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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Intercultural interpreting and mediation» in the South Caucasus

In the South Caucasus HEKS/EPER is active in Georgia and Armenia. It strives to foster peaceful coexistence and improve living conditions in rural areas through income-generating activities and by strengthening civil society. To boost their crop yields and incomes, smallholders broaden their knowledge of organic farming and improve their access to infrastructure, micro-credit and markets. Besides, to strengthen social cohesion, HEKS/EPER supports its partner organizations in building a network which, in collaboration with opinion leaders, media and civil society organizations, provides members with unbiased information about politics, society and the ongoing conflicts in the South Caucasus.

HEKS/EPER in the South Caucasus

Facts

Thanks to HEKS/EPER support provided in South Caucasus, 53 per cent of the 5000 fruit and milk producers were able to increase their yields. About 66 per cent were even able to increase their incomes, in part by securing better market prices. A total of 700 young people participated in peace workshops.

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.