Mission start 1994
Mission End 2009
Impacted population 18,000

FXB House for HIV-positive children


In 2007, it was estimated that almost 600,000 people were living with HIV in the country, with no knowledge of their serological status.

The state of São Paulo has a concentration of 42.3 percent of the cases of AIDS in Brazil, and the city of São Paulo has the largest number of cases.

FXB in action

Started in 1989, the FXB Houses offered Tender Loving Care to children who were orphaned, HIV-infected of suffering from AIDS, on the premise that they will have a better and a longer life if they are living into a family environment that cares for them. 

FXB Houses offered very much more than medical care. The majority of the babies, children and adolescents were orphans or have been abandoned and could not rely on receiving support and love from their parents. FXB House was their Home and team members had all medical and human skills necessary for their well-being. 

FXB has put this concept of Tender Loving Care into practice through FXB Houses in Colombia, Brazil, the United States and Thailand.

The FXB House in Campo Limpo

In 1994, the year FXB House opened in Campo Limpo, Brazil is the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South America and the city of São Paulo has the highest number of cases. FXB was one of the few NGOs operating in this sector.

The FXB House in Campo Limpo was at the time a significant statement in the fight against stigma and discrimination against people infected with HIV and an alternative for access to palliative care for young patients. In addition, many children from the surrounding community came to the FXB House for informal education.

Mission impact

Because of the joint action of FXB and several Brazilian NGOs, the Chamber of Deputies unanimously approved the amendment of Article 18 of the Patent Law (9.279/96), allowing Brazilian pharmaceutical companies to produce generic antiretrovirals, significantly reduce the price of triple therapy, and expand access to it. 

With the advent of anti-retroviral drugs on the market and, consequently, the possibility of prolonging the life of the parents, all the children living at FXB House have been reintegrated into their biological families or foster families.

From 2005 to 2009, FXB Brazil supported these families, helping them to develop income-generating activities – particularly using recycled materials – to achieve economic autonomy and strengthened their overall capacities to ensure the reconstruction of the children’s social fabric and thus guarantee their well-being and social, cognitive and emotional development.

During the 15 years that FXB has been present in Brazil, numerous prevention and information activities have also been undertaken to strengthen the capacity for social mobilization and participation of marginalized communities that are particularly affected by HIV/AIDS.

Today, the project is run autonomously by the local association Espaço de Prevenção e Assistência Humanizada.


With FXB's help, I started making sandals by recycling plastic and managed to rehabilitate my house.