The following is a list of publications produced for the Aga Khan Development Network and website includes FOCUS news, updates, reports, stories, project summaries and other related materials.

Archive of Stories:

FOCUS HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE: SUMMER SAFETY TIPS: Too much sun and heat exposure can lead to serious heat-related illnesses. It is possible to get sunburn on a cloudy day!…

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FOCUS Pakistan responds to flooding in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan

Islamabad 04 August 2015 – Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) has been providing relief to villages in the Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan, which have been affected by devastating floods resulting from monsoon rains and glacial outbursts.

In flood-devastated southern Alberta, Calgary Ismailis rose to the challenge

20 August 2013 – As rains pounded southern Alberta and water levels rose earlier this summer, states of emergency were declared in Calgary and other communities across the province. Ismaili institutions and volunteers quickly organised themselves to ensure the safety of the Jamat and to assist their fellow citizens in the wake of the disaster.

Jamat and AKDN team up in response to flooding in Mozambique

17 April 2013 – When heavy January rains caused massive flooding in south and central Mozambique, the Ismaili community and the institutions of the Ismaili Imamat quickly mobilized a response. A donation of food, medicine, tools, and supplies was assembled to help the Government of Mozambique support victims, volunteers and military forces who were providing assistance on the ground.

FOCUS India delivers search and rescue training as part of Delhi emergency exercise

30 January 2013 – At the invitation of and in collaboration with India’s National Disaster Management Authority, four members of the FOCUS India Search and Rescue Team conducted a training seminar for police and fire officials, members of the army, railway, home guard, and other security and government agencies in Delhi. The training was part of a week-long emergency management exercise organised by the District Disaster Management Authority of Delhi.

FOCUS Pakistan assists in evacuating victims affected by collapse of Karachi’s Lyari Building

Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, provided assessment, rescue and relief to the victims of those trapped in the damage resulting from the collapse of the Lyari Building in Karachi, Pakistan.

New Jamatkhanas in Northern Pakistan serve as catalysts for improving quality of life

30 December 2011 – Part of a seismically unstable zone that is prone to earthquakes, floods, landslides and droughts, Pakistan’s northern region has long been home to a significant Ismaili population. Several new purpose-built Jamatkhana projects blend traditional building with new disaster-resistant techniques. From design and construction to finished product, the new structures offer a model to uplifit the quality of habitat throughout the region.

“Drop, Cover and Hold on”: AKDN Takes Part in Global Earthquake Preparedness

28 October 2011 – Over 20,000 people affiliated with AKDN institutions joined millions of other participants in the Great ShakeOut campaign, an annual earthquake drill designed to educate people and organizations on how to prepare and protect themselves at work, school and community centres during an earthquake.

Jamats and AKDN institutions around the world to participate in global earthquake preparedness drill

18 October 2011 – On Thursday, 20 October, more than 100 000 Aga Khan Development Network staff and members of the Jamat in locations around the world will DROP to their hands and knees, take COVER and HOLD ON. Together with more than 7.9 million other people around the world, they will be taking part in ShakeOut — a drill that teaches people how to protect themselves during an earthquake.

Through the camera lens: Life after the floods (Part 1)

8 August 2011 – In this first installment of a two-part story, broadcast journalist Faridoun Hemani describes his experience as part of a team that visited areas stricken by the 2010 Pakistan floods to document the impact of the AKDN Early Relief and Recovery Programme. The team travelled to Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, where they listened to local people recount life-changing stories.

Battling from the beach — an Ismaili couple is recognised for their efforts against human trafficking

14 May 2011 – As owners of a Kenyan beach resort, the Visram family maintains a firm belief in improving the lives of the local community. Their efforts to help people understand the real and present dangers of illegal human trafficking earned them a nomination for the first-ever Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking, for which Mawlana Hazar Imam was a jury member.

Finding peace amidst a legacy of conflict and resolution

22 April 2011 – In May 2010, Naveed Somani was named to the Steering Committee for the Royal Commonwealth Society’s Nkabom International Youth Leadership Programme. Focused on equipping young people with conflict resolution skills, the programme took him to Rwanda where he witnessed the legacy of a national conflict and its resolution. He shares his impressions and experiences.

Compassion and volunteerism save Pakistan’s most vulnerable

10 March 2011 – Massive flooding last year in the regions surrounding the Indus River caused devastation, destroying more than 1.4 million acres of cropland and over one million homes. But the resilience of those affected and the compassion and generosity of those providing assistance offers hope and lessons for the times ahead.