FXB in action
In partnership with Hope Initiatives SA Namibia (HISA Namibia), FXB started working in Namibia in April 2018, implementing one Community Development Program FXBVillage in an informal settlment near Windhoek – Tobia Hainyeko Constituency within Kilimanjaro community.
In information settlements such as Kilimanjaro community, land tenure, basic amenities, education, health and other social services, transport infrastructure and other public services are extremely limited, inadequate or even unavailable. Security, unemployment and lack of capital to run a small project are a serious concern. People’s involvement in development activities is also limited due to lack of development agencies willing to establish their offices into such non-secured places. National authorities lack the necessary information about those communities and they do not incorporate them into urban planning. People living there face a variety of challenges including poverty, malnutrition and exploitation, no access to adequate and hygienic shelter. Limited access to services such as education, health care and social welfare make them increasingly vulnerable.
FXB and HISA are therefore directly helping 100 families (approximately 650 people) in extreme poverty situation find their way towards economic and social autonomy, by simultaneously improving different aspects of their lives. The Community Development Program is an integrated approach providing support in nutrition, health, education and housing to meet participants’ immediate needs while building their income capacity to become economically self-sufficient.
In order to create lasting and comprehensive impacts, the program organizes personal life skills development sessions for direct participants as well as for people in surrounding communities. Many topics are discussed, including family planning, environmental protection, hygiene, health, HIV /AIDS and other diseases prevention, violence, women and children’s rights, among others. Women’s empowerment and gender equality as key factors to fight poverty are also promoted.
Namibia is ranked as a middle-income country but has one of the most skewed income per capita distributions in the world, with 55% aggregate income accruing to 10% of the total population. Namibia has a population of over 2.4 million inhabitants; 43% of whom are under the age of 15. Namibia’s political stability and sound economic management have helped it get to poverty reduction. However, this has not yet been accompanied by job creation and extreme socio-economic inequalities inherited from the years run under an apartheid system still persist, despite generous public spending on social programs.
Despite impressive economic growth, averaging 5% per annum between 2002 and 2012, and a 40% increase in per capita income between 2004 and 2012, an estimated 29% cent of the population are still classified as poor, while 30% of the labor force are unemployed. Women and young people are most affected, with unemployment rates of respectively 33% and 53% (for those aged 20–24).