RWANDA

Mission start 1995
Impacted population 1,000,000

Fighting against poverty and social injustices

Context

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 158th out of 189 by the latest UNDP Human Development Index in 2018. 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.

Mission impact

One million adults and children have benefited from FXB Rwanda’s presence in their communities through its VillageFXB poverty alleviation, infrastructure rehabilitation, water and sanitation, education and early childhood development, nutrition, protection, HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs.

In 2018, the City of Paris commissioned Le Group’ – Consultants Mutualisés Experts du Secteur Solidaire (France) to conduct an evaluation of all FXBVillage programs supported by the City of Paris in Rwanda since 2006. These programmes have led 5,423 people affected and/or infected by HIV/AIDS to economic and social autonomy.

This evaluation shows that:

  • 100% of children have access to a quality education,
  • 100% of beneficiaries living with HIV/AIDS have access to adequate health services (7.6% of participants versus a national HIV prevalence of 3%), adherence to treatment is very good and cases lost to follow-up are rare.
  • 0% of cases of malnutrition were found and 80.5% of families maintain the cultivation of a vegetable garden, notably for self-consumption, beyond the duration of the project.
  • The survey conducted among People Living With HIV (PLWHIV) beneficiaries revealed a very high level of satisfaction with the support provided by FXB teams for their economic development.

Read the full evaluation in french.

Read more external evaluations in Rwanda.

To discover

The documentary “Generation Rescue” tells the story of Grace, a former participant in a FXBVillage programme in Kigali, who became a successful woman entrepreneur.