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Christian Bobst
What we do

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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Access to land and resources» 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.

Rural communities need unimpeded access to natural resources such as land, water, pastures, savannahs or forests if they are to develop. The possibility to use these resources is critical to fighting hunger and poverty. Agriculture is, after all, the most important source of income for many rural communities. With crop farming, small plantations, livestock rearing, fishing or gathering they can secure their food supply and generate income by selling their produce. Land also serves communities as living space and reinforces cultural and spiritual identity. Many rural communities still lack access to land or risk losing it despite existing or traditional law. HEKS/EPER therefore helps them, through numerous projects, to secure long-term access to land and resources, both practically and legally.