HEKS/EPER is making a difference in Lebanon
According to UNHCR there are 996 000 registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon. This is equivalent to a quarter of Lebanon's population. There is great hardship and distress in the refugee camps located in the two Beirut districts of Shatila and Borj el Borajne. Supported by Swiss Solidarity and the Waldensian Church in Italy, HEKS/EPER provides since 2015 emergency aid for Syrian refugees and host families. As part of inter-church cooperation, HEKS/EPER also supports Protestant Church projects in Beirut designed to promote church life in communities, strengthen the social responsibility of churches for the entire population, initiate dialogue between representatives of different churches, and assist children of refugee families and migrant workers through afternoon schools and leisure programmes.
Through direct payments made in 2020, HEKS/EPER facilitated the funding of food, medicines and rents for 2100 people affected by the port explosion. Some 1200 people were assisted in renovating their homes or businesses. Church-based partner organizations organised sports and cultural events to help integrate 1500 Syrian refugees.
Beirut in ruins - HEKS/EPER provides emergency aid
Promoting local development
HEKS/EPER supports rural community initiatives in Grand'Anse to promote rural development, improved income, food security, access to services and community governance.
Humanitarian aid Venezuela
Soup kitchens and food for the poorest
Rural development and empowerment of civil society
HEKS/EPER supports rural communities in improving food security and incomes, and in the building of a strong civil society.
Honduras Country Programme
Strengthening self-determination and autonomy
In southern Honduras, HEKS/EPER supports projects for the development of rural communities, the protection and defence of human rights, as well as disaster preparedness programmes.
Colombia Country Programme
Rural development and peacebuilding
In Colombia, HEKS/EPER is contributing to a more just and peaceful society and to improving the livelihoods of internally displaced families and rural communities.
project report from Haiti
School meals for 3,500 children
HEKS/EPER supports the people in Haiti’s Grand’Anse in setting up a well-functioning school feeding that serves the entire region and provides 3,500 schoolchildren with two meals a day.
project report from Haiti
Local seeds promote autonomy
HEKS/EPER is supporting rural communities in the department of Grand'Anse in disaster preparedness and in the protection of native seeds so that they can maintain their independence from foreign seed producers.