Barakat’s Walk for Literacy is an annual event that raises both awareness and funds for our important mission of educating and empowering children and women in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Barakat is dedicated to providing exemplary basic education in Afghanistan and Pakistan: we advance literacy and increase access to secondary education, particularly for girls and women.The walk is a fun and unique event, where a diverse community of walkers come together to support a worthy cause – educating thousands of women and children without access to quality basic education! In 2016 – 2017, more than 3,000 children (over 40 percent of them girls) enrolled in Barakat's five schools. An additional 300 girls and women attended our lower-level and higher-level literacy programs in Afghanistan. Since its inception in 2008, the Walk has grown to attract almost 1,200 walkers and has raised over $120,000.
Why We Need Your Support:
Barakat's goal this year is to have 300 walkers and raise $35,000. With YOUR help, we know we can DO IT! Every step counts and so does every dollar!
11th Annual Walk for Literacy, Virtual:
The virtual walk starts on August 6th so even if you aren't able to participate on September 29th you can still raise funds to make a difference. All participants will be mailed a t-shirt so while taking steps forward for education you can share that your walk is making a difference.
Wear a Fitbit? Just sync your steps taken throughout the day and you can participate! Don't worry if you don't, just take your smartphone with you and use the Charity Footprints app.
Together you can help us walk from Islamabad, Pakistan all the way to our programs in Andkhoy, Afghanistan. Along the way you'll pass through the home of our Pakistan schools in Attock, Pakistan and the capital city of Afghanistan, Kabul.
We would love for you to participate with us on September 29th so we can all come together to take a step forward for education.
11th Annual Walk for Literacy, Cambridge, MA:
Join us for the 11th Annual Walk for Literacy on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Walk check in begins at 9 am EST, and participants are released to start walking at 10 am EST from First Church in Cambridge at 11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138 in Harvard Square. All walkers will receive breakfast, lunch and a free t-shirt.
Pre–registration is $30. Registration at the door is $40. Once you register, set a fundraising goal for yourself or for a team of friends, family, classmates, or colleagues.
COMPLETED: 5 miles
TARGET: 775 miles
RAISED: $ 7,930
TARGET: $ 35,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints by walking from Islamabad to Andkhov.
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Barakat exists to strengthen the fundamental human rights to education in Pakistan and Afghanistan by providing exemplary basic education, increasing access to higher education and advancing literacy, particularly for women and children.

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How Your Participation Helps
Your participation as a walker, or as a donor to support the Walk, will help us educate and empower more women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan! Your support makes the following programs possible:
• $60 sends 1 girl to 1 year of a literacy program.
• $250 helps 1 girl to 1 year of high school.
• $500 helps put 2 girls through 1 year of high school.
• $760 sends 8 students to 1 year of elementary school.
• $2,000 will send 8 girls to 1 year of high school (tuition, uniform & school supplies).
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

This campaign is free to participate in.

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How will I track my distance?

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I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

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