In June 1986, the Aga Khan Foundation's Board approved a three-year project to improve early childhood educational opportunities for children of traditional Muslim communities in Mombasa, Kenya. Because the only instruction these children were receiving at a young age was religious, they were unable to compete successfully for places in primary school where simple reading and numerical skills were a prerequisite for entry into the formal school system.
In the Saligrah issue, Africa Ismaili reported the celebration of IPS Kenya's Silver Jubilee. This Company, together with its' sister Companies in Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire and Switzerland, was incorporated on March 1, 1963.
As part of the Company's Silver Jubilee celebrations, on December 11, 1988, a function was organised at the Nairobi Serena Hotel's Mandari Room to award Long Service Certificates each individually signed and personally presented by Mawlana Hazar Imam to a representative group from its' various companies.
Inside the clinic it's 90 F. Wrapped in a patterned shawl, a baby lies on its back on a spring scale, his arms and legs flailing in the air. His mother watches anxiously. She has brought her child to be weighed, to see how much weight he has lost in the past few days. Her little boy has chronic diarrhea. And diarrhea, Richard Juma, the medical orderly, explains as he adjusts the child's position on the scale, is the number-one killer of children in the Third World. If Ruth Mogisani's child loses any more fluids, his chances of survival are slim.
HAND WRITTEN MESSAGE IN THE GUEST BOOK BY H.H. The Aga Khan WHEN VISITING THE AGA KHAN MEDICAL CENTRE - 1981-03-16Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
It has been a great pleasure to visit this fine institution and it is my sincere hope that with the support of everyone connected with it, we will succeed together in extending its services to the people of Kisumu and more generally the province.
Source: Darbar-e-Shah Karim 1981
SPEECH AT THE LUNCHEON HOSTED BY I.P.S. (KENYA), T.P.S., DIAMOND TRUST, JUBILEE INSURANCE COMPANY AND NATION PRINTERS - 1982-10-07Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
HAZAR IMAM, in a foundation ceremony on October 11 1982 , launched a 470,000 extension at the Aga Khan Medical Centre in Kisumu. The project ,which is one of the special projects in Kenya to be inaugurated during the 25th anniversary of Hazar Imam's accession to the Imamat of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, will be financed by the Aga Khan Foundation and by donations raised from the Ismaili community and others. The expansion of the Medical Centre at Kisumu, which was opened in 1952, will strengthen the institution's ability to deliver high quality medical care.
For the Jamaths of Kenya who had been preparing for months in advance, this mulakat was special. They were jubilant, for this was to the first time that Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Saheba were coming to Kenya accompanied by the Noorani children, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim and Prince Hussein. They were also to be accompanied by Mowlana Hazar Imam's sister, Princess Yasmin. It was an event for which each and every spiritual child, young and old was waiting.
From February 14 to 18 1976, His Royal Highness the Aga Khan, Begum Salimah Aga Khan and Prince Amyn Mohammed visited Nairobi to attend the opening ceremony of the Nairobi Serena Hotel by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. The Nairobi Serena is fourth in the 'Serena' chain of hotels, projects of the Tourism Promotion Services Ltd., and with its opening, the K. L 3.2 million 'Serena' project was complete.
H.H. THE AGA KHAN INTERVIEWED BY KBS
RADIO TIMES OF KENYA
OCTOBER 14, 1959
INTERVIEWED BY CHARLES HAYES
On the eve of his departure after his East African tour, His Highness the Aga Khan gave a microphone interview to Charles Hayes.
This 'question and answer' report is published in response to many requests from listeners to this interview which was first broadcast on Wednesday, 14th October at 8 p.m.
Q. How do you see the future of the Ismaili people in the development of East Africa?
On the 10th September, 1958, H.R.H. The Aga Khan officially opened one of the most modern hospitals in the African Continent - A magnificent building - equal to the finest buildings in the world, if not better - stands in Parklands, Nairobi, serving people of all races. Inspiration for this hospital came from late Imam Sultan Mohammad Shah Khan of revered memory.
December 10th, 1988, saw the foundation ceremony of the proposed NATION CENTRE by Mawlana Hazar Imam, a function which was attended by a host of senior Government officials and invited guests. Nairobi's Kimathi Street is to be the site for East Africa's largest dailies, Taifa and The Nation, and also of the Diamond Trust of Kenya Limited. Alongside these two main tenants, there will also be room for other offices, retail outlets, a coffee shop, a meeting room, and a fully equipped media centre with television broadcasting and recording as well as satellite facilities.
During his visit to Kenya in July 1991, Mowlana Hazar Imam, Chairman of the Board of the Aga Khan Foundation, announced a contribution of KES 30 million 'to double the pledges already made by donors to the endowment fund established by the Aga Khan Foundation, Kenya'.
Mowlana Hazar Imam said that he wanted to recognise the extreme generosity of the donors and the good work done by the Foundation in establishing this endowment. With Mowlana Hazar Imam's contribution, the endowment fund now stands at KES 60 million in pledges.
Posted Sunday, March 14 2010 at 22:30
When the Aga Khan decided to start a newspaper in Kenya 50 years ago, his vision was to print an independent and honest publication that would help nurture an emerging democracy.
It was 1960 and the wind of change was blowing across Africa, with many of its countries just breaking free from the shackles of colonialism.
Over the past 50 years, the history of the Kenyan nation is inextricably intertwined with that of the Nation Media Group, whose story starts with the acquisition of Kiswahili publication Taifa Leo in 1959.
18 March 2010 - Nairobi, Kenya - His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of Aga Khan University, today announced the establishment of a Graduate School of Media and Communications in East Africa.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Pan Africa Media Conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Nation Media Group, which was founded by the Aga Khan, His Highness stated that the School will be dedicated to advancing excellence in media performance and the strengthening of ethical media practices throughout the developing world.
Participants of the Pan Africa Media Conference.
Back row, left to right: H.E. Princess Kabakumba Labwoni Masiko, Ugandan Minister of Information and National Guidance, Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary at the Kenyan Ministry of Information and Communications, Amadou Mahtar Ba, Executive Director of the Africa Media Initiative, Shakeel Shabbir, MP for Kisumu Town East, Linus Gitahi, CEO of the Nation Media Group and Wilfred Kiboro, Chairman of the Nation Media Group.