About HEKS Ethiopia The HEKS aid strategy for Ethiopia is scheduled to run from 2011 to 2014 and places the focus of the work on rural development cooperation and humanitarian aid. 

Development means working together to find ways out of poverty and creating the conditions for a life of dignity. Access to productive land and clean water must also be safeguarded for future generations. Organic farming methods must be able to withstand the consequences of climate change and catastrophic famines and droughts over the long term. HEKS is upgrading the water supply in villages where women and children often have to cover long distances to reach a well. Village communities are also being given assistance to protect arable areas from erosion by terracing sloping land and planting trees on it. A holistic approach that involves all population groups helps to avoid conflicts and allows HEKS to make a contribution to peace. 

Humanitarian aid ensures the survival of the poorest sections of the population in times of great crisis. It is closely linked with development cooperation to prevent dependency and to encourage self-help and preventive measures. Close cooperation with the HEKS coordination office in Addis Ababa and with the local partner organisations ensures swift intervention wherever the need may suddenly arise.