.Breaking news summer 2018- what would the world
uniquely miss if alumni networks of sir fazle abed brac and jack ma alibaba
had never existed?
Probably our species would lose all chance of youth
sustainability now the UN has admitted
it has 17 goals
but no financial access -firstname.lastname@example.org
east is lucky that girls world number community-grounded education system and tech partners is brac epicentred in bangladesh- arguably the most critically
underdeveloped section of the eurasian coast - which 20 lifetime partners have most help brac advance girls hold up half the
sky over 45 years? where could the region's belt roads most gain from brac connections? BRI.school WAIIB.com linkedin UNwomens email@example.com Norman Macrae Foundation sino-uk publishers of World Record Jobs Creators
BRAC internet - partners Japan-US-Bangla
MyBrac beta with Duke U
Bank prioritises Ultra Poor collaboration networking
brac's home web 1 2 3 4
fan web of sir fazle abed
About BRAC Partners
Government Alliances Corporate Alliances
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Partnerships for BRAC International
|British Aid plus commonwealth friends have put many billions into brac's early stage schools - the one area
that aid or conditional cash transfer is vital-wherever possible brac sustains its development networks |
| BRAC has supported livelihood development of 2% of poorest women in world- its about
poverty allevation's total total community-based training systems far beyond classrooms; although WISEedication
newtorks put brac at the beginning of all of their celebrations of what education can sustain- check with us which wise summits maximise in-network connecting with brac||Legatum / MIT coding partners sought Bangladesh out as the first place
to explore fintech leapfroging revolutions of banking for next billion - after some experiements with yunus they chose brac
to develop the mp3 world's largest cashless bank www.bkash.com; coding finance for poorest with brac also attracted
kenya's original project leader of mpesa|
http://research.brac.net/new/01 February 2015, Dhaka. BRAC's research and evaluation division launched its new website research.brac.net today. This
new initiative was taken with the aim to disseminate its research publications to a wider audience as well as to bring research
more prominently in development discussions. Integrating many features of web 2.0, the new website presents augmented user
interactivity and mobile friendliness with clear navigations. The publications can be now read online plus social media tools
have been amalgamated for easy sharing of information.
Dr Mahabub Hossain,
the advisor to BRAC's executive director and present head of RED, chaired the launching event
was encouraged to start sharing its knowhow in Africa with 3 types of partners leading the call- mastercard foundation particularly
in uganda wanted to see brac build the world's laresgt network of adolesecent jobs clubs for girls || Gates
Foundation wanted to see if brac's agricultural value chains knowhow cpould be brouigh to tanzania at the same time as extending
the end poverty integrity of mpesa there|| Soros wanted to see BRAC help some of the ost desperate nations including
liberia and south sudan where last mile health and safety serviices needed to com first|| BRAC has co-led rice
science to end poverty since the 1970s - earliest partners included China and nippon Japan - these days the IRRI contries
networ of rice science is a partnering epicentre|| BRAC first became famous for its capability as a nation wide
educator with oral rehydration - a committment sir fazle made to celebrate the year of child 1979 - over next decade UNICEFS
James Grant became a lead partner of brac - tiday the schoolof [public health at brac university is named after James Grant
and counts leading partners such as Mailman school of health columbia university...........|| partnerships with
autralian aid and partners- strategic development|| the global fund - working on last mile services for tb, aids
etc|| iccbr.b expertise in cholera and other ifant dsiseases including malnutition - a core content partners of
jame grant schoolof public health||unilever to chech water purificato and wash program includin toilet soap |
bank - not obvious if currently active
|BRAC and of education above all and un academic
impact hub to ensure learning for refugees || || brac and jica|| || || |
Driving Development: A Story of BRAC's
Evolution and Effectiveness
Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)
Published: First edition, 2016 No. of Pages: 356 Weight (kg): 1
UPL Showroom Price: 750.00 BDT
Bangladesh can duly boast of the status of “Development Puzzle”.
