About Us

Mission Statement

We are striving to educate the disadvantaged students of Gujarat and uplift the socio-economic status of their impoverished families. Sometimes we provide shelter and jobs for the displaced mothers of our sponsored students. We are dedicated to helping the families of our sponsored students who are living ultra-poor life.

Mission Statement

“There are those…, who enter the world in such poverty that they are deprived of both the means and the motivation to improve their lot. Unless these unfortunates can be touched with the spark which ignites the spirit of individual enterprise and determination, they will only sink back into renewed apathy, degradation and despair. It is us, who are more fortunate, to provide that spark.”

- His Highness the Aga Khan (Inauguration of the Aga Khan Baugh at Versova, Mumbai, India)

About Our History

Razia Suleman, Jennifer Nelson and Nusri Hassam at the Cardston, AB Office.
Razia Suleman, Jennifer Nelson and Nusri Hassam at the Cardston, AB Office.

In 2005, Razia Nathani Suleman embarked on a journey to ignite the spark amongst Gujarat’s most vulnerable. The mission and vision of the program are mainly to supplement the work of the local institutions in Gujarat, India, in assisting and uplifting the marginalized Ismaili Community of Gujarat.

The journey began in Porbander, a coastal town in Gujrat, from where many families had previously sailed to Africa to build a new life, including her own. In coming back to Porbander, Razia felt a natural affinity to the people there.

The program is funded by annual education sponsorships and one-time donations from generous donors, mainly from Canada and the USA.

96% of the funds are directly deployed in the root causes to better the beneficiaries’ quality of life.

Razia was soon joined by dedicated volunteers in Canada (Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto), and the USA.

To help and oversee that every penny of the funds has been appropriately deployed, every year since 2005, Razia and her team have visited India for a month at their own expense.

  • Over 700 students have benefited from the Education Sponsorship Program.
  • Over 200 low-income marginalized families have benefited from the Welfare Sponsorship Program.
  • Over 60 cases of medical and surgical assistance have been provided to families during various crisis.
  • Over 40 battered women have been assisted by placing them in shelters and providing them with employment opportunities.

In 2021, Razia Nathani Suleman and her dedicated volunteers took the Gujarat Journey into a new paradigm by merging and taking over Shukhar Foundation. Azim Sarangi liked the principles and the path that Gujarat Journey was on and decided to retire and gift the foundation to Gujarat Journey. 

The program’s current enrollment is approximately 150 students and 40 low-income welfare families.

We would be amiss if we did not mention that generous well-wishers and supporters like you fuel this program.

Thank you!

About Shameer & His Family

About Shameer & His Family

Shameer Suleman and his wife Natasha Suleman have been involved since the beginning, as Shameer is Razia’s son. Shameer has a deep connection to Gujarat and has visited many times to tour all the work being done, including the opening of the Sofia Hostel, named after his daughter. He hopes to be part of the next generation working with his mother to carry on all the fantastic work thus far.

Shie Hyland

About Shie Hyland

Shie Hyland, is the Principal of Hyland Bookkeeping and has been helping small businesses manage their bookkeeping for over 15 years. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, Shie worked in the hospitality industry for more than twenty years where she learned the value of good leadership and organizational skills.

Shie is passionate about being organized and efficient and brings with her a solid background in finance and banking through her work with Yorkton Securities and Bank of Montreal from the early days of her career. She concentrates on small businesses and offers them the services they need for efficiently running their daily operations. Her goal is to take the pressure of bookkeeping off their shoulders so that they can concentrate on growing their businesses. She prides herself on her attention to detail and her eagerness to face change and new challenges.

Jason Comin CPA, CA

About Jason Comin CPA, CA

Jason received his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary and earned his CA Designation while working at Hudson & Company LLP in Calgary, Alberta.

After receiving his designation, he moved to Cardston, Alberta, to form Price & Comin LLP. The practice has grown from a single location and now has offices across southwestern Alberta.

Jason and his wife, Lisa, have seven children. In addition to enjoying his family and professional responsibilities, Jason has served as a member of the board of directors for various organizations, including the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union, the Rotary Club of Cardston and the Cardston and District Chamber of Commerce.

About Ashif (Ace) Rashid

About Ashif (Ace) Rashid

Ashif Rashid (aka as Ace) and his wife, Tasneem Rashid, were first introduced to Gujrat Journey in 2017. They learned that almost 100% of the funds collected are used directly to benefit the students and their families. They were so impressed that these dedicated volunteers’ work is changing the quality of lives of marginalized families that they decided to sponsor a young girl immediately.

Over time they saw how much time and effort Razia and her team were investing in this great cause, so Ashif decided to volunteer his own time and expertise to this cause as well.

Ashif is an internet marketing expert and the founder of Ace SEO Consulting, a digital marketing agency dedicated to helping small businesses grow their online visibility through ROI-based internet marketing solutions and SEO. Ashif got involved by personally creating monthly newsletters to share insightful stories and the journey of the families being helped.

Ashif has become even more invested in this charitable organization by taking care of all their web and marketing needs and going to India (in 2023) for the first time to see the program at work from ground zero.

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Our Journey Map

We begin Our Journey in Ahmedabad and drive along all these towns such as Sidhpur, Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Mahuva, Rajkot, and as far into the Kutch Bhuj area.

Our Causes

Educational Support

Educational Support

The Student Sponsorship Program is enabling poor children in Gujarat to receive basic schooling up to grade 12 with an aim to provide opportunities for higher education to the bright candidates who excel in their studies.

Medical and Other Emergencies

Medical and Other Emergencies

Our work in Gujarat has brought us face-to-face with individuals and families who are in desperate need of help to deal with mental illness. Many families have come forward to seek help in spite of the fact that society still looks down at those battling such heart-wrenching conditions.

Welfare Cases

Welfare Cases

Razia finding out how the elderly mother spent some of her welfare funds for feeding her only remaining son.