#humansoftheworld

The Aga Khan Development Network brings together people committed to building better futures around the world. We are thrilled to share #humansoftheworld, tales from these change makers that we can both relate to and marvel at. As part of our way to give back to our many supporters, we’re sharing stories of appreciation, self-reliance, and strength by those impacted by your support. We hope you find their stories as inspirational as we do.

Growing up in Jalal-Abad, the Kyrgyz Republic, Baisal spent his childhood with school friends and helping his mother care for his two younger siblings. His favorite memories, however, featured admiring his mother’s paintings that seemingly came to life in their living room.

Aariz Ali, age 9, lives in Austin, Texas and attends a Montessori School. He likes mathematics and sports, especially basketball, and the San Antonio Spurs. He has a younger sister, Ayza.

A 2016 graduate of Aga Khan Academy (AKA) in Mombasa, Kenya, Barbara Nasila found her way to a leadership role as an architecture student at the University of California, Berkeley. Recently she spoke with us about her education journey from Kenya to California. You grew up in Mombasa, Kenya. How did you first encounter...

Local Kenyan Organization Learns New Tools to Fundraise

Jedidah always arrived early at the office. Some of her colleagues called her ambitious, but for her, the job was fulfilling as she saw herself in every girl that was being supported by her organization. Having joined the Kenyan nonprofit Merti Integrated Development Programme (MID-P) three months earlier as a Girl Education Officer, she...

Aman Vadhwaniya grew up in a family that valued enterprise and education. When he graduated high school, he and his father embarked on a dream – to open their own restaurant. Then they saw an opportunity to make that venture a way to give back to a favorite philanthropy.

Beekeeping in Tajikistan

Munavvar Shamirov was a teacher in Tajikistan when he realized he needed to return to his parents’ village to help them as they were getting older. That decision led him to a crossroads and ultimately to a new vocation in beekeeping. Now a graduate of the University of Central Asia (UCA)’s School of Professional...

Rasheed Hooda is redefining what it means to age in today’s world. This year the Houstonian is dedicating a remarkable journey to mark his 64th year, where he will walk hundreds of miles to highlight the values that have sustained him in his life. Rasheed has partnered with the Aga Khan Foundation USA to use...

Though many African cultures regard orphans as the responsibility of the community, often only academically gifted orphans have a shot at making a better life for themselves. They may even have access to the numerous bursaries and scholarships offered by the government and various organizations. So, what happens to the average orphan?

Pamir Mountain Bike, Tajikistan

Zohir Shomusalamov, a young man from Khorog, Tajikistan, dreamed of finding a way to make use of his passion for cycling and the outdoors, but had little idea of what skills and knowledge he might need to do so. In 2015, Zohir discovered the Small and Medium Business Management (SMBM) program offered by the...

A Single Mother in Mombasa I ask you to picture in your mind a house with no ceiling, just aluminum sheets for a roof. For the floor, no tiles, just sand. Walls with no paint, just stone bricks cemented together. A bathroom with no shower or tiles, just a hole at the corner to...

Stone Gates of Pamir I come from a small city in Tajikistan called Khorog. It’s a place locked in by protective mountains, so not many outsiders know about it. Until a few years ago, those mountains were stone gates that refused the outside world any access into the Pamir region.

Talant Niyazov, a graduate of the University of Central Asia (UCA)’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), is a social entrepreneur in the Kyrgyz Republic who sees great possibilities in the year ahead for his hometown of Naryn. In 2017, he was named Youth representative in the Naryn governor’s office, with a portfolio...

In Atlanta, Georgia the leaders at Circle K Atlanta, a group of convenience stores in the Circle K franchise, have been supporters of the Aga Khan Foundation for years. Four of the leadership team and staff there recently stepped up their involvement with the Foundation. They have individually been donors for years, but this...

Green Nature, Tajikistan

Here we feature Bahor Marodalieva, the dynamo behind Green Nature, a sustainable, women-run venture in Tajikistan. Learn more about Green Nature, lead firms, and our Economic and Social Connections: A Multi-Input Area Development Financing Facility for Tajikistan, a Global Development Alliance (GDA) with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Aga Khan Development Network, here.

The Aga Khan Health Services Clinic in Dushanbe is a stand-alone facility with its own lab and operating room. It provides basic check-ups as well as gynecological services, dentistry, and non-invasive surgery. The clinic provides private quality healthcare at low costs, and subsidizes treatments for those who can prove need. Donors from the US spoke with the clinic’s manager and meet patients, like this toddler who is in for a checkup. (Photo: D. Khonikboyeva/AKDN)

Here we follow-up with newlyweds Shehzaan and Zainab Chunara, whom we featured last Valentine’s Day for their wedding gift to Aga Khan Foundation. They reflect on a recent trip to Tajikistan where they met with people about the Aga Khan Development Network’s impact.

Mawjee in her shop in Afghanistan

Maryum Omari is a regional coordinator with the Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan. She also contributed to our 2014 International Women’s Day campaign and you can read her previous blog here. We asked Maryum for an update on her work with women in Afghanistan in the past two years, and a remarkable woman named Mawjee....