Upcoming Events

Barakat is constantly working with different organizations to raise funds to support our programs. These fundraisers range from fundraisers we organize ourselves such as the Walk for Literacy to fundraisers that are held on our behalf. To help promote fundraisers that are held on our behalf we will keep this page updated with all fundraisers that are being held both online and special events around the country!

Pakistan kids at school

5 under 40 Design Event, September 12th 2019

New England Home‘s “5 Under 40” awards spotlight the hottest emerging talent in New England’s residential design categories: architecture, interiors, specialty design (furniture, textiles, lighting, accessories, and other home products), and landscape design.
Selected by an exceptional committee of regional design leaders, “5 Under 40” award winners are the people to watch, producing some of the most beautiful and innovative work available today.
Our festive awards celebration to admire our 2019 winners will occur in September, where custom rugs designed by the award winners and produced by Landry &Arcari Rugs and Carpeting will be auctioned off.

The Tenth Annual 5 Under 40 Awards will take place on September 12, 2019. Tickets available now, click here to purchase!

Rug Preview: 6:00 pm 

Award Ceremony & Rug Auction: 6:30 pm 

Cocktail Party: 7:30 pm 

The Galleria at 333 Stuart Street, Boston, MA. 


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5 Under 40 Rug Auction: September  13, 2018

For the past eight years Barakat has been fortunate enough to benefit from a rug auction hosted by New England Home and Landry and Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting. 5 Under 40 is a design competition where five designers in the design industry are selected to design rugs and have their designs hand woven by rug weavers in Nepal. Every September the rugs are auctioned off and the money raised at the event is donated to Barakat.

11th Annual Walk for Literacy: September 29, 2018

Barakat’s flagship fundraiser is the 11th Annual Walk for Literacy which starts at 10 am in Cambridge Common Park in Cambridge. Participants register online for $30 or at the door for $40 and receive breakfast, lunch and a free t-shirt. The walk route takes walkers on a tour of Cambridge with the option of walking either 2.5 miles or 5 miles.

This year we are making it even more accessible to more people by offering a virtual option to this year's walk. The virtual walk will kick off on August 6th, all participants will be sent a t-shirt regardless of how they participate. More information about the walk can be found here.


Ongoing Events

Global Giving Fundraiser for Pakistani School Security Improvements

Recent events in Pakistan have prompted us to update security around or schools to make school a safe place for the over 1,000 students and teachers that use the buildings daily. Barakat is running an online Global Giving Fundraiser to help cover the cost of the improvements. The fundraiser can be found here.

Global Giving Fundraiser for 1,700 Students in Afghanistan

In an effort to help raise funds for our schools in Afghanistan we've launched an online fundraiser specifically focused on those students that we often don't mention much about but are still as equally important as the other students we work so hard to educate. Our Afghan schools have around a 50% female enrollment rate so it is more important than ever that we help support the girls brave enough to gain an education. For more information click here.

Past Fundraisers

Newman's Own Foundation Challenge Fundraiser:
November 21, 2017- January 3, 2018

This year for our end of year fundraiser we are doing something a little different, we're participating in a challenge fundraiser. We are competing against hundreds of other organizations across the country to win up to $150,000. We are looking for friends of Barakat to create peer-to-peer fundraisers and share with your friends and family why you choose to support us. To participate in this fundraiser click here.


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