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30 September 2009, Dhaka. His Holiness the Dalai Lama said he was “extremely impressed” by BRAC’s activities and outreach after meeting with BRAC Founder and Chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed at the Vancouver Peace Summit in September.

The Dalai Lama commented that Abed’s work, and the evolution of the organisation he started, exemplified the process by which “real change must start with individuals, then family, then community.” Abed shared his personal story and that of building BRAC during a private retreat at the peace summit, organised by the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education from Sept. 27-29.

His Holiness also expressed admiration for how the organisation is now able to export decades of expertise to other countries in need. He made the comments during an interview with Maria Shriver on the last day of the Summit.

The Summit centred around dialogue with the Dalai Lama, and brought together luminaries like former Irish President and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mary Robinson, religious scholar Karen Armstrong, First Lady of California Maria Shriver, and Nobel laureates Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams.

BRAC USA President and CEO Susan Davis moderated the Summit’s closing session, which focused on “Women and Peace Building.” Panellists discussed the vital, but often unrecognised role women play in advancing peace. They urged more investment in girls and women for greater participation in political office, and called for giving wider publicity to stories on how women are building peace.

The panel included His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Abed, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Dr. Swanee Hunt of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Ela Bhatt - the founder of Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), and Emmy awarding-winning musician and co-chair of the NoVo Foundation Peter Buffett.

The session opened with a performance by composer and singer Peter Buffett and cellist Michael Kott. It included an original song, “Set Us Free,” which was inspired by a visit to BRAC`s programme for adolescent girls. It was accompanied by a video, which is available on  youtube as well as on http://blog4brac.blogspot.com/.

Wednesday, 09 September 2009 17:00

Ten girls get BRAC-Rai Foundation Scholarships

10 September 2009, Dhaka. Ten female students were awarded BRAC-Rai Foundation Scholarships 2009 (2nd batch) for higher education under BRAC’s Medhabikash programme.

BRAC Chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed urged the students to return home to serve the nation after completing their studies abroad. He also advised them to work hard so that their services can benefit thousands of other poor students.
 
“Keeping the poor people aside, Bangladesh cannot expect prosperity,” he told the students when they called on him before leaving for India on Sept. 9.

 

Monday, 26 October 2009 17:00

BRAC Hosts Donor Consortium

27 October 2009, Dhaka. BRAC met with its principal donors and updated them on its activities, highlighting achievements, new interventions and opportunities to extend existing efforts.

Representatives from DFID, CIDA, AUSAID, UNICEF, NOVIB and Oxfam Norway attended the meet at the BRAC Centre in Dhaka on Oct. 26,
 
High-level BRAC officials explained BRAC’s interventions, achievements and lessons learned, and underscored the next steps to take.

BRAC Executive Director Dr. Mahabub Hossain presented an overview of recent developments in Bangladesh, particularly the financial crisis and its impact.

07 July 2010, Dhaka. A total of 79 children with special needs (CSN) from BRAC schools in five districts participated and won 101 prizes in a divisional sports competition, organised by the National Association of Sports for Persons with Disabilities (NASPD).

BRAC’s CSN unit facilitated the students’ participation to promote their social right and boost their self-confidence.

About 24 organisations took part in the Divisional Sports Competition for People with Disabilities.

Wednesday, 09 September 2009 17:00

Ten girls get BRAC-Rai Foundation Scholarships

10 September 2009, Dhaka. Ten female students were awarded BRAC-Rai Foundation Scholarships 2009 (2nd batch) for higher education under BRAC’s Medhabikash programme.

BRAC Chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed urged the students to return home to serve the nation after completing their studies abroad. He also advised them to work hard so that their services can benefit thousands of other poor students.
 
“Keeping the poor people aside, Bangladesh cannot expect prosperity,” he told the students when they called on him before leaving for India on Sept. 9.

 

Monday, 26 October 2009 17:00

BRAC Hosts Donor Consortium

 

27 October 2009, Dhaka. BRAC met with its principal donors and updated them on its activities, highlighting achievements, new interventions and opportunities to extend existing efforts.

Representatives from DFID, CIDA, AUSAID, UNICEF, NOVIB and Oxfam Norway attended the meet at the BRAC Centre in Dhaka on Oct. 26,
 
High-level BRAC officials explained BRAC’s interventions, achievements and lessons learned, and underscored the next steps to take.

BRAC Executive Director Dr. Mahabub Hossain presented an overview of recent developments in Bangladesh, particularly the financial crisis and its impact.

Monday, 26 October 2009 17:00

BRAC Hosts Donor Consortium

 

27 October 2009, Dhaka. BRAC met with its principal donors and updated them on its activities, highlighting achievements, new interventions and opportunities to extend existing efforts.

Representatives from DFID, CIDA, AUSAID, UNICEF, NOVIB and Oxfam Norway attended the meet at the BRAC Centre in Dhaka on Oct. 26,
 
High-level BRAC officials explained BRAC’s interventions, achievements and lessons learned, and underscored the next steps to take.

BRAC Executive Director Dr. Mahabub Hossain presented an overview of recent developments in Bangladesh, particularly the financial crisis and its impact.

07 July 2010, Dhaka. A total of 79 children with special needs (CSN) from BRAC schools in five districts participated and won 101 prizes in a divisional sports competition, organised by the National Association of Sports for Persons with Disabilities (NASPD).

BRAC’s CSN unit facilitated the students’ participation to promote their social right and boost their self-confidence.

About 24 organisations took part in the Divisional Sports Competition for People with Disabilities.

 

Saturday, 19 December 2009 17:00

BRAC observes "International Migrants` Day"

 

20 December 2009, Dhaka. In recognition to the contributions made by millions of Bangladeshi migrants to the development and well being of so many countries across the world and as an opportunity to highlight issues that are key interest to migrants and their communities, underscore the need to promote decent work for all, and promote respect for the basic human rights of migrants, BRAC jointly Bangladesh Government & relevant organizations have celebrated International Migrants Day-2009 on 18 December in 2009 at Dhaka & across the 17 project districts in Bangladesh. BRAC was representing it’s flagship at national and international network which are working on promoting and protecting the rights of migrants and their families. BRAC chiefly remembered of all Bangladeshi Migrants in home and abroad.

 

Tuesday, 08 June 2010 18:00

BRAC contributes for fire victims

09 June 2010, Dhaka. BRAC has contributed BDT (Bangladeshi Taka) 30 lakh to the Prime Minister’s rehabilitation fund for the victims of the Neemtoli fire. BDT 10 lakh was donated by BRAC staff while the remaining 20 lakh were contributed from the organisation’s own funds.

The BRAC family joins the nation in praying for the departed souls, and commits to helping the families of the victims overcome this tragedy.

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