Giving a gift of empowerment

December 8, 2016 – Holidays are a time of giving, to be shared with family and friends. But in Ghiramara, a rural village in Bangladesh, strong family ties bond the community together throughout the year. In this village, parents and grandparents go above and beyond to craft a brighter future for their children – literally!

Aga Khan Foundation Canada supports programs designed to educate families on parenting skills, nutrition, and hygiene, and to encourage parents – both fathers and mothers – to play an active role in their child’s development. Sometimes, that means putting local crafting skills to good use.

$50,000 for the best in global development journalism

December 8, 2016 – Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) are thrilled to announce two new recipients of the Fellowship for International Development Reporting. Journalists Frédérick Lavoie and Jennifer Yang will each receive $25,000 to report on critical global issues.

Inspiring Hope. Syria: A Living History at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

December 7, 2016 – Let the rich artistic traditions of Syria inspire you this holiday season. From now until February 26, 2017, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto brings together artifacts and artworks that reveal another side of a country seen today through stories of conflict, destruction and human suffering.

Banking on technology: Unlocking potential for the world’s two billion “unbanked”

November 8, 2016– Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and your bank had disappeared.

Not just the bricks and mortar building, but the menu of services it puts at your fingertips… a debit card, a mortgage, somewhere safe to stash your nest egg.

Now, imagine – without that bank, try getting a loan to open a business. Try paying your university tuition. Or, if you don’t have cash on hand, try something as simple as buying lunch.

Climbing the summit for dignity

November 8, 2016– Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro had long been a dream of Girish Agrawal. “I always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro, but I never got to it,” said the Calgary-area businessman. When he started to plan to make that dream a reality, a new dream emerged. If he was going to make all this effort to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, he decided to expand his goal, by raising funds for an important cause. “I realized I’m going to take this big risk because I have not done any of these kinds of things in my life,” said Girish, adding that he wanted to bring “a little bit more value” to his considerable efforts.

“After Ebola”: What’s next for Liberia

November 6, 2016– AKFC Reporting Fellow Kayla Hounsell went to Liberia earlier this year to see how the country is rebuilding after the Ebola outbreak that hit west Africa.

With Our Own Hands: Uncovering a rich culinary tradition on the “Roof of the World”

October 12, 2016 – The Pamir Mountains, at the junction of the Himalayas with the Tian Shan, Karakoram, Kunlun, and Hindu Kush ranges are among the highest mountains in the world. To the uninitiated, the landscape can seem wild, barren, even hostile. But the region is actually a centre of origin for many crops that we see on dinner tables around the world today, such as rye, and certain varieties of apples, walnuts, and apricots. To the Pamiris however, this is simply home.