The Bangladesh Humanitarian Fund – an initiative of charitable foundation BRAC USA – is making a grant of US$1.25m to fund employment opportunities for 250 Rana Plaza workers.

The grant is the second payment made by the fund, which was created in March this year.

The services offered to the 250 workers will include livelihood training, professional development, entrepreneurship training, assistance with access to employment, and personal counselling support.

BRAC USA said it was seeking additional donations to the Fund.

“Rana Plaza was like Bangladesh’s 9/11,” said Susan Davis, president and CEO of BRAC USA.

“Those who died on April 24 did so working in dangerous conditions to provide a better future for their families and make our own clothing more affordable.”