The security and livelihoods of Colombia's rural communities are in jeopardy from the combined effect of the over 50-year-old armed conflict between the Government and FARC rebels, single-crop farming for export and biofuel production, and mining projects. The civilian population suffers as a result of the heavy military presence in daily life. The consequences are serious human rights violations, violence, poverty, hunger, expulsions and the destruction of social networks and traditional values. Through its projects, HEKS/EPER strives to help create a more equitable and peaceful society and to enhance the livelihoods and security of displaced families.
In 2019, some 35’000 people in this conflict-ridden country were supported in peace initiatives or in activities to secure their rights to land, resources and to a say in decision-making.