FXB in action
FXB has provided essential assistance in Myanmar since 1992. The organization developed programs related to health, education, vocational training and income generating activities, organized HIV/AIDS and human-trafficking campaigns, and has undertaken emergency and reconstruction operations following floods and cyclone Nargis.
In 2016, FXB directly assisted over 13,500 vulnerable people (with 3,500 others indirectly). Currently, FXB leads four main projects in Myanmar:
Vocational Training and Life Skills aimed at Young People at Risk
The objective of this project is to improve access to education and promote self-sufficiency for young people at risk of contracting HIV and becoming victims of human trafficking. FXB offers professional training to approximately 150 young people every year. It allows them to acquire the needed skills to find a job in a factory or to open their own workshop.
The FXB Training Center, located in Shwe Pyi Thar, one hour and a half away from Yangon, also welcomes 30 out of school and street children per year and provides them with informal education.
Community-Led Development through Theater Capacity Training
The project is in its fourth year and so far the troupe, made up of twelve youth performers and two theater troupe managers has conducted over 300 performances, reaching more than 37,000 community members from Yangon and Tanintharyi and Kachin, Mon and Karen State. The theatre performances target issues focusing on both women and children’s rights.
Promoting Access to Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Information to Young People
FXB implements a large project on “Promoting Access to Adolescent Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Information” which informs adolescents and youth
HIV Prevention, Care and Support to people living with HIV and their affected families
The project is carried in 40 townships in the Yangon region, Ayeyarwaddy and in Mon State. The idea is to provide comprehensive health care and psychosocial support to people living with HIV/AIDS, enabling access to antiretroviral medicines. Moreover, through self-help and Sunday empowerment groups, FXB offers psychological support to people living with HIV/AIDS and their impacted families.
FXB Showroom (Yangon)
A showroom sells tapestries, curtains, furniture, clothes and toys, made by 40 people holding a FXB training diploma. The profits are used for their salaries, to buy raw materials, and to provide a small allowance to FXB’s apprentices.
Address of the showroom: No.294/3, Shwe Gon Daing Road.
Middle Shwe Gon Daing Ward. In Front of Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda
Bahan Township. Yangon. Myanmar – Tel: +95 9 73016552
With a population of over 54 million people, Myanmar is among the world’s poorest countries, ranking 148th out of 188 countries in the Human Development Index (2015). The 2015 elections marked a historic milestone in the country’s political and economic transition that began in 2011. The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) swept into power, leading to the parliament’s election of Myanmar’s first civilian state leader in decades.
Although some areas in Myanmar are reforming by all means, poverty levels are at an estimated one fourth of the population. Poverty is twice as high in rural areas where 70% of the population lives. The remote border areas, mainly populated by Myanmar’s minority ethnic groups, as well as areas emerging from conflict are particularly poor (Human Poverty Report 2014).