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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Humanitarian Aid» in Haiti

Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries. About three quarters of the population live below the poverty line. Many are malnourished and have very limited access to education, healthcare or other government services. The root causes of the country's precarious situation are political instability, bad governance and a poor economic environment. Owing to poverty and resource shortages, people are ill-equipped to cope with the consequences of earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and soil erosion. People's efforts to secure their livelihoods are thus being thwarted time and again. HEKS/EPER helps improve the food situation and incomes of the rural population and supports local authorities in the effective implementation of development plans in conjunction with the rural population. HEKS/EPER helps build resilience for coping with natural hazards, for example through seed banks or storm and earthquake-proof community centres and schools, and provides additional humanitarian aid during emergencies.

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.

 

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.