Ersari Rug

A Chance to WIN a Beautiful Ersari Rug!   Afghanistan’s centuries-old carpet industry has some of the most highly skilled weavers in the world. Hand-knotted rugs are Afghanistan’s largest legal export, with one million Afghans working directly or indirectly in the industry. Afghan weavers have maintained their traditional method of creating entirely handmade carpets, from…

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Fasting 5K – The Spirit of Ramadan

The Fasting 5K Run has humble origins – a small group of friends wanting to incorporate the American love of running with a unique twist: celebrating the spirit of Ramadan by helping others! This group approached Barakat in 2013 to propose a run that would raise $2,500 for one of our school’s computer labs. Well,…

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Barakat’s 7th Annual Walk for Literacy a Success

Saturday, September 27th, marked Barakat’s biggest day of the year – our annual 7th Walk for Literacy! It was a day of community fun, with a record number of walkers from the Greater Boston area. The day’s proceeds will go towards our schools and literacy programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan; a success that we owe…

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Barakat’s Success in the Students Own Words

For students at Barakat’s schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, education is not only about reading, writing and arithmetic; it is about learning how to think, question and speak for change. Through quality education, our students gain access to opportunities – not only for economic mobility, but also for meaningful engagement with society. They gain the…

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Building Barakat Playgrounds: Run in the “Fasting 5k” on July 19

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world gather just after sundown to break each day’s long fast together. For the second year in a row, the “Fasting 5k” will honor this tradition by bringing people together in four US cities to run in support of education. Last year, the event raised $15,000 to support Barakat’s programs…

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Barakat’s 2013 End of the Year Campaign Successful

We wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who supported Barakat through individual donations in 2013! In case you haven’t heard the official figure, our end-of-the-year campaign brought in almost $60,000! We are truly appreciative of the consistent support from loyal friends like you, as it helps immeasurably in providing quality, empowering education…

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Seattle Fundraiser Unifies a Community for Girls’ Education

Barakat would not be so readily equipped to provide for the students in its schools and programs without support from partners around the country who are equally passionate about quality education. One such supporter is East Shore Church in Seattle, who just concluded a positive fundraiser to benefit Barakat’s schools and programs! Over the weekend,…

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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…

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