AKDN’s DNA: Meet our volunteers - AKDN
Community health worker Joyce Nyanda with new mother Veronica Juma.
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The importance of contributing one’s individual energies on a voluntary basis to improving the lives of others is not a matter of philanthropy, but rather of self-fulfilment.

His Highness the Aga Khan, Ottawa, February 2014

When students take ownership of this service, they do it 100 percent... I’m very proud of them.

Venkat Reddy, Creativity, Activity, Service Coordinator, Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad

I learned how good it feels to give back to my community. I truly believe that if we all start giving, then we will grow to be better people.

Simaloi Wanjiru Ndegwa, Student, Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi

I understand my mom a lot more through working where she grew up and experiencing her culture. This is definitely an experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Jenna Mulji, International Youth Fellow, Aga Khan Health Services, Kisumu

My volunteer experiences have taught me to enter every possible situation I encounter with an open mind… I always draw inspiration from the experts that come to speak, as I hope to pursue a career in development myself.

Angjelos Fero, Visitor Programme Guide, Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Ottawa

Before, men were responsible for household revenue and financial affairs. But now we have businesses and run the finance for our homes. We have equal rights and we work together.

Gul Mahoor, Manager, Community Health Relief Fund, Nasirabad

Voluntary service has always been part of people’s lives and identity in mountain areas… I think the intensity of hazards really makes people realise how important it is to reach out to each other.

Shodmon Hojibekov, Head of Disaster Management, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat

Which development organisation has access to AI, let alone for free?

Onno Rühl, General Manager, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat