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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church parish partnerships» in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources. Yet there is considerable poverty in the society. Moreover, bad governance and strife have rendered the social and political situation highly unstable. The crime rate is high and violence against women is rife. Land conflicts lead repeatedly to violence and ethnic tensions. HEKS/EPER is playing a part in conflict prevention and resolution and assists farming families in securing their right to own land and in boosting agricultural output.

Armed conflict has been raging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for over 20 years now. The poor security situation has led to a severe and protracted humanitarian crisis. Displacements and the destruction of property and infrastructure have left the majority of the 89 million Congolese living under the direst of conditions. Refugee movements and violence have also destroyed social networks. HEKS/EPER is providing emergency aid in the especially hard-hit province of North Kivu.

HEKS/EPER in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Facts

In 2019 HEKS/EPER assisted 93’250 people in claiming their rights in this conflict-ridden environment, secured land for 500 people and provided ongoing training for another 10’000 people in matters of land rights.

HEKS/EPER promoted market access for 8500 peasant families and provided emergency aid as well as access to water and sanitary facilities for some 110’000 people displaced by the civil war.

Open, vibrant and socially engaged churches effectively attract members and fulfil an important role in society. HEKS/EPER therefore supports the youth and community work of church parishes in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and contributes financially towards the renovation of buildings that are important to church life. HEKS/EPER also promotes solidarity among the Reformed Churches. Partnerships between church parishes in Switzerland and abroad pave the way for reciprocal visits and exchanges and promote support for projects run by partner parishes. Dialogue within the reformed community and with other confessions as well as between church and society enables the Reformed Churches to play an intermediary and social role.