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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Intercultural interpreting and mediation» in Honduras

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Some 65 per cent of its people live in extreme poverty. Neglect of the rural population is the main cause of the continuing exodus of people to cities and to other countries. Yet many have not yet lost hope of a better future in Honduras. With great commitment and creativity they are striving in village communities for a better future. HEKS/EPER supports them in improving agricultural output, in safeguarding natural resources and in the defence human rights. Because Honduras is regularly hit by natural disasters, HEKS/EPER also promotes disaster resilience.

HEKS/EPER in Honduras

Facts

Thanks to HEKS/EPER assistance, 76 per cent of 5000 peasant families managed to increase their production in 2019 and 70 per cent their incomes. Some 900 farmers are producing local seeds adapted to climate change. Twelve small human rights organisations were supported and assisted in their work of protecting persons at risk.

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.