Stay Informed: BRAC in the Media

Floating schools bring learning to Badjao, Sama kids

The Inquirer article by Julie S. Alipala and Karlos Manlupig
11th November, 2014 BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi--By learning how to count, Arabella Giya, 8, and her brother Adrian, 7, now know how to price their fish catch. "My kids are learning not only words and numbers but also how to do business like selling fish. They know how many fish is equivalent to a certain price," Panaglasa Sahiduan Giya said. Arabella and Adrian are among 30 pupils of a school boat operated by the Bangladesh ......Read More

Community health workers help tackling pneumonia
The Daily Star article by Dr Tapash Roy and Dr Sadia
16 November 2014
Pneumonia is a common disease that affects the lungs and a major
cause of childhood mortality and morbidity in developing countries like Bangladesh where it contributes to about a quarter of all deaths among children under the age of five years. Although safe and low cost antibiotics are available in Bangladesh for prevention and control of pneumonia, 46% of cases received care from unqualified providers and 17......Read More

Microcredit loans are beautiful, in South Sudan or Scarborough
The Star by Catherine Porter
7th October. 2014

Where do you think the world's biggest development agency is based? Washington? London? Paris? Try, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It's called BRAC -- formerly the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, but that was before it started working in Afghanistan, Uganda, South Sudan . . . and employed as many people as live in Guelph. BRAC is not a rural committee anymore. It's a global powerhouse. The organization was created out......Read More

The Power, and Process, of a Simple Solution
The New York Times article by Amy Lee
14 August 2014
Khulna, Bangladesh -- On a hot morning in southern Bangladesh, an
hour from the port city of Khulna, parents with small children waited at a three-room clinic set amid bamboo groves and jackfruit trees. The children's ailments ranged from coughs to eye infections, but none were there for diarrhea, even though it is the world's second-largest killer of children under age five, after pneumonia. Shamim Parvez, a doctor at this fre......Read More

Women cricketers to make a stand against early forced marriage

A Boxscore News article
England women's cricketers Heather Knight, Lydia Greenway and Tammy Beaumont met two female Bangladeshi cricketers and International Development Minister, Desmond Swayne at Lord's today (Monday July 21) to discuss issues around sport, women's empowerment and early forced marriage, ahead of the Prime Minister's Girl Summit 2014. Bangladesh-based charity BRAC has flown in the two young female cricketers, Mitu Roy and Tania Akter, from their Adolescent Deve......Read More

Standing tall

Photo Credit: Quamrul Abedin

A Dhaka Tribune article by Farhana Urmee Where does happiness come from? Day labourers live hand to mouth, but I met one of them who felt empowered by earning for her family. Women are coming out of their homes in droves - from all ages, from all classes, educated or uneducated, from urban or village homes. Of course, we have a long list of problems in our patriarchal society, and women still face discrimination. Yet, engaging in work that is paid ......Read More

Innovative way of empowering women
The Financial Express article by Abdul Bayes
28 June 2014

The Adolescent Development Programme (ADP) of BRAC, reportedly incepted since 1993, could be considered one of the most innovative approaches to women's empowerment in rural areas. It is neither microcredit nor ivory tower meetings on empowerment. It is rather some simple practical orientations for adolescents in villages. A small number of people know about that programme. There is a saying that an idle brain is the devi......Read More

The Managing Saltwater Intrusion Impacts in Bangladesh (SWIBANGLA) applied research project held two workshops in June 2014: one on groundwater modelling and one on groundwater quality monitoring.
An IRCWASH article written by Khairul Bashar and Marta Faneca

Within SWIBANGLA, experts of Deltares together with the Department of
Public Health Engineering (DPHE) and Professor Khairul Bashar from Jahangirnagar University prepared two workshops that took place in the beginning of June 2014. The workshops were: Modelling Workshop: 3D Density Dependent Groundwater Modelling Monitoring Workshop: Groundwater Quality Monitoring The Modelling Workshop The Modelling Workshop wa......Read More

Brac to focus more on urban poor
Dhaka Tribune article by Mushfique Wadud
27 June 2014

According To The Report, Brac Has Already Extended Its Non-formal Education And Micro-finance Services To The Slum Dwellers With rapid urbanisation and the urban poor struggling to get basic services, Brac, a reputed multi-faceted rural development organisation, will expand its services to the urban poor in the coming years, according to its annual report for 2013. Unveiled yesterday at the Brac Center Inn in the capital, th......Read More

'Floating schools' for sea gypsy kids to open in Basulta

A PhilSTAR article by Roel Pareño
The indigenous local sea gypsy children from the Badjao and Sama tribes will no longer be left out from education even at sea as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and a Bangladesh-based non-government organization (NGO) will open floating schools on Sunday to the natives in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (Basulta). The Bangladesh-based NGO called BRAC will launch the Floating Learning Centers in the coastal villages of Tampakan and......Read More

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