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.