The country sustained economic growth averaging 6.7 percent per annum over the last decade; also displayed remarkable advancement
in social indicators such as reduction in incidence of poverty, infant and maternal mortality, fertility, food insecurity
etc. In driving such socio-economic development in Bangladesh over the last forty years or so, BRAC has played a pivotal role
in supporting government initiatives as well as pursuing programmes of its own domain. BRAC is now about 45 years old and
this watershed moment provided an opportunity to reflect on the last four decades or so. More importantly, the aim is to look
ahead for the challenges that would be confronted by BRAC. In the backdrop of these factors, this book inscribes the evolution
of development interventions made by BRAC, including the mistakes made and the lessons learnt, in its efforts to contribute
to socio-economic advancement of the country. As usual, that should be alongside the government, the corporate sector, other
civil society organisations, and development partners.
This book is an edited volume of contributions made by
insiders of BRAC – the senior programme leaders who themselves have had their career advancement being involved in the
management of the programme, and professionals of the BRAC’s Research and Evaluation Division (RED) who were intimately
involved in studying the programmes and assessing the impacts.
1. Introduction> Mahabub Hossain> Background / Development
Challenges of Bangladesh / Vision and Mission of BRAC / BRAC’s Development Interventions: An Overview / BRAC Enterprises / BRAC International / Organisation of the Book.
2. Education: Facilitating Human Resource Development> Samir Ranjan Nath and Safiqul Islam> Introduction / Progress in the Education Sector in Bangladesh / BRAC Education Programme / Studies on BRAC Education Programme / Concluding Remarks.
3. Reaching Healthcare to Grassroots> Syed Masud Ahmed, Kaosar Afsana, Akramul Islam and Faruque
Bangladesh Health Scenario / BRAC
Health Programme (BHP) / Role
of Research in Shaping BHP / Impact
of BRAC Health Interventions / Conclusions.
Neonatal and Child Health> Hashima-E-Nasreen
and Kaosar Afsana> Introduction / BRAC
Maternal and Child Health Programme / Achievements of the Programme / Lessons Learnt / Conclusions.
5. Nutrition Interventions for Improved Child Health> Barnali Chakraborty and M Raisul Haque> Introduction / Nutrition Situation: The Bangladesh Context / Evolution of BRAC Nutrition Interventions / Research Support to Nutrition Programme / Conclusions.
6. Microfinance: Financial Inclusion for Employment Generation> Mahabub Hossain and SN Kairy> Introduction / The Microfinance Landscape in Bangladesh / BRAC Microfinance Programme / Review of Progress / Future Outlook / Impact
of Microfinance: A Review of Studies / Concluding Remarks.
7. Challenging the Frontier
of Poverty Reduction: Targeting the Ultra Poor> Mahabub Hossain, Anindita Bhattacharjee and Narayan C Das> Poverty: The Bangladesh Context / BRAC’s Targeted Poverty Reduction Programme
/ CFPR-TUP Programme’s
Achievements / Conclusions.
8. Agriculture for Food
Security> Mahabub Hossain,
M Sirajul Islam, SC Nath, MA Saleque and Mokarram Hossain> Introduction / Agricultural Growth in Bangladesh / BRAC Interventions in Agriculture / Conclusions.
9. Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Disaster Management> Nepal C Dey, Tahera Akter, Sifat E Rabbi and Babar Kabir> Introduction / The Bangladesh Situation / BRAC Development Interventions / BRAC Studies on Environmental Issues / Impact Assessment Research / Concluding Remarks.
10. Community Empowerment and Local Governance> Mohammad Rafi, Kazi Nazrul Fattah, Sharin Shahajahan Naomi and Anna Minj> Introduction / Community Empowerment Programme / Community Institution Building / Strengthening Local Governance / Reaching Information to Marginalised People / Community Radio: The Radio Pallikantha / Special Projects / Citizen Engagement for Effective Governance / Accessing Benefits of Right to Information
Act / Enhancing Social
Capital of Village Organisation Members / Studies on the Relevance and Effectiveness of the Programme / On Power Structure and Community Based Institutions / On Active Citizenry / On Strengthening Village Organisation / On Violence against Women / Concluding Remarks.
