Corona pandemic: HEKS provides emergency aid in Switzerland and abroad
The seemingly unchecked spread of coronavirus is confronting our society with major challenges, which we can only defeat by acting together and in solidarity. Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) is therefore launching an extensive emergency aid programme. HEKS/EPER has set itself the goal, with the support of the Swiss people, of raising at least one million francs in donations to support people at home and abroad facing hardship caused by this pandemic and who are in dire need of assistance.
Programmes for the socially disadvantaged in Switzerland
HEKS/EPER is gearing its emergency aid programme in response to the corona pandemic towards the most pressing needs of beneficiaries under its current regional programmes in Switzerland and its projects in priority countries around the world.
In Switzerland, HEKS/EPER is currently looking into the creation of an online teaching platform for German conversation courses for migrants. Also being explored are ways in which children from needy families can be assisted through learning aids for digital home schooling. Owing to the impacts of the corona pandemic on the economy and the job market, there is now also great demand for information regarding labour law issues. The HEKS/EPER Regional Offices are therefore considering expanding their existing legal advice programmes accordingly, in particular for socially disadvantaged Swiss citizens and migrants. Also being looked into is a telephone advice and service programme, for example for people in urgent need of intercultural interpreting services, or for parents who speak foreign languages and wish to receive parenting advice.