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

The BLBC on its way to sustainability

The BLBC team in Port au Prince
The BLBC team in Port au Prince

Building upon its decade of experience in Bangladesh, the BRAC Haiti team established a Limb and Brace Center (“the BLBC” or “the Center”) in Port au Prince that is making and fitting artificial limbs and braces, in addition to providing counseling and rehabilitation services. The Center opened its doors in September 2010 - its start up and subsequent operations for the past four years were made possible by our committed partners.

A priority goal of BRAC and our partners has been capacity building of the Center’s Haitian staff to eventually transition the BLBC into a quality health care organization that is run locally. To that end, our experienced BRAC staff have been working closely to train local Haitian staff as technicians and medical officers.

In March 2013, BRAC finalized an important partnership with AmeriCares that will allow the Center to more fully realize the goals set out for the Center by it’s founding partners. This partnership will establish the Center as a locally run social enterprise that will be self-sustainable after ten years. AmeriCares has agreed to fund 80% of the operating costs of the Center for the next three years and will also provide management oversight and assist with communications strategies.

The Center must to continue to grow its patient base and will do this by expanding participation and communications in the referral network - BRAC has built solid relationships with the community and its leaders, local doctors, hospitals and other development organizations in Haiti. Transitioning the center to become a locally run organization is key to its long term success as a sustainable health care institution in Haiti.

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.

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