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 8, 2014

Success despite challenges

Girls in a South Sudan classroom, BRAC 2013
Girls in a South Sudan classroom, BRAC 2013

BRAC is grateful to our partners for helping us establish educational infrastructure in some of South Sudan's most challenging areas. Despite violence in the region (see last report), BRAC has achieved great success, providing primary education for almost 6,000 girls. To date, BRAC has trained more than 240 teachers in 300 schools reaching 9,000 youth. BRAC aimed for a 75 percent student attendance rate, and has exceeded expectations, reaching 87 percent, with 80 percent of girls and 89 percent of boys finishing Grade 1.

Teachers in BRAC primary schools are also trained community organizers who work with parents and community members to advocate for girl's education. Each school also has a management committee with seven members, four of them parents, who raise awareness about the primary schools and encourage other parents to prioritize their daughters' education.

The BRAC team had a difficult time finding local women who had the minimal qualifications necessary to become teachers. English proficiency was severely lacking in many of the applicants. To better equip these women as teachers, the BRAC team worked with British Council to develop an English literacy curriculum now offered to teachers as refresher courses twice a month.

Quote from participant at Hai Cost 2 school in South Sudan:

"My name is Marta, and I am 11 years old. My father died when I was young. My three sisters are married and only my brother works, repairing refrigerators to help buy food. I am in primary two. I joined the BRAC school because my brother could not pay my school fees. In class, I like English and in the future, I would like to become a pilot. BRAC helped me with free education, giving me free exercise books, pencils, sharpeners, rubbers and rulers. I am happy for BRAC educating us for free and am happy when I’m in class with friends.”

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Aug 4, 2014

Building capacity and creating livelihoods

Kitchen garden in Sierra Leone
Kitchen garden in Sierra Leone

As mentioned in the last report, funding from other partners has enabled our teams in Sierra Leone and Liberia to begin operations on the ground. Basic training in kitchen gardening has begun for 475 rural women total, and training in backyard poultry rearing is underway for 200 women in Liberia.

 In the last report, we also mentioned that efforts were underway to organize village nutrition committees. We are happy to report that in addition to the 25 village nutrition committees established in Liberia, we have organized 20 nuitrition awareness campaigns in Sierra Leone. The nutrition awareness campaigns bring essential health knowledge to rural women, which empowers them to better care for their families while they receive training in kitchen gardening and poultry rearing.

We still need your support to equip our trainees and future entrepreneurs with agriculture and livestock starter kits! Please make a donation to empower women in Liberia and Sierra Leone!

Small scale poultry operation in Liberia
Small scale poultry operation in Liberia
Aug 1, 2014

BRAC's effectiveness in agriculture

(BRAC/Alison Wright, 2014)
(BRAC/Alison Wright, 2014)

BRAC's agriculture program works with governments to ensure food security while empowering local women farmers with the knowledge and skill they need to become successful entrepreneurs. We build systems of production, distribution and marketing of quality seeds at fair prices, conduct research to develop better varieties and practices for the agricultural sector, offer credit support to poor farmers, and promote the use of efficient farming techniques and proven technologies. Using environmentally sustainable practices, we are helping the countries where we work become self-sufficient in food production.

This is exactly what we hope to do in Tanzania. With this particular project, we are training agriculture extension workers and equipping them with the tools and inputs they need to make the communities food secure. BRAC-trained agricultural workers will in turn be training thousands of small-holder, women farmers to create sustainable livelihoods and improve nutrition at the grassroots level. 

Increased incomes and farm productivity will allow women farmers to send their children to school, to afford healthcare and to deal with financial shocks to the household. Please make a donation to this amazing project to give women farmers the opportunity to be self-sustaining.

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