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 27, 2014

BRAC success in TB control

Since its first write-up in a scientific newsletter in 1991, BRAC has published several academic articles on its successes in tuberculosis treatment and control. We have also contributed chapters to Tuberculosis: an interdisciplinary perspective and more recently, in From One to Many, a collection of programmatic experiences. Ian Smillie dedicates a chapter of his book on BRAC, Freedom from Want, to BRAC's method of tuberculosis control.

In 2011, we decided to write a book to capture the broader elements of the history, collective insights, support systems and strategic thinking behind our TB control program – Making Tuberculosis History: Community-based Solutions for Millions. The book offers a complete account of the program: how it was conceived, piloted, refined, scaled, managed, and ultimately adapted for new contexts, including Bangladesh’s rapidly growing cities and Afghanistan’s remote mountainous regions. Summarizing past successes and current dilemmas, the book’s ultimate aim is to advance efforts to eliminate poverty and disease globally. The public health challenges facing the world today demonstrate the critical need for large-scale thinking; lessons from BRAC’s TB program can inspire others to think creatively about health delivery and advancing towards health for all.

With your support, we are excited to implement this effective program in South Sudan. Please consider contributing to this program.

May 12, 2014

Family Farming under way in Liberia and Sierra Leone

A workshop for kitchen gardeners - Sierra Leone
A workshop for kitchen gardeners - Sierra Leone

Thanks to support from other partners, the Family Farming project is under way in both Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone

This project, which focuses on food security for rural women, is being implemented in six districts of Sierra Leone covering 20 BRAC branches. Under the general agriculture program, 300 farmers have received training on rice production and vegetable gardening. Specific to the Family Farming project, we can report that basic training in kitchen gardening has been given to 300 rural women and we have begun establishing Village Nutrition Committees in the six districts in which BRAC operates.

Liberia

Activities within the Family Farming project in Liberia area also going well. The BRAC Liberia team has already recruited and trained 175 rural women in kitchen gardening and 25 Village Nutrition Committees have been established within the six counties that BRAC runs operations.

Stay tuned for further updates and encourage your friends and family to contribute to this project that is literally changing the landscape for rural women!

May 12, 2014

BRAC runs successful country-wide mathematics competition

One of the winners of the mathematics competition!
One of the winners of the mathematics competition!

After 12 years work establishing an education program in Afghanistan, BRAC was able to organize a country-wide mathematics competition in which 17,840 male and female students from 600 BRAC schools participated. Out of the 17,840 students, 14 competitors advanced to the national level and received awards including the student pictured above.

The month long competition ended on March 16, 2014 and the awards ceremony was held at Kabul Paris Hall. The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests from the government of Afghanistan as well as key members of the BRAC Afghanistan team.

The competition was unique that we designed it in a way to increase the confidence and numeracy skills of the students, encouraging the ability to solve complex problems. All students participated in the event were very keen, interested, enthusiastic and lively.

It is within this context that BRAC is currently operating the Education for All project to trigger the girl effect in Afghanistan. We are assisting the government of Afghanistan towards its goals of universal enrollment by 2020 and creating an educational culture that is more girl-friendly.

With help from our other partners, the BRAC Afghanistan team is on its way to meeting the goals that we have set out for this project. So far, the team has established 1,601 of the 4,000 community based schools, including 200 pre-primary schools. The team has begun recruiting and training local women as teachers as well as providing training to teachers and officials in the government school system. Currently, 944 government teachers have received additional training as well as 32 Ministry of Education officials.

The team hopes to begin establishing the Adolescent Learning Centers (ALCs) by 2015. The ALCs will become spaces for girls who have been left out of formal education. By contributing to this project, you are helping to create an environment in which girls education is valued. When a girl is educated, she is more likely to continue education, more likely to delay marriage and motherhood, and she increases her lifetime earning potential. This is the girl effect in action!

 
   

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