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 1, 2014

Girl-friendly learning environments key to educating girls

Some of the major obstacles to girls' educational attainment in Afghanistan are long distance to schools, lack of security, conservative attitudes towards education and restriction on girls' mobility, poverty, male preference, lack of female teachers and the widespread custom of marrying girls at a very early age.

Creating girl-friendly learning environments is one of the main ways to address these barriers. BRAC's method is to establish schools within isolated communities to eliminate long, insecure travel, and to recruit and train local women as teachers. When schools are close-by and classrooms are run by women, parents are more inclined to allow their daughters to go to school as they perceive less risks for thier girls.

As mentioned in the last report, we have already begun recruiting and training local, female teachers to staff the community-based schools that we have established. We have also provided training to nearly 1,000 government school teachers, 334 of which are female. We still need your support to establish the Adolescent Learning Centers (ALCs). The ALCs are meant to be an educational space for adolescents that have been left out of the educational system, and our goal is to provide students with life-skills and livelihood training. Please make a donation today!

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.

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