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Mariam Rabiq, Barakat’s Outreach Director, will be speaking at various events this spring. As part of a larger lecture series entitled, “A Close Up View of Different Cultures Meeting Common Needs: the Inuit and the People of Tibet, Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Mariam will talk about the current social and political situation in Afghanistan and place it in a larger historical context.

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Friends Raise $1,400 for Barakat’s Programs

"We are glad we could raise a substantial amount that will have tangible benefits."  Usha Kandala and Palaka Bhattacharya, along with their four other classmates, tackled the daunting task of fundraising as a class assignment, but the impact of their work travels far beyond the confines of their classroom at Harvard Extension School.  Raising more than $1,400 in about six weeks, the group has ensured that 25 more women will

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BLISS Project Takes Off in Pakistan

While Barakat’s Evening School for Girls continues to gain interest from refugee girls in Pakistan, families there are still faced with the difficult choice of either sending their daughters to school or sending them to weave carpets for a meager, but helpful, wage.  Barakat’s teachers have had hundreds of conversations with parents about the value of educating their daughters, and while the Evening School educates more than 75 girls every year, economic roadblocks often cloud the benefits of an education.

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Barakat Program Director on the Road

As the rest of Boston hunkers down to brave frigid February temperatures, Barakat Program Director Arti Pandey and Barakat co-founder Chris Walter are hitting the road.  Arti and Chris will visit our programs in Afghanistan next month to meet with our students and staff and will begin a needs assessment for a new project in India.

One of the greatest strengths of Barakat's model is that we work with current community leaders to develop future community leaders.  Our Afghan staff know the community because it's their home.  As a result, our programs and curricula are fueled not by

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