11. Human Rights and Legal Aid Services> Mohammad Rafi, Sharin Shajahan Naomi and Faustina Pereira> Introduction / Features of HRLS Programme / Community Services / Legal Service Providers / Legal Education for Raising Awareness / Legal Support Services / Alternative Dispute Resolution / Panel Lawyer / Community Mobilisation / Human Rights Implementation Committee / Legal Rights Implementation Committee / Recent Initiatives / Public Interest Litigation / Introspection of HRLS through Research / Developing Pedagogy and HRLE Curriculum / Conclusions.
12. Gender Justice and Women’s Empowerment> Sheepa Hafiza, Rumana Ali and Mohammad Rafi> Introduction / Gender Equality in Bangladesh / BRAC Interventions for Women’s Empowerment / Gender Justice and Diversity Division / Studies on Gender Issues / Conclusions.
13. Trajectory for Institutional Development> Abu Ahsan, Mohammad Rafi and Andrew Jenkins> Introduction / Early Developments: From Poverty to Power / Conscientisation’ and Mobilisation of the Oppressed
/ Successes and Challenges
in the 1980s / Institutional
14. Evolution of Development Management in BRAC> Sukhendra Kumar Sarkar> Introduction / Management of Integrated Development Projects in the 1970s
/ Scaling up for Impact:
Lessons from OTEP / Drivers
of Success of OTEP / Other
Drivers of Sustaining Efficiency and Effectiveness with Growth / Chronology of Development Interventions / BRAC International Operations.
15.Governance, Transparency, Enterprises and Financial Sustainability> SN Kairy> Introduction / Governance and Transparency in BRAC / Finance and Accounts / Financial Growth / Towards Financial Sustainability / Growth of Assets / Conclusions.
16. Reflections on Drivers of BRAC’s Success> SalehuddinAhmed> Introduction / Drivers of Success / Organisational
Culture: Scope of Improvement / Conclusion.
17.Research Driving Development> Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury and Andrew Jenkins
Sultana Rural Civil Society Member BRAC Across Bangladesh, BRAC operates
more than 280,000 village organizations, 12,000 community forums, and nearly 800 district level forums. All these groups are
dedicated to supporting poor women in their goal to improve their lives and that of their communities. Every week 8.45 million
women across Bangladesh attend their BRAC meetings to receive loans, understand their rights, and claim their entitlements.
One woman describes how BRAC has enabled her to defend her own and other women’s rights and become a leader for her
community. Sultana has felt the frustrations of poverty, abandonment, and inequity, and knows what it takes to overcome them.
BRAC's social development program allowed Sultana to act on a determination to transform herself and her community. Every
day, Sultana fights battles for those who cannot fight for themselves, continually inspired by her recollections of injustice.
As a twelve year old girl, having just started fifth grade, Sultana was forced to drop out of school to marry a man she did
not know. Throughout her marriage, Sultana suffered mental and physical abuse. One day, when Sultana was seventeen, her husband
stopped coming home. "He just stopped paying my costs," Sultana recalls, "and then he married another woman
even though I was still here." Sultana was left to fend for herself without money, education, or employment. Refusing
to be a victim, Sultana approached BRAC's Human Rights and Legal Services Program to file a lawsuit against her husband. "I
was very young and I didn't understand how the process was going to work," Sultana remembers, "but I went to them
and I told them my complaints." Sultana's assertiveness was rewarded. She won the case, and now her former husband provides
her with financial support. Intent on establishing her independence, Sultana joined a village organization and started a tailoring
business with a loan from BRAC. Though her life was now stable, she knew deep within herself that more needed to be done:
"I still felt the pain from when my husband tortured me, and I realized that there must be many other women who still
feel that same pain." This realization opened an important chapter in Sultana's life. She discovered a frightening pattern
of violence and suppression affecting women throughout her community. "I went through the village and started speaking
to many women, I learned about their pain and frustration." Sultana had fought her own battle, now she was going to start
fighting for her community. Sultana helped BRAC start a Polli Shomaj, a committee to defend the rights of the poor, in her
village. With a burning desire to help the abused women of her community, Sultana took advantage of this opportunity: "I
made sure that we started the Polli Shomaj so that no other women could be tortured like this". The Polli Shomaj proved
its value to the village by exposing and solving cases of domestic violence. “[At first] people in the village didn't
understand the work that we were doing, they didn't like it that we were bringing women out of the house,” she says.
