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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church-run social projects (diaconia)» 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.

HEKS/EPER in Ethiopia

Facts

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.

The Reformed Church and its diaconal institutions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East assume their social responsibility through their commitment to the weakest in society. HEKS/EPER supports the Reformed Churches in this endeavour. They provide home care services for elderly and care-dependent people, day care centres for children with disabilities as well as counselling and women's shelters for victims of domestic violence. They also promote social and job market integration for the Roma and other minorities that face discrimination. Through their active involvement, church organizations often play a pioneering role and strive to ensure that the government co-finances or itself provides important public services for the weakest in society.