France Jamat celebrates the IVC (Ismaili Volunteer Corps) centenary

On a cold Saturday morning in November, the first preparations for an exceptional weekend begin. More than a hundred members of the Jamats of Paris, Brussels, Lausanne, Nantes, Toulouse, Montpellier, Grenoble, and Lyon work together towards a common goal: to prepare and distribute meals for the homeless.  For many decades, volunteers have been serving the…

Video: All work, no words – Official Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC) song

On the occasion of World Volunteer Day, 5 December 2019, The Ismaili is pleased to release the official song and music video to celebrate the centenary of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC), featuring participation from 41 countries across the world. Entitled “All work, no words,” the song pays tribute to the countless volunteers — past…

Serving with a smile in Portugal — By Hannah Sabjaly

Ever since Ismailis began to settle in Portugal in the 1970s, members of the Jamat have contributed their time and talents on a voluntary basis towards the development of the community and wider society. Here, we share the stories and experiences of Portuguese volunteers across generations, united by a lifetime of service.   Volunteers have…

United States Jamat continues tradition of engaging in civic life — By Nazim Karim

As long ago as 1835, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States and recognized a unique characteristic, namely, the role played by voluntary private associations in social, political, and economic life. He suggested this freedom to associate was the “mother science” which illustrated how other societal problems might be resolved. Today, the United…

Young Ismailis make a significant contribution to wider society — By Inaara Gangji

Motivated, young Ismailis from across the globe are involved in civil society initiatives that serve their communities and societies, often started by themselves, and are gaining recognition at national and international levels. Involvement of youth in their communities is crucial to fostering a sense of empathy and encouraging participation in civil society initiatives for the…

Recognising World Disability Day in Kenya

Within the Jamat, there is a significant number of people that live with some form of disability, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, and mental illness. Like everyone, this group of individuals have their own uniqueness, which needs to be understood and embraced. It can be done in an environment that promotes…

Archive: Photos from ESF 2014 (European Sport Festival) held at Loughborough University, United Kingdom from 18 to 20 April, 2014

Volunteer Amin Mawji on duty as shuttle driver (Amin Mawji, President, Ismaili council for UK) — Photo SJ @ PB Blog (copyright) (Note: Ex President Amin Mawji is now serving as AKDN’s Representatives to Uganda) Photos by PBSJ Blog Photos from ESF Homepage More on http://www.esf2014.org/ ***** Posts from our archives: ESF (European Sports Festival 2014)…