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Dec 22, 2017

Ending With A Lasting Impact

From 2014 to 2017, thanks to your support , BRAC implemented the Catalyzing agricultural innovation in Tanzania project across 15 regions of Tanzania to promote the corn and poultry agricultural sub-sectors and ultimately enhance the livelihoods of Tanzanian farmers.

This year, as the project ended, BRAC is pleased to share that your contribution has helped make a positive impact on the lives of more than 100,000 Tanzanian farmers, 60 percent of whom are women. In collaboration with both the government and the private sector, BRAC worked with the grassroots farming community to achieve lasting success. It provided trainings on new farming technologies to hundred of thousands corn and poultry farmers. The total amount of crops and income increased by 400 percent. More than $5 million was disbursed as loans, with a repayment rate of 98 percent. The average monthly income of 50 entrepreneurs also increased an incredible 99 percent.

BRAC is particularly proud of the impact this project had, and we want to thank you for your support. If you would like to learn more about other impactful projects, you can check out our work empowering farmers in Liberia, providing aid for displaced families fleeing Myanmar (one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises), triggering the girl effect in Afghanistan, starting early with girls’ education in Pakistan or providing post-earthquake recovery efforts to Nepal.

For more questions about this project, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Nov 30, 2017

The Latest Update from Cox's Bazar

A BRAC's humanitarian worker in action

It is the fastest growing humanitarian crisis in the world. In just three months, 623,000 forcibly-displaced Myanmar nationals have crossed the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. More than half of them are women and children. Many have experienced sexual and gender-based violence.

BRAC continues to scale up its humanitarian response, reaching more than 467,000 people with at least one critical life service.

So far, thanks to the support from you and other partners, BRAC has:

  • Reached almost 30,000 children through 197 child friendly spaces. Watch our latest video to learn more about how we’re helping children affected by the crisis.
  • Installed 11,688 latrines, 1,129 tube wells, and built 1,787 bathing cubes.
  • Opened ten health centers and 50 mobile clinics, providing more than 450,000 health services, especially for cases of potentially fatal diseases like pneumonia, diarrhoea, and tuberculosis.
  • Distributed vegetable seeds to more than 4,000 households to increase their food security.
  • Planted more than 2,000 trees in and around the makeshift settlements to contribute to reforestation.

The crisis will not be over soon. BRAC will continue to scale up its emergency response to provide humanitarian aid for displaced families across the informal settlements and camps, as well affected host communities.

Please share our work with others. Thank you for your support.   

For a more detailed update, please check out the document attached below.

Nov 22, 2017

Pay It Forward

Anu gives lessons in her local Kishori Club.
Anu gives lessons in her local Kishori Club.

For Anu and many Nepalese, the series of disasters that began in 2015 with the major earthquake seem to never end.

Nepal, where a quarter of the population lives under five cents a day, is rebuilding amid political instability, natural disaster shocks, economic challenges, and social problems. But only five percent of houses have been rebuilt, leaving 800,000 families with homes in shambles.

Anu’s education was interrupted when she was in grade 12. Her family could not afford the tuition fees. At that moment, she thought one life chapter had ended, and another had resumed. She would revert to how she had previously spent her days: doing household chores, tending to livestock, and farm work.

Nepali women are historically disadvantaged by a lack of resources and decision-making opportunities. The 2015 earthquake affected them more adversely, killing more women than men. They also face higher risks of human trafficking and domestic violence after 2015.

Thanks to generous supporters like you, BRAC has provided both emergency response and long-term rehabilitation to the affected communities, with a special focus on women and girls.

One of these programs is our adolescent club, known locally as the “Kishori Club.” Located within walking distance for each member, the ten adolescent clubs that BRAC operates provide safe spaces for girls between the age of 11 and 21, like Anu, to learn and play. The clubs also help lower the risks of human trafficking and child marriage.

Curious, Anu joined her local Kishori Club. “We never had such clubs before, especially for girls my age,” Anu says. “I thought it was a way to encourage us to become more active. We were too shy to play badminton, chess, and other games back in school.”

BRAC’s adolescent clubs provide an environment where the girls don’t have to feel shy. They can participate in social activities, make friends, and discuss culturally sensitive topics like gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, women’s rights, and more.

“Girls do not generally speak their minds where I am from but, at the Kishori Club, we are encouraged to share. We learn about adolescent girls topics that we would not talk about openly,” Anu says.

Anu reports feeling more confident and proactive since joining the club. “I learned that I can talk to people and ask questions. I found that there was a bigger world that I could live in,” exclaims Anu.

In addition to running the adolescent clubs, BRAC has also built earthquake-resistant houses, provided medical care, and distributed blankets and medicine across six districts.

BRAC’s health program trains Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) to bring health services to underserved households in the village. Ten additional FCHVs have recently received training and joined the team.

Anu has grown into a mentor who educates other peers in her club, and she thinks it is one of the biggest achievements of her life. Her joy in helping others is an achievement that inspires the BRAC team to continue to create opportunities for more Nepalese like Anu.


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