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Aga Khan Development Network to showcase work of its agencies, programs in Kyrgyzstan on June 20.

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Kyrgyz Republic will be hosting [THORN]"Mobilizing Communities, Moving Mountains[THORN]O, an exhibition showcasing the work of its agencies, affiliates and programs operating in Kyrgyzstan in partnership with communities and government. This is the first exhibition of its kind which will illustrate AKDN[THORN]as long-term commitment to the development of remote mountain regions and disadvantaged communities of Central Asia, AKDN told AKIpress. Vice-Prime-Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Elmira Ibraimova along with the AKDN Representative in Kyrgyzstan, Nurjehan Mawani will conduct the opening ceremony in the presence of numerous dignitaries from government, parliament, diplomatic community and civil society.During two days, the Exhibition will showcase AKDN[THORN]as work in Kyrgyzstan spanning education, health, rural development, micro credit, civil society, banking and financial services, culture and regional cooperation. Numerous interactive and informative exhibits will focus on early childhood, primary and secondary to university education and vocational training, community-based health interventions, income generation activities, career exploration, information and success stories about the results of micro credit loans for agriculture, animal husbandry, trading and commerce, housing rehabilitation as well as educational purposes. In addition, there will be a wide range of banking products and services presented during the exhibition by Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB). Unique and region-specific handicrafts, agricultural products, baked goods, clothes and musical instruments will be on sale at reasonable prices. All the products have been produced by the beneficiaries of different AKDN programs. The world renowned Kyrgyz [THORN]"Tengir-Too[THORN]O Ensemble and [THORN]"Ustatshakirt[THORN]O Center which are sponsored by Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia (AKMICA), a program of Aga Khan Trust for Culture, will launch its regional tour with a special musical performance at the Exhibition on Friday, June 20 at 4.00 p.m. The Exhibition is part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations commemorating His Highness the Aga Khan[THORN]as 50th year as the Imam of the Shia Ismaili community and is being held at the Kyrgyz Drama Theatre which is named after Sultan Ibraimov in Osh city. The Exhibition will be open to the public from 12:00 to 18:00 on Friday, June 20th and from 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday, June 21st.The Aga Khan leads a community of 15 million Ismaili Muslims living in some 25 countries, mainly in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America. He is founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of nine agencies with mandates ranging from health and education to architecture, microfinance, disaster reduction, rural development, and the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalizations of historic cities [THORN]- all of which are catalysts for development. Guided by the Islamic ethic of compassion for those less fortunate, AKDN works for the common good of all citizens, regardless of their gender, origin or religion and spends in excess of US$320 million annually on social and cultural development activities. In Kyrgyzstan, AKDN employs more than 600 people, most of whom are local citizens.

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Date:Jun 17, 2008
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