FXB in action
FXB started working in Burundi in November 2006. Today, two Community Development Programs FXBVillages are ongoing in the Buterere commune, near the capital of Bujumbura, which serves as an area of waste disposal for the surrounding municipalities and where people are living in intolerable conditions. The population of Buterere lives in fact in unbearable conditions of insalubrity, surrounded by unbreathable air.
In this area, many people from the Batwa community live isolated. The Batwa minority (known as pygmy), who represents 1% of the population in Burundi, is victim of stereotypes, has very little rights and little access to public services.
Another project is also ongoing to strengthen income generating activities with the provision of a rice husking machine in the community.
FXB is therefore directly helping approximately 1,500 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, 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. An additional 20,000 people are therefore being reached by FXB in the surrounding communities. FXB also promotes women’s empowerment and gender equality as key factors to fight poverty.
Burundi has over 11 million inhabitants, 70% of which live below the poverty line. Since its independence in 1962, the country has experienced repeated political crises that have involved serious outbreaks of violence between the two main ethnic groups: the majority Hutu and the minority Tutsi.
The economy of Burundi is based almost exclusively on agriculture. Recently, Burundi was strongly affected by the climate pattern El Niño. The sociopolitical crisis which started in April 2015 has also increasingly affected the population with 1.46 million Burundians food insecure, of which nearly 350,000 are in emergency phase (FAO, November 2016).