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.
Feb 13, 2015

Putting Entrepreneurs Back On Their Feet

Sallay Mansaray and Tennah Kamara. Sierra Leone.
Sallay Mansaray and Tennah Kamara. Sierra Leone.

Sallay Mansaray and Tennah Kamara work in the fields, watering their crops in Waterloo, Sierra Leone. With your help we can help these women get back on their feet. 

Although the situation in West Africa is by most measures under control, the impact of the Ebola outbreak on community and farming activities in Liberia and Sierra Leone has been catastrophic. As governments closed or restricted cross-border transactions, there was a scarcity of agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, seeds and agro-tools. This lead to a drop in output from farming activities and also caused disruption to the regular farming cycle. Although all BRAC operations in Sierra Leone and Liberia resumed in November 2014, the farmers are still struggling to produce crops due to a price hike in seed prices. 

BRAC intended to make the program self-sufficient in the third year of its operation, but had to reassess this goal and reallocate funds to maintain farming activities during the Ebola crisis. 

BRAC is taking necessary steps that aim to accelerate the recovery process for the farmers affected by the Ebola crisis. This includes developing a program that will build the capacity and resilience of Agriculture systems in order to achieve long-term positive social, economic and nutritional results. The recovery program also promotes entrepreneurship and improvement in food supply production. BRAC will also provide financial and credit support for farmers and micro-entrepreneurs who have been directly affected by the outbreak. We are looking to raise funds that would allow us to provide cash transfers to the farmers in order to support household income and help replace raw inputs, such as seeds and fertilizers. 

Thank you for donating to support this work. As we look to build further resilience in West Africa we appreciate your help to put entreprenuers back on their feet!

Nov 19, 2014

We're reaching girls left behind

Momina  BRAC
Momina BRAC

BRAC's pre-primary education program in Pakistan reaches children left behind by the formal education sytem. Often these are girls who are needed at home, or more often, children whose parents can't afford to pay school fees. Muhammed Rafaqat is one of those parents. He is a shopkeeper and a father of two. He said his son grew up healthy, but his daughter, Momina, was born with special needs. Together with his wife Zarqa, Mahammad consulted doctors in their area and were able to get her the best treatment they could afford.

Muhammad and Zarqa wanted their daughter to have an education, but it was extremely difficult. There were no schools in their area that could offer the special attention Momina needed and it was impossible to send her to a school in another region.

"When BRAC started its pre-primary school in our area," Muhammad said, "we met the teachers who informed us they could take Momina in. Our hearts were filled with joy at the prospect of getting our daughter into school."

Now, Muhammad says he and his wife regularly meet with Momina's teachers and get updates on her progress at school. She was initially shy and timid, but now her teachers say she takes part in classroom activites and extra curriculars.

"She has made lots of friends and she talks about them when she gets home," Muhammad said. "My daughter seems more confident now."

Zarqa became a member of the school management commitee (similar to a parent-teacher group that meets regularly), and both parents continue to support their daughter.

Thanks to GlobalGiving donors and help from partners, BRAC opened and currently runs 100 pre-primary schools in Khybur-Pakhtunkhwa province and graduated nearly 3,000 girls in March 2014. Please continue to support our efforts by empowering girls and families most in need of second chance at an education.

Nov 4, 2014

Ebola compromises food supply

Musu Flomo, Liberia, April, Alison Wright 2014
Musu Flomo, Liberia, April, Alison Wright 2014

Musu Flomo in her kitchen garden in Gbarnga, Liberia on April 25, 2014. Musu received her seeds, watering can and training from BRAC. She grows okra, peppers, cassava, and watermelon for her family and to sell in the market. BRAC is working to stop Ebola so farmers like Musu can continue their work.

The Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone has been catastrophic, putting a severe strain on already over-burdened and under-resourced health care systems. BRAC staff were some of the first responders, distributing disinfectant, chlorine as well as providing educational materials such as flyers, posters, and broadcasting radio jingles about preventative measures. Global Giving donors were instrumental in supporting these efforts. To find out more about how we are combating Ebola, see the links below.

Due to travel bans and restrictions on public gatherings, BRAC was forced to temporarily halt programming, including its agriculture and livestock operations, in August. BRAC offices reopened in September and programs are being modified, adjusting to government restrictions during this state of emergency. Luckily, BRAC offices, residences, poultry and seed farms have been found in good condition, although marketplaces are not yet operating as usual.

These closed markets and disruptions in food supply have caused devastating shortages in both Liberia and Sierra Leone. BRAC’s emergency response plan complements the efforts of the World Food Program by distributing food and other necessary supplies to quarantined households.

BRAC asks that you keep in your thoughts the families of farmers, community health promoters, mentors, staff, and volunteers who have lost their lives combatting this deadly disease.

Please support our emergency response plan by visiting the links below.

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