HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Humanitarian Aid» in Latin America
The majority of people in Latin America and Haiti live below the poverty line and suffer from violence and human rights violations. The reasons for this are land evictions, political instability, inadequate government services and recurring disasters stemming from natural hazards. HEKS/EPER is helping to improve livelihoods and bring about a more equitable and peaceful society. HEKS/EPER helps the rural population in securing land rights, improving agricultural production, developing their own seed schemes and in disaster preparedness. It empowers civil society in its defence of human rights. By having strong partners and its own teams on the ground, HEKS/EPER is able to respond to various new or recurring humanitarian emergencies such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods or food crises.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, HEKS/EPER operates in Brazil, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Colombia and Venezuela. Some projects are supranational, spanning all of South America.
When natural disasters occur and during and after armed conflicts, HEKS/EPER provides needs-based emergency aid worldwide so as to rapidly improve the lot of civilians. HEKS/EPER focuses its humanitarian aid on the following four areas: distributing vital aid supplies such as water, food, hygiene products and providing temporary shelter; improving economic livelihoods; rebuilding damaged or destroyed houses and infrastructure; and boosting the capacity of the civilian population to withstand future disasters and conflicts. HEKS/EPER thus provides help for self-help, especially for extremely poor, vulnerable and endangered people and, together with those directly affected, develops sustainable prospects. Such partnership helps reinforce their autonomy and dignity.
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
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.