HEKS/EPER is making a difference in Ethiopia
Despite Ethiopia's progress in combatting hunger and poverty, the country is frequently threatened by severe drought and hunger crises owing to climate change and soil overuse. HEKS/EPER and its local partner organizations are helping some 55 000 rural dwellers to improve their access to drinking water, develop sustainable farming methods, promote biodiversity and strengthen their resilience in times of drought or flooding. To secure access to natural resources, HEKS/EPER plans to step up cooperation with specialized Ethiopian organizations and networks and launch activities in new regions. People will also receive greater support in claiming their rights vis-a-vis the authorities.
In 2018 HEKS/EPER improved access to drinking water for around 50,000 people. 3100 households achieved a higher income thanks to beekeeping.
38,000 people received emergency aid as a result of drought.
HEKS helps in times of need. Worldwide and in Switzerland
Myanmar – a country in turmoil
On 1 February, the military seized power in Myanmar. De facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest and a one-year state of emergency declared. What is it that is taking place in the country that has only experienced tentative reforms since 2011? And how is the current crisis affecting the poorest, who are the beneficiaries of HEKS/EPER projects?
Political situation in Ethiopia
In November 2020 the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) launched an offensive in Tigray against Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Besides, violence in Ethiopia has steadily increased in recent months. As a direct result, thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced. On the whole, HEKS/EPER projects in the country have so far not been directly affected, but the situation in Ethiopia remains very volatile.
Millions experience hunger in Africa
Ethiopia Country Programme
Strengthening personal initiative – alleviating poverty
Photo reportage from Myanmar
Myanmar's agriculture is picking up speed