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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Fifth Annual “5 under 40” Awards Event Benefits Barakat

On the evening of September 11th, designers from the residential design industry and Bostonians who like great designs and elegant parties, gathered at The Galleria in Boston to benefit Barakat at New England Home’s 5 Under 40 Awards. The Awards spotlight five talented designers from interior design, landscape design, architecture, and other fields, who are…

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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 Welcome Two New Board Members

Two more exceptional young leaders joined Barakat’s Board of Directors recently: Shweta Srivastava, a Software Developer at Microsoft Corporation in Cambridge, MA, and Shereen Asmat, a Management Consultant at Bain & Company, Boston, MA. Both bring not only country specific knowledge of educational practices (India and Pakistan respectively), but also technical and business acumen that…

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Barakat's 6th Annual Walk for Literacy Update

Take a Step Forward for Education Grab your family and friends and make sure those shoes were made for walking! You will be supporting our efforts to educate and empower women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Join Barakat at Cambridge Common for our 6th Annual Walk for Literacy starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 28! The Walk…

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Dream of a Better Tomorrow

His father’s unshakable belief in the value of schooling and his own desire for a better life through education are the main forces behind 15-year-old Muhibullah’s drive to succeed. “If I didn’t go to school for a day, my father would send me by force,” he said. Now in the 8th grade at one of Barakat’s schools, Muhibullah has derived inspiration from the…

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