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Christian Bobst
What we do

Our projects

HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church cooperation» in South Sudan

In the light of the civil war and the recurring flare-ups of fighting in the administrative unit of Yei River County, HEKS/EPER is providing humanitarian aid in South Sudan to help the suffering population and the civilian victims of the civil strife. Its guiding priorities are food security for the population as well as dialogue and reconciliation between the different groups.

The projects are implemented by our local partners and monitored by the HEKS/EPER office in Uganda.

HEKS im Südsudan Karte

Facts

In 2019 there were still some 4.5 million people fleeing the civil war. HEKS/EPER enhanced food security through self-sufficiency for around 12’300 people by distributing seeds and farming implements. At the same time, HEKS/EPER is fomenting the peace dialogue between the various groups in the same projects.

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.