Barakat’s First “E3” Event a Success

Early in the afternoon of April 2nd, Microsoft R & D Center in Cambridge was transformed into the colorful setting of our first ever “Engage. Educate. Empower.” event. We are happy to report that the evening came together as a huge success! Counting all guests, as well as our group of valued volunteers, we had a total of over 100 people come together to engage in an enjoyable evening of camaraderie around a shared mission and a silent auction. The event’s proceeds raised $7,000 for Barakat’s schools and literacy programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

It was a pleasant opportunity to connect with Barakat supporters and new friends over wine and hors-d’oeuvres over the course of the evening. A delicious assortment of pan-Asian dishes catered by One World Cuisine, Thelonious Monkfish, and Moksa accompanied the evening festivities. We are also grateful for the donations of gift items, tickets, and baskets made to the silent auction by many local businesses. Some of the items included an inclusive weekend trip to New York City, an authentic Afghan rug, Pakistani scarves, and a coffee basket donated by Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company.  A line of guests lingered good-naturedly around bid sheets all the way up until the auction’s concluding last call.


When guests needed a break from competing for silent auction items, they had the option of enjoying a beautiful view of the Charles River through the windows, meeting new people, or venturing to have their pictures taken at a handcrafted photo booth. Everyone in attendance embraced their inner silliness with the help of cutout props and cultural outfit pieces, with some truly outstanding photos as a result. To see all the photos from the event, click here.

We gathered to pause the activities at one point in the evening while Barakat’s Executive Director, Angha Childress, highlighted Barakat’s programs for educating girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We also had the pleasure of hearing from Microsoft representative, Terrell Cox, on the topic. Terrell is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council, a vibrant women’s technical community in the Cloud & Enterprise Business of Microsoft, and she spoke about how investing in girls’ education enriches us all.

After much preparation to make this event possible, we at Barakat are so grateful for everyone who came out to join us. We had a truly enjoyable time interacting with everyone who shares a common passion for education in Afghanistan and Pakistan. With the continued support from all of our friends, and a beautiful evening spent at the Microsoft NERD Center, Barakat is able to provide for over 4,000 students in its schools and literacy programs this year!