Mawlana Hazar Imam visits East Africa
In advance of the inaugural ceremony, Mawlana Hazar Imam, accompanied by Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya, tours Forodhani Park with Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Photo: Zahur Ramji31 July 2009 — Following his visit to Kenya, Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled to Tanzania, where he reviewed development plans at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam.
From Dar es Salaam, Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled to Zanzibar where he met with His Excellency Dr Amani Abeid Karume, President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council. Together, they presided over a ceremony that marked the completion of the first phase of restoration of Forodhani Park in the historic Stone Town. The park, a central meeting place along the city's seawall, has undergone a $2.4 million restoration by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
Prince Amyn, Prince Rahim, Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya were also present for the inaugural ceremony.
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Mawlana Hazar Imam greets Princess Zahra on arrival at the Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa. Photo: Ejaz Karmali28 July 2009 — Mawlana Hazar Imam, accompanied by Princess Zahra, is currently on a brief tour of East Africa to review the progress of Aga Khan Development Network initiatives in the region.
In Mombasa, Mawlana Hazar Imam visited the Aga Khan Hospital where he toured some of the Hospital’s diagnostic services and specialist clinics. Hazar Imam also reviewed the construction of the new residential campus of the Aga Khan Academy, and spoke with faculty members, dorm parents and students about their experiences.
In Nairobi, Mawlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra visited the construction site of the $50 million Heart and Cancer Centre of the Aga Khan University Hospital (Nairobi), which is expected to be completed next year. They also met with His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki and the Right Honourable Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Hospital CEO, Asmita Gilani, discusses a model of the proposed Heart and Cancer Centre with Mawlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra. Photo: Aziz IslamshahMawlana Hazar Imam will later travel to Tanzania and then to Zanzibar, where he will officially inaugurate Forodhani Park. The Park is situated in Zanzibar’s Historic Stone Town, and has undergone a $2.4 million restoration by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
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