6500 walked to ease global poverty
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On, October 23, 2011, over 6,500 walked to end global poverty in the 17th annual Partnership Walk at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. The walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia.
Lively entertainment celebrated the diversity of world cultures, ranging from Israel's Polyphony Ensemble to Zumba Atlanta. Before the Walk, a 5K Run/Walk, 1K Kids Run, and 100 Yards Kids Run took place.
At the Village in Action, interactive displays showed how the Foundation is implementing creative solutions in poor regions, ranging from disaster preparedness in Afghanistan to energy-efficient homes in Pakistan to quality education in Kenya. Visitors learned about the Aga Khan Development Network's health, shelter, infrastructure and agriculture projects in Pakistan over the past year to help communities recover from the 2010 floods that devastated one-fifth of the country.
Participants shared their experiences. Emory's Jeeten Jamnadas, 21, was not aware of the event or AKF prior to joining his dance group Karma but has learned a lot about the organization through their involvement. Sumair Somani, a first year student at Georgia Tech, was a returning volunteer who became Assistant Coordinator at Village in Action. After one of the dignitaries began to cry at an exhibit, Somani explained, “The exhibits tell true stories…. I’m glad that we were able to showcase the stories in a way that evoked emotion.”
Atlanta’s 2011 Walk raised over $1.2 million, with all funds going directly to projects. Self-help solutions create opportunities for girls in Afghanistan to go to school, for farmers in Mali to feed their families, for mothers in India to lead healthy lives, and more.
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