“But now people listen to us and talk to us," Sultana says, "people search for us to speak of their problems."
Another recurrent issue that Sultana fights is the lack of transparency within the local government. Although challenging
government corruption is a complicated and difficult task, Sultana uses the power of the Polli Shomaj to mobilize groups of
women to fight for their government entitlements. Sultana has also joined the district level community group, the Union Shomaj,
which connects women leaders in the same area so they have greater influence in local politics. "They were selling away
our opportunities," Sultana said. "We now have formed a group to make sure we know about these opportunities...the
chairman can ignore one voice; ten voices make the chairman listen." Sultana is proud to pave the way for many rural
Bangladeshi women who are claiming their rights for the first time. Firmly focused on the future, Sultana is confident that
her Union Shomaj has the dedication and the support that it needs to continue to build momentum. "Alone, we don't have
any weapons to fight our battle, but with BRAC we can. They are our arms," she says. Sultana fights for her community
every day: "We can definitely win this war. We are trying everything to win this war... We will try forever.
Shadia Khatun Community Health Volunteer BRAC At the heart of BRAC’s
health program are community health volunteers – Shasthya Shebikas. This network of 70,000 volunteers visits more than
18 million homes every month offering primary health care services. They are supervised by a second line of health workers
known as Shasthya Kormis. One health volunteer describes how she became a health volunteer and the positive impact it has
on her life and confidence levels. There was a time when Shadia was afraid every time she left the house. "I would always
cover my head and stand in the corner,” she recalled. Shadia’s life is now quite the opposite. Since becoming
a BRAC Shasthya Shebika, community health worker, Shadia says, "Things are different than they were before. I am much
more confident." Shadia’s transformation began eight years ago. Her youngest daughter was suddenly struck blind
and Shadia did not know how to take care of her. “I didn’t know where to take her. I visited so many doctors and
no one could help.” In response to this situation, and despite the fact that she had never received an education, Shadia
dedicated herself becoming a Shasthya Shebika. Today, Shadia is a highly competent health worker. “I am always busy,”
she remarked. “I visit fifteen homes every day. I find out who is pregnant, who is taking pills, and who is getting
injections. If I find someone who has been coughing for 3 weeks, I tell them to get tested for TB. This is my work.”
When Shadia first established herself as the community health volunteer, people treated her with respect and admiration for
the first time in her life. Previously known as one of the quieter members of her community, she had become accustomed to
being ignored by her neighbors. Now she is seen as one of the most important people in her village. “Everyone in the
village knows I am a Shasthya Shebika," she said. "If someone becomes sick, everyone tells them to come to my house.”
The respect Shadia receives from her peers motivates her to work harder. She does not rest until she knows that every person
has received the support they need. Shadia sees it as her duty to do all she can to take care of the community she loves.
“I want to work for these people. I’m not very beautiful, I don’t have that much money, but still people
look for me. That’s why whenever they call for me, I will always go.” Shadia is proud of how far she has come
since starting her work as a health volunteer. "Before, when a visitor would come, even if they were BRAC officers, I
would shake with nerves," she said. "Now I have become courageous; now I stand confidently.”
