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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church cooperation» in Zimbabwe

Living conditions in Zimbabwe are precarious. Unemployment is high and food is scarce, particularly in rural areas. HEKS and its partner organizations are assisting people in improving their livelihoods. The aim is to enhance food security and lower unemployment by promoting the cultivation of food crops and ornamental plants, providing ongoing vocational training and improving access to water. HEKS/EPER began conflict transformation work in 2015 so as to counter the prevailing violence and injustice. The outcomes of these latest measures will become perceptible only in the medium-to-long term. 

HEKS/EPER in Zimbabwe

Facts

In 2017 HEKS/EPER provided emergency aid for about 7500 people after flooding.

Over 10000 people obtained access to clean water.

 

Alongside development cooperation and humanitarian aid, church cooperation is the third pillar of HEKS/EPER's international work. For decades in some cases, HEKS/EPER has been supporting, advising, promoting and accompanying Reformed Churches in Eastern Europe, Italy and the Near East in their diaconal work and in building up vibrant church communities. HEKS/EPER supports various church-run social activities, especially for children and young people. In addition, HEKS/EPER is ensuring the continued existence of active church parishes through financial and logistical support for the renovation of run-down church buildings. Lastly, through church parish partnerships as well as exchange and continuing education programmes, HEKS/EPER promotes dialogue between Reformed Church parishes in Switzerland and partner churches abroad.