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.
Jun 29, 2015

Poultry hatchery in the press

Inquirer article features BRAC hatchery
Inquirer article features BRAC hatchery

Thanks to GlobalGiving supporters, BRAC’s poultry hatchery in Liberia has been paramount to Liberia rebuilding supply chains following the Ebola outbreak. Much of this was detailed in the last report.

To date, BRAC has trained 240 backyard poultry farmers and 200 community livestock promoters. Its nutrition campaigns and meetings have reached more than 90,000 people. BRAC was also featured in Liberia’s local paper, The Inquirer. Below is the article as it appeared on May 26, 2015.

BRAC-Liberia Gives Boost to Poultry Industry

BRAC Liberia, a non-government organization, which started its livestock and agriculture development program in Liberia in 2008, says while the poultry sector remains an important economic sector, it also plays a key role in income generation, poverty alleviation and food security of the country.

This intervention has made a tremendous change in the poultry industry and is helping scores of Liberians raise more chickens and meat as well as encouraging them to produce fresh eggs and meat in the country to reduce malnutrition.

BRAC Liberia has successfully established a poultry hatchery and feed mill in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and is currently producing quality feed for the poultry and pig farmers in rural communities.

Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam, BRAC Liberia Country Representative said despite the difficulty the poultry industry continues to grow in Liberia. He expressed optimism that the poultry industry will play a key role in boosting the country’s economy in a not too distant future.

Salam added that more farmers are joining in the industry’s rapid development stressing, “The poultry industry is growing smoothly because of new technology and the use of locally available feed ingredients, breeding, hatching, and other inputs. Let this sector flourish to benefit the country.”

With the full implementation BRAC Poultry Hatchery and Feed Mill would serve as a remedy to the growing public demand for meat and fresh eggs in Liberia’s trade and commerce, thereby creating employment opportunities for poultry and livestock farmers.

More than 1,000 farmers and 600 livestock and poultry promoters are currently benefiting from the program styled as BRAC Diamond Poultry Feed and BRAC Diamond Pig Feed. Also this paper observed that some 20 staff is working with the project which includes technicians, shed supervisors, cleaners and laborers.

[The project] is expected to be sustained for several years wherein poultry farmers around the country will be self-sustainable and at the same time generate more income to improve their shattered lives after several years of civil war in Liberia.

Jun 29, 2015

Creating opportunities for Afghan girls

"I am no longer ashamed because I do not know."
"I am no longer ashamed because I do not know."

In Afghanistan, it is estimated that only one in three girls will complete her primary education. This project set out to empower women and girls by triggering ‘the girl effect’: training female teachers, creating safe spaces for adolescents, and educating primary school girls who otherwise would not receive an education.

With your support, BRAC has made great progress to create opportunities for Afghan girls. With help from funding partners, BRAC has created 1670 community based girls’ schools and enrolled more than 50,000 marginalized girls. This is no small feat. In many Afghan communities, one of the biggest challenges girls face is mobility. To go to BRAC schools, girls don’t have to leave their villages, which helps minimize the security threat and calms worried parents. In addition, BRAC teachers foster creative thinking through modern pedagogies to teach language, literacy, numeracy, science and religion. In a region where rote memorization is usually the norm, these colorful, cheerful schools foster early childhood development and playful learning.

To help adolescents who have dropped out of school, BRAC has a stipend program as well as a peer-mentoring program to give girls support and education opportunities. By the close of this project, BRAC will provide stipends to 6,000 girls who have dropped out of school so they can re-enter government schools. BRAC has already trained 4,000 mentors who each run a girls' club that creates a safe space for adolescents to learn about health issues and life skills.

One of the biggest successes BRAC had this year was a storytelling competition for girls from its primary schools. The aim of the competition was to foster students’ communication skills, enhance public speaking skills, develop positive reading habits and improve students’ awareness about personal health and hygiene, history and culture. The event was a huge success.

“We are committed to the Afghan people and international community to provide education for those who do not have access to education, and this project is one of them,” said Mr. Ghulam Jelani Hamayun the deputy minister for Academic Affairs of the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan.

See the attached link to read more about the storytelling competition.

BRAC is grateful to supporters for providing opportunities for Afghan girls eager for an education.

Links:

Jun 26, 2015

Closing out the year with success

Student in BRAC school in Pakistan.
Student in BRAC school in Pakistan.

Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving donors, BRAC’s mission to reach disadvantaged students left out of the formal education system in Pakistan has been a success.

Your donations were matched and multiplied by partner organizations, which allowed us to educate more children—and more girls – than we had originally proposed.

BRAC is now running 100 early childhood education centers in three districts in Pakistan, reaching more than 6,000 students. These schools give children educational opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t be afforded. BRAC students are children with disabilities, girls whose parents can’t afford school, and others who face huge barriers to getting an education. 

This program educates these left-behind children and then mainstreams them to government schools so that they continue their education. This year, BRAC succeeded in transferring 93 percent of its ‘graduated’ students to primary schools.

Another goal of the project was to engage parents and community members to show them the value of educating girls. After two years in the community, the schools have gained the support of key stakeholders, including families. BRAC’s parent forums maintained a 49 percent attendance rate and at the end of the period, communities began to embrace and protect these schools.

Challenges still exist in many of the areas where BRAC operates. Security threats, terrorist attacks and government restrictions on movement make it difficult for students to pursue an education, especially females. However, by working closely with the community, having effective relationships with local security agencies and adapting activities when challenges arise helped the project stay on track. 

There is still so much work to be done to empower girls in Pakistan. BRAC appreciates the support from donors like you who understand that change must happen at the community level. Sometimes it’s slow going, sometimes it’s difficult, but once communities understand the value of educating girls, the tides will begin to change. Thank you!

donate now:

Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $25
    give
  • $75
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $200
    give
  • $25
    each month
    give
  • $75
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $200
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Reviews of BRAC USA

Great Nonprofits
Read and write reviews about BRAC USA on GreatNonProfits.org.