Walk for Literacy Spotlight: Katherine Pegors

Massachusetts doesn’t look very much like Afghanistan, whose different language, sights and smells make it seem a world away from the U.S.  Despite this fact, Arlington resident Katherine Pegors’ commitment to education in this region places her at the center of Barakat’s work in Afghanistan. We sat down with Katherine, who rallied her friends and community to raise money for last year’s Walk for Literacy to discuss why she supports Barakat’s work. 


“I first heard about the walk from a friend in my Arabic class,” explains Pegors, who was studying the language while pursuing a Masters in Electrical Engineering at Boston University.  She explains that her interest in Barakat stemmed from her study of Arabic, as well as her experience studying in Jordan last summer.  “I was impressed with Barakat’s goals and think that being involved with an organization like Barakat is a great way to stay involved with the international community, even from here in Massachusetts.”

Pegors invested a lot of time into her fundraising: she had cards printed with some information about her pledge and about Barakat, plus information about how to donate.

“I had a lot of fun with the girls I walked with. I also got to speak with Barakat staff and leaders, who helped me to understand why the drive for education is so important.”

Katherine offered two last insights about Barakat’s role in the local community: “We can use this as an opportunity to utilize our tremendous capacity and act together for what matters.  By uniting around a cause like literacy abroad, we are helping to give opportunities to women who desire an education; it must be really encouraging for women abroad to know how many people across the world support them.

We’re thrilled for our 3rd annual Walk for Literacy. This year’s walk will take place on Saturday, October16th in the Cambridge Common. Check out more information here!  We hope that like Katherine, you’ll walk with us and stand together for the international human right to education.

Bring a friend or make a new one, enjoy the fall foliage and get out together as a community to take a step forward for education!

And of course, meet Katherine herself!