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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Advocacy for asylum seekers» 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.

Respect for human dignity is one of the cornerstones of the Swiss State. This means that everyone is entitled to personal respect. Asylum seekers and refugees are in a particularly vulnerable situation, as their country can no longer provide them with this protection or has withdrawn it. They often speak none of Switzerland's national languages and do not know the Swiss legal system. During the complex asylum process they need neutral information and often legal representation as well. The legal advice offices for asylum seekers run by HEKS/EPER in 11 cantons provide them with these services.