Most of the services taken in the Jamati institution are done on a voluntary basis. Dr Shafik Sachedina has taken a role as the Head Of Department, HOD, of Jamati institution. In this position, it is his responsibility to coordinate the activities of the Ismaili community institutions as well as act as the interface between the Ismaili communities in Central Asia and the Aga Khan Development Network programmes.
In as much as his appointment to this new position is by the Aga Khan, it is not constitutional. And as result, he does not give directives to the Ismaili institutions; he only coordinates their activities to ensure that they are in line with the directives given by the Aga Khan. He also coordinates their budgets to ensure that they are on track as per the directives given.
The Aga Khan has a long standing tradition of fostering understanding between the Ismaili community and other communities and religions. One of the ways in which this goal is achieved is through the Institute of Ismaili studies. This institution offers studies that foster understanding to all communities regardless of their religious or social standing. It is also a place where members of the Ismaili community come together to learn about their history and culture.
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Shafik Sachedina has a passion for serving the community. He has served in many voluntary capacities other than being the HOD of the Jamati Institution. He has served as the president of the Ismaili Council, been a member of the Aga Khan Development Network committee and the Chairman of FOCUS. Currently, he is part of the Aga Khan’s secretariat.
His passion to serve is seen not only in the voluntary positions he takes to serve the community, but also in his care for the elderly. He is the founder and owner of Sussex Healthcare; a group of homes that offer care for the elderly and adults who have learning a physical learning disabilities. They offer world class services to their clients to allow them interact better with their environment. Sussex is also known to be one of the best employers, giving its employees much needed training and benefits that are competitive in the market.
Shafik Sachedina’s interest in founding this health care facility was fanned by the entrepreneurial skills he had acquired during his practice as a dentist. After practicing as a dentist for years, he developed an interest to invest in the entrepreneurial sector of medicine. This saw him open his own practice and later Sussex Healthcare.