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 8, 2014

Early success interrupted by conflict

A primary school in Juba
A primary school in Juba

Thanks to support from other partners, we began operations on this project in 2013. BRAC South Sudan established 300 schools in target communities and enrolled 9,000 students age 8-11, 62% girls, as well as recruited and began training 297 female teachers from local communities. BRAC branches have also established several School Managament Committees with both male and female community members. Of the 9,000 children enrolled in BRAC schools, 85 are children with disabilities. BRAC focuses on enrolling particularly disadvantaged children including those who have never attended school. The schools are in safe and accessible locations in the target communities and have child-friendly teaching environments.

Though this project has enjoyed preliminary success having reached many initial goals for student enrollement, South Sudan entered a period of intense conflict in December. Access to schools was interrupted and all 30 schools in Jonglei state as well as 13 schools in Juba County were closed. Currently, 270 of the 300 schools are open. A limited number of displaced people are beginning to return to Jonglei state.

BRAC staff is in touch with the UN peacekeeping mission for security information. Please considering making a contribution to this important project. BRAC specializes in establishing vital communitiy networks in situations of conflict.

May 6, 2014

Operations have begun!

Through some introductory funding from other partners, BRAC has begun implementing this agriculture development project in Tanzania. A total of 105 local staff have been recruited who will soon become experts in agriculture and veterinary services in their communities. Additionally, BRAC has set baseline goals in 40 branch offices that span 15 regions of the country.

BRAC staff has also conducted preliminary studies of access to finance markets and has developed an agricultural loan product to assist small farmers once they have all been recruited from the communities in which we are operating.

Now is your chance to contribute to this project that is sure to have a positive impact on food security and nutrition within the communities that BRAC serves!

Feb 6, 2014

Safe Spaces model a success!

Soon after implementing this young women's empowerment initiative in Bangladesh, BRAC realized that magic happens at the confluence of social and financial empowerment. Far from family pressure and the stress of male-centric society, girls are able to come together, play sports, build supportive social networks, voice concerns, learn about reproductive health, and build awareness of women's rights. It is in these safe spaces that key financial skills are introduced and livelihood opportunities seized.

BRAC now runs this program, known as Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA), in Uganda, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. Participation in ELA has been linked with a 35% increase in self-employment, 50% increase in reported condom usage, a 29% decrease in early motherhood, and an astonishing 83% decrease in reports of having sex unwillingly – whether forced or for survival. These numbers speak strongly about the empowering effects that ELA has on the young women who get involved. Check out this video that features ELA girls from Uganda.

The ELA program is on track to expand in the coming years. BRAC's current focus is raising funds that will be matched and multiplied by our partners. These funds will go to a new crop of projects that seek to empower women and girls through education, farming, or improved community healthcare networks in places like Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Check out our Global Giving page to make a contribution that will have extraordinary leverage! As always, thank you for your support and generosity. 

 

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