2020 '5 under 40' is going online to fundraise for Barakat Education Projects: Bid for Education, Bid for Change
Who we are:
Barakat focuses on educating women and children, with an emphasis on creating programs that would encourage families to send their daughters/wives/mothers to school. These programs are currently located in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Barakat offers free quality education at five schools in these two countries. We also run home-based literacy programs for girls and women in Afghanistan as well as Evening Schools for Girls in Pakistan.
What we do:
Barakat offers a different approach to women's education by offering at home literacy programs to women ages 7-75 so that they can learn to read and other basic skills, so they are able to make a difference in their community. We also offer free education to children of all ages from elementary school all the way up to high school. Barakat offers an education to both boys and girls in elementary school, however we only offer high school and college scholarships to girls
Studies done in 2015 found that there were an estimated 8.4 million students enrolled in primary and secondary schools, up from the estimated 1 million students in 2001. Unfortunately, there's still around 3.3 million school age children, most of which are girls are still not enrolled in any level of school. When it comes to adult education only seven percent of men and only three percent of women have completed any form of education. Education has a lasting impact on girls, families, and communities around the world - girls with eight years of education are four times less likely to be married when still children; a girl who receives an extra year of secondary education can earn 20% more than others when she becomes an adult; and educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school.
What is 5 under 40:
New England Home‘s “5 Under 40” awards spotlight the hottest emerging talent in New England’s residential design categories: architecture, interiors, specialty design (furniture, textiles, lighting, accessories, and other home products), and landscape design.
Selected by an exceptional committee of regional design leaders, “5 Under 40” award winners are the people to watch, producing some of the most beautiful and innovative work available today.
All proceeds from the sale of the rugs go to Barakat.