Fasting 5K Run for Barakat

As they approached the landmark Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) mosque in Boston, a rally of supporters awaited to cheer on the fasting runners who had just completed a 5k run to raise money for schoolchildren in Attock, Pakistan. What started out as a modest effort by a group of friends to raise $2,500 for one…

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Barakat on Huff Post

Watch and listen to Barakat's Executive Director Angha Childress talk about the importance of education in Afghanistan.  

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What's New

From time to time, this page is updated with information about Barakat; our schools and programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and events in and around Cambridge generated by Barakat and our supporters. Transform Lives. Support Barakat.  In this short video from 2014, created by C-Squared, a creative media and event company, Barakat’s board members, former interns and staff…

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2015 E3

Join us for an elegant evening to learn about three “E’s” — Engage. Educate. Empower.   Thursday, April 30, 2015 Microsoft NERD Center,  1 Memorial Drive, Ste. 100, Cambridge, MA 02142 6:00-9:00 PM Registration Fee: $25.00  This event features 20 years of Barakat’s work, in pictures, and a short video to help raise local awareness about educating girls…

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A Second Chance at Education

Barakat’s Literacy Programs Getting an education for an Afghan woman can be a chancy process, often dependent on luck and timing.  Traditional schools are age-restricted, omitting tens of thousands of females.  In rural areas, distance to a school can be prohibitive.  And there is the ever-present threat of the Taliban. In order to best work with…

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A Good Deed on an Empty Stomach

Fasting 5K Run for Barakat Originally started as a small venture spearheaded by a group of friends, the August 3 Fasting 5K Run for Barakat has grown into a nation-wide event that has raised over $14,000 to buy new computers for all five of Barakat’s schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The run’s huge success and the eager participation from cities across the United States—like…

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Women Helping Women

East Shore Women’s Perspective Potluck Dinner Benefits Barakat   On May 19, long time supporters of Barakat in Pacific Northwest hosted a benefit potluck dinner for Barakat. Over delicious food, prayers, discussion and song, Barakat’s Executive Director Angha Childress provided an insight into the inequality girls and women face in South and Central Asia. She also provided an overview of Barakat’s schools and programs and…

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