From the Field Blog

  • With the Boston Marathon a few days away, the three runners on the first-ever AKF Run Team have been hard at work -- not only training for the intense 26.2 mile race they’ll be running on Monday, but also working to reach their fundraising goals. Now the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) team got another boost for the last leg: recognition of Sulfyna Murji by the marathon’s organizers for individual fundraising prowess. Sulfyna set herself a very high bar: to raise over $1,000 per mile, for a total of $26,200. By April 17, not only had she met that goal, but surpassed it to raise over $27,000! John Hancock, the marathon’s sponsor, contacted Sulfyna to acknowledge her achievement – she ranks as one of the Top 20 Fundraisers for the entire marathon.

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  • This edition of From the Field comes from the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA)  Communications Fellow, Linda Flynn. Before joining AKF USA, Linda spent a year teaching English to college freshmen in Morocco. In our classroom at Mohammed V University in Rabat. While there, her students told her about the obstacles that prevented girls in rural areas of Morocco from accessing education—few parents would allow their female children to make miles-long walks from home to school unattended. At AKF USA, Linda had the opportunity to be exposed to the people who carry out development work and came to better understand how communities can participate in solving problems like access to education.

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  • Sulfyna Murji, one of three runners who will wear the AKF Run Team logo in the 2014 Boston Marathon, says she's thrilled and a little daunted by the challenge. Running in it to raise funds for Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA), in this first race since the 2013 bombing tragedy, is her way to champion courage and compassion over fear and extremism. "I believe actions speak louder than words." Motivated particularly by AKF programs that help children, she has set herself the steep fundraising goal of $1,000 per mile: $26,200 total! Watch the video to learn how she is digging deep for this once-in-a-lifetime race, and how she envisions reaching the finish line.

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  • Richard Prevost is one of three runners who will wear the AKF Run Team logo in the 2014 Boston Marathon. “Running for Aga Khan Foundation embodies the commitment to peace and community that the Boston Marathon has always meant.” Watch the video to hear why he’s running for the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A., his approach to training, and his strategy for outrunning cheetahs.

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  • Feroz Ghulam lives in Eskazur village in Kuran wa Munjan district. He lives with his parents, three brothers, and five sisters. When Ghulam heard that Aga Khan Foundation was offering training in tinsmithing in Baharak, he immediately signed up. The MIAD GDA program builds on AKDN’s long history in the Central Asian region to create long-term programs that respond to people’s needs, in social development and in the marketplace. MIAD GDA recently marked its first year of activities, and this is just one example of the impact the program hopes to have in Afghanistan. Going forward, many activities beyond skills training will create the conditions for sustainable economic development in Afghanistan. Read on to learn more!

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