The FXB-Village Model Program is a community-based, scalable, and sustainable response to the poverty crisis that is built on the philosophy that the most effective way to help orphans and vulnerable children is to empower their guardians, families, and communities to lift themselves out of poverty.
It is based on the inextricable link between health and human rights and is the practical application of this paradigm. Each FXB-Village Model Program addresses the root causes of human insecurity by providing education, health, nutrition, clean water, sanitation, voluntary family planning,training in income generation, psychological well-being, and awareness of human rights as well as their application.
Since 2000, 65 FXBVillages programs have been implemented in Southern, Western, Eastern provinces and Kigali City. For instance, FXB Rwanda is implementing 3 FXBVillages namely: FXBVillage Mbare, FXBVillage Mbuga and FXBVillage Kigali SKOL.
FXBVILLAGE MODEL APPROACH
An evaluation of the FXB-Village Model Program in Rwanda found that 86% of beneficiaries were living above the poverty line at the program’s end and for years afterward. The program’s aim is to guide the beneficiaries to self-reliance in a period of 3 years. In order to achieve this goal, the beneficiaries are progressively encouraged to play an active role in their advancement as shown on the pyramid above:
In fact, beneficiaries are supported 100% in first year, 75% in the second year and 50% in the third year to avoid dependence and ensure sustainability
- ⦁ The program facilitate children’s access to primary and secondary schools, Technical and Vocational Education and Training.
- ⦁ The caregivers/parents are also trained on child rights, positive parenting. FXBVillage also provides Early Childhood Development and after school activities as part of their education methodology.
This component is the foundation of the FXB-Village process, especially in terms of poverty reduction. Sustainability of all activities – in the short and long term – is tributary of this component
- ⦁ The beneficiaries are trained on income generating activities development, savings, and financial literacy in order to prepare them manage their own businesses.
- ⦁ Each family is provided with $135 to kick-start IGA and they are grouped into savings groups.
- ⦁ The parents and caregivers receive nutritional related trainings to help them improve the nutritional status of their families.
- ⦁ Families are provided with food supplements during the first year of enrollment for nine months. People suffering from severe malnutrition, children as well as people on HIV treatment receive extra food supplements.
Health, HIV Prevention And Psychosocial Support
- ⦁ Beneficiaries receive health related trainings to educate them on illness prevention, early diagnosis and adherence to treatment. They are also supported to get the health insurance ( Mutuelle de Santé) and access the health care services.
- ⦁ Beneficiaries are educated on HIV/AIDS prevention, family planning and sexual reproductive Health. The entire family is encouraged to undergo the HIV/AIDS Voluntarily Counselling and Testing. In collaboration with the health centers, people living with HIV/AIDS are particularly followed to ensure the observance and adherence to ART treatment.
- ⦁ The families receive individual and collective psychosocial sessions to help them cope with the psychological, social and familial issues that can negatively affect their well-being as well as their participation in the program.
WASH (Water, Sanitation And Hygiene)
The program facilitate the beneficiaries to improve their WASH conditions by adopting positive behaviors and bettering the individual and environmental hygiene. In the beginning of the program, the beneficiaries are provided with hygiene kits. They are also encouraged, trained and supported to improve/rehabilitate their latrines, showers and sanitation in general.
The FXB Villages Program has improved the social well-being of more than 50,000 direct beneficiaries since its beginning.