Cambridge River Festival

Thanks for Joining Barakat on June 5 at the 31st annual Cambridge River Festival!

The festivities stretched along the river on Memorial Drive from 12 – 6 p.m., and included food, music, dance performances, and other fun activities. A great event for the whole family! 
Along the mile-long stretch of Memorial Drive between JFK St. and Western Ave. Between Harvard Square and Central Square on Memorial Drive.
For more information on the Cambridge River Festival, visit their website.

Landry and Arcari Oriental Rugs Event

Landry & Arcari Oriental Rug and New England Home Magazine were proud to sponsor the "5 Under 40 Awards", spotlighting the hottest emerging talent in residential design in New England, including architecture, interiors, furniture, and home-design products and accessories.  

Selected by an all-star committee of regional design leaders, 5 Under 40 winners are the people to watch, producing some of the most beautiful and innovative work available today.  Each winner had the opportunity to design a custom rug produced by Landry & Arcari. Rugs were auctioned off at the "5 Under 40" gala on June 10, and proceeds benefitted Barakat.
The event took place Thursday, June 10, and saw some of the hottest emerging talent in residential design, all while supporting Barakat's work to promote female literacy in South and Central Asia.


Artists for Humanity Epicenter
100 W. 2nd Street
Boston, MA 02127


For more information please visit the

New England Home Magazine website.

Barakat hosts first speaker series on Afghanistan

As opinions abound about how to fix the situation in Afghanistan, typical Afghans, particularly women and girls, are overlooked and disempowered. Hosted by Barakat, "Defeating the Taliban through Education" had Prof. Nick Mills, author of KARZAI – The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan, discuss the birth of democracy in Afghanistan, the challenges it faces, and how Afghan citizens can be empowered through education to overcome the Taliban. Thanks to all who came!

Nick Mills is an associate professor in the Journalism Department of Boston University’s highly regarded College of Communication. Mr. Mills had a long career as an award-winning journalist in Boston and New York. In 2004 he served as an advisor and trainer in the Office of the spokesman for the President of Afghanistan, in Kabul.  In 2005, Mr. Mills spent three months in Kabul meeting with President Hamid Karzai, gathering material for his biography, which was released in August of 2007.  In the 1980s Mr. Mills worked with the Afghan Resistance and was a founder of the Afghan Media Resource Center in Peshawar Pakistan in 1987.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Boston University School of Hospitality (SHA)  110
928 Commonwealth Ave., Boston MA 02115

Grand Opening of Somerville Crafts Store to Benefit Barakat

It may not be too early to start shopping for the holiday season!

Methok Gift Shop

Methok, a new gift shop in Union Square, Somerville hosted its opening night as a charity sale event for Barakat. A portion of the purchases made by customers was donated to Barakat for use in its educational programs in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Methok, Tibetan for ‘flower’, carries a range of products from South Asia, East and North Africa including jewelry, sculptures, carpets and pottery. The shop is run by Tsering Lha, a Tibetan woman who has been receiving encouragement from the local Somerville population to open an arts and crafts shop in Union Square.

Thanks to all who came!

Time: Friday, October 3rd, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: 62A Summer Street
Somerville, MA 02143 (get directions)
Phone: (617) 440-3620