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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Advocacy for the socially disadvantaged» in Bangladesh

Despite economic growth and significant social progress in health and education, for example, Bangladesh is still plagued by political instability and corruption. Millions of people live in extreme poverty. The country's geographical location in the world's largest river delta also makes it prone to flooding. It is also regularly hit by tropical cyclones. Through its projects in the areas of rural community development and conflict transformation, HEKS/EPER supports social, ethnic and religious minorities that are discriminated against. HEKS/EPER helps improve their food security and incomes and supports them in the pursuit of equality and justice. Besides, HEKS/EPER provides emergency relief and reconstruction aid after natural disasters.

HEKS/EPER in Bangladesh

Facts

HEKS supports 40 dialogue platforms between minorities and authorities. In 2019, some 8000 Dalits and Adivasis obtained access to healthcare, education and social assistance. Some 4000 Dalits and Adivasis increased their cattle and poultry production and hence their income, which in turn meant greater social acceptance. A total of 2000 people secured land rights to some 1000 hectares.

At the refugee camp near to Cox's Bazar, HEKS/EPER provided humanitarian aid for 52’400 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar – twice as many as in 2018. The focus was on providing latrines, drinking water and on the renovation of living quarters; vegetable gardens and orchards were also laid out.

HEKS provides pro bono legal advice for people in emergency situations in the areas of social insurance, social welfare, family matters, children and guardianship, tenancy and foreign nationals. Those affected by poverty as well as undocumented persons should have the possibility of receiving legal advice. The legal advice offices for socially disadvantaged people in the Cantons of Aargau and Geneva provide professional advice to those in need of help. Legal experts and/or lawyers help those needing advice to understand legal situations, and also point them towards possibilities for self-help. In selected cases, the legal advice office undertakes the legal representation of a needy person.