Rwanda is still affected by the 1994 genocide, during which nearly one million Tutsis were massacred. The democratically elected Rwandan Patriotic Front gradually restored order, security and then civil service and ensured the stability of the country.
Rwanda was one of the few countries that had been able to achieve most of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Substantial progress has been made in poverty reduction, education and HIV prevention.
Despite these successes, Rwanda is still a poor country, ranked 160th out of 189 by the latest UNDP Human Development Index in 2000.
It faces significant development challenges. Chronic malnutrition, poor infrastructure, lack of access to electricity, early childhood development, child mortality, the quality of education and the prevention of violence against children all require sustained attention.
FXB in action
By 1995, Rwanda had barely emerged from the genocide. The urgency was to protect the population. FXB therefore launched a first phase of reconstruction of 528 houses to house widows, orphans, and children made vulnerable by this tragedy, some of whom were HIV-positive.
Since then, FXB has expanded its activities to serve vulnerable populations throughout the country’s provinces. The organization consists of developing programs, complementary to each other, aimed at fostering access to basic human rights and promoting social justice.
One million adults and children have benefited from FXB’s presence in their communities through its FXBVillage poverty alleviation programs, infrastructure rehabilitation, access to water and sanitation, education and early childhood development, nutrition, protection, and HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs.