FXB in action
Since 1991, FXB has been developing programs in India which have helped tens of thousands of people from poverty stricken areas, providing access to health services, clean water and sanitation, as well as adequate HIV and other disease prevention awareness. “FXB India Suraksha” works in about fifteen states and territories of the Indian Union, providing integrated development assistance to disadvantaged children, women and communities in rural and urban India to reduce their vulnerabilities in respect of poverty, health, education and protection.
Find out more information on FXB India Suraksha’s website
In 2016, FXB was directly assisting over 50,000 vulnerable people, while over 205,000 were indirectly benefiting from its various projects all throughout the country:
Railway Children (Rajasthan)
Railway stations often become the shelter for many run-away children, usually victims of abuse and negligence in their home. These children are vulnerable to disease, violence and sexual abuse. FXB runs a day-care centre near the Jaipur Railway Station where street children come to eat, rest, relax and receive care in a protective environment. The children also benefit from informal education, and are engaged with recreational and learning activities (such as learning how to use a computer). For these boys and girls between 4 and 18 years old, the shelter is the only home.
FXB, in partnership with three other child rights organizations, has been running a child assistance booth at the Jaipur Railway Station which provides guidance and counselling to children to prevent and protect them from exploitations and assaults. Advocacy initiatives are also taken for child rights and protection, with children actively participating in awareness campaigns, helping to spread the word.
CHILDLINE (Uttar Pradesh)
CHILDLINE is India’s first 24/7 emergency phone outreach service for children in distress. The 1098 toll-free telephone helpline lands any child’s call to the nearest call centre managed by counselors and social activists. The service is an efficient link between children in need and services that exist for their rehabilitation and welfare, utilizing the existing infrastructure and systems to ensure children their rights.
Other protection Projects
A project called Mukti, based in Manipur, aims to reduce trafficking in persons for commercial sexual exploitation in India. The intervention aims to empower women, local communities as well as district administration, and build their capacities to effectively counter human trafficking.
FXB India partners with the Government of India’s Initiatives to provide services for children in need of care and protection under its flagship program “Integrated Child Protection Scheme”.
The organization has extensive research experience and is collecting crucial data on violence against women and trafficking in women and children in West Bengal and Delhi.
Care and Support projects related to HIV/AIDS (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura)
Through health programs, FXB improves the survival rate and quality of life of people affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition to community mobilization and targeted interventions, the organization has been undertaking a viral load testing initiative project and has initiated the VIHAAN program (meaning ‘dawn’s first light’ in Sanskrit), the largest direct service program for people living with HIV in India. Read more
Access to Universal, Ability Building and Quality Education
Through Education Programs, FXB assists vulnerable children to finish their schooling. With a focus on mainstreaming vulnerable and marginalized drop out school children back to regular schools, FXB works with parents and local schools to ensure that children attend regularly and assists with school fees, materials, uniforms, nutrition… Education Centers also provide supplementary support with non-formal education and tuition classes to children. For example, computer classes equip children to access modern technology. Read more
Water and Sanitation Project (Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu)
In India, less than 40% of the population has access to improved sanitation. The FXB WASH project improves the capacities of community institutions to access appropriate technology and help them develop safe and sustainable systems within the state of Jharkhand. FXB is also promoting a low-cost sanitation model, encouraging good practices of hygiene and improved access to clean water supplies.
Community Development Programs
There are currently two ongoing Community Development Programs FXBVillage in Manipur and Tamil Nadu, lifting vulnerable families out of extreme poverty. The programs bring the extreme poor to self-sufficiency within three years. They provide integrated support in nutrition, health, education, with special focus on women and housing to meet participants’ immediate needs while building their income capacity to become economically self-sufficient.
A project is being implemented in a village of Pondicherry, with the objective of promoting development initiatives among the community, particularly in health aspects and elderly care. Health awareness and sensitization programs are being conducted with various stakeholders, including caregivers of the elderly.
Another project in Darrang focuses on promoting integrated development in several villages in the areas of livelihood, health, education, protection and safety.
Skill Development for Youth and Women Entrepreneurship Projects
The Skill Development project promoting youth employment is being carried out in 10 villages of Meghalaya. The main activities are enterprise development for rural poor households (mainly women) promoting agro-allied livelihood activities through producing brooms and honey, along with trainings for youth.
FXB is also implementing women economic empowerment projects. The organization trains women to become social entrepreneurs. Since 2010, several production units of low cost sanitary napkins have been launched. Participating women now have a regular job and all the women in the surrounding areas have access to sanitary napkins at reasonable prices. This improves personal hygiene, health and gives them dignity and confidence, especially for young students who do not necessarily attend class when they are indisposed.
In the whole country, over half of the population is poor, and about a third is living in extreme poverty (UNDP 2015). India is therefore home to nearly one third of the world’s poorest population. It has a very high unemployment rate, limited access to water, high HIV prevalence, low health facility access, high illiteracy rates and overall lack of education, not to mention the inequalities between men and women and between castes.