The holiday season is upon us, and it is sometimes difficult to not get lost in the overall chaos of shopping, spending, and self-absorbing in all of the gifts we wish to have. Yes, we can be thankful, but do we really see what truly matters during the holiday season? Are we thankful for what we view as life’s “simplicities”? Meaning, our cars, our homes, heat in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, and most importantly, the one thing that got us to obtain these items, our education.
Many people do not realize that over half of the world does not have the opportunities that we have in the United States to receive an education. This type of education is not collegiate-level, it is intermediate and secondary. A lot of people, women especially, are forced to drop out of school due to unsafe conditions, familial obligations, health issues, and the list goes on into much deeper, scarier realities that we are not accustomed to seeing in our daily lives.
Despite all of the craziness and chaos in your home this holiday season, take some time to think about what is happening in the rest of the world. There are a plethora of programs reaching towards educating the world’s youth that are continuing to grow in success.
Barakat, Inc. is a organization that builds schools in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, and continues to enrich these school’s literacy programs with each donation received.
If you would like to donate to our literacy programs and schools during this holiday season, please visit our website here. We appreciate each and every donation, no matter the amount, and hope you have a healthy and happy holiday season.