Shamima Community Health Worker BRAC BRAC’s award winning
national health program covers a target population of 98 million people with essential health care services, maternal, neonatal
and child health initiatives, tuberculosis and malaria control, and water, sanitation and hygiene implementation. The extensiveness
of BRAC’s reach is possible through its network of 74,000 all women community health volunteers and 6,300 community
health workers who make 18 million home visits every month. One community health worker explains why she decided to join BRAC
and help improve the health of Bangladesh’s rural villagers. Four years ago, Shamima chose to give her life a new purpose.
She had a supportive husband and a growing son, but she spent all of her time in the home. She craved more responsibility
and wanted an opportunity to become a leader in the community. She also wanted to spend time helping local women and their
families. Then she heard about BRAC. She was inspired by their mission to bring healthcare to rural families and applied to
become a Shasthya Kormi - a community health worker. What began as a personal goal of empowerment and life improvement has
now transformed her community and improved the health of families throughout the region. Shamima feels highly respected whenever
she walks into a village. “I love how people come running to talk with me and ask how I am,” she shares. She meets
with groups of village women everyday and helps them with their immediate health concerns. She also makes sure to take the
time to build personal relationships with the women. As she empowers others with knowledge and selfesteem, Shamima gains their
trust and friendship in return. “Everyone has accepted me very well,” she says, “The women of the communities
praise me for my work.” Shamima also visits 25 individual households each day to provide families with primary healthcare.
By teaching women to promote good health practices and delivering services and medical supplies, she ensures the wellbeing
of the entire community. “It is our practice to talk with women so much that now whenever we talk, we become very connected,”
Shamima says. “Women can share their problems with other women so they open up to us and accept us willingly.”
Without Shamima’s work, the medical options for community members are limited. The government hospitals are often inaccessible
and overcrowded, and the private clinics are too expensive. Shamima goes straight to the patient. From within a patient’s
home she monitors health, provides treatment, and contacts BRAC clinics for more severe health concerns – especially
complications in pregnancy. “People rely on BRAC because we can take medicine to their door,” Shamima explains.
“We ensure that they get services.” Shamima has changed her own life by changing the lives of others. She is thankful
for her ability to impact the community and for the purpose that it gives her in return. “As long as I am alive,”
she shares, “if I can continue with my work as a Shasthya Kormi, I will be happy.”
Mohammed Baset Legal Aid Lawyer BRAC BRAC’s
human rights and legal services department has to date provided legal education
to 3.5 million poor women in Bangladesh and operates the largest NGO legal aid service
in the world. The legal aid clinics help BRAC members as well as poor non-members
of the community resolve their conflicts through either Alternative Dispute Resolution
(ADR) or the formal legal system. BRAC staff lawyers take action when court procedures
are required. One such lawyer, Mohammad Baset, explains his role and success in seeking
justice for vulnerable women and children. “Guilty.” Upon hearing the judge’s ruling, Mohammad Baset smiled with joy and relief. He had worked towards this verdict for three years and with a single word his effort was validated. For Mohammad and his fellow lawyers at BRAC’s Legal Aid Clinic, there is no better feeling than helping the powerless and voiceless claim their rights. Today they had done just that, gaining justice for a seven-year old girl who was raped three years ago. Originally a trial lawyer in the criminal courts, Mohammad left his high-paying job to work for BRAC and speak for those who had no voice. “I wanted to work for people who were unable to defend themselves,” he remembers. Now he assists local poor citizens in cases of divorce, alimony, and child support. “I like arranging settlements by helping people talk to each other,” he says. In the past decade, his team has assisted in 4,238 cases winning 9.3 million taka (USD 135,000) in alimony and financial support for poor women who once thought they would not receive anything. “The biggest reward of my job is seeing the huge smiles on the women’s faces when they finally receive their due.” Mohammad says that BRAC has developed a strong reputation among communities, lawyers, and state officials. BRAC independently evaluates all complaints it receives, confirming that victims’ claims are valid
and that their evidence is compelling. “Judges are confident in our arguments,”
and as a result,” Mohammad notes, “We usually receive a good verdict.”
