New Barakat Website Launched

We are happy to announce the release of a new Barakat website. We undertook an ambitious re-branding process last year, which resulted in a new logo, a revised mission statement, and a new visual identity for the Barakat brand. You can still access archives at but now through a streamlined design and a fresh look.

We hope that you will take some time to visit the new site

“Five-Under-Forty” Event Benefits Barakat

On September 12, New England Home Magazine hosted the Five under Forty Awards at the Landry & Arcari showroom, on Stuart Street in Boston. 

The awards spotlight the hottest emerging talent in residential design in New England, including the fields of architecture, home-design products and accessories, interiors, furniture and-NEW this year-landscape design!

The winner in each field was given the chance to design a custom rug, which was then produced by Landry & Arcari, the event’s presenting sponsor. The rugs were auctioned off at the event, with the proceeds benefitting Barakat.  Each year, the event benefits one of Barakat’s unique educational programs. This year, the proceeds went to support Human Rights Teacher Training Workshops in Afghanistan. The five one-week-long workshops train the area teachers, community leaders and religious leaders to incorporate tenets of children and women’s rights into their everyday work and life. The five workshops in 2012 educated 100 attendees, who then reached out to more than 5,000 community members.

The event has become a must-attend gathering in Boston since its inception! The award ceremony was followed by a live auction of the five rugs, each one unique and stunningly creative! The evening featured delicious appetizers, cocktails and wines, along with plenty of networking opportunities.

Barakat sincerely appreciates New England Home, the host of this event, and Landry & Arcari, a long-time supporter of our mission and programs. Thanks to everyone who attended the event and supported Barakat!

Barakat’s 6th Annual Walk a Success

Barakat’s 6th Annual Walk for Literacy on September 28th was a huge success, raising more funds than all previous walks! Over 100 people came together on a beautiful fall day at the Cambridge Common to walk to promote Barakat’s mission of improving access to education in Afghanistan and Pakistan. All the proceeds will benefit our literacy programs for girls and women, and we’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated! We’d also like to thank our generous corporate sponsors and in-kind donors for their support: 

  • altLandry & Arcari: Oriental Rugs and Carpeting
  • 90.9 WBUR
  • International Design Guild
  • Irving House of Harvard
  • Eastern Bank
  • Dean’s Beans
  • Let’s Talk Language School
  • Foodie’s Urban Market
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • When Pig’s Fly Breads

The date for next year’s Walk for Literacy is already set for September 27, 2014, so mark your calendars! We plan to host the walk in multiple cities next year, turning our 7th Annual Walk into a national event. Please help us spread the word. We hope to see you next year! 

This year’s Walk photos can be viewed here.

Join in. Invest. Change a Life.

In a world with 793 million illiterate people—2/3 of whom are women and girls—the time to act is now. Barakat has been working to change lives through education for over 20 years.

More than 80 percent of Barakat students come from families making less than $2 a day! But no matter the poverty, no matter the marginalization of the given population we serve in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, there is always an intense demand for education.

For over 20 years, Barakat has been working exclusively with local staff in our five schools, empowering people to reinvest in their community. Barakat is unique in that it identifies needs and works toward solutions that are both feasible and respectful of local customs and attitudes. Because of this, we have been able to quietly launch programs that would otherwise be controversial: education for girls and women; schools for members of ethnic or social groups traditionally denied opportunities (such as the forgotten population of Afghan refugees in Pakistan), and providing health services to students in our schools.


One of our successful enterprises is Literacy Programs for girls and women in a northern province of Afghanistan, home to ethnic Turkmen and Uzbek populations. In conservative communities, many families don’t allow their daughters to attend school because girls and women are not supposed to be seen by men outside of their families. Barakat’s Literacy Programs, when they first began in 2003, offered an acceptable alternative: they were conducted in the homes of neighboring women and taught by local women who had achieved some level of education themselves. Since then, while the lower level literacy program courses are still offered in local homes, the higher level literacy programs have moved to more institutional settings (Afghan Gov’t and Barakat schools in the area), because the program is more rigorous in nature and six years in duration, covering grades 4 through 9th. Also, qualified and trained Barakat teachers, all women, teach the literacy program courses.

The girls and women being educated through our literacy programs are of all ages, most of whom are illiterate and coming to school for the first time, and many of them are the first in their families to receive any education.

For millions of girls in countries where we work, education can mean the difference between life or death.

Take a pledge with us today to change their lives for better. For as little as $60 a year, you can make a difference. Donate Today!