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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Disasters, climate, environment» in Venezuela

Venezuela’s basic supply systems have partially collapsed as a result of the political crisis, hyperinflation and international embargoes. An estimated 10 to 12 million Venezuelans lack proper access to food (source: OCHA 2020) and 7 million people need humanitarian aid (source: UN 2019). Water-borne diseases are again on the rise and child and infant mortality has skyrocketed (source: WHO 2019). HEKS/EPER is providing emergency aid for some 18,700 people, including warm meals and toiletries for needy women and children as well as the elderly. Like all the other countries in the region, Venezuela too has been hit by covid-19. To halt the spread of the disease, hospitals actively support disinfection projects, while toiletries and food packages are distributed to those adversely affected by the crisis. With the financial backing of Swiss Solidarity, HEKS/EPER also supports internal migrants living in extremely precarious circumstances on the border with Colombia and who receive no government support at all.

HEKS wirkt in Venezuela

Contact us:

Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER)
Communication
Seminarstrasse 28
8042 Zurich
Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 360 88 10
E-mail: projektdienst@heks.ch

Natural disasters and environmental pollution are on the rise worldwide. Ever more people live in places that regularly experience storms, flooding, droughts and earthquakes. Besides, the over-exploitation of agricultural land, waters or forests is leading to «permanent disasters» such as water shortage, desertification or erosion. Climate change and the exploitation of natural resources, as well as economic crises and armed conflicts are exacerbating poverty and hampering the development of poor and rural regions. To secure the livelihoods of people over the long term, HEKS/EPER formulates strategies together with the local population to minimize risks and better prepare people to withstand disasters.