In addition to domestic cases, Mohammad is currently representing 36 victims of
human rights violations, victims who would otherwise never receive justice. He tells
of two girls who were attacked by a rich villager’s son. When the parents
of the girls looked to the village council for help, their claims were ridiculed and
dismissed. In another case, Mohammad represented a young girl who was raped by her two cousins on the way home from a meeting with her tutor. Doctors eventually needed to remove her uterus, rendering her incapable of ever having children. Mohammad explains that the difficult nature of these cases not only creates a great emotional burden for the victims and their loved ones, but that these cases are also a financial strain on families. Cases can take three or four years to resolve, and victims are often socially stigmatized, and struggle to regain a normal life. BRAC provides comprehensive services including medical treatment, psychological rehabilitation, financial opportunity, and social support to the victims and their families, while
also dedicating a team of researchers, trial lawyers, and community workers to ensure
that the trial is handled fairly. Mohammad is humbled by the support his team has
received from the people and communities they help. BRAC’s legal aid focuses
exclusively on serving those in need and does not take any money from their clients.
Mohammad says money is not a motivating issue because the lawyers are constantly
encouraged by the tremendous local praise and encouragement that they receive. “BRAC
is highly regarded and esteemed in the community,” he says. “We feel
like we can take on anything.” The hard work of Mohammad and his team has had
a tremendous impact. 78 of the 82 rape cases his district has handled have received favorable
verdicts, which make him optimistic for the future. “The cases are hard,” he says, “but we now have the confidence and the mental strength to take any case and fight for it.” Mohammad loves his job because he knows he is making a positive impact daily, both for individuals and for Bangladesh as a whole. “I’ve seen way too many unfair cases, and something needs to be done about it,” Mohammad states. “We provide a platform and a voice for the people. I want to leave Bangladesh in a better place for my son than it was for me.”
Chameli Rema Secondary
School Head Teacher BRAC In Bangladesh, only 54% of secondary school teachers are
properly trained. Since 2002, BRAC has been running a secondary school teacher training
program with 2,000 participating schools. The program has trained 18,000 teachers
and head teachers. The head teacher of one of the best rural secondary schools in
the country explains how BRAC has helped her improve the quality of teaching and
learning at her school. Chameli Rema has been head teacher of Rangrapara Secondary
School for twenty years. During this period, she has helped make it the second highest ranking academic institution in the region. To maintain a high standard, Chameli has diligently ensured an environment in which her students get the level of education they need to develop as thinkers and leaders. By working closely with BRAC, Chameli has ensured that teachers and students never run out of opportunities
to improve themselves. To guarantee that the quality of instruction is constantly
being enhanced, Chameli encourages her teachers to take advantage of teacher training
courses offered by BRAC. She demonstrates her belief in the value of these courses
by volunteering for them herself. “I was the first to receive training”
she says, “and I have completed several BRAC training courses since then.”
Following their head teacher’s example, the teachers enthusiastically attended
BRAC's training courses. They were excited about the techniques that they learned
and quickly applied them in the classroom. Having instilled an ambition of constant
self-improvement in her teachers, Chameli observed improvement in the standard of
education at her school. "After every BRAC training," she explains, "the
teachers are more focused and dedicated to educating the students." Chameli
is intent on giving the students the same opportunities at developing themselves
as the teachers. She encourages students of all ages to participate in BRAC’s
leadership training programs, which have had an impressive impact on her student
body. “Before my students went to BRAC training, I was often unsuccessful
when I tried to form groups for studying or organizing cultural events,” Chameli
explains. “Now, whenever I instruct them to arrange activities for the school,
they form groups themselves and they work together.” While Chameli has created
a positive learning environment, it remains a challenge for her to open it to all
students. “It is very hard for many of our students to pay the school fees, and
a few are unable to pay at all." Dedicated to giving all children education opportunities,
Chameli has developed alternate payment methods for families with financial issues.
"The admissions fee of 300 taka (USD 7) should normally be paid in January,"
she said, "but I let poor families pay in six monthly installments.” Because
of Chameli’s ability to overcome obstacles, she feels confident about facing
challenges in the future. “My school will continue to improve,” Chameli insists.
