Sumera Sahar

Sumera Sahar – Country Director, Pakistan

Sumera Sahar has been working with the Afghan community in Attock, Pakistan since 1995. She started teaching at Barakat’s Ersari Elementary School that same year and continued till 1997. She was then appointed as Principal and served in that role till 2004. In March 2004, she was promoted to the position of Country Director. Ms. Sahar has a vast experience in working with the Afghan Refugees, and understands the unique challenges, and is capable of resolving them.

Ms. Sahar received her Bachelor in Science degree with a Bachelor in Education from the University of Punjab. She is currently working on obtaining a Masters in Educational Planning and Management from Allama Iqbal Open University in Islamabad.

As a country director for Barakat Pakistan, she is responsible for all aspects of the agency, including operations and management of the office in Attock, as well as Barakat’s schools and initiatives in Pakistan.

Farooq Mujadidi

Farooq Mujadidi – Country Director, Afghanistan

Farooq Mujadidi graduated from Kabul Education University with a degree in English language and Literature. Mr. Mujadidi then participated in an Internship Program for six months, where he had the opportunity to work with the European Union as Teaching Method Trainer where he trained teachers of TTC (Teacher Training centers). In 2006, Mr. Mujadidi joined Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) as a Human Resources and Admin Officer. Mr. Mujadidi has many years of experience in managing all Human Resources functions in diverse industries, including KGC, UNDP, and Ministry of Counter Narcotics in Afghanistan.

With his interest and experience in Education sector and teacher training, he joined Barakat as a Country Director in 2012. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the agency, including operations and management of offices in Kabul and Northern Afghanistan, as well as Barakat’s schools and programs in Afghanistan.

2014 Walk for Literacy


Saturday, September 27, 2014
Winthrop Park, 10 AM
Registration Fee: $30.00
Join us for the 7th Annual Walk for Literacy on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Barakat’s Walk for Literacy is an annual event that raises both awareness and funds for our important mission of educating and empowering children and women in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Barakat is dedicated to providing exemplary basic education in Afghanistan and Pakistan: we advance literacy and increase access to secondary education, particularly for girls and women.

The scenic walk through Cambridge is a fun and unique event, where a diverse community of walkers come together to support a worthy cause – educating thousands of women and children without access to quality basic education! In 2012 – 2013, more than 2,200 children (over 39 percent of them girls) graduated from Barakat’s five schools. An additional 415 girls and women attended our lower-level and higher-level literacy programs in Afghanistan.  

Since its inception in 2008, the Walk has grown to attract almost 1,100 walkers and has raised over $100,000.

Walk Registration starts at 9 am, and the Walk begins at 10 am from Winthrop Park in Harvard Square. All walkers will receive breakfast, lunch and a *FREE T-Shirt.

Why We Need Your Support

Barakat’s goal this year is to have 500 walkers and raise $50,000. With YOUR help, we know we can DO IT!

Every step counts and so does every dollar! Your participation as a walker, or as a donor to support the Walk, will help us educate and empower more women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan! Your support makes the following programs possible:

  •   $60 sends 1 girl to 1 year of a literacy program.
  •   $250 helps 1 girl to 1 year of high school.
  •   $500 sends 25 children to 1 year of elementary school.
  •   $1,500 will send 6 girls to 1 year of high school (tuition, uniform & school supplies).

Pre–registration is $30. Registration at the door is $40. Once you register, set a fundraising goal for yourself or for a team of friends, family, classmates, or colleagues.

Thank you and see you at the Walk!

   *Barakat will order T-shirts only after 200 walkers have registered.                                              

WALK GOAL: $50,000
   GOAL ACHIEVED: $18000
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552 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 215, Cambridge, MA-02190

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Event Details

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Microsoft NERD Center, 
1 Memorial Drive, Ste. 100, Cambridge, MA 02142
6:30-9:00 PM
Registration Fee: $20.00
Phone: 617-876-3830

Map & Directions


Celebrate an elegant evening to learn about the power of three "E's" — Engage. Educate. Empower.      

This event features 20 years of Barakat's work, in pictures, and a short video to help raise local awareness about educating girls and women in Afghanistan and Pakistan. You will also hear from Terrell Cox, a Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft about her thoughts on how “Investing in Girls’ Education Enriches Us All.” 

Network with passionate Barakat supporters and new friends over wine, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. Silent auction items, and drawings for hand-woven scarves and bags, will help support Barakat’s five schools and literacy programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Join in, bring your family and friends, and empower 4,000 thousand students in Barakat schools and programs this year!

Wear Red or other bright colors to celebrate Spring!!

Cash Bar. Complimentary Champagne Toast.

altA Little About Our Speaker: Terrell Cox is a Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft for the Enterprise Client team, delivering key scenarios in application virtualization and mobile device and PC management. During her 15 years at Microsoft, she has worked as an individual contributor, a line manager, and a director, and her career path includes technical writing, engineering program management, and user experience. Terrell is proud to be a founding member of the Women's Leadership Council, a vibrant technical women's community in the Cloud & Enterprise Business of Microsoft that grew from 10 members to over 300 since 2002.  She currently lives in Brookline, MA, with her husband and two daughters, who are her true happiness. 

Registration fee is $20 


*Please note that an ID is required to gain entrance into the event facility.

Questions? Email us at or call 617-876-3830.

Fasting 5K – The Spirit of Ramadan

The Fasting 5K Run has humble origins – a small group of friends wanting to incorporate the American love of running with a unique twist: celebrating the spirit of Ramadan by helping others! This group approached Barakat in 2013 to propose a run that would raise $2,500 for one of our school’s computer labs. Well, that initial modest effort quickly snowballed to become a huge community effort spanning 4 cities – Boston, Houston, and Washington, D.C. – which ended up raising $13,000 in just a week! Now in its second year, the Run also expanded to New York and Southern California, making the Fasting 5K Run a national event where groups in these cities held the run the same day – July 19, 2014! In addition, the Run’s focus on global education also supported education-based organizations in each of the event cities.

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And so here in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the runners started off at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Centre mosque. Racers were able to select one of three groups to join – either the walking group, jogging group, or running group. The commencement of each wave was appropriately timed such that all of the runners would complete the Run and break the fast at the same time.

With the help of social media, the event has attracted more and more people wanting to raise awareness and funds for Barakat’s students. But it isn’t just about the money – one of the founders, Farhaan Razi, thinks of the run as a symbol for the struggles Barakat’s students encounter every day, and the many miles they often have to trek to school.  That sense of solidarity is what has propelled the Fasting 5K Run to be such a success today.

Barakat is thankful to all the planners, runners and donors of Fasting 5K Run, who helped raise over $8,000 to build a playground for over 900 students at one of our schools in Afghanistan.