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  • In 2003, Afghanis had no access to international telecommunications. To call family members or business contacts anywhere else in the world, they had no option but to cross the border into a neighboring country, a luxury which most Afghanis could not afford.

  • Precious Heritage: Of Forts Long Gone

    January 5, 2014 - The Express Tribune, Shabbir Mir

    Hunza Valley, which lies adjacent to Nagar, has not only preserved its forts, but has also transformed them into a source of revenue generation. In Hunza, the community is more organized than any other community in G-B, in large part due to the Aga Khan Development Network that has established schools and other institutions. The forts in Hunza were renovated by Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The ancient Altit and Baltit forts in Hunza have won numerous awards, including the Tourism of Tomorrow Award, and Asia-Pacific Heritage for Cultural Conservation Award of Excellence (UNESCO).

  • Hunza: A Paradise of High Literacy and Gender Equality in a Remote Corner of Pakistan

    January 2, 2014 - International Business Times, Palash Ghosh

    The Hunza Valley, a region in the Gilgit–Baltistan territory of northernmost Pakistan, is renowned not only for its spectacular natural scenery of majestic mountains and glittering lakes but also for the beauty of its people, who enjoy long life expectancies. But Hunza and its environs are renowned for something else that is quite extraordinary: At least three-quarters of people in the Valley – and virtually all the youths of both genders -- can read and write.

  • Aga Khan University Hospital has opened a state of the art dental clinic in Nairobi. The facility consists of six dental consultation rooms, a large reception area furnished with a comfortable waiting area with Wi-Fi and a big screen TV that shows educational material on dental health.

  • “More than 2.5 billion people suffer from diarrhea annually. While 0.7 million children die of diarrhea, such cases are rare in developed countries,” said Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta, a researcher from Aga Khan University on Monday. Speaking at a workshop on diarrhea management, he said if a death occurred due to diarrhea in a developed country, it would lead to an investigation. The event was arranged by the Health Department and Pakistan Medical Association in collaboration with the Micronutrient Initiative.

  • $1 Million Prize for Pakistani Pediatrician

    December 30, 2013 - The New York Times, Donald G. McNeil Jr.

    The first $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize was won by a Pakistani pediatrician who hopes to save hundreds of newborns in one Karachi neighborhood. Dr. Anita Zaidi, one of the first doctors trained by Pakistan’s Aga Khan University and who has additional degrees from Duke and Harvard, beat 550 other entries, including those from major charities like Doctors Without Borders. The neighborhood she plans to help, Rehri Goth, is a fishing village facing a mangrove swamp.

  • In line with its “Care for Community” philosophy, Tata Power has adopted a multi-dimensional community development program that has benefited villagers. Over and above health, education, energy conservation and natural resource management, the chief areas of focus are income generation, livelihood restoration and infrastructure development.

  • Concert Evokes Central Asian Folk Music

    December 12, 2013 - Your Houston News

    In association with Asia Society New York and the Aga Khan Council, Asia Society Texas Center’s Crossroads Asia series continues with Sound: The Encounter, an evening of Iranian and Syrian music ingrained in traditional legacies of the ancient Silk Route—reimagined with a contemporary twist. This concert is presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

  • Aga Khan Network Leads Volunteers to Plant Trees in Mount Kenya Forest

    December 11, 2013 - Daily Nation, Evalyne Githinji

    Volunteers from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Lions Club of Kenya and locals planted 11,000 trees Monday in the Mount Kenya forest. This is part of an initiative that is contributing to the government of Kenya’s goal of achieving a 10 percent forest cover by 2030. Serena hotels (an affiliate of AKDN) and the Aga Khan Foundation provided the seedlings in an arrangement that has resulted in the planting of seven million trees over the last two years in Mount Kenya forest and the coastal region.

  • As the CEO of Afghanistan's biggest telecommunications company, Karim Khoja has been at the front lines of that country's struggles to modernize its economy. His experiences as head of a foreign-owned company in the tumultuous past decade have been both inspiring and nerve-racking. In January 2003, after the U.S. military intervention began in Afghanistan, Roshan was awarded one of the country's first mobile network licenses at a time when it had virtually no telecommunications infrastructure.

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