Barakat Welcome Two New Board Members

Two more exceptional young leaders joined Barakat’s Board of Directors recently: Shweta Srivastava, a Software Developer at Microsoft Corporation in Cambridge, MA, and Shereen Asmat, a Management Consultant at Bain & Company, Boston, MA. Both bring not only country specific knowledge of educational practices (India and Pakistan respectively), but also technical and business acumen that benefits Barakat. Read more about them HERE.


Barakat’s 6th Annual Walk for Literacy Update

Take a Step Forward for Education

Grab your family and friends and make sure those shoes were made for walking! You will be supporting our efforts to educate and empower women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Join Barakat at Cambridge Common for our 6th Annual Walk for Literacy starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 28! The Walk is Barakat’s biggest fundraiser and, since it first started in 2008, has drawn over 1,000 walkers and raised over $72,000. We are hoping to beat those numbers by attracting 500 participants this year!

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Dream of a Better Tomorrow

His father’s unshakable belief in the value of schooling and his own desire for a better life through education are the main forces behind 15-year-old Muhibullah’s drive to succeed.

“If I didn’t go to school for a day, my father would send me by force,” he said.

Now in the 8th grade at one of Barakat’s schools, Muhibullah has derived inspiration from the examples set by his father and teachers. It is clear to him, he said, that educated people have a better life, one where war and poverty are not the sole proprietors.  This is why he wants to become an English teacher and create an English course in his home district of Andkhoy.