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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church cooperation» in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources. Yet there is considerable poverty in the society. Moreover, bad governance and strife have rendered the social and political situation highly unstable. The crime rate is high and violence against women is rife. Land conflicts lead repeatedly to violence and ethnic tensions. HEKS/EPER is playing a part in conflict prevention and resolution. Local partner organizations advise and support young ex-militia fighters or soldiers in embarking on a professional life, they provide psycho-social support and medical care for female victims of violence and assist farming families in securing their right to own land and in boosting agricultural output.

HEKS/EPER in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Facts

In 2017, some 19000 people living in a conflict-ridden environment were reached through peace initiatives or protective measures.

Alongside development cooperation and humanitarian aid, church cooperation is the third pillar of HEKS/EPER's international work. For decades in some cases, HEKS/EPER has been supporting, advising, promoting and accompanying Reformed Churches in Eastern Europe, Italy and the Near East in their diaconal work and in building up vibrant church communities. HEKS/EPER supports various church-run social activities, especially for children and young people. In addition, HEKS/EPER is ensuring the continued existence of active church parishes through financial and logistical support for the renovation of run-down church buildings. Lastly, through church parish partnerships as well as exchange and continuing education programmes, HEKS/EPER promotes dialogue between Reformed Church parishes in Switzerland and partner churches abroad.