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Investing in Children. Empowering Families. Strengthening Communities.

2 FXB-Villages in operation in Bujumbura

Bringing health, education, and stability to children left behind by poverty and AIDS

Background: Burundi

In Burundi, the compounded effects of extreme poverty and of HIV and AIDS often undermine the capacity of families and communities to take care of orphans.

FXB in Burundi

In 2006, FXB launched the first community-based development program in Bujumbura. Its goal is to strengthen the capacity and improve the living conditions of HIV-positive people and to reintegrate orphans and vulnerable children who are affected by or infected with HIV and AIDS in their communities.

Each FXB-Village provides 100 families with a basic package of health, education, psychosocial and income-generation services. A program can function independently or in parallel with others. Each Village is designed to last for three years, with scaled down costs each year, since the basic material for the Income-Generating Activities (IGAs) is provided at the beginning of the program, and families become increasingly self-sufficient and more capable of managing their own medical and schooling costs each year. Staff for each Village includes one nurse counselor, one social worker and one logistician.

Results

Today, there are two FXB-Villages running in Burundi, directly serving approximately 1’458 adults and children. An additional 60,000 individuals benefit from FXB’s presence in their communities through prevention, sensitization, and water access activities.

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STRATEGIES

  • Develop IGAs for destitute families.
  • Help beneficiaries develop a skill through vocational training.
  • Provide beneficiaries with basic medical care for the treatment of AIDS-related opportunistic infections.
  • Provide beneficiaries with psychosocial support to help them cope with illness, and to deal with stigmatization and discrimination.
  • Provide educational support for children to pursue their education at the primary and secondary levels. FXB covers the costs of school fees and material.
  • Advocate for and protect children’s rights in collaboration with local leaders and volunteers. FXB handles reported cases of child abuse and where necessary refers them to appropriate institutions for further management.
  • Sensitize beneficiaries to issues pertaining to HIV prevention, the Rights of the Child, environmental protection, hygiene and sustainable development.
  • Empower youth by imparting HIV-related information and encouraging them to become peer-educators, thereby actively contributing to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
  • Create support groups through which beneficiaries will be encouraged to help each other and manage collective activities.

FXB operations in this country are supported, through financial or in-kind donations, by: