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Investing in Children. Empowering Families. Strengthening Communities.

Introduction

In Uganda, conflict, displacement, extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS have left millions of people vulnerable. FXB started working in this country in the early 1990s to address the hardship faced by the cohorts of orphaned and vulnerable children living there. Since then, FXB Uganda has put into action programs that have helped thousands of children and caregivers regain health and stability: the FXB-Villages.

The FXB-Village provides 80 families (600 persons) with a package of health, nutrition, education, social protection, legal support, sanitation, and psychosocial services, as well as capital to launch income generating activities (IGA), acquire vocational and financial skills, and access responsible microcredit. As IGA develop, caregivers use their newfound income to build assets and savings and to meet their children’s health and education needs independently.

During the program, FXB also provides enrolled families and communities with HIV prevention skills and information and training on children’s rights and protection. Simultaneously, it facilitates the formation and capacity building of local groups and associations that will endure as local resources long after the program concludes.

At the conclusion of the three-year FXB-Village, success rates in previous programs suggest that at least 86% of households will have sustained sources of income sufficient to meet the needs of children in their care and to continue to live over the official poverty line.


3 FXB-Villages in Operation in Uganda

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

Since 1990, FXB has operated projects in Uganda to strengthen the capacity and improve the life 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.

In Uganda, FXB currently operates 3 FXB-Villages, and each provides 80-100 families with a comprehensive package of health, education, psychosocial and income-generating activities (IGAs). A program can function independently or in parallel with others. Eight of these Village are funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.*

Each Village program is implemented over three years, with scaled down costs each year. 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 driver.

Video: Namwandu, a grandmother with 18 orphaned grandchildren under her care

Photos from the Field

STRATEGIES

  • Develop IGAs for destitute families.
  • 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 stigma and discrimination.
  • Help beneficiaries develop a professional skill through vocational training.
  • Provide educational support for children to pursue their education at the primary ad secondary levels. FXB covers the costs of school fees and material.
  • Advocate for and project 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, children’s rights, nutrition, sanitation and environmental promotion, and access to clean.
  • Empower youth by imparting HIV-related information and encouraging them to become peer-educators, thereby actively contributing to the fight against HIV and AIDS.
  • Create support groups through which beneficiaries will be encouraged to help each other and manage collective activities

The integration into an FXB-Village has a major impact on the living conditions of beneficiary families. After three years of such a program, approximately 85% of participating families achieve self-sufficiency.

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

  • Addax Petroleum Foundation
  • Fondation Coromandel
  • M.A.C. Aids Fund
  • Orange Foundation
  • Pro Victimis Foundation
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID) *
  • US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) *
  • Valais Solidaire
  • World Bank
  • World Education
  • Private donors

* This program is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this page are the responsibility of FXB and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.