Educational Institutions

BARAKAT Inc

  • Cambridge, MA
  • http://www.barakatworld.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Literacy Program
  2. Afghanistan Schools
  3. Pakistan Schools
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Pakistan: Attock, Punjab Province

Afghanistan: Andkhoy, Faryab and Aqcha, Jowzjan Provinces

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Mia Buchsbaum

Keywords

Self-reported

education, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, literacy, women

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EIN

04-3493675

 Number

6495530364

Physical Address

283 Broadway

Cambridge, 02139

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Barakat's work is concentrated in the South Asian countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan. We are committed to helping end the poverty cycle but empowering girls and women through education. We run five schools and multiple literacy programs to educate girls and women.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Literacy Program

Serves women and girls ages 7-75 who are unable to attend regular school.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

10,000

Program 2

Afghanistan Schools

Barakat operate 3 schools in rural Afghanistan to educate children

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 3

Pakistan Schools

Barakat operates 3 schools in Pakistan to educate children.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of students enrolled

Target Population
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

2. Percentage of females enrolled in Afghanistan

Target Population
Females

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

3. Percentage of females enrolled in Pakistan

Target Population
Females

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We are aiming to end the poverty cycle by educating women and children so they can have a greater impact in their community.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies for making our goal happen is to offer education in non-traditional ways. We work with the community to figure out what forms of school work best for the population instead of only offering the standard day time classes since many women and girls can't attend day time school.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We offer regular day time school but we also offer evening classes and at home literacy programs. By offering more than one option for women and girls to gain an education we're hoping to meet the needs of the largest portion of the uneducated population. By targeting the largest part of the uneducated population we're hoping to increase literacy rates as well as encourage girls to go farther with their education.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We will know that we're making progress when we see the literacy rate begin to rise and enrollment in our schools reaches it's maximum potential.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since we opened our doors we've had thousands of women and girls go through our programs. This past December we had over 500 women graduate from our at home literacy program and female enrollment in our programs is at an all time high of 50%.

    We are still struggling to reach certain demographics in the communities we serve.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Pakistan: Attock, Punjab Province

Afghanistan: Andkhoy, Faryab and Aqcha, Jowzjan Provinces

Additional Documents

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

-Funding through donations for our Walk for Literacy which go directly to support our literacy programs.

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Financials

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BARAKAT, INC.
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

BARAKAT Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mia Buchsbaum

BIO

Mia Buchsbaum is a recent graduate of Emerson College where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Arts Management and a minor in Business. Mia first started with Barakat as an intern in the summer of 2012 and has been volunteering every fall with the Walk for Literacy. Outside of her work with Barakat she works at the Calderwood Pavillion at Boston Center for the Arts in the south end as a front of house staff member. Mia is excited to be continuing to work with Barakat to help raise funds for the programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan to help the organization continue to grow and continue to educate children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

William Mor

No Affiliation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity