By Aileen Li
Piedmont Park, just outside of Tech, has been a popular place to host various non-profit activities for some time, ranging from the Hunger Walk to the AIDS Walk. In November, it will proudly host another event, the annual national Partnership Walk, an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation USA.
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, international, nonprofit and non-demoninational development agency. It was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in Switzerland in 1967 with a small staff, thousands of volunteers and the belief that “a better world is at walking distance.”
AKF reached out to vulnerable populations in four continents. AKF is geographically focused in South Asia, Central Asia and East Africa, especially in regions that are very remote, rural and often mountainous.
It supports programs in health, education, rural development, civil society and the environment to improve opportunities and the quality of life for millions. AKF-USA is also partnered with a number of government agencies, private foundations and private corporations. Some of their partners include the US Department of Agriculture, the Johnson & Johnson Company and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“Partnership Walk is a public event to raise awareness and show people they can make a difference in ending global poverty,” said Azmina Gilani, the media and marketing coordinator for the Southeastern U.S. division of AKF-USA.