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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Social inclusion» 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.

Ever more people are being excluded because of their social background, ethnicity, age, gender or religion. Integrating people with a migration background can be compounded, for example, by the lack of the requisite language proficiency, ignorance of Switzerland's cultural specificities or by disadvantages on the job market. HEKS/EPER works actively to ensure that the affected people have access to education, work, government programmes and services. But integration is incumbent on society as a whole, which calls for openness as well as regulatory structures that ensure the right of social participation for all. This implies that everyone has the same rights and opportunities and that features such as gender, age, social background, nationality or religion do not give rise to discrimination.