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 9, 2014

Poultry hatchery and feel mill enterprise being implemented in strong agriculture program setting

Onsite training with gardeners
Onsite training with gardeners

Under the existing agriculture and livestock program in Libera, BRAC is already training rural, landless women in backyward poultry rearing as well as recruited and trained Community Agriculture Promoters. In this setting, BRAC has established the hatchery and feed mill in Nekreen township near Buchanan in Grand Bassa County. Production of local chicks will provide a cost effective alternative to expensive and unreliably-imported chicks, which suffer a 25-30% mortality rates due to bad roads and adverse conditions during transportation.

Thanks to our partners, BRAC began contructing the hatchery and feed mill infrastructure, including: a feed mill, two poultry sheds an office-cum-residence for hatchery and feed mill staff; a second staff residence; and a generator house. Construction activities were completed in February 2014 in accordance to the project work plan. The parent stock of day old chicks is was imported in March 2014.

The BRAC Liberia team is eager to continue recruiting community farmers to become General Poultry and Livestock Rearers.

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!

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