Charity & Grassroots in East Somerville

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  • Barakat
    Working in the northwestern Afghan provinces of Faryab and Jowzjan, Barakat's entirely local staff introduces rural Afghan women and girls to reading and math via 10-month-long home-based literacy courses. The introductory lower-level courses, called Sowat Amausi, educate students to a third-grade-literacy level, teaching them to read Dari and understand basic mathematics while also giving them a venue in which to interact with each other in a culturally acceptable way. After the course, students have the option to enroll in the higher-level literacy course to learn Pashto, English, science, drawing, history, and other subjects or enroll in the fourth grade at a formal school. In the past eight years, Barakat has educated 3,975 Afghan girls and women in basic literacy and numeracy skills, with a 97% completion rate.
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    552 Massachusetts Ave
    Cambridge, MA US
  • Harlem Globetrotters
    In the midst of their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.
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    100 North Washington Street
    Boston, MA US
  • New Generation Energy
    New Generation Energy strives to make communities nationwide healthier and more sustainable by funding energy-efficiency projects for other nonprofits. Because these nonprofits—including schools, shelters, libraries, and community centers—must focus efforts on their particular missions, resources for energy-efficiency projects are scarce. New Generation Energy hosts online donation events, provides matching funds, and offers marketing support to help partnering organizations fund their green projects and achieve goals.
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    101 Merrimac St
    Boston, MA US