27,000 at Partnership Walk in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles Help to Alleviate Global Poverty

27,000 at Partnership Walk in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles Help to Alleviate Global Poverty

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Approximately 27,000 people
participated in Partnership Walk today, a national public event in five
major U.S. cities, raising approximately $3.4 million to help alleviate
global poverty. Partnership Walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation
U.S.A. (AKF USA) and organized by its network of volunteers in communities
across the United States.
Partnership Walk raises awareness and funds to help communities in some
of the most impoverished areas of Africa and Asia create long-term
solutions to poverty. One hundred percent of the funds raised go directly
to projects supported by the Foundation. Costs for organizing the Walk are
completely underwritten by AKF USA and in-kind contributors. None of the
funds raised are used for administrative costs.
Since 1995, Partnership Walks have attracted 212,000 participants and
raised $26.3 million for health, education and rural support programs to
improve the lives of the most vulnerable, especially women and children.
Walks are also organized internationally in over 20 cities throughout
Canada, United Kingdom and European cities. Visit http://www.partnershipwalk.org.
Partnership Walk brought together families, community members, students
and leaders in government, business, media and the arts for a day of
learning activities and entertainment. Speakers included U.S. Senator Dick
Durbin (IL); Al Green (TX), U.S. Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson
(TX), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Jan Schakowsky (IL), David Scott (GA), Pete
Sessions (TX) and; Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams; among other
mayors, council members and civic leaders. News anchors and reporters from
network news stations served as Masters of Ceremonies hosting a program of
music, dance and performances celebrating the diversity of world cultures.
At the Village in Action, participants engaged in interactive
activities to learn how people in developing countries create solutions to
overcome the challenges of low income, poor health and limited educational
opportunities. In recognition of AKF USA’s 25th anniversary, the Village in
Action showcased the Foundation’s quarter century of achievements in
health, education, rural development, microcredit and community
organizations. Exhibits and hands-on demonstrations were planned and
designed by youth from local schools and universities, whereby they gained
a deeper understanding of global citizenship.
The theme for Partnership Walk 2006, “Diversity is Strength,”
highlighted the Foundation’s community-based approach that values pluralism
as a cornerstone for building international peace, security and
development. The Foundation invests in people to help impoverished
communities seize the opportunity to move toward greater choice and voice.
By promoting quality education, improving health care and placing tools for
economic empowerment into the hands of people, the Foundation helps them
build the skills necessary to lead self-sufficient, healthy and dignified
lives.
AKF USA, established in 1981, is a private, non-denominational,
non-profit international development organization committed to alleviating
poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy in countries such as Afghanistan,
India, Kenya, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Tanzania. AKF USA is part of the Aga
Khan Development Network (http://www.akdn.org), a network of private,
non-denominational, development agencies around the world, established by
His Highness the Aga Khan to empower communities and individuals, often in
disadvantaged circumstances, improve living conditions and opportunities.
The overarching goal of the Network’s programs is to help poor communities
achieve a level of self-reliance whereby they are able to plan their own
futures. The Foundation supports 140 programs in 16 countries for the
common good of all citizens regardless of gender, origin or religion. The
geographic focus of the Foundation’s programs is in East Africa and South
and Central Asia. It works in partnership with other institutions dedicated
to international development including the U.S. Agency for International
Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. State Department, World
Bank and private foundations and corporations, such as Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Johnson & Johnson.

PR News

SOURCE Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A.

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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