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Aug 8, 2018

Saving lives during monsoon season

Monsoon season has impacted thousands of lives
Monsoon season has impacted thousands of lives

Monsoon season has devastated the lives of Rohingya families living in settlements in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Weather related incidents have claimed one life already and affected over 35,800 people since May.

Our team is working on the ground to mobilize resources, relocate families, treat injuries and prevent further tragedy. Our efforts to repair, build, and secure shelters and other infrastructure are making Cox’s Bazar, and Rohingya families, safer.

Our teams are combining emergency response best-practices with innovative shelter designs to support families most at-risk.

Every day, BRAC front-line staff are relocating dozens of households, who face the highest risk of flooding, to safer areas with disaster-resistant shelters. To date, more than 10,000 people have been relocated to safer shelters.

We are continuing to design and build shelters that can withstand high rains and winds to replace homes perched precariously on ridges and hills in Cox's Bazar. Though rain has slowed our progress, we have repaired 855 shelters that were damaged during the storms and built or upgraded 564 shelters in the past month.

In the world’s largest refugee settlement, inadequate infrastructure can exacerbate the challenges that come with living in an informal settlement. We are working to scale up life-saving infrastructure: This month we placed 210,635 sandbags to protect landslide-prone areas, constructed nine miles of drainage pipes to prevent water-logging, and built 830 feet of bridge to improve accessibility.

None of these life-saving projects would be possible without your help. With every sandbag placed, shelter built, pipe laid, Rohingya families are better equipped for the monsoons and empowered to take life into their own hands. Thanks to your continued support Cox’s Bazar is a safer, stronger, more resilient place.

New infrastructure makes Cox
New infrastructure makes Cox's Bazar a safer place

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Aug 8, 2018

Tomorrow Starts Today

Samuel on site at his apprenticeship
Samuel on site at his apprenticeship

Nepali youth are focused on the future.

More than three years on, as BRAC transitions away from short-term relief to long-term resilience-building in affected communities, your support is helping young people access new opportunities and develop the skills they need to secure meaningful employment.

In a country that has faced historically high youth unemployment, as high as 19 percent in recent years, young people are often forced to migrate in order to find employment. Many youth in Nepal also lack the technical skills required to secure quality jobs that offer a livable wage.

Samuel, an 18-year-old living with his family in Kathmandu, was no different than most Nepalis his age. Faced with the reality that his lack of applicable skills would exclude him from the work force, and hamstrung by his family’s inability to pay for college, Samuel saw few opportunities to provide for his family, let alone focus on his own future.

All that changed when a neighbor recommended BRAC’s skill development program (SDP) to Samuel. SDP places youth in local, on-the-job training programs to learn first-hand the hard and soft skills required for success in a particular trade. Samuel soon began a six-month apprenticeship with a coffee shop owner.

Now, over two months into his apprenticeship, whether he is steaming milk, engaging with customers, or balancing the books, Samuel is building both the technical skills and the soft skills that will help him support himself, his family, and his community.

Equipped with these new skills and a modest savings, Samuel’s professional goal is to open his own coffee shop one day.

Thanks to your continued support, over 150 young people living in poverty in Kathmandu have been paired with responsible businesses for relevant, on-the-job training in trades like jewelry making and mobile phone repair. With their hard-earned skills and resources, these youth are more capable than ever of realizing their full potential.



For photos ©BRAC/ Natalia Atkins

Youth learn from mentors in specialized trades
Youth learn from mentors in specialized trades

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Jun 22, 2018

Education and independence for Afghan girls

Girls sewing at BRAC reading center in Afghanistan
Girls sewing at BRAC reading center in Afghanistan

In the Baghlan province of Afghanistan, 17-year-old Kreshma is one of thousands of girls who were once denied access to an education. Afghanistan’s turmoil in the past decade, as well as a complex history of emphasizing boys’ education over girls’, helps explain why 71% of girls are out of school compared to only 28% of boys.

Kreshma grew up without access to an education. Her family saw the benefit of prioritizing immediate needs like household chores, but saw little value in long-term investments like primary education. Like many girls in her community, Kreshma only knew a future in which she would marry at a young age and join her husband's family.

At age seven, that all changed when community leaders, accompanied by local BRAC staff, met with Kreshma’s family to discuss a new, community-based primary school option for girls like her. Soon, she began attending a BRAC primary school.

But after Kreshma completed primary school, it became too difficult to attend the government-run secondary school much further away from her home. She began staying at home again and doing household chores, but her path to education and independence was not over.

In April 2017, BRAC began a project to address this very challenge and expand access to education for marginalized girls. Its goal is to help girls transition effectively from community-based primary schools into government secondary schools, community secondary schools, or technical and vocational education and training (TVET) centers in Afghanistan.

Kreshma and her family soon learned about the post-primary options offered through this project, including debate, tailoring, gardening, and mentorship training—activities that teach girls self-advocacy and independence to promote their future success. More Afghan girls are choosing to become resilient, self-sufficient women with these resources.

Kreshma has been training in tailoring and business skills for five months, and, when she is finished, she will be connected to microloans to start a home business making clothes for women in her community. Thanks to generous donors like you, Kreshma can choose her own fulfilling and independent future.

Kreshma is not alone in her achievements. Your ongoing support has helped enroll 1,659 girls in 40 TVET centers. In addition, 7,675 girls, ages 11-18 years, have transitioned into 263 community-based secondary schools. And to ensure that girls who enroll are able to stay in school, the project provides a school stipend to almost a thousand families.

Through a wide range of education initiatives in 10 provinces, BRAC is improving the quality of education, enhancing access, and maximizing girls’ self-esteem and leadership skills. We are extremely grateful for your continued support in helping us create opportunity for marginalized girls.

Adolescent girl eager to read
Adolescent girl eager to read

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