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.
Jul 31, 2014

Still in need of your support!

At the feed mill (BRAC/Alison Wright, 2014)
At the feed mill (BRAC/Alison Wright, 2014)

Introductory funding from other partners has enabled our team in Liberia to begin the feed mill operations! As mentioned in the last report, construction activites on the feed mill, poultry sheds, and office were completed in February 2014 in accordance with the project plan. We have also received the first shipment of chicks.

Now your help is needed to recruit and train agriculture and livestock workers at every level of the value chain. Our goal is that these BRAC-trained extension agents will bring best practices to their communities while making high-quality, low cost agricultural and veterinary inputs available. This program creates livelihood opportunities at every level while working towards food security and increased nutrition.

Please make a contribution to this incredile project!

May 27, 2014

BRAC success in TB control

Since its first write-up in a scientific newsletter in 1991, BRAC has published several academic articles on its successes in tuberculosis treatment and control. We have also contributed chapters to Tuberculosis: an interdisciplinary perspective and more recently, in From One to Many, a collection of programmatic experiences. Ian Smillie dedicates a chapter of his book on BRAC, Freedom from Want, to BRAC's method of tuberculosis control.

In 2011, we decided to write a book to capture the broader elements of the history, collective insights, support systems and strategic thinking behind our TB control program – Making Tuberculosis History: Community-based Solutions for Millions. The book offers a complete account of the program: how it was conceived, piloted, refined, scaled, managed, and ultimately adapted for new contexts, including Bangladesh’s rapidly growing cities and Afghanistan’s remote mountainous regions. Summarizing past successes and current dilemmas, the book’s ultimate aim is to advance efforts to eliminate poverty and disease globally. The public health challenges facing the world today demonstrate the critical need for large-scale thinking; lessons from BRAC’s TB program can inspire others to think creatively about health delivery and advancing towards health for all.

With your support, we are excited to implement this effective program in South Sudan. Please consider contributing to this program.

May 19, 2014

Teacher training has begun

Thanks to initial funding from our partners, BRAC staff in Pakistan has begun recruiting and training local women as teachers to staff the early childhood education centers. BRAC aims to have one local woman placed in every school in the effort to create a girl-friendly learning space, as another of BRAC's overall objectives for this project is to change negative cultural beliefs about educating girls.

As of December 2013, 585 teachers have been trained according to the BRAC methodology. Each school will have one local woman teacher with at least a SSC graduate qualification. The teachers are developed as para-professionals who receive training in child care and development, child psychology and pedagogy materials. Each teacher receives 12 days comprehensive basic training, a three-day new school orientation, as well weekly on-site classroom supervision. BRAC also offers monthly refresher courses.

BRAC Pakistan has also begun establishing the early childhood education centers in communities across seven districts in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. With your help, BRAC can continue this important work in one of the most impoverished provinces in the country.

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