Aga Khan Foundation (UK)
Gujarat, India (Health) - Village women dressed in saris draw water from a well. They fill their pots to carry home. Community-led initiatives, such as wells, check dams and water management committees, are instrumental in ensuring improved water supply and sanitation. Alai, Kyrgyz Republic (Education) - The education component of the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) focuses on Early Childhood Development and the development of a relevant kindergarten system, including the establishment of satellite kindergartens that seek to make education more accessible to children living in remote areas. Two such kindergartens were built in Kabylankol in 2005, for 30 children; a central kindergarten is planned for 2006. This photo depicts an arithmetic class; many of the boys are wearing kalpaks, traditional felt caps. Anjiajia, Madagascar (Rural Development) - Rice growing / cultivation. Food security. Improved income. Sustainable production. Harvested rice bundles transported by ox and cart. Cairo, Egypt (Environment) - Al-Azhar Park. Aerial view. Zanzibar, Tanzania (Strengthening of Civil Society) - Members of Muungoni Village Organisation discuss their agricultural production. There are three men and two women in the group called Furaha-ya waja (which means 'human happiness'). They started activities in 1997 and benefit from AKF's NGO Resource Centre, which works to improve technical and managerial skills and capacity through leadership and management training. Included is record keeping, financial management, planning, resource mobilisation, monitoring and evaluation. The organisation has 9,000 banana trees, 2,000 lemon trees, 700 coconut trees and 2,500 trees to be used for wood. They have 10 bee hives and some fish farms. They hire farm labour to help with the work. Building and strengthening civil society is one of the main goals of NGORC.
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a private, not-for-profit, 
non-denominational, international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan.
Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development,
primarily in South and Central Asia and East Africa.

To make the most of its resources, the Foundation has a sharp focus, clearly defined objectives and a consistent approach to its work.  It concentrates on selected issues in health, education, rural development,
the environment and the strengthening of civil society.  

With a small staff, a host of cooperating agencies and thousands of volunteers, the Foundation reaches out to vulnerable populations on four continents, irrespective of their race, religion, political persuasion or gender.

Learn more about AKF at

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