The FXBVillage model is a sustainable and community-based solution to extreme poverty and AIDS. Each FXBVillage program delivers long-term improvements in health and education, and gives economic opportunity to children and families in need. We don’t provide charity. Instead, we invest in individuals to equip them with the training and resources so they can achieve lasting self-sufficiency and stability.
FXB has lifted more than 12’000 families out of poverty through 162 FXBVillage programs and currently operates 30 FXBVillage programs with 2 in Burundi, 4 in China, 2 in Colombia, 2 in India, 18 in Rwanda, and 2 in Uganda. See where we work by clicking on the interactive FXB International map.
Helping Families. Saving Children.
Approximately 90% children orphaned by AIDS live with extended and foster families – not in orphanages. Most often headed by widows and grandmothers, these families are frequently unable to cope with the costs of additional children in the home. At FXB, we believe that family-based care is the best solution for all children, starting with orphans. We work to raise children by empowering their families and communities to escape poverty permanently – therefore avoiding the traps that poverty causes later in life, such as a descent into gang criminality, prostitution, drug dealing and child soldiers. Unlike piecemeal aid, which offers single interventions, the FXBVillage program is a holistic, integrated solution which delivers investment in the long-term wellbeing of families and communities. The FXBVillage model relies on delivering the five drivers of poverty eradication at the same time and in an integrated way:
- Healthcare, including hygiene, clean water and psychosocial counselling
- Education, both traditional and financial training
- Nutrition, the ability of a community to feed itself
- Business, the ability of a community to fund itself
Each of these drivers relies on the others to help break the cycle of poverty The results speak for themselves. Over 85% of families are self-sufficient by the end of the three-year program.
How the FXBVillage Program operates
Each FXBVillage program serves 80 to 100 families (between 500 and 600 people, mostly children) in an impoverished area over three years. Through the delivery of essential services – healthcare, education, nutrition and housing – we ensure that families are thriving and children are able to reach their full potential. But the key driver to breaking the cycle over the long term is business. It is this element that helps generate the revenue to go on delivering the other drivers to make communities self-sufficient in the long term, and take responsibility for remaining out of extreme poverty. FXBVillage program beneficiaries receive a comprehensive package of services.
What makes the FXBVillage Program effective?
- Low-cost: Each FXBVillage program costs approximately $250,000 over three years. FXB’s financial input is scaled down each year. Program participants are required to increasingly contribute to their families’ school and medical costs, taking an active role in building lives of greater self-sufficiency. That’s an average cost of only $140 per person per year!
- Proven success: Over 85% of participating families progress from extreme poverty to self-sufficiency within three years and maintain steady income thereafter. Children in the FXBVillage program enroll, remain, and advance in school at higher rates than their peers. And communities are improved through new sources of clean water, better sanitation, HIV prevention workshops, and shared wellbeing.
- Community-based: The FXBVillage programs are rooted in the communities they serve. We continually work with community leaders, stakeholders, and relevant associations to tailor the program to local needs, while still maintaining the building blocks of the methodology, which must always be applied. FXBVillage staff are always locally recruited.
Selecting Participants & Monitoring Progress FXB works closely with local authorities, HIV and AIDS associations, community and religious leaders, and youth groups to identify and select the families in the program. Each FXBVillage is comprised of 80 to 100 households from a general target area, frequently spread over several small communities. For each eligible household, the selection process takes into account:
- Degree of vulnerability and need (health and economic status)
- Number of children
- Overall situation
- Capacity and willingness shown by individuals to achieve the program objectives
Once participants are enrolled and the program has launched, FXB staff in each FXBVillage program conduct weekly and/or bi-weekly home visits in order to assess each family’s progress and address difficulties. Most importantly, we actively seek feedback from participants to ensure that the program is meeting their needs and expectations.