FXB Village program implemented in Mongolia with support of AREVA foundation is highly re-warded by the Business Development Center of Mongolia

October 16, 2017

With support from the AREVA Corporate Foundation and from AREVA staff in Mongolia, the François-Xavier Bagnoud association is deploying its three-year program to lead families out of extreme poverty sustainably and enable them to achieve social and economic independence.

On October 2, 2017, the FXB Mongolia team and Mrs J.Tuya, project manager, were respectively honored with the award of The Mongolian Quality and The Best Manager by the Business Development Center of Mongolia. The Business Development Center of Mongolia has selected the industry best upon having conducted and completed audits in the transparency of activities of different projects and programs in Mongolia including audits in financial and social insurance reports of non-governmental organizations.

The FXB Village program creates a network of a hundred poverty-stricken families of 500 to 600, half being children. For a period of three years, the families will be supported on the issues of nutrition, health, lodging and education with different trainings organized and provided with seed monies in addition to theoretical knowledge and practical advice to start  income-generating activities (IGA).

During the program, less than half of the families have an IGA. FXB team extends its support by way of organizing trainings on felt art, planting vegetables, baking cookies and bread for collective IGA. The food support provided during the first year has now developed into facilitating kitchen and garden supplies and providing collective trainings on the topics from “Magic of vegetables”, “Safety Food” to “Let’s change myself first!” and “Want! Then DO! and REACH!” for raising awareness on hygiene practices which are being progressively achieved with improved sanitation facilities. Clean water has now been made available where good habits must be maintained in the future. Every month, a social worker teaches Mongolian alphabets tackle illiteracy. The school kits have been given to more than 150 children where 28 children have so far been provided with school uniforms.

The most significant improvements are, among others, the psychological support and counselling to help the participants to be dynamic and become more pro-active. At the end of the program, the families will be able to sustain themselves financially to further have positive impacts on their community and the country with dignity.