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.
Nov 7, 2012

Helping Girls around the Globe

BRAC started its work 40 years ago through the rehabilitation of households following the Bangladeshi Liberation War. Since then, BRAC has been pursuing an inclusive development strategy, along with the global community, on a path towards comprehensive progress and development. This year, BRAC celebrated its 40th anniversary with its first annual Global Learning Meeting, designed to bring together staff and leadership from all 10 countries where BRAC works to move forward to further growth in alleviating poverty and empowering women.

BRAC has initiated programs for the growing population of adolescents and youth, particularly for girls, not only because they make up nearly one-third of the world’s population, but also because they are our future leaders who need urgent support and policy attention. The Global Learning Meeting featured a new global strategy on how to better engage the girls from our adolescent development programs, and how to use their personal experiences to improve our program and scale-up our strategy to countries where we have yet to establish youth and girls' programming.

With this new engagement strategy, our inspiring girls from Tanzania will have a platform and network to share their stories and touch the lives of girls involved in all of our girls' programs, including our newly launched pilot ELA program in Haiti as well our estblished programs in Uganda, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan and possibly extend to South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where BRAC aims to increase its youth engagement.

It is important that we share the knowledge underpinning the evolution and adaptation of our youth agenda, and discuss new opportunities, to design better and more effective programs to empower and unleash the potential of our bright young girls. With your support, we continue to witness the power of that potential.

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Sep 11, 2012

Reaching the 'Last Mile' in Bangladesh's Urban Slums

Manoshi Project
Manoshi Project

BRAC's Manoshi project uses innovative and sustainable methods to provide maternal healthcare services, linking urban slum residents with skilled birth attendants who bring the services to the local level, working in clean and private birthing huts that dot the landscape of sprawling urban slums. This is a unique and important feature of this initiative as slum dwellers usually live in small shacks with large numbers of family members. Even more importantly, the centers provide rapid diagnosis and referrals in case of birth-related emergencies, and patients are provided quick transportation to health care facilities better equipped for complicated deliveries. Each delivery center has two birth attendants who serve about 2,000 households (about 10,000 people). Community midwives are also readily available to provide skilled service during delivery. Currently, the project is providing the maternal and child health services to around 6.1 million inhabitants of seven city corporations in Bangladesh.

Manoshi also works to enhance the knowledge of BRAC's community health workers and birth attendants, working to ensure quality health services for pregnant and lactating women, infants and children in all age groups; timely referral to quality health facilities; and strengthening and sustaining a linkage with the community, national and local government and NGOs. Over the last five years, Manoshi has developed a wide range of health cadres - slum health volunteers, health workers who visit households, urban birth attendants, community midwives, and referral advocates (program organizers) located in hospitals. The initiative has rapidly increased the access to clean delivery at birthing centers and emergency obstetric care at hospitals/clinics (from 16% at baseline to 81% after few years of intervention) and significantly contributed to reducing maternal and neonatal deaths in urban slums in Dhaka.

BRAC's Manoshi project continues to be a driving force in the organization's mission to ensure access to quality health care all the way through the "last mile".

Sep 4, 2012

It's Good to Throw Like a Girl

Girls
Girls' Volleyball

It's usually an insult to say that someone "throws like a girl," but the members of BRAC's Adolescent Development Program, or ADP, in Bangladesh have shown that throwing - or kicking, or hitting - like a girl is something to aspire to. ADP has developed 35 soccer teams, 40 cricket teams and 15 volleyball teams comprised of adolescent girls, who are experiencing organized team sports for the first time in their lives. These girls are proving to themselves and the program directors that team spirit enhances self-esteem and helps to build lasting social skills like cooperation and teamwork. Check out the link below to see how our girls - and boys!- are going from poor villages to national stadiums with their skills.

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Girl's Soccer
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Girl's Soccer 2

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