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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Language» in Niger

The people of the West African Sahel country of Niger face frequent droughts and famine. They suffer from food shortages, chronic malnutrition and epidemics. In the UN Human Development Index, Niger shares ranks second to last. HEKS/EPER has been working in Niger since the great drought of the 1970s and, together with local partner organizations, is improving food security, access to land and the preservation of natural resources. Over the long term, development projects are leading to improved living conditions and supporting beneficiaries in better preparing themselves for future droughts. HEKS/EPER and its partners supply humanitarian aid during acute food crises.

HEKS/EPER in Niger

Facts

In 2019, HEKS/EPER secured collective access for 45’000 people to 1033 hectares of land to be used for agricultural production or as livestock corridors. Of the 13’000 smallholders supported, 84 per cent were able to boost their income – owing to better production techniques and yields. Some 8800 families are benefiting from five new watering places that can cater for about 25,000 animals.

Only those who understand a country's language will feel at home in it. Migrants in Switzerland who do not understand our national languages often have difficulty finding their bearings and becoming socially integrated. HEKS/EPER offers a wide range of language courses tailored to suit individual abilities and needs, for example, language courses for beginners, advanced learners, conversation courses, or mother-and-child language courses. These courses are available in the Cantons of Berne, Zürich, Thurgau, St. Gallen and Vaud.