Goal

Facilitate all children to reach their full potential by training their caregivers and the
community surrounding them

Context

FXB believes in specific development needs of the youngest and most vulnerable children. Science has shown that the most critical brain development takes place in the first three years of a child’s life. At 3 years the brain attain 80% of its growth. During these years, the brain is especially vulnerable to stressors, such as violence, instability, or malnutrition. Children who experience such stress are more likely to have cognitive or emotional difficulties, and the neurological damage cannot be undone.

In Rwanda, 38% of children aged under 5 are stunted (DHS 2015) preventing them from reaching their full potential in cognitive, motor, language and socio-emotional skills. Only 8 per cent of children between ages 3 and 6 have opportunities to attend pre-school programs, day care, or other early learning facilities. Only 1 per cent of children 3 and under have access to these ECD services. Children from poor families are more exposed and likely suffer from bad experiences of early years.

FXB Rwanda is engaged in Early Childhood Development services to ensure that children from poor families also attain their full potential. The caregivers of the children aged 0 to 6 years old and the local community are trained and equipped with relevant skills that will enable them to boost their children’s potential holistically: Education, Health, Nutrition, Sanitation, and Child Protection rights.

Impact

FXB Rwanda has reached 41,770 children aged 0-6 years and supported 249 Home based and community based ECD. The children’s caregivers have been trained in the domain of positive parenting, Early Stimulation and many more.

Through Sugira Muryango Program, FXB Rwanda will reach 10,000 households from 2020-2022 using a home-visiting model aiming at supporting playful parenting, father engagement, improved nutrition, care seeking, family functioning to promote ECD, positive parent-child relationships and healthy child development.