Staff

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.

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Fraidoon Omer – Country Director, Afghanistan

Fraidoon Omer graduated from Ankara University in Turkey with a degree in Turkish Literature. Mr. Omer then went on to work with the DORUK Company in Istanbul until 2005. He later worked as a translator in Kabul for several years before coming to work for Barakat in 2007. Mr. Omer is fluent in Dari, Pashtu, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek and English. With his interest and experience with languages Mr. Omer joined our staff in our North Office where he arranged seminars and literacy teacher trainings. In his new role, he is responsible for all aspects of the agency, including operations and management of our offices in Northern Afghanistan as well as overseeing Barakat’s schools and programs in Afghanistan.

Mia Buchsbaum

Mia Buchsbaum- Director,  Cambridge office

Mia Buchsbaum is a recent graduate of Emerson College where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Arts Management and a minor in Business. Mia first started with Barakat as an intern in the summer of 2012 and has been volunteering every fall with the Walk for Literacy. Outside of her work with Barakat she works at the Calderwood Pavillion at Boston Center for the Arts in the south end as a front of house staff member. Mia is excited to be continuing to work with Barakat to help raise funds for the programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan to help the organization continue to grow and continue to educate children.