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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Access to land and resources» 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.

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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.

Rural communities need unimpeded access to natural resources such as land, water, pastures, savannahs or forests if they are to develop. The possibility to use these resources is critical to fighting hunger and poverty. Agriculture is, after all, the most important source of income for many rural communities. With crop farming, small plantations, livestock rearing, fishing or gathering they can secure their food supply and generate income by selling their produce. Land also serves communities as living space and reinforces cultural and spiritual identity. Many rural communities still lack access to land or risk losing it despite existing or traditional law. HEKS/EPER therefore helps them, through numerous projects, to secure long-term access to land and resources, both practically and legally.