— Pays tribute to its founder
Vowing to continue with the mission of fighting poverty around the world, BRAC Liberia Country Office on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, joined BRAC Bangladesh and BRAC International to celebrate its 49th anniversary and its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed.
On March 24 of every year, BRAC’s staff and clients celebrate the day to recognize BRAC’s journey and its contributions to global development since its birth on 21 March 1972.
Founded as a rehabilitation mission in 1972 by Sir Abed in the aftermath of the Bangladesh War of Liberation, today BRAC has turned into one of the largest development organizations of the world operating in 10 other countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean touching the lives of almost 138 million people worldwide.
With the initial aim of addressing the immediate needs of people living in poverty and social inequalities. BRAC as an institution has evolved and now exists in 11 countries in Africa and Asia.
It has built an enviable reputation towards achieving a world that is free from exploitation into one that can guarantee equal rights and opportunity for all to achieve their potential.
Staff of the Liberia Offices observed this great day by sharing powerful tributes, drawing from the indelibly inspirational life of the Founder Abed.
“As employees of BRAC, we are proud that the sacrifice which our Founder Abed Bhai made by investing into the vision of BRAC continues to be felt by a significant portion of the world’spopulation.
As a leader, Abed stood for and lived by the firm principles of humanity – the footsteps of which we as BRAC staff take pride in copying from” said Khaled Morshed, the Chief Executive Office, BRAC Liberia Microfinance.
Subsequent order of tributes by staff captured Abed as a role model whose selflessness inspires every BRAC staff each day.
To end the day’s celebration, BRAC Liberia connected to the BRAC global Webinar meeting in honour of the day and in celebrating staff whose incredible works have impacted communities with the Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Awards. The award is a motivating gesture for BRAC staff to continue on the selfless path of reaching more lives through BRAC’s programmes.
According to the Executive Director of BRAC International, Dr.Mohamed Musa,BRAC is true towards demonstrating its core values of Intergity, Innovation, Inclusivesiveness and effectiveness.
“At BRAC, we will continue to essentially heed our value in ending poverty and supporting women’s empowerment through our financial scheme to help people at the bottom of the pyramid. I am optimistic that we will continue to follow BRAC values. To date, BRAC has reached approximately 150million people around the world through its Health, Agricultural, Ultra Poor Graduation, Youth Empowerment and Microfinance programmes,” said Musa.
In Liberia, he said, BRAC has shown wide impact through diverse programmesin Microfinance, Education, Youth Empowerment, Health, Ultra-Poor Graduation and Agriculture, Food Security and Livelihood. BRAC Liberia intends to extend to the south East part of Liberia in the next two years.
BRAC started as a limited relief operation in 1972 in a remote village in Bangladesh and has grown to become the largest development organization in the world impacting the lives of 125 million people.
BRAC uses a holistic approach to development engaging a wide range of tools to promote inclusion such as microfinance, health and nutrition, education, youth, agriculture and food security, research, community empowerment, disaster management and climate change, ultra-poor graduation, social enterprises, water, sanitation and hygiene, poultry and livestock.
BRAC was ranked the number 1 NGO in the world in 2020, for the five year in a row, by the Geneva-based organization, NGO Advisor. BRAC Liberia has been working and implementing programmes in Liberia since 2008.
Its current programmes are Education, Youth Empowerment, Health, Ultra-Poor Graduation and Agriculture, Food Security and Livelihood and Microfinance. It currently operates in 30 branches across 10 counties in Liberia.