Habibullah Karimi, Co-Founder of Barakat in Boston!-Newsletter 16

Barakat’s cofounders, Chris Walter and Habibullah Karimi, are back together after collaborating long distance for more than a year.  The passions that brought them together more than twenty years ago–carpet weaving and education–remain their focus during this visit.  As conditions in Habibullah’s home country of Afghanistan continue to be strained and Afghan refugees in Pakistan face increasing challenges, the two men continue to make inroads for female education despite the opposition.  

Barakat staff and interns had a unique opportunity to hear from Habibullah and Chris in a Question-and-Answer session at the Barakat office.  These two inspiring individuals also spoke at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) as well as at the Grant Opening for Mohr & McPherson’s new South End rug gallery. 

"Back in the early days we had a rug shop about twice the size of that carpet," Chris reminisced, motioning to an 8′ X 10′ rug.  "We all slept in the shop together on the floor.  It was quite a beginning." 

It was through this close relationship that Barakat’s first school was created.   Habibullah explains: "Barakat was established to be a blessing to the people in the community.  That’s what the word barakat means–blessing.  And that’s what we want to keep bringing to the community, blessings from our work and your work and the vision that we have to provide access to education."