Political, social and economic crisis, extreme food insecurity, malaria epidemic, negative impact of climate change are issues that impact Burundi, a country in Africa where nearly three quarters of the population lives below the poverty line and 51% of children under 5 years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition. Burundi is in the midst of a major humanitarian crisis. More than 460,000 Burundians are uprooted, whether within the country or in neighboring countries.
FXB in action
Ten Economic and Community Development FXBVillage programs have already been developed in the municipalities of Bujumbura Mairie and Rural, enabling nearly 7,500 adults and children to escape extreme poverty by acquiring the skills needed to survive.
In 2014 and 2018, in this region where the economy and survival are largely dependent on agriculture, hundreds of families lost everything as a result of devastating floods. Thanks to the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the King Baudoin Foundation, the Arcanum Foundation and the International Solidarity Service of the Canton of Geneva, we have been able to fix and rebuild houses and latrines and enable the agricultural activities of the affected families to resume.
In this way, our Economic and Community Development model FXBVillage allows us to provide, in three years, a complete response to the fundamental causes of poverty by simultaneously acting on its predominant factors. It is also about fighting gender discrimination and balancing gender relations so that women, who are more exposed to poverty, have access to the same economic and social opportunities.