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.
Aug 8, 2014

Creating sustainability in Haiti

In the last year, BRAC’s Limb and Brace Center in Haiti has taken great strides toward establishing sustainability by building staff capacity, technologically equipping its offices, and developing payment systems to achieve financial independence. Thanks to donations from GlobalGiving funders, the center is on track to maintain its rehabilitation programs and outreach for the next ten years and beyond.

Successes in the last year include organizing a computer data-base to store patient information – which is now operational and managed by a data clerk – professional development for Haitian technicians including management and technical training for staff, and finally, recruitment of a new Communications Manager and Inventory Manager both of whom receive training and support from the BRAC head office.

In addition, communications materials including brochures and pamphlets have been developed and disseminated across communities and partner offices to expand patient reach. The office has also established a new payment system and tiered fee structure to better serve its existing and new patients, while ensuring it meets costs.

BRAC is hopeful that the BLBC will continue to play a vitol role in the community, providing prosthetics and rehabilitation services to those who otherwise wouldn't have access to services.

Aug 8, 2014

Success despite challenges

Girls in a South Sudan classroom, BRAC 2013
Girls in a South Sudan classroom, BRAC 2013

BRAC is grateful to our partners for helping us establish educational infrastructure in some of South Sudan's most challenging areas. Despite violence in the region (see last report), BRAC has achieved great success, providing primary education for almost 6,000 girls. To date, BRAC has trained more than 240 teachers in 300 schools reaching 9,000 youth. BRAC aimed for a 75 percent student attendance rate, and has exceeded expectations, reaching 87 percent, with 80 percent of girls and 89 percent of boys finishing Grade 1.

Teachers in BRAC primary schools are also trained community organizers who work with parents and community members to advocate for girl's education. Each school also has a management committee with seven members, four of them parents, who raise awareness about the primary schools and encourage other parents to prioritize their daughters' education.

The BRAC team had a difficult time finding local women who had the minimal qualifications necessary to become teachers. English proficiency was severely lacking in many of the applicants. To better equip these women as teachers, the BRAC team worked with British Council to develop an English literacy curriculum now offered to teachers as refresher courses twice a month.

Quote from participant at Hai Cost 2 school in South Sudan:

"My name is Marta, and I am 11 years old. My father died when I was young. My three sisters are married and only my brother works, repairing refrigerators to help buy food. I am in primary two. I joined the BRAC school because my brother could not pay my school fees. In class, I like English and in the future, I would like to become a pilot. BRAC helped me with free education, giving me free exercise books, pencils, sharpeners, rubbers and rulers. I am happy for BRAC educating us for free and am happy when I’m in class with friends.”

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Aug 4, 2014

Building capacity and creating livelihoods

Kitchen garden in Sierra Leone
Kitchen garden in Sierra Leone

As mentioned in the last report, funding from other partners has enabled our teams in Sierra Leone and Liberia to begin operations on the ground. Basic training in kitchen gardening has begun for 475 rural women total, and training in backyard poultry rearing is underway for 200 women in Liberia.

 In the last report, we also mentioned that efforts were underway to organize village nutrition committees. We are happy to report that in addition to the 25 village nutrition committees established in Liberia, we have organized 20 nuitrition awareness campaigns in Sierra Leone. The nutrition awareness campaigns bring essential health knowledge to rural women, which empowers them to better care for their families while they receive training in kitchen gardening and poultry rearing.

We still need your support to equip our trainees and future entrepreneurs with agriculture and livestock starter kits! Please make a donation to empower women in Liberia and Sierra Leone!

Small scale poultry operation in Liberia
Small scale poultry operation in Liberia
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