HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Disasters, climate, environment» in Latin America
In Latin America HEKS/EPER operates in Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Honduras and Venezuela. Most of the people in these countries live below the poverty line and cannot meet their basic needs. The reasons for this include land evictions, political instability, insufficient government investment and recurring natural disasters. HEKS/EPER is helping to improve livelihoods and bring about a more just and peaceful society. This entails helping the rural population to obtain land titles and improve agricultural production and disaster preparedness, buttressing civil society in the defence of human rights, and supporting the government in implementing development plans. HEKS/EPER is also currently providing humanitarian aid in Haiti.
Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER)
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Natural disasters and environmental pollution are on the rise worldwide. Ever more people live in places that regularly experience storms, flooding, droughts and earthquakes. Besides, the over-exploitation of agricultural land, waters or forests is leading to «permanent disasters» such as water shortage, desertification or erosion. Climate change and the exploitation of natural resources, as well as economic crises and armed conflicts are exacerbating poverty and hampering the development of poor and rural regions. To secure the livelihoods of people over the long term, HEKS/EPER formulates strategies together with the local population to minimize risks and better prepare people to withstand disasters.
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.
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.