Barakat would not be so readily equipped to provide for the students in its schools and programs without support from partners around the country who are equally passionate about quality education. One such supporter is East Shore Church in Seattle, who just concluded a positive fundraiser to benefit Barakat’s schools and programs! Over the weekend, East Shore Women’s Perspective partnered with the neighboring Muslim Association of Puget Sound to hold a benefit potluck dinner. Guests had a chance to hear from speakers about education in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Farida Hakim, who is an advisor to the Muslim Association of Puget Sound and teaches an ‘Islam: Myths & Facts’ course at Bellevue College, spoke about the historical perspective of women’s education in Pakistan. Zahra Arif spoke about the state of women’s education in Afghanistan. She currently works for the Boeing Company as a Manufacturing Manager. Having lived in the United States for 15 years after being raised in Pakistan to Afghani parents, she had a unique perspective to offer to the discussion.
This Seattle-based event raised close to $4,000 to directly benefit Barakat’s literacy programs for girls and women in Afghanistan! We would like to say a huge thank you to the East Shore community in Seattle for putting together this spectacular event! Their support will be a significant help to continue empowering girls and providing quality education for the many students who attend Barakat’s literacy programs.