The Aga Khan Foundation’s Canadian division is celebrating after having raised $1.75 million on Sunday, May 26th. Thousands of people participated in the World Partnership Walk, which took place in Vancouver. The proceeds will be earmarked to fund poverty-reducing programs in Asia and Africa, including providing clean water and ensuring that children have access to education. One specific project provides in-factory daycare services for textile workers in Bangladesh.
Last year alone, 40,000 Canadians participated in similar walks in ten different cities. Since it was first organized in 1985, the walk has raised over $75 million. All of the money raised goes directly towards international development. Not a single cent is spent on administration.
The foundation is a subsidiary agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, which is a group of private, non-denominational organizations that operates in 30 countries around the world. Though the title of Aga Khan is a religious one, the organization’s agencies conduct their programs “without regard to faith, origin, or gender.” Other agencies within the network focus more on areas like education, health, and economic development.
Similar walks are being planned for later this year all across America by Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A.
– Samantha Mauney