Barakat has teamed up with Global Giving, an organization that helps raise funds for nonprofits. On July 12th, all donations to Barakat up to $1,000 will be matched by 40% while funds last! One of our goals is to reach $13,860 for our schools in Afghanistan in order to provide free education for our students. For more information on donations, click here.
Our schools in Afghanistan are located in Faryab Province and Jowzjan Province, both in northern Afghanistan. Barakat runs two schools, the Mullah Karim Nazar School and the Besh Kappa Surkh School.
Mullah Karim Nazar School: Faryab Province
In 2003, three acres of land were donated by Barakat co-founder Habibullah Karimi’s family. Construction was completed in 2005, and the school was named after Habibullah Karimi’s father. The building has classrooms, offices, and restrooms for faculty and students. As clean water is not available in the area, Barakat provides drinking water for the school.
The Mullah Karim Nazar School currently teaches students in 1st through 9th grade. In 2014-2015, there were 1,021 students total: 563 male and 458 (44%) female. In July, 47 students, 18 girls and 29 boys, will be graduating!
Besh Kappa Surkh School: Jowzjan Province
In 2004, a local resident donated an acre of land to Barakat. Construction on the school was completed in 2007. The building has classrooms, offices, and restrooms for both students and faculty. The school is named after the surrounding communities, Besh Kappa Village and Surkh Village. Barakat also provides clean water for the school.
The Besh Kappa Surkh School currently teaches students through 8th grade, but is looking to expand to 9th grade. In 2015-2016, 472 were students enrolled: 411 male and 62 (12%) female.
Teachers in both the Mullah Karim Nazar School and the Besh Kappa Surkh School are trained by the Afghan government at an education center in Andkhoy, Afghanistan. Students are taught in Dari, the national language of the country. Classes include English, Pashto, Turkish, Arabic, science, mathematics, social science, an Islamic studies.
Home Based Literacy Program
Barakat offers two types of Home Based Literacy Programs. These programs allow girls who would otherwise not go to school receive an education. These courses are made by the Afghan Ministry of Education, and are meant to be similar to the school based programs.
The lower-level course “Sewad Amousi,” meaning, “to teach one to be literate,” is a 10 month program that teaches students in local homes. Students range in age, from 15 to 65 years old. In 2014-2015, there were 266 students in this program.
The other literacy program is a higher-level course called “Sewad Hayati,” meaning “literate for life.” This program runs over the course of six years, and offers many similar classes that are taught in the school based programs. In 2014-2015, there were 290 students in this program.
How You Can Benefit Barakat
Consider donating on July 12th to allow students in these schools to receive a free education!
$10 = 1 month of school for 1 child
$30 = 1 month of school for 3 children
$60 = 1 month of school for 6 children
$90 = 1 year of elementary school for 1 child
$150 = 1 month of school for 16 children
$180 = 1 year of school for 2 children
$540 = 1 year of school for 6 children
$3,600 = 1 year of school for 40 children
Link to donate: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/education-for-1700-children/#menu