The Aga Khan Foundation is a Swiss non-governmental organisation named after its founder Aga Khan who was born in 1936 in Geneva. (.....)
The Aga Khan Foundation aims to help develop different areas of society, including cultural and social areas, in underdeveloped countries. The foundation was established in 1967 and since then it has done a lot of work on increasing welfare in many disadvantaged rural communities around the globe.
According to Ismaili Shi’a traditions, the Imam must care about the welfare of the Muslim members of his society. Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of his society, decided to execute his duties as the Ismaili leader through contemporary modern means and by establishing his development foundation.(...)
The Aga Khan Foundation works in 25 countries and in Egypt it has established several education and social development centres around the country. But the foundation is most known here for establishing Al-Azhar Park, the largest public park in Cairo as well as one of the largest in the world.
The foundation is currently carrying out several renovation projects in many historical sites around old Fatimid Cairo, like restoring the crumbling city wall built by King Saladin, and has also initiated a private micro-investment project that supports craftsmen and women in old Cairo with technical and financial facilities. The foundation started with the historic district Al-Darb Al-Ahmar in Old Cairo, where it provided funding and rehabilitation for a number of workshops that produce traditional handcrafts like leather cushions, steel lamps and many others.