In the first ever Global Ismaili CIVIC Day, The Ismaili Muslim Community in Bangladesh, joined tens of thousands of community volunteers from over 30 countries, in partnership with over 60 civil society and government partners to improve the quality of life of the communities in which they live.
This international endeavour reflects the community’s ethic of civic commitment and good citizenship as well as shared core values of service, peace, compassion and care.
A diverse array of activities took place simultaneously across the world, focusing on two extremely pertinent themes: Environmental Stewardship and Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Ismaili CIVIC volunteers contributed their time, knowledge, and skills for the betterment of their fellow citizens, said a press release of Aga Khan National Council for Bangladesh on Sunday (Sept 26).
To mark this global day in Bangladesh, from 24-26 September, volunteers from the Ismaili community distributed face masks to frontline workers including street cleaners, security staff, and rickshaw pullers, as well as to law enforcement and emergency personnel from the Bangladesh Police, Ansar and the Fire Brigade.
In addition, medical face masks were distributed to the staff of Kuwait Bangladesh Maitree Government Hospital and to various local journalists and reporters. These efforts were supported by the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), YELLOW by BEXIMCO, and Mission Save Bangladesh.
Since the launch of the Ismaili CIVIC initiative across the globe in 2020, significant impact has been created in the areas of health, education, economic development, environmental stewardship, and cultural restoration.