The FXB-Village program is a sustainable and community-based solution to poverty and AIDS. Each FXB-Village brings improvements in health, education, and economic opportunity to children and families in need.
We don’t provide charity. Instead, we equip individuals with the training and resources so they can achieve lasting self-sufficiency and stability.
FXB currently operates 49 FXB-Villages with 4 in Burundi, 3 in China, 1 in Colombia, 1 in the DRC, 6 in India, 20 in Rwanda, 3 in Thailand and 11 in Uganda.
Helping Families. Saving Children.
Approximately 90% children orphaned by AIDS live with extended and foster families – not in orphanages. Frequently headed by widows and grandmothers, these families are often unable to cope with the costs of additional children in the home.
At FXB, we believe that family-based care is the best solution for all children, including orphans. We work to help kids by empowering their families and communities to escape poverty permanently. Unlike piecemeal aide, the FXB-Villages are an investment in the long-term wellbeing of families and communities. Over 85% of families are self-sufficient by the end of the program.
How the FXB-Villages Operate
Each FXB-Village serves 80 to 100 families (between 500 and 600 people, mostly children) in an impoverished area over three years. Through the delivery of essential services, we ensure that children are thriving and able to reach their full potential.
FXB-Village beneficiaries receive a comprehensive package of services.
What Makes the FXB-Villages Effective
- Low-cost: Each FXB-Village costs less than $225,000 over three years. FXB’s financial input is scaled down each year. Program participants are required to increasingly contribute to their families’ school and medical costs, taking an active role in building lives of greater self-sufficiency. That’s an average cost of only $140 per person per year!
- Proven success: Over 85% of participating families progress from extreme poverty to self-sufficiency within three years and maintain steady income thereafter. Children in the FXB-Villages enroll, remain, and advance in school at higher rates than their peers. And communities are improved through new sources of clean water, better sanitation, HIV prevention workshops, and shared wellbeing.
- Community-based: The FXB-Villages are rooted in the communities they serve. We continually work with community leaders, stakeholders, and relevant associations to tailor the program to local needs. FXB-Village staff are always locally recruited.
Selecting Participants & Monitoring Progress
FXB works closely with local authorities, HIV and AIDS associations, community and religious leaders, and youth groups to identify and select the families in the program. Each FXB-Village is comprised of 80 to 100 households from a general target area, frequently spread over several small communities. For each eligible household, the selection process takes into account:
- Degree of vulnerability and need (health and economic status)
- Number of children
- Overall situation
- Capacity and willingness shown by individuals to achieve the program objectives
Once participants are enrolled and the program has launched, FXB staff in each FXB-Village conduct weekly and/or bi-weekly home visits in order to assess each family’s progress and address difficulties. Most importantly, we actively seek feedback from participants to ensure that the program is meeting their needs and expectations.
The FXB Global Partners Program
FXB is teaming up with corporations and community groups to raise funds to launch new FXB-Villages worldwide. FXB Global Partners use grassroots, community-building fundraising techniques to start their own FXB-Villages–each of which offers universal support to 80 to 100 families.