In Pakistan, the Walled City of Lahore Authority, with the assistance of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, has recently completed the renovation of the Shah Burj Gate of Shahi Qila. The Shahi Qila originally had 12 gates in the old city of Lahore out of which only six could remain intact after hundreds of years. Even among the six remaining gates, only one has been restored to its original condition.
In New Dehli, the lake at Sunder Nursery was as part of the ambitious renovation by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. "We have a series of water bodies here," confirms Ratish Nanda, CEO, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, India, explaining that the aquatic network starts with small channels in the eastern part of the complex, mimicking the river landscape and vegetation, and expands into a central lake.
A 20-bed emergency response centre for Covid-19 patients, established by the Aga Khan Health Services, Pakistan (AKHS,P), was recently inaugurated in Mastuj, Upper Chitral. In addition, to supplement existing services in Upper and Lower Chitral, AKHS,P’s facilities have been further strengthened to facilitate Covid-19 patients at both the primary and the secondary levels. The Aga Khan University Hospital and global health experts have also provided training to AKHS,P clinical personnel on various aspects of Covid-19 related treatment.
Portuguese electric utilities company (EDP) will sponsor eight sustainable and renewable energy projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, and Nigeria to promote access to clean energy in particularly remote and underprivileged areas and to help tackle energy poverty in that region. EDP selected partners to work with; the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) was chosen for Tanzania. AKF proposed the creation of the Mwanza Solar Switch, a 39.6 kWp solar system for the Aga Khan Hospital in Tanzania, and eight solar water heating devices. The goal is to avoid the frequent power outages, cut on the electricity bill, and replace the diesel consumption of backup generators.
On 13 July, the Aga Khan Museum (AKM), in partnership with the Toronto Star, will take readers on a live tour of the thought-provoking "Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From" exhibition presented by its co-curator Marianne Fenton. This exhibition is a recent partnership between AKM and the Luciano Benetton Foundation’s Imago Mundi, dedicated to fostering dialogue and understanding between cultures and communities.