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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Intercultural interpreting and mediation» 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, bad governance and insufficient public investment. The global economic crisis led to reduced purchasing power and economic decline. Besides, natural disasters repeatedly thwart people's efforts to secure their livelihood. HEKS/EPER helps improve the food situation and incomes of the rural population so that they can meet their basic needs; it also assists the Haitian government with the implementation of development plans and provides humanitarian aid after natural disasters.

HEKS/EPER in Haiti

Facts

Thanks to HEKS/EPER, 4500 producers benefited from quality seeds and could triple their harvest and boost their incomes. Some 7700 families gained access to potable water. Thanks to new paths and roads, 12’000 families now enjoy better connections for reaching schools and markets in local centres. Besides, 2900 children receive daily school meals from school gardens.

 

Intercultural interpreting and mediation are indispensable if people are to understand one another across language and cultural divides. Intercultural interpreting enables patients, for example, to understand their doctor. Intercultural mediators for their part conduct workshops on health promotion or parent education. HEKS/EPER provides intercultural interpreters and intermediaries in the regions of Basel Stadt/Baselland as well as Aargau/Solothurn, and runs parent education projects with intercultural intermediaries, as well as basic and advanced training courses in intercultural interpreting and mediation.