Barakat is dedicated to providing exemplary basic education in Afghanistan and Pakistan that advances literacy and increases access to secondary education, particularly for girls and women.
Barakat was founded by Chris Walter and Habibullah Karimi after they realized that the families that wove the authentic Turkmen rugs the two men sold abroad, were uneducated. In response, Chris and Habibullah opened a school in Pakistan in 1994, and subsequently added two more. They expanded into Afghanistan, opening two schools there. They then founded Barakat as a means to fund continuing education for these communities, which now includes other people in need in the regions where the schools are located.
Barakat believes that education is a fundamental human right, and continues its mission to provide schooling and literacy programs for marginalized, poor, and refugee communities, and especially for girls and women.