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Over 6500 Walk To End Global Poverty

Over 6,500 walked to end global poverty in the 17th annual Partnership Walk at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta recently. The Atlanta Partnership 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.

Atlanta’s 2011 Walk raised over $1.2 million. 100% of the funds raised at Partnership Walk go directly to projects sponsored by the Foundation; not a cent is spent on administration. The Walk featured lively entertainment and activities for all ages to celebrate the diversity of world cultures, ranging from The Polyphony Ensemble to Zumba Atlanta. Before the Walk, a 5K Run/Walk, 1K Kids Run and 100 Yards Kids Run took place. The Walk also included a Village in Action, where participants enjoyed interactive displays and hands-on exhibits that spotlighted 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.

At the Village in Action 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.
Amanda Cook, Erin Coleman, and Craig Lucie, anchors and reporters for WSB-TV hosted the event along with Hanif Juma and Amynah Jiwani. Distinguished guests in attendance included Mayor Mike Bodker, City of John’s Creek and Representative Lynn Riley, Georgia House, District 50. Mayor Bodker welcomed and thanked participants by saying, “I have had the privilege to be involved with the Aga Khan Development Network for the past five years, and to see this mass of humanity come out here today is such a great feeling, especially knowing the great work that you’re doing.”

To learn more about the event or make a donation, visit Partnership Walk events will be held in nine major U.S. cities this year. Since 1995, PartnershipsInAction activities, including the annual Partnerships Walk and Golf tournaments, have attracted over 350,000 participants and raised $42 million for poverty alleviation projects supported by AKF USA. Participants help communities in some of the poorest areas of Africa and Asia create self-help solutions to lift themselves out of poverty. Contributions make a tremendous impact in creating opportunities for girls in Afghanistan to go to school, for farmers in Mali to feed their families, and for mothers in India to lead healthy lives.

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