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

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.

Aug 1, 2014

Saving lives from the ground up

Thanks to generous funds from globalgiving donors, along with match-funding from our partners, BRAC has made substantial strides toward improving maternal health in West Africa. In the last year, BRAC trained a total of 984 community health workers who have provided pre- and post-natal care to more than 38,000 women in Sierra Leone and Liberia. In addition to providing these services, BRAC staff conducted reproductive, maternal and child health information sessions with village health committees as well as with mother's groups in local communities. This grassroots approach aims to educate communities about maternal health to reduce child and maternal mortality rates in both countires.

While we can see the effectiveness of our programs in communities where we operate, there are still tens of thousands of mothers in LIberia and Sierra Leone who have little or no access to healthcare. To be truly effective, we need to operate at scale. Luckily this is a lesson BRAC knows well. To make a big impact in the lives of mothers all over Liberia, we need to continue expanding the program, recruiting more community health promoters and supporting and strengthening the existing health system.

To add an additional challenge, the Ebola epidemic has hit both Liberia and Sierra Leone in areas where our programs operate. This deadly virus puts a severe strain on an already over-burdened, under-resourced health system. BRAC is working to arm our community health promoters with tools and resources they need to educate their communities about how to prevent, diagnose, and treat Ebola.

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!

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