BRAC USA

Our mission is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. Our interventions aim to achieve large scale, positive changes through economic and social programs that enable men and women to realize their potential.
Nov 19, 2014

We're reaching girls left behind

Momina  BRAC
Momina BRAC

BRAC's pre-primary education program in Pakistan reaches children left behind by the formal education sytem. Often these are girls who are needed at home, or more often, children whose parents can't afford to pay school fees. Muhammed Rafaqat is one of those parents. He is a shopkeeper and a father of two. He said his son grew up healthy, but his daughter, Momina, was born with special needs. Together with his wife Zarqa, Mahammad consulted doctors in their area and were able to get her the best treatment they could afford.

Muhammad and Zarqa wanted their daughter to have an education, but it was extremely difficult. There were no schools in their area that could offer the special attention Momina needed and it was impossible to send her to a school in another region.

"When BRAC started its pre-primary school in our area," Muhammad said, "we met the teachers who informed us they could take Momina in. Our hearts were filled with joy at the prospect of getting our daughter into school."

Now, Muhammad says he and his wife regularly meet with Momina's teachers and get updates on her progress at school. She was initially shy and timid, but now her teachers say she takes part in classroom activites and extra curriculars.

"She has made lots of friends and she talks about them when she gets home," Muhammad said. "My daughter seems more confident now."

Zarqa became a member of the school management commitee (similar to a parent-teacher group that meets regularly), and both parents continue to support their daughter.

Thanks to GlobalGiving donors and help from partners, BRAC opened and currently runs 100 pre-primary schools in Khybur-Pakhtunkhwa province and graduated nearly 3,000 girls in March 2014. Please continue to support our efforts by empowering girls and families most in need of second chance at an education.

Nov 4, 2014

Ebola compromises food supply

Musu Flomo, Liberia, April, Alison Wright 2014
Musu Flomo, Liberia, April, Alison Wright 2014

Musu Flomo in her kitchen garden in Gbarnga, Liberia on April 25, 2014. Musu received her seeds, watering can and training from BRAC. She grows okra, peppers, cassava, and watermelon for her family and to sell in the market. BRAC is working to stop Ebola so farmers like Musu can continue their work.

The Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone has been catastrophic, putting a severe strain on already over-burdened and under-resourced health care systems. BRAC staff were some of the first responders, distributing disinfectant, chlorine as well as providing educational materials such as flyers, posters, and broadcasting radio jingles about preventative measures. Global Giving donors were instrumental in supporting these efforts. To find out more about how we are combating Ebola, see the links below.

Due to travel bans and restrictions on public gatherings, BRAC was forced to temporarily halt programming, including its agriculture and livestock operations, in August. BRAC offices reopened in September and programs are being modified, adjusting to government restrictions during this state of emergency. Luckily, BRAC offices, residences, poultry and seed farms have been found in good condition, although marketplaces are not yet operating as usual.

These closed markets and disruptions in food supply have caused devastating shortages in both Liberia and Sierra Leone. BRAC’s emergency response plan complements the efforts of the World Food Program by distributing food and other necessary supplies to quarantined households.

BRAC asks that you keep in your thoughts the families of farmers, community health promoters, mentors, staff, and volunteers who have lost their lives combatting this deadly disease.

Please support our emergency response plan by visiting the links below.

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Nov 3, 2014

Meet Rachel

Rachel Chezari  Alison Wright 2014
Rachel Chezari Alison Wright 2014

Rachel Chezari is a maize farmer working in Dodoma, a city in the Ipagal district of Tanzania. Rachel is part of BRAC’s Livelihood Enhancement through Agricultural Development, or LEAD program. With the help of BRAC, Rachel makes about $450 a year, enough to support her three boys. She works in the maize fields and has been taught by BRAC how to use fertilizer to improve her crops and sell them at the market. Rachel is one of many entreprenuers trained and supported by BRAC with agriculture and livelihood training. Help more women like Rachel support their families and donate today!

Rachel and three boys  Alison Wright 2013
Rachel and three boys Alison Wright 2013
Fertilizer for crops  Alison Wright 2014
Fertilizer for crops Alison Wright 2014
Shucking corn  Alison Wright 2014
Shucking corn Alison Wright 2014

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