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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church cooperation» in South Sudan

The 1982-2005 civil war destroyed most of the already scant infrastructure in the villages of Central Equatoria Province. Even today the population is not assured of basic services. HEKS/EPER therefore supports five local partner organizations in developing rural communities. HEKS/EPER is improving water supplies and sanitation, it runs literacy courses, vocational training and peacebuilding programmes and promotes organic farming as well as fish breeding and animal husbandry. Moreover, partner organizations are being empowered through continuing training programmes to liaise between civil society and authorities in order to secure fulfilment of the population's right to food, land, water, education, health and safety.

HEKS im Südsudan Karte

Facts

The civil war has produced more than 3.4 million refugees on the move.

In 2017 HEKS/EPER provided emergency aid for some 100000 people.

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.