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Canadian High Commission team visits BRAC development programmes

A delegation of the Canadian High Commission in Dhaka on Tuesday visited different development programmes undertaken by BRAC for improving the socio-economic condition of host community at Ukhiya upazla of Cox’s Bazar.

The delegation included Phedra Moon Morris, Head of Development Assistance of Canadian High Commission in Dhaka; Maegen Andolfatto, First Secretary (Development) of the High Commission; and Mir Md Saifur Rahman, Development Advisor, BRAC said in a press release.

Sajedul Hasan, director of Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme (HCMP) of BRAC; Hasina Akhter Huq, area director; Mohammed Norul Alam Raju, Head of Programme, HCMP; and others were present during the visit.

The delegation visited Ayesha Abed Foundation at Jadimura, and a centre for skill training, financed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and a workplace for those received skill training at Court Bazar in Ukhiya.

Members of the delegation stayed at Ayesha Abed Foundation for some time and exchanged views with BRAC officials.

They also spoke to working women and assured of providing necessary support to the uplift programmes, taken up BRAC for the development of the host community.

Later, the team went to a BRAC-run Community Tailors where they spoke to working women.

During the interaction, Morris stressed on taking up pragmatic programmes for prevention of child marriage among local people and Rohingyas and protection of children.

Sajedul Hasan said there was a greater need for advocacy at the grassroots level for preventing early marriage and protecting children. Taking into consideration the situation, which arose due to Covid-19, BRAC will face the challenge in this regards in the days to come.

Hasina Akhter Huq said BRAC supported by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has taken up a programme for providing health services and running income generating activities for the ultra-poor people in the area.

Under a programme, supported by GAC, BRAC has provided assistance to 11,585 ultra-poor people at 10 unions of Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar from April 1, 2019.

The project is scheduled to continue till March 31, 2023.

Source: United News of Bangladesh