HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Public services» 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.
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.
Education, healthcare, social welfare and infrastructure such as electricity, water, waste disposal or roadways are among the services that a State generally provides for its citizens – affordably and of sufficiently good quality. Regrettably, this is hardly the case in the countries where HEKS/EPER operates. Minorities, older people or people with disabilities as well as communities in remote areas face particular difficulty. HEKS/EPER supports disadvantaged people in accessing public services, and promotes dialogue between the population and the authorities.
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.
Romania Country Programme
Vibrant and socially responsible church
In Romania HEKS/EPER supports social and economic inclusion for elderly and care-dependent persons, victims of domestic violence and the Roma population.
Eastern Europe Regional Programme
Promoting inclusion for the Roma
Taking a holistic programme approach, HEKS/EPER fosters the social inclusion of the Roma population in Hungary, Kosovo, Romania and Serbia.