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.
May 12, 2014

Family Farming under way in Liberia and Sierra Leone

A workshop for kitchen gardeners - Sierra Leone
A workshop for kitchen gardeners - Sierra Leone

Thanks to support from other partners, the Family Farming project is under way in both Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone

This project, which focuses on food security for rural women, is being implemented in six districts of Sierra Leone covering 20 BRAC branches. Under the general agriculture program, 300 farmers have received training on rice production and vegetable gardening. Specific to the Family Farming project, we can report that basic training in kitchen gardening has been given to 300 rural women and we have begun establishing Village Nutrition Committees in the six districts in which BRAC operates.

Liberia

Activities within the Family Farming project in Liberia area also going well. The BRAC Liberia team has already recruited and trained 175 rural women in kitchen gardening and 25 Village Nutrition Committees have been established within the six counties that BRAC runs operations.

Stay tuned for further updates and encourage your friends and family to contribute to this project that is literally changing the landscape for rural women!

May 12, 2014

BRAC runs successful country-wide mathematics competition

One of the winners of the mathematics competition!
One of the winners of the mathematics competition!

After 12 years work establishing an education program in Afghanistan, BRAC was able to organize a country-wide mathematics competition in which 17,840 male and female students from 600 BRAC schools participated. Out of the 17,840 students, 14 competitors advanced to the national level and received awards including the student pictured above.

The month long competition ended on March 16, 2014 and the awards ceremony was held at Kabul Paris Hall. The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests from the government of Afghanistan as well as key members of the BRAC Afghanistan team.

The competition was unique that we designed it in a way to increase the confidence and numeracy skills of the students, encouraging the ability to solve complex problems. All students participated in the event were very keen, interested, enthusiastic and lively.

It is within this context that BRAC is currently operating the Education for All project to trigger the girl effect in Afghanistan. We are assisting the government of Afghanistan towards its goals of universal enrollment by 2020 and creating an educational culture that is more girl-friendly.

With help from our other partners, the BRAC Afghanistan team is on its way to meeting the goals that we have set out for this project. So far, the team has established 1,601 of the 4,000 community based schools, including 200 pre-primary schools. The team has begun recruiting and training local women as teachers as well as providing training to teachers and officials in the government school system. Currently, 944 government teachers have received additional training as well as 32 Ministry of Education officials.

The team hopes to begin establishing the Adolescent Learning Centers (ALCs) by 2015. The ALCs will become spaces for girls who have been left out of formal education. By contributing to this project, you are helping to create an environment in which girls education is valued. When a girl is educated, she is more likely to continue education, more likely to delay marriage and motherhood, and she increases her lifetime earning potential. This is the girl effect in action!

May 9, 2014

The BLBC on its way to sustainability

The BLBC team in Port au Prince
The BLBC team in Port au Prince

Building upon its decade of experience in Bangladesh, the BRAC Haiti team established a Limb and Brace Center (“the BLBC” or “the Center”) in Port au Prince that is making and fitting artificial limbs and braces, in addition to providing counseling and rehabilitation services. The Center opened its doors in September 2010 - its start up and subsequent operations for the past four years were made possible by our committed partners.

A priority goal of BRAC and our partners has been capacity building of the Center’s Haitian staff to eventually transition the BLBC into a quality health care organization that is run locally. To that end, our experienced BRAC staff have been working closely to train local Haitian staff as technicians and medical officers.

In March 2013, BRAC finalized an important partnership with AmeriCares that will allow the Center to more fully realize the goals set out for the Center by it’s founding partners. This partnership will establish the Center as a locally run social enterprise that will be self-sustainable after ten years. AmeriCares has agreed to fund 80% of the operating costs of the Center for the next three years and will also provide management oversight and assist with communications strategies.

The Center must to continue to grow its patient base and will do this by expanding participation and communications in the referral network - BRAC has built solid relationships with the community and its leaders, local doctors, hospitals and other development organizations in Haiti. Transitioning the center to become a locally run organization is key to its long term success as a sustainable health care institution in Haiti.

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