The FXBVillage model is a sustainable and community-based solution to extreme poverty and AIDS. Each FXBVillage program delivers long-term improvements in health and education, and gives economic opportunity to children and families in need. We don’t provide charity. Instead, we invest in individuals to equip them with the training and resources so they can achieve lasting self-sufficiency and stability.
FXB has lifted more than 13’000 families out of poverty through 167 FXBVillage programs and currently operates 26 FXBVillage programs with 2 in Burundi, 1 in China, 2 in Colombia, 2 in India, 1 in Mongolia, 16 in Rwanda, and 2 in Uganda. See where we work by clicking on the interactive FXB International map.
Helping Families. Saving Children.
Approximately 90% children orphaned by AIDS live with extended and foster families – not in orphanages. Most often headed by widows and grandmothers, these families are frequently unable to cope with the costs of additional children in the home. At FXB, we believe that family-based care is the best solution for all children, starting with orphans. We work to raise children by empowering their families and communities to escape poverty permanently – therefore avoiding the traps that poverty causes later in life, such as a descent into gang criminality, prostitution, drug dealing and child soldiers. Unlike piecemeal aid, which offers single interventions, the FXBVillage program is a holistic, integrated solution which delivers investment in the long-term wellbeing of families and communities. The FXBVillage model relies on delivering the five drivers of poverty eradication at the same time and in an integrated way:
- Healthcare, including hygiene, clean water and psychosocial counselling
- Education, both traditional and financial training
- Nutrition, the ability of a community to feed itself
- Business, the ability of a community to fund itself
Each of these drivers relies on the others to help break the cycle of poverty The results speak for themselves. Over 85% of families are self-sufficient by the end of the three-year program.
How the FXBVillage Program operates
Each FXBVillage program serves 80 to 100 families (between 500 and 600 people, mostly children) in an impoverished area over three years. Through the delivery of essential services – healthcare, education, nutrition and housing – we ensure that families are thriving and children are able to reach their full potential. But the key driver to breaking the cycle over the long term is business. It is this element that helps generate the revenue to go on delivering the other drivers to make communities self-sufficient in the long term, and take responsibility for remaining out of extreme poverty. FXBVillage program beneficiaries receive a comprehensive package of services.
What makes the FXBVillage Program effective?
- Low-cost: Each FXBVillage program costs approximately $250,000 over three years. FXB’s financial input is scaled down each year. Program participants are required to increasingly contribute to their families’ school and medical costs, taking an active role in building lives of greater self-sufficiency. That’s an average cost of only $140 per person per year!
- Proven success: Over 85% of participating families progress from extreme poverty to self-sufficiency within three years and maintain steady income thereafter. Children in the FXBVillage program enroll, remain, and advance in school at higher rates than their peers. And communities are improved through new sources of clean water, better sanitation, HIV prevention workshops, and shared wellbeing.
- Community-based: The FXBVillage programs are rooted in the communities they serve. We continually work with community leaders, stakeholders, and relevant associations to tailor the program to local needs, while still maintaining the building blocks of the methodology, which must always be applied. FXBVillage staff are always locally recruited.
Selecting Participants & Monitoring Progress FXB works closely with local authorities, HIV and AIDS associations, community and religious leaders, and youth groups to identify and select the families in the program. Each FXBVillage is comprised of 80 to 100 households from a general target area, frequently spread over several small communities. For each eligible household, the selection process takes into account:
- Degree of vulnerability and need (health and economic status)
- Number of children
- Overall situation
- Capacity and willingness shown by individuals to achieve the program objectives
Once participants are enrolled and the program has launched, FXB staff in each FXBVillage program conduct weekly and/or bi-weekly home visits in order to assess each family’s progress and address difficulties. Most importantly, we actively seek feedback from participants to ensure that the program is meeting their needs and expectations.
Facts and Figures of the FXBVillage:
- An external evaluation led by the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa) of the FXBVillage program has demonstrated remarkable results: children enroll, remain, and advance in school at higher rates than their peers, and 86% of the participating families live above the poverty line four years after the program’s end.
- UNAIDS cited the FXBVillage program as a case study in effectively meeting the needs of children affected by AIDS in its 2002 annual report on the epidemic.
- In April 2008, the program was again recognized in UNICEF’s annual Children and AIDS stocktaking report as a strong example of a community-based program for vulnerable families.
- A program similar to the FXBVillage was evaluated by UNICEF and the Beijing Institute for Information and Control. These mid-term evaluations conducted in early 2008 indicate significant increases in household income and assets, a 25% reduction in household debt, and significant improvements in children’s health, education levels, and emotional well-being. Among enrolled children who have lost both parents, emotional and psychosocial status has improved six- fold since enrolment in the program.
- In 2013, the Yi Culture Research Center of Central University of Nationalities (CUN) and China Social Welfare Foundation (CSWF) have awarded the FXBVillage Program in Bu Tuo with a Special Contribution Award for its involvement in the Yi Community development in China. This ethnic group is marginalized and has a scary rate of poverty and illiteracy, especially among women.
- From January 2012 to January 2014, three consecutive external evaluations led by an external evaluator took place in order to demonstrate the sustainability of the results from the FXBVillage Nyakabiga in Burundi, namely one year, two years and three years after program graduation. The results from those evaluations show that 98.2% of children still go regularly to school, 93.7% of households eat 2 or more times per day, 88.9% of children under 5 have normal mid-upper arm circumference measurement and families are able to save 207’000 Burundian francs per year (roughly 132 USD). Besides, access to healthcare services is secured as all child births were attended by medical staff.
- In 2014, an external evaluation of the FXBVillage program in Uganda conducted by the Oxford Poverty & Human development Initiative has highlighted that former beneficiaries are multidimensionally less poor than their peers, even three years after they graduated from the program. The dimensions in which former FXB beneficiaries are better off are house and land ownership, savings, access to child immunization, to food diversity and to improved water sources as per the definition given by the Joint Monitoring Program of the WHO/UNICEF.
- In 2015, using data from the FXBVillage’s evaluation methodology, researchers from University of Pennsylvania and Harvard used baseline and three-year follow up surveys to compare the status of beneficiary households before and after program completion and a sample of households surveyed as part of national Demographic Health Surveys. The study includes data from 20 FXBVillage programs that were running from 2009 and 2012 in Rwanda and Uganda, representing more than 1’500 households. The results of the evaluation concludes that the FXBVillage programs induced marked improvements across a broad range of indicators concerning economic security, health and nutritional status, safe water and sanitation, psychosocial well-being, and educational resources and participation.