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.
Mar 13, 2015

Agriculture Innovations Empower Farmers

Grace is a farmer in BRAC
Grace is a farmer in BRAC's Agriculture project

BRAC takes an integrated approach to help people rise out of poverty and realize their potential. This is why BRAC has been developing an extensive agricultural network that invests in research and technology that could increase farming yields, and as a result empower farmers in Tanzania.  

BRAC has already established an effective method of production, distribution and marketing of quality seeds at reasonable prices and has created a system where poor farmers receive microcredit support. There are also numerous agricultural training programs provided to the farmers, such as the Vegetable and Kitchen Farmers program, where the farmers are provided with technical knowledge about producing simple crops in small pieces of land.

However, BRAC wants to go beyond its current success in Tanzania and develop a system where production is increased by expanding irrigation, there is greater access to quality fertilizers and pesticides, and larger investment in its agriculture research stations to develop disease-resistant seed varieties. The current activities along with BRAC’s plan to expand the project will target the problem of poor crop productivity in a more effective manner.  

Thank you for donating to support this work. As we look to catalyze agricultural innovation in Tanzania we appreciate your help in empowering our farmers! 

Feb 20, 2015

BRAC Students Out-perform Their Peers

Children learning in a BRAC pre-primary school
Children learning in a BRAC pre-primary school

With the help of GlobalGiving donors and outside funders, BRAC Pakistan initiated its Early Childhood Education Project in 2009 as a pilot with 20 pre-primary schools in the Haripur district of the Pakistani province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project was successful in its initial phase and has been expanded to new locations in Haripur and two new districts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province—Swabi and Charsadda. Two hundred new locations were chosen based on the absence of government schools, especially for girls in those respective areas.

The Early Childhood Education Project follows a community-driven model, ensuring active involvement by parents, BRAC teachers, and government teachers of local schools. According to a mid-term review conducted by an independent consultant, the model has been very successful as it found that students in the BRAC pre-primary schools showed significant improvements along a number of child development outcomes. The report showed that the students consistently exhibited improvements in cognitive and problem-solving abilities, improvements in fine motor skills and enhanced behavioral outcomes. As a result, children in the BRAC pre-primary schools are better prepared for primary school, and have shown to outperform their peers. The project has already been able to achieve a 94% transition rate from its pre-primary schools to local primary schools. 

“BRAC students have fine motor skills, besides a know-how of reading/writing as compared to other students. In addition these students follow instructions properly” said Mrs. Abdul Waheed, a teacher at the Crescent Model School in Haripur who is a supporter of the project.

Thank you for your continuous support, which has put us on track to achieve our goal of benefiting 6000 children through this project.  

Feb 13, 2015

Putting Entrepreneurs Back On Their Feet

Sallay Mansaray and Tennah Kamara. Sierra Leone.
Sallay Mansaray and Tennah Kamara. Sierra Leone.

Sallay Mansaray and Tennah Kamara work in the fields, watering their crops in Waterloo, Sierra Leone. With your help we can help these women get back on their feet. 

Although the situation in West Africa is by most measures under control, the impact of the Ebola outbreak on community and farming activities in Liberia and Sierra Leone has been catastrophic. As governments closed or restricted cross-border transactions, there was a scarcity of agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, seeds and agro-tools. This lead to a drop in output from farming activities and also caused disruption to the regular farming cycle. Although all BRAC operations in Sierra Leone and Liberia resumed in November 2014, the farmers are still struggling to produce crops due to a price hike in seed prices. 

BRAC intended to make the program self-sufficient in the third year of its operation, but had to reassess this goal and reallocate funds to maintain farming activities during the Ebola crisis. 

BRAC is taking necessary steps that aim to accelerate the recovery process for the farmers affected by the Ebola crisis. This includes developing a program that will build the capacity and resilience of Agriculture systems in order to achieve long-term positive social, economic and nutritional results. The recovery program also promotes entrepreneurship and improvement in food supply production. BRAC will also provide financial and credit support for farmers and micro-entrepreneurs who have been directly affected by the outbreak. We are looking to raise funds that would allow us to provide cash transfers to the farmers in order to support household income and help replace raw inputs, such as seeds and fertilizers. 

Thank you for donating to support this work. As we look to build further resilience in West Africa we appreciate your help to put entreprenuers back on their feet!

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