FXB in action
In 2006, FXB started working in Long Chuan, Yunnan, China. In 2017, FXB implements two Community Development Programs FXBVillages in the remote and mountainous Butuo county, in the Sichuan province. It directly serves about 800 vulnerable men, women and children, mostly of Yi ethnicity. The 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.
The programs were awarded the prize of “Special Contribution and Implication in the Development of the Community of Yi in China” by the National Central University of Research of Yi Culture and the Social Protection Foundation in China.
UNICEF and the Beijing Institute for Information and Control evaluated these programs in 2008 and highlighted significant increases in household income and assets, a 25 percent reduction in household debt and significant improvements in children’s health, education levels and emotional well-being. Among enrolled children who lost both parents, emotional and psychosocial status improved six-fold since enrollment in the program.
The Butuo County of Liangshan is located in the Yi Autonomous Prefecture of Southern Sichuan. The province is one of the largest and poorest in China, with almost half of the population living on less than $2 a day. It has a population of 140,000 people, 95% of whom are of Yi ethnicity. With one in five residents living in extreme poverty, a growing population and an illiteracy rate of almost 75%. The Yi community suffers from malnutrition, deplorable hygiene conditions and a high disparity between men and women.
Yi households are usually managed by female heads of single-parent families, the oldest siblings or elderly grandparents, who often struggle to provide food for their families. With early marriage and the weight of tradition, women are often the only bread winner in the family. Often illiterate, they have never received any training and most of the time have no special skills to increase their incomes, and consequently their quality of life.