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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church cooperation» in Haiti

Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries. About three quarters of the population live below the poverty line and cannot meet their basic needs. The root causes of the country's precarious situation are political instability, bad governance and insufficient public investment. The global economic crisis led to reduced purchasing power and economic decline. Besides, natural disasters repeatedly thwart people's efforts to secure their livelihood. HEKS/EPER helps improve the food situation and incomes of the rural population so that they can meet their basic needs; it also assists the Haitian government with the implementation of development plans and provides humanitarian aid after natural disasters.

HEKS/EPER in Haiti

Facts

Thanks to HEKS/EPER, 4500 producers benefited from quality seeds and could triple their harvest and boost their incomes. Some 7700 families gained access to potable water. Thanks to new paths and roads, 12’000 families now enjoy better connections for reaching schools and markets in local centres. Besides, 2900 children receive daily school meals from school gardens.

 

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.