COLOMBIA

Mission start 1992
Mission End 2019
Impacted population 200 000

Fighting against extreme poverty

Context

In Colombia, almost a third of the population lives on less than $2 a day, and 6.9 million people have been displaced by violence (UNHCR, 2016).

In 2015, the National Administrative Department of Statistics reported that 28% of the population in Colombia was living below the poverty line, of which about 8% in “extreme poverty”.

FXB in action

Opened in 1989, FXB Homes are based on the concept of Tender Loving Care: the belief that children who are orphaned, HIV-positive or suffering from AIDS will have a better and longer life if they are cared for in a family setting, surrounded by tenderness and benefiting from appropriate care.

FXB Homes offered more than just medical care. From babies to the teenagers who lived there, most were orphaned or abandoned and could not count on the support and love of their parents. The team that surrounded them had all the medical and human skills necessary for their well-being. FXB House was their family, the setting for their lives as children.
FXB has implemented this Tender Loving Care concept in Colombia, Brazil, Thailand and the United States.

The FXB House in Barranquilla was, at the time, a significant statement in the fight against stigma and discrimination against people infected with HIV. It also represented an alternative for access to palliative care for young patients.
With the advent of antiretroviral on the market and the consequent possibility of prolonging the life of parents, FXB House has been transformed into a day centre, open to the community. It offered services tailored to the needs of children and their families such as nutritional support, medical care and HIV treatment, psychosocial support, education and after-school support, HIV prevention and testing. Rebuilding the social fabric of orphans who had been reintegrated into their biological families or foster families was an integral part of FXB’s mission.

As an expert in the field of pediatric HIV/AIDS, FXB Colombia has also conducted important programs for the prevention of HIV and mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), particularly in the departments of Atlántico and Guarija.

In 2011, FXB Colombia launches its first Poverty Eradication Program FXBVillage in an extremely underprivileged neighbourhood in Barranquilla. It will then be replicated in another suburban area of this city as well as in Bogota. Malnutrition, disease, unsanitary housing… the poorest people living there face a variety of complex challenges. It would have been a mistake to address only the issue of income! Partial aid, which only addresses one cause of poverty, is not a sufficient solution to overcome it.

Thus, our Community and Economic Development model FXBVillage has enabled us to provide, in three years, a comprehensive response to the root causes of their poverty by simultaneously acting on its predominant factors. It was also about fighting gender discrimination and balancing gender relations so that women, who are more exposed to poverty, can have access to the same economic and social opportunities.

Mission impact

FXB House has welcomed and supported close to 150 children and adults each year.

FXB Colombia’s awareness-raising and prevention of HIV and mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programmes have reached nearly 180,000 adults and children from all walks of life – from street children and community leaders to coal mine workers, who were given prevention messages in their local dialect, to members of the medical professions.

The three FXBVillage economic and community development programs have enabled 15,000 and adults to make the transition from extreme poverty to economic and social self-sufficiency.

FXB withdrew from Colombia in 2019. However, our FXBVillage model continues to be replicated there by local Foundations: Nutrinfantil Foundation and Acesco Foundation.

Fondation Nutrinfantil

Foundation Nutrinfantil is a private initiative foundation with more than 20 years of continuous experience working with Mosquera’s most vulnerable communities, Cundinamarca, a municipality located on the edge of Bogota. Mosquera is an invasion zone where most of the community are informal workers, recyclers, displaced persons, and migrants. The community’s conditions, such as the dangers of violence, drug trafficking, drug use, and the lack of security, make it incredibly challenging to address social and economic development.
In 2014, Foundation Nutrinfantil signed an agreement with FXB Colombia to implement the FXBVillage Model to overcome multidimensional poverty. From 2015 to 2018, Foundation Nutrinfantil graduated its first FXBVillage program, in which 71 families and 165 children participated. The achievements include creating 45 small businesses, an improvement of 90% in household savings and income, the completion of the studies of 47% of the participants, and the improvement in the nutritional status of 45% of those who intervened. Currently, the second FXBVillage program with 79 families is in its second year of program implementation.
As an assistance to the COVID-19 pandemic, 4,096 nutritional, in-kind, and economic support packages have been delivered, responding to the impacted community’s emergency and needs.

Acesco Foundation

Acesco Foundation works with the community to generate capacities that contribute to the generation of scenarios for its integral development. Through its interventions, it seeks to actively participate in searching for solutions to national problems, focusing on the theme of poverty, health, and education.
The Acesco Foundation is implementing the FXBVillage program since June of 2019, with 94 families from Malambo municipality in Colombia. The FXBVillage program has allowed the Acesco Foundation to learn and know the different obstacles that these families face daily to maintain a dignified quality of life and develop their life projects.
The implemented methodology has made it possible to act promptly on a great diversity of situations in families’ daily lives, which, if not addressed, could further aggravate the poverty conditions they face.
For example, from the beginning, the FXBVillage program offered training and psychological support on relevant issues for the main caregivers of the families; distributed food aid to 100% of the families; granted startup capital to microenterprises; provided counseling and psychological support to women experiencing domestic violence; provided educational and connectivity support so that children and adolescents do not abandon their education. As a result, Foundation Acesco achieved that participating families in the FXBVillage program continue their empowerment and development despite the additional challenges they have faced during the global pandemic.

Testimonial

I remained true to my goals and beliefs: today I run a clothing shop, and I have hired four saleswomen to help me promote the work of local artisans.

Sandra