disaster management and climate change programme

September 24, 2014

Rising from Rana Plaza

Pervin Khatun lost her husband in the Rana Plaza disaster. “He was the sole breadwinner and I had no prior work experience,” she said. “But running this grocery store will give me a steady income and I can continue to support my family.”
June 5, 2014

What does the environment mean to you?

This was one of the first responses when taking an informal polling of whichever BRAC staff was unlucky enough to cross my path this week. After further prompting, the response was backed up with ‘no one really knows much about the environment, or how to be environmentally friendly’.
January 13, 2014

First impressions from a new recruit

It is an inherent advantage when joining an organisation for the first time, to be able to consider its work with fresh eyes. I’ve spent the first weeks in my new role at BRAC’s disaster management and climate change programme (DMCC) absorbing a wealth of information filled with a combination of climate change warnings and interesting programme results.
May 16, 2013

Preparation and relief efforts for Cyclone Mahasen

Cyclone Mahasen hit Bangladesh coastal areas on May 16. A combined effort by different BRAC programmes, including Disaster, Environment & Climate Change (DECC), mobilised precautions and has begun relief and rebuilding efforts.
April 26, 2013

Responding to the tragedy in Savar

To donate to BRAC's relief efforts, BRAC has partnered with Jolkona to raise money for BRAC Limb & Brace Centre custom prosthetics and counseling for victims of the building collapse and their families. To donate, please go to http://supportsavar.geocko.com/campaigns/eap. Or U.S. cellular phone users can text "BRAC" to 20222 to donate $10 via mobile.
April 22, 2013

Getting hot on thin ice

An organisation that has won marathons in the field of social development, BRAC has only recently begun dipping its toes in the ocean of environmental issues. Especially for a country like Bangladesh, it is impossible to isolate the ever-complicated ties that bond the contrasting elements of its human-centric and bio-centric problems. On this Earth Day, there is no other topic that seems more worthy of being highlighted, other than this one.
February 22, 2011

Bangladesh farmers fatten crabs on flooded land

Below is an article published on BBC by Junaid Khan about BRAC's crab fattening projects in Khulna, Bangladesh"We realised that there was no chance of the water receding anytime soon," says Dr. Babar Kabir of the non-governmental organisation BRAC, which has been helping with relief and rehabilitation work in the area.
February 17, 2011

Climate Change – a Glimpse of the Future

Below is a post from Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice and a member of the BRAC USA Advisory Council. Mary Robinson recently visited BRAC's programs in Bangladesh. This post was originally published on the Huffington Post on February 15.
February 16, 2011

Responding to Floods in Sri Lanka

Earlier this month, I was in Sri Lanka, a beautiful island off the coast of India, with pristine beaches and mist shrouded mountains. The sun soaked beaches of Bentota on the western coast of Sri Lanka belied the reality that the country was facing its worst natural disaster since the Asian tsunami in 2004. Since January, due to heavy rains the eastern coasts of the country has experienced massive flooding. According to the Disaster Management Center over 1.2 million people have been affected, with the areas of Ampara, Batticaloa, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Trincomalee being the worst affected.
January 19, 2011
BLOG General

Update on the earthquake in Pakistan

Below is an e-mail we receive from the head of BRAC in Pakistan regarding yesterday's earthquake. Dear Everyone, Hope you are well and fine.
January 12, 2011

Stories of Success in Haiti: Renade (Part 5/5)

As we count down to the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, we'd like to reflect on the stories of the individuals we've helped recover and rebuild their lives. This series of posts includes the stories of people who have been able to recover from the biggest catastrophe in their country's history.
January 11, 2011

Stories of Success in Haiti: Bengi (Part 4/5)

As we count down to the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, we'd like to reflect on the stories of the individuals we've helped recover and rebuild their lives. This series of posts includes the stories of people who have been able to recover from the biggest catastrophe in their country's history.