In the first phase of the initiative, Brac has already disbursed the same amount (Tk15 crore) from its own fund to separate 100,000 families to buy essentials
Brac has initiated the second phase of its emergency food assistance program for another 100,000 families.
A budget of Tk15 crore has been allocated to fund the food aid program for families facing livelihood crisis in 50 districts due to lockdown and social distancing measures over the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under the initiative that began on Wednesday, each family would receive Tk1,500 enabling them to buy essential food items for two weeks, said a press release issued Friday.
The Australian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Brac Bank are partnering with Brac for the second phase.
In the first phase of the initiative, Brac has already disbursed the same amount (Tk15 crore) from its own fund to separate 100,000 families to buy essentials.
Referring to a recent Brac survey, Brac’s Executive Director Asif Saleh said: "The survey findings show 72% people have lost their jobs or suffered reduced work opportunities. A loss of income has resulted in the rise of extreme poverty by 60%. Also 14% people have no food reserved at home, while 29% have only 1-3 days’ food-reserve.”
“Our measures are not sufficient to meet the food crisis low-income households are grappling with across the country. I urge more individuals and organizations with means to join our fundraising initiative so that emergency aid can be reached to many more families living in ultra-poverty and urban slums,” said the executive director.
Brac has also provided soaps, sanitizers and other essentials and have manufactured and distributed masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) during the Covid-19 crisis.
For details on BRAC’s fundraising initiative, please visit: https://www.brac.net/covid19/donate/.