HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Humanitarian Aid» in Africa
Rural community development is central to the commitment in Africa. The emphasis is on the right to land and food and on protecting human rights. HEKS/EPER supports smallholder families in building and maintaining more stable and better livelihoods through improved access to drinking water and land protection from land grabbing, natural resource preservation; the promotion of seed systems among smallholders; the use of ecological farming methods; and through disaster preparedness measures. The rights of smallholder families are strengthened, which enables them to enhance their food security, diversify their income streams and to be better protected against droughts and flooding. HEKS/EPER and its local partner organizations provide humanitarian aid in times of acute food crises or armed conflict. Resource scarcity leads repeatedly to conflicts, which is why HEKS/EPER promotes conflict prevention and resolution.
HEKS/EPER operates in 12 countries in Africa, namely Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa South Sudan and Uganda. Some projects are supranational, spanning all of West Africa.
When natural disasters occur and during and after armed conflicts, HEKS/EPER provides needs-based emergency aid worldwide so as to rapidly improve the lot of civilians. HEKS/EPER focuses its humanitarian aid on the following four areas: distributing vital aid supplies such as water, food, hygiene products and providing temporary shelter; improving economic livelihoods; rebuilding damaged or destroyed houses and infrastructure; and boosting the capacity of the civilian population to withstand future disasters and conflicts. HEKS/EPER thus provides help for self-help, especially for extremely poor, vulnerable and endangered people and, together with those directly affected, develops sustainable prospects. Such partnership helps reinforce their autonomy and dignity.
Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Emergency aid for families in areas difficult to access
A better life for the people of North Kivu
Poverty and violence are widespread in the DRC. HEKS/EPER is enhancing the social and economic conditions of rural communities in North Kivu Province.
Stable livelihoods for farmers and cattle rearers
HEKS/EPER supports the rural population in the Maradi and Zinder regions in building up profitable and sustainable agricultural production and in livestock farming.