Monthly Archives: June 2009

Mark your calendars: Barakat’s golf outing is coming up!


golferAttention all aspiring and undiscovered Tiger Woods out there! Barakat is holding a golf outing on August 15.

The event will be held at the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course. All proceeds will be given to our schools and literacy programs in Asia. We’ll be hosting games and contests too, like closest to the pin and longest drive. And even if you’re not that great at golf you still have the opportunity to win a prize through our raffle. Food will be provided with each ticket as well as free gift. If that’s not reason enough to attend, we don’t know what is!

Tickets cost $125 for participant, or save some cash by putting together a group of 4 for $400. It’s sure to be a fun time, and it’s for a great cause. Hope to see you out there! For more information check out our Web site.


A closer look at refugee life


Wondering what daily life is like for the students at Barakat’s schools? Last week the New York Times published an article giving us a closer look at the daily struggles of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan.

According to the article, many of the refugees are taking shelter in schools or others’ homes. Among them is the Khan family, who fled Afghanistan for Pakistan and moved in with relatives.

A total of 75 people crowd in three rooms and share one bathroom.

“This is a test for us,” Akhtar Jan, a mother of four who is part of the extended family told the reporter. “If we don’t smile, we would be dead from crying.”

Many of these refugees go unnoticed by the government, so they don’t receive the available aid.

This makes Barakat’s work more important than ever. The article reports that Pakistan is experiencing its worst refugee crisis since partition from India in 1947. By bringing education to the children of these refugees we inspire hope and empower them with the education to improve their world. Help us help them by checking out the opportunities on our Web site.

Been reading lately? Let us know if you find an article that incorporates Barakat’s mission. We’d love to read about it.

Hey, Barakat has a blog!


What’s that? Barakat started a blog?

The rumors are true! From their tiny office in Central Square, Cambridge, Barakat’s marketing team is working to bring you their latest news. Wanna know when our next fundraisers are? You’re in the right place. Looking for an interesting article on what’s up in Central Asia? We’ll have that too.

Barakat is working to provide education to marginalized communities in South Asia through schools and literacy programs. This blog will be a host for any information regarding that mission. And we want you to help! Think of this blog as a great way to contribute to our goal and bring education to hundreds of women and children who might otherwise never have the chance. Let us know what you’re thinking about these issues! We’d love to hear from you!