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, 2011

BRAC's Girl Effect keeps growing!

The Girl Effect is growing and going strong in Tanzania!  With support from you, the Nike Foundation, and UNICEF, we now have a total of 180 ELA clubs in Tanzania with more than 6,500 girl members!

Here's the progress on the 20 clubs you've helped to fund:

  • 830 members and 20 mentors (one for each club)
  • All 830 members are now taking a life skills training course
  • 175 girls provided with livelihood training
  • 244 girls have formed microfinance clubs and taken out more than $37,000 in loans to help start and grow their business initiatives

Thanks for your continued support. It means the world - and the future - to these girls!

See what else BRAC has been up to at www.bracusa.org.

All the best,

Michelle

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May 12, 2011

Insana's Story: A Student and a Teacher

Insana
Insana

For this project report, I wanted to share with you the story of a girl who had to make a heartbreaking decision to give up on her dream of an education and a chance at a better life in order to help her family. Thanks to your generous support, she is now living her dream and supporting her family: Insana is 18 years old. She lives in a village in Kalampur, Dhamrai in Bangladeth. When she was in Grade 10, Insana was forced to drop out of school as her family was unable to bear the associated costs and needed one more hand to add to the meager family income. This was a big blow for Insana, as she enjoyed school and wanted to continue her education further. Nevertheless, in response to her family’s needs, Insana stopped going to school and started rearing some chicks and ducks to help support her family. Insana was a member of a local SoFEA club, and her club mentor and the staff became aware of this and offered her the chance to enroll in a training program to learn tailoring came. Although there was pressure from her family to find a higher earning job, Insana decided to take up the training. With great determination, she completed the training and won a sewing-machine for her outstanding performance. After the training, Insana started making dresses for her neighbors. Her designs became so popular that she was asked if she would be willing to train others. Hence, along with making dresses, Insana started earning additional income by training girls from her neighborhood. Insana now earns a good living and supports her family by making dresses for neighbours and providing training on tailoring to others. She has enrolled back into Grade 10, covering her own expenses, and is preparing for her Secondary School Certificate exam! Today, thanks to your support, Insana stands confidently, with great faith in her own potential and serves as an inspiration to her fellow club members and her community.

Apr 8, 2011

Celebrating Girls' Empowerment

Last month, women and men across the world celebrated International Women’s Day with marches of solidarity in support of women and girls. BRAC Tanzania staff and girls’ clubs joined the global celebration with a rally, a discussion of women’s issues, and a culture festival. BRAC Tanzania’s participation recognizes of the achievements of the girls in the Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA) program.  Click here to read more and see pictures from the celebration.

Meanwhile, our girls are doing great! All 20 clubs are still running, and we keep making progress with:

  • 830 members and 20 mentors (one for each club)
  • 167 girls provided with livelihood training
  • 244 girls have formed microfinance clubs and taken out more than $33,225 in loans to help start and grow their business initiatives

Thanks for your continued support!

About BRAC

BRAC is a global development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives. BRAC’s holistic approach aims to achieve large scale, positive changes through economic and social programs that enable women and men to realize their potential. BRAC was launched in Bangladesh in 1972 and today reaches more than 138 million people in Africa and Asia through its programs that address poverty by providing micro-loans, self-employment opportunities, health services, education and legal and human rights services. Click here to learn more about BRAC.

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