Was wir tun HEKS
Christian Bobst
What we do

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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Intercultural interpreting and mediation» 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.

Intercultural interpreting and mediation are indispensable if people are to understand one another across language and cultural divides. Intercultural interpreting enables patients, for example, to understand their doctor. Intercultural mediators for their part conduct workshops on health promotion or parent education. HEKS/EPER provides intercultural interpreters and intermediaries in the regions of Basel Stadt/Baselland as well as Aargau/Solothurn, and runs parent education projects with intercultural intermediaries, as well as basic and advanced training courses in intercultural interpreting and mediation.