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 19, 2014

Early childhood education

Early childhood education is an important step in ensuring academic success later in life. It improves primary school performance, raises math and language abilities, sharpens thinking and attention skills and it lowers school drop out rates. At the pre-primary level, BRAC targets underprivileged children to prepare them for mainstream primary school entry. Students who graduate from the BRAC model of pre-primary education, do better on secondary school entrance examinations that their mainstream school system counterparts.

BRAC Pakistan initiated its eduation program in 2009 on a pilot basis, using BRAC's success in Bangladesh in this field by establishing pre-primary and primary schools in order to promote greater access to eduation in the country and reduce the drop-out rate from government schools. Through support from our partners, BRAC Pakistan opened 20 pre-primary schools in the Haripur district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK). A total of 50 pre-primary schools in Haripur have been completed and 1,454 students have graduated.

BRAC USA still needs your support to provide school supplies to children and training to teachers! Please make a contribution and tell your friends and family about this important project!

Aug 19, 2014

Work continues under state of emergency

BRAC sending disinfectant, gloves
BRAC sending disinfectant, gloves

Work continues under emergency circumstances by BRAC in both Liberia and Sierra Leone. During an initial, intensive outreach campaign by community health promoters, funded in part by GlobalGiving donors, local health workers spread the word, aided by posters and flyers, about the steps people can take to stop the virus’s spread. Communities are better equipped as a result.

Since then, the rapid spread of the disease has pushed us into a new phase. Most of our staff of 907 – the vast majority of whom are Liberians and Sierra Leoneans, with a small contingent of Bangladeshis from BRAC headquarters in Dhaka – are now on paid leave. With both countries under state of emergency, widespread person-to-person contact, normally the best method of spreading health awareness in remote communities, is no longer advisable.

A core crew remains at country offices, supporting authorities in prevention efforts. We continue to push out Ebola-related messaging that doesn’t require direct contact or group meetings. In Sierra Leone, we are pushing our public service announcements via radio in three local languages – Krio, Mende and Temne – airing in all 12 districts of Sierra Leone. We’ve also provide items like soap, chlorine, buckets with attached taps, surgical gloves, phenolic disinfectant and and face masks, to be directed by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to the most severely seriously affected areas. We require further funding to continue this work. 

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Aug 8, 2014

Creating sustainability in Haiti

In the last year, BRAC’s Limb and Brace Center in Haiti has taken great strides toward establishing sustainability by building staff capacity, technologically equipping its offices, and developing payment systems to achieve financial independence. Thanks to donations from GlobalGiving funders, the center is on track to maintain its rehabilitation programs and outreach for the next ten years and beyond.

Successes in the last year include organizing a computer data-base to store patient information – which is now operational and managed by a data clerk – professional development for Haitian technicians including management and technical training for staff, and finally, recruitment of a new Communications Manager and Inventory Manager both of whom receive training and support from the BRAC head office.

In addition, communications materials including brochures and pamphlets have been developed and disseminated across communities and partner offices to expand patient reach. The office has also established a new payment system and tiered fee structure to better serve its existing and new patients, while ensuring it meets costs.

BRAC is hopeful that the BLBC will continue to play a vitol role in the community, providing prosthetics and rehabilitation services to those who otherwise wouldn't have access to services.

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