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Dec 28, 2017

A New Year's Resolution with BRAC

Students celebrated Independence Day of Pakistan.
Students celebrated Independence Day of Pakistan.

As we near the end of 2017, it feels difficult this year to celebrate with family and friends. It has been an arduous year. And yet, thanks to your support, there is lots to celebrate. The good work goes on – here, from a Pakistani village.

Located in Sindh, Pakistan, the village of Karo Mallah is comprised of about 160 households, or roughly 1,300 people, most of whom are farmers and laborers. Despite the village’s needs, there is a paucity of infrastructure, and no government schools. Only a small number of boys receive an education, and access to schooling for girls is virtually nonexistent.

“We had lost hope, particularly for girls’ education, as we cannot afford to send them faraway for school,” said Mallah, a community member.

When BRAC first visited the village, it discovered that about 70 children between, ages five and 12, studied in extremely poor conditions. They sat in an open space, and were taught by two volunteer teachers. There was little furniture, and no sanitation. The complete lack of sanitary facilities posed a serious challenge, especially for girls, who might not come to school without a gender-sensitive facility.

BRAC’s approach towards sustainable development starts with the community. A new school, no matter how well built, would not operate long nor grow to reach many children if the effort did not belong to the community. BRAC’s local staff held forums with community members to discuss their concerns and discover solutions that reflected the village’s priorities.

After finding agreement, the community and BRAC collaborated to construct two classrooms. The village provided half of the funding (around $350), designated a location, and helped with the physical construction. Thanks to your support, BRAC provided matching funds to construct sanitary toilet facilities and supply classroom materials.

The two classrooms and accompanying toilets are now open and operating, and more children in the community enjoy access to a quality education. Samad, who was one of the voluntary teachers before the schools were built, is thankful to see such support for children’s education in the community. Mallah added, “I’m happy for this golden opportunity.”

This project originally started as part of BRAC’s resolution to provide access to an education for more Pakistani children. At the end of 2017, BRAC is glad to report that we have built 1,700 community-based schools, like the one in Karo Mallah, and enrolled more than 52,000 students, 66 percent of whom are girls. As we head into 2018, the BRAC team would like to wish you a warm holiday season, and invite you to make a resolution with us: Let’s continue to create educational opportunities for Pakistani children.

Students sat in an open space before construction
Students sat in an open space before construction
Two classrooms are now operating.
Two classrooms are now operating.
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.

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