“I hope that in the next generation, everyone will be able to receive a proper
Robia Khatun Village Organization Member BRAC
At the centre of BRAC’s approach are village organizations (VOs) – each with 30-40 members. These village organizations meet weekly to distribute loans, collect repayments and savings contributions, and raise awareness on many social, legal and personal issues affecting the everyday lives of poor women. New member, Robia Khatun, describes how the microfinance and human rights education she received helped her to leave poverty behind and assist others in the community. In the last twelve months, Robia Khatun has built a vegetable garden, taught her community about legal rights, and purchased her first pair of shoes. Twelve months ago, these were distant dreams when Robia was struggling every day to provide for her nine children. Robia's participation in BRAC's programs allowed her to move beyond that past. She has taken advantage of new opportunities to turn life around for her family and to invest in a brighter future for her village. A year ago, Robia could
not gain access to financial credit. “Other organizations rejected me. They
told that I was too poor and that I would not be able to repay the loans,”
she said. “But BRAC didn’t do that. They gave me a loan and trained
me on how to plant potatoes, chilies, and other vegetables.” Robia took advantage
of her training and invested her 6,000 taka (USD 90) loan to cultivate vegetables and sell them at the local market, and has used her profits to dramatically raise her family's standard of living. "There were times when I didn’t even have enough rice to cook one full meal
a day," she said. "Now that I am a part of BRAC, I can cook three meals
or more a day for me and my nine children. That is why I am happy now.” Having
found happiness in providing for her family, Robia pushed to further life enhancement
by graduating from BRAC’s human rights and legal education course. She gained
the knowledge and confidence to fight traditional pressures such as paying dowry
and marrying children at a very early age. “I can now work to stop these problems,"
she said, "I’ll let my sons and daughters marry when they are of proper age and I will not pay a single penny on dowries.” Robia is realizing the extent to which her education on human rights and legal services has given her the power to help her community in the same way in which she is helping her family. Robia is especially proud that she no longer feels hopeless when she hears about cases of domestic violence. "Before, I would see these problems, but I couldn’t do anything because I didn’t know about legal rights,” she explained. “Now
I know much more and I can help others in my community.” Robia has used her
human rights education and access to BRAC's microfinance program to transform life
for her family. She is now inspired to share her knowledge and provide help to the
families that still do not understand their rights and opportunities. "I have
more courage and I feel even my heart is stronger," she says.
Futiker Ma Ultra Poor Program Member BRAC Futiker spent many years isolated and
in despair after she was abandoned by her family and ignored by her community. Today, she is working her way out of extreme
poverty after joining BRAC’s ground breaking ultra poor program. This two year program provides her with free assets
– such as cows and goats for livestock rearing – free health care, business training, a small living allowance,
and access to flexible small loans to expand her business. She is one of more than 800,000 ultra poor households that will
benefit from the program over the next five years. All the women on the ultra poor program are widowed, abandoned or have
husbands who are unable to work. In Futiker’s case, she was abandoned by her husband when he became mentally ill and
disappeared, her son was only ten years old but they managed to cope together. After her son married, she was finally reduced
to begging to survive. “My son and I used to stay and eat together," she says, "but after he married he couldn’t
give me food and I had to eat by begging from door to door.” In July 2008, BRAC field staff visited her village and
invited the whole community to attend their local Participatory Rural Appraisal meeting, which is designed to map out a village
and identify extremely poor households in dire need of assistance. BRAC has developed a set of five criteria to determine
whether an individual qualifies as being ultra poor. If a woman fulfills at least three of these, she is eligible for the
program. Futiker fulfilled four criteria, as her household did not have an active male member, had no productive assets, owned
less than ten decimals of land, and was dependent on begging as the only source of income. She joined the program and was
given a weekly living allowance that allowed her to stop begging and start rebuilding her life. She also had the choice of
which type of productive assets she received so she could start earning a stable income. “It was my choice to have a
cow and two goats because I expect that they will give me a lot of money," she said. "I will be able to eat and
maybe save some money too.” To make sure that Futiker will be able to use her assets to their full potential, BRAC provides
technical assistance and training on how to successfully rear livestock. As she says, “the BRAC man comes to my house
every Tuesday and teaches me about my cow and goats”. Futiker will be supported and advised over the next two years
to make sure that she is making progress and becoming self-reliant. She has embraced the chance to improve her life, relishing
the opportunity to forge a way out of the poverty and misery she had experienced. “I’m able to feed my goats and
my cow in the morning, afternoon, and at night," she says, with a firm sense of pride. "I bought this food."
