 11 small hydro power plants and upgrading 4,300 km of old transmission and distribution facilities in eastern Tajikistan.
Amboseli Serena Lodge won the silver prize this year for the Best Partnership for Poverty Reduction. The award was in recognition of Serena’s support of a vegetable farming initiative that is benefitting marginalised women in local communities. The project started two years ago. Women, aged between 35 and 50, are trained to produce food for their needs and sell the surplus to nearby tourist hotels. The women use the money to pay school fees, make home improvements and buy livestock.
On June 9th, the first heart laboratory, outside Nairobi, opened at the Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa. First Lady Margaret Kenyatta led a colourful inauguration ceremony of the state-of-the-art cardiac catheterisation laboratory that was also graced by Princess Zahra Aga Khan. The new unit consists of modern equipment capable of performing complex cardiac procedures including angioplasties and pacemakers, and a three-bed coronary care unit all supported by advanced radiology and other diagnostic services.
The Aga Khan Lyceum educates over 950 students from Grades 1 to 11 with a graduation rate above 90 percent. It aims to provide students with high quality of education and prepare them for further studies at first-rate universities. The Aga Khan Lyceum, similar to the Aga Khan Schools around the world, strives to create a harmonious balance between academic demands, sporting and cultural activities and community life.
From May 12th to 22nd, the Aswan Music Project organised a series of workshops in the villages near Cairo, Egypt. The pilot project included songs creation with children to use the power of music to mobilise, educate and reconnect the community while exploring, preserving and transmitting a rich musical heritage. The Aswan Music Project is the newest AKND initiative in Aswan, commissioned by the Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI).