HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Security and rights» 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.
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.
Economic and social advancement is sustainable only when people can participate freely and actively. Civil and human rights are under pressure in many places, however. Many people's room for manoeuvre is being drastically restricted. People who stand up for their rights and those of others face exclusion and put their lives at risk. HEKS/EPER therefore empowers, networks and protects people and grassroots organisations that non-violently defend co-determination and rights. HEKS/EPER helps local people better understand their rights and encourages dialogue between population, government and business sector at the local, national and international levels.
Honduras Country Programme
Strengthening self-determination and autonomy
In southern Honduras, HEKS/EPER supports projects for the development of rural communities, the protection and defence of human rights, as well as disaster preparedness programmes.