Ahki WASH Teenager BRAC BRAC is working to improve
water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and promote safe hygiene practices across Bangladesh.
Promoting safe hygienic behavior helps break the contamination cycle of unsanitary latrines, contaminated water, and water
borne communicable diseases. One determined BRAC teenager explains why she is so committed to helping the Water, Sanitation
and Hygiene Program (WASH) achieve its goals. Though only fourteen years old, Ahki is already a leader in her community. Education
has helped define Akhi’s vision for the future and instilled in her a sense of responsibility. Through involvement in
BRAC programs, Ahki gained the opportunity to improve life for herself and people in her village. She now teaches people in
her community how to live safer and healthier lives. When Ahki was five years old, her village had no school and she wondered
if she would ever receive an education. Since then, she has been able to take advantage of the opportunities BRAC has given
her to become a well-rounded, educated young person. She attended a primary school that BRAC built in her village until she
was ten. After finishing primary school, she joined BRAC's adolescent development program, where twice a week she joins other
girls to study, share stories, and learn from one another in a safe place. She is also currently attending a public secondary
school where BRAC runs a WASH program to encourage hygienic behavior. BRAC teaches students healthy habits and provides the
school with resources to encourage a healthier way of life. When Ahki first went to the school, students had to use a dirty,
broken toilet, but this changed when BRAC started the WASH program. “Because of WASH," says Ahki, "there is
a new toilet in our common room and the toilet and hand pump are kept clean.” WASH has ensured a sanitary environment
at her school and this has inspired Ahki to use her knowledge to create a lasting impact within the community. She encourages
her classmates to reduce their personal risk of contracting diseases by implementing WASH habits at home and in their daily
lives. “My parents are now much more aware of sanitation issues and I have also talked with my neighbors,” she
says, speaking of her success in spreading the message of WASH. “I explain the benefits of keeping clean.” BRAC
has been a part of Akhi’s life for more than eight years and promises to support her as she continues to pursue her
dreams. She thanks BRAC for giving her opportunities to help others and increase her knowledge and empower herself. “If
I ever get the chance to work for BRAC in the future, I will definitely do that,” she said. “It is important to
make the people of our country more aware about cleanliness.”
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We're indebted to our supporters for making 2016 a transformative year for people living in poverty worldwide.
For its work, BRAC was recognized by NGO Advisor as the top NGO in the world for 2017.
To celebrate the announcement, Founder and Chairperson, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, spoke with NGO Advisor
Editor-in-Chief Jean-Christophe Nothias.
"If BRAC is emblematic of anything, I would like to hope it is a
concerted, long-term effort to transform the basic conditions of one’s society," Abed said.
Read the full interview between Sir Fazle and NGO Advisor...
Tackling youth unemployment in Bangladesh
The Global Center for Youth Employment highlighted BRAC's Skills Training for Advancing Resources program (STAR)
as its featured partner this month. Shormila (pictured) is one of its many participants who benefited from a 6-month apprenticeship.
Read more about Shormila and the STAR program...
Video: Rewind 2016 with BRAC
Take a journey back through the last 12 months with BRAC's annual year-in-review video. In less than five minutes,
get the highlights of BRAC's best year yet.
Watch BRAC's 2016 year-in-review video...