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The French Medical institute for Children (FMIC) started the Vision and Dental Care Services the other day. Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah was the chief guest. The FMIC was founded in 2006 as a unique public-private partnership between the Governments of France and Afghanistan, the Aga Khan Development Network and a French NGO – La Chaine de L’Espoir/Enfants Afghans. The Institute has risen to the challenge of charting a course towards sustainable health solutions for Afghanistan.
The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa has been selected by the Microsoft Corporation to be a Showcase School. This elite status is given to only 150 schools across 75 countries worldwide and the Academy is the only school in Eastern Africa and one of two schools in Sub Saharan Africa to be selected. The Academy was selected as a Showcase School in recognition of excellence in transforming its learning environment to deliver more personalised education to students, and using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace.
The jury for the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award has announced a shortlist of 9 projects that have been selected out of 135 applications for the award in Delhi. The award is a travelling prize endowed that recognises initiatives that improve the quality of life and the quality of the urban environment within a specific city (Delhi for the 2014 award). One of the shortlisted projects includes the Aga Khan Foundation Urban Regeneration in Nizamuddin.
Growing aspirations are creating a huge demand for toilets and Prime Minister Narender Modi has promised to build 100 million toilets across the country. Under a public private partnership initiative with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Aga Khan Development Network began to rebuild and upgrade the community toilets in the basti. This is the larger of the two facilities which was re-launched a year ago. Clean, airy and well lit, there are cubicles for bathing and courtyards for washing clothes.
In many parts of Africa, philanthropic giving is still an underdeveloped practice. Reasons for this include the absence of a vibrant nonprofit sector, active corporate citizens, and institutional mechanisms aimed at encouraging giving practices. Political instability and the poor state of the economy were also contributing factors in the past. However, a new initiative spearheaded by the Aga Khan Foundation and other active in Kenya, the new Yetu initiative -- meaning "Our" in Kiswahili -- will catalyze community philanthropy in support of civil society organizations.