After two years of great Walks for Literacy, our entire Cambridge Office was looking forward to another great event – and we got one! In a stroke of good news from the weatherman, there was lots of sun and a crisp breeze last Saturday as 160 Walkers came out in support of literacy in South and Central Asia. Participants came from many age groups and occupations, but everyone was motivated by the same cause – our footsteps were seen all around Cambridge! Our distinguished speakers, Mayor of Cambridge David Maher and human rights activist, Liz Walker, both touched on the idea of collective action in their speeches during the opening ceremony, and urged all participants, especially the youth, to value education and literacy.
After the Walk finished, we caught up with a few Walkers who were thrilled to share their thoughts about the event:
Barakat Board of Advisers member, Carolyn Lee, summed up her motivation for the Walk by stressing literacy’s importance in developing countries: ”The only way you will ever have peace in a country like Afghanistan is if you educate the women.”
The 6th grade class at Pierce Elementary School in Brookline, MA have been learning about education in Afghanistan for weeks now. After concluding their studies of Afghanistan and holding fundraisers for Barakat, students walked with their families to show their support for the cause. Sarah Dreyfus, a 6th grader at Pierce, shared her connection with girls and women in Afghanistan: “At the beginning, women in Afghanistan felt so different from us, but we’re all the same and everyone deserves to have an education. I love learning about Afghanistan because it’s so different from here. The projects about Afghanistan that we did in school made this cause come alive, and it made it more fun to learn about.”
Groups from area high schools like Newton Country Day School and colleges including Northeastern University, Endicott College and Boston University were also representing their schools at the Walk. Gaby Mun of Endicott College was particularly inspired by Liz Walker’s words: “We live in a really privileged place. Being here and listening to Liz Walker speak reminded me of how important literacy is.”
Our Walk for Literacy was a huge success because of the large amount of people that contributed. The event would never have been possible without all of our Walkers, school groups, volunteers and donors. We walked together and learned from each other, while showing support for women and children thousands of miles away. Thanks to everyone who made this event so successful!
Did you miss the Walk or are you still interested in doing more It’s never too early to start preparing for next year’s walk, so keep on fundraising — every dollar you raise helps women and children who wouldn’t have been able to go to school get an education. And thanks for a great Walk!