HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Peace-building» in Colombia
The over 50-year old armed conflict between Government and FARC rebels, single-crop farming for export and biofuel production as well as mining projects all combine to jeopardize the livelihoods of rural communities in Colombia and give rise to forcible evictions. The civilian population gets caught up in the conflict owing to the militarization of daily life and the demands being made by armed groups. The consequences are serious human rights violations, violence, poverty, hunger, displacement, as well as the destruction of social networks and traditional values. Through its projects, HEKS/EPER strives to help create a more just and peaceful society and to improve the livelihoods of internally displaced families and rural communities.
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.
Peace and stability are prerequisites for advancement and prosperity. HEKS/EPER starts with peace work in everyday life. If conflicting parties can be shown common values, interests and prospects, this leads to better mutual understanding, to recognition, respect and cohesion. HEKS/EPER empowers individuals and groups that are committed to peaceful coexistence, through youth camps, peace networks, advocacy, media work and exchange programmes.
Colombia Country Programme
Rural development and peacebuilding
In Colombia, HEKS/EPER is contributing to a more just and peaceful society and to improving the livelihoods of internally displaced families and rural communities.
Projects in Georgia and Armenia
South Caucasus Regional Programme
HEKS/EPER improves living conditions for rural dwellers in Georgia and Armenia through income-generating activities and civil society empowerment.