Scholarship Girls Visit Ersari

On April 4, three of our Girls Scholarship Program recipients visited Ersari Elementary School in Attock, Pakistan to encourage other girls to continue their studies.  HaleemaMahnoor and Surayya were eager to spend a few hours at the school talking to female students.

The girls, all alumni of Barakat schools, are excellent role models for the Ersari students, giving them a vision to change their future by staying in school.  “All my knowledge and confidence roots back to Ersari,” said Haleema.  “Getting admitted there was a turning point in my life.  All that I have is due to Ersari, which laid a strong base for me.”

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New Malaria Net Distribution

World Malaria Day takes place on April 25 each year to promote education and understanding of the disease. This year’s theme, “Achieving Progress and Impact,” celebrates the global community’s efforts towards the goal of zero malaria deaths by 2015.

When the first World Malaria Day took place four years ago, it was estimated that a child died of malaria every 30 seconds. The increase in awareness and support for malaria prevention in recent years has saved lives around the world. While over a million people once died of the disease each year, that number is now closer to 790,000. This progress is encouraging, but there is still work to be done.

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Fighting For Human Rights

Last month we told you about our successful Teacher Training Workshops for Human Rights, which are run in collaboration with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). Sima Samar, the Chairperson of the AIHRC, has made remarkable contributions toward advancing human rights, and her journey to get here wasn’t easy.

After earning a degree in medicine, Samar worked as a doctor in Kabul and remote areas of central Afghanistan. In 1984, the communist regime arrested her husband, and she fled to Pakistan with her young son. While working at a hospital for Afghan refugees, Samar quickly became distressed by the lack of health care facilities in the region. She established the Shuhada Organization in 1989, which opened clinics dedicated to Afghan women and girls. Shuhada later expanded to operate schools, literacy courses, income generation programs and women’s shelters.

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A Student Aspiring To Help Others

“I desire to have a better life,” says Laili GhufaryLaili is in her first year of medical school at Aria Institute of Higher Education in Afghanistan, thanks to all the kind supporters of Barakat’s Girls Scholarship Program. “I will work hard in school so that I will be able to solve my problems and help others in the future,” she continues.

The Girls Scholarship Program helps selected students further their education beyond eighth grade, an opportunity that few women have in Afghanistan. Like the other girls chosen to receive our scholarships, Laili is motivated, committed to her education and from a family with limited financial means.

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