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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Livelihood and reconstruction» in Haiti

Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries. About three quarters of the population live below the poverty line and cannot meet their basic needs. The root causes of the country's precarious situation are political instability, poor governance and insufficient public investment. Natural disasters repeatedly thwart people's efforts to secure their livelihood. HEKS/EPER helps the population of very remote areas in Grand'Anse developing and showcasing their community initiatives for more resilience, well-being and autonomy.

HEKS/EPER in Haiti

Facts

In 2020 some 500 000 people benefited from a comprehensive Covid-19 programme mounted by HEKS/EPER. In a joint endeavour with citizens, 50 000 hygiene masks were produced and distributed and hygiene materials supplied to 58 health centres, a prison and several homes for the elderly. About 10 500 people were able to access new infrastructure such as roads and streets (84 kilometres altogether) as well as three new school and community centres. Three thousand children received daily school meals from school gardens.

 

Not only do conflicts and natural disasters claim many victims, they also destroy houses, streets, schools, water supply systems or hospitals. Harvests fail and agriculture, small businesses and markets come to a standstill. This is why it is so important for initial emergency relief to be followed immediately by the rapid and sustainable reconstruction of vital infrastructure and economic bases so that people can again live independently and earn their livelihood. The affected people receive support in the form of training courses, building materials, seeds and tools.