FXB in action
FXB began its activities in Rwanda a few months after the 1994 genocide. Since then, FXB has been working to strengthen the capacities of children and families hit hardest by poverty and AIDS.
In 2016, FXB directly impacted the life of over 150,000 vulnerable people, and reached an additional 17,000 people indirectly throughout the communities.
The organization today runs various projects in the country:
Community Development Programs, FXBVillages
In 2016, FXB implemented 17 Community Development Programs, FXBVillages, in the four provinces of the country. The Program is an integrated approach providing support to poor families in nutrition, health, education and housing to meet their immediate needs while building their income capacity to become economically self-sufficient.
In order to create lasting and comprehensive impacts, FXB organizes personal life skill 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. FXB also promotes women’s empowerment and gender equality as key factors to fight poverty.
Nutrition and WASH
These nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects mainly target vulnerable children as well as pregnant or lactating mothers. They will allow FXB to implement nutrition programs for almost 80,000 children under five and 55,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women. This program will also allow 50,000 households to improve WASH conditions by 2020.
Family Strengthening Intervention for Early Childhood Development
The project offers coaching to young children’s caregivers to promote early stimulation and responsive, non-violent parenting, and essential education on health, hygiene and nutrition. It focuses on the core elements of child development (physical, cognitive, linguistic, and socio-emotional skills). It also builds on the Care for Child Development Package developed by WHO and UNICEF, which guides health workers and other counselors as they help families build stronger relationships with their children and solve problems in caring for their children at home.
Biochar – Agricultural Innovative Project
FXB Rwanda is producing biochar and promoting its application to the soil in the district of Rwamagana, Eastern Rwanda. Biochar is a carbon byproduct produced from biomass that can be deployed to sequester carbon, enriching soil with nutrients and reducing water consumption. The goal of the project is to improve local farmers’ crop yields, their income as well as the nutritional status of their families.
Over 80 families and 1,200 farmers will benefit from increased yields and productivity, with decreased levels of carbon emissions for their agricultural practices. This project is supported by the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco.
Improved Services for Vulnerable Population
The project, which targets youth, children under five and vulnerable families, uses a family focused approach aimed at reducing economic vulnerability. It empowers parents to invest in order to meet children’s and adolescents’ needs. It also provides health services- community linkages, for example with local clinics, in a process that the Government of Rwanda and local organizations can sustain over time. The program ran by Global Communities is implemented in 12 Districts countrywide. FXB will specifically implement it in 30 sectors, in Burera and Musanze Districts.
While the country has made remarkable progress in both human and economic development since the 1994 genocide, many improvements are still needed in key areas such as infant mortality, maternal health, education and especially the reduction of extreme poverty. In fact, the double impact of the genocide and AIDS has resulted in Rwanda having one of the highest proportions of orphans in the world.
Rwanda’s Human Development Index (UNDP, 2016) positions Rwanda at 159 out of 188 countries and territories. In 2016, over 53 percent of the population (more than 7 million people) are “multidimensionally poor” while an additional 25 percent live “near multidimensional poverty”.