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 8, 2014

Early success interrupted by conflict

A primary school in Juba
A primary school in Juba

Thanks to support from other partners, we began operations on this project in 2013. BRAC South Sudan established 300 schools in target communities and enrolled 9,000 students age 8-11, 62% girls, as well as recruited and began training 297 female teachers from local communities. BRAC branches have also established several School Managament Committees with both male and female community members. Of the 9,000 children enrolled in BRAC schools, 85 are children with disabilities. BRAC focuses on enrolling particularly disadvantaged children including those who have never attended school. The schools are in safe and accessible locations in the target communities and have child-friendly teaching environments.

Though this project has enjoyed preliminary success having reached many initial goals for student enrollement, South Sudan entered a period of intense conflict in December. Access to schools was interrupted and all 30 schools in Jonglei state as well as 13 schools in Juba County were closed. Currently, 270 of the 300 schools are open. A limited number of displaced people are beginning to return to Jonglei state.

BRAC staff is in touch with the UN peacekeeping mission for security information. Please considering making a contribution to this important project. BRAC specializes in establishing vital communitiy networks in situations of conflict.

May 6, 2014

Operations have begun!

Through some introductory funding from other partners, BRAC has begun implementing this agriculture development project in Tanzania. A total of 105 local staff have been recruited who will soon become experts in agriculture and veterinary services in their communities. Additionally, BRAC has set baseline goals in 40 branch offices that span 15 regions of the country.

BRAC staff has also conducted preliminary studies of access to finance markets and has developed an agricultural loan product to assist small farmers once they have all been recruited from the communities in which we are operating.

Now is your chance to contribute to this project that is sure to have a positive impact on food security and nutrition within the communities that BRAC serves!

May 5, 2014

The difference Community Health Promoters make

BRAC learned in Bangladesh that it could acheive big strides in healthcare by making basic preventive and curative services available at the community level. Enter the Community Health Promoter (CHP), both a healer and an entrepreneur. BRAC trains women from the community to bring low-cost health care to her neighbor's doorsteps. She earns a living and is able to support her own family while providing life-saving services to her community. The CHP and other community-based health workers are the foundation of our health programs in Liberia and Sierra Leone. 

In Liberia, the health program now reaches more than 539,927 people in seven counties with basic preventive care. By the end of February 2014, 584 CHPs and 300 Traditional Birth Attendants have undergone training for The Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health project. They provide family planning services as well as ante- and post-natal care. By February 2014, a total of 53,346 cycles of oral contraceptives and 5,607 female condoms have been distributed in the communities. By February 2014, 19,244 pregnant women received antenatal services in 105 communities.

Though a bit smaller in scale, the health program in Sierra Leone is seeing similar gains. By February 2014, a total of 701 CHPs have been trained. They have conducted a total of 3,979 village health meetings, provided ante-natal care to 4,127 women and post-natal care to 3,850.

We'll keep you updated as we receive reports from the field. Thank you for supporting this important work!


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