Through its work in Switzerland, HEKS/EPER fosters social inclusion for marginalized people, promotes equal opportunity and supports asylum seekers and other socially deprived people with legal advice. HEKS/EPER operates six Branch Offices in Switzerland, which run more than 50 projects in 13 cantons.
Thanks its local and regional presence, HEKS/EPER is aware of the living conditions of socially disadvantaged people. They are at particular risk of seeing their rights violated or of social exclusion. HEKS/EPER endeavours to protect them from discrimination and to ensure that their rights are realized. The same principles govern all projects: everyone should be able to lead an autonomous life and be responsible for their own decisions. In structuring new programmes and expanding existing ones, the needs of participants will be carefully ascertained and taken into account. At the same time, HEKS/EPER relies on insights gained from scientific studies and on the knowledge and experience of other specialized entities and authorities.
The HEKS/EPER Branch Office for Aargau/Solothurn sees itself as a practice-oriented counselling and service entity that advocates with great professionalism on behalf of deprived groups in our society.
Through its nine programmes, the HEKS/EPER Branch Office in Berne is making a vital contribution to social inclusion for disadvantaged people, including from a language and professional standpoint, and to social cohesion.
Through a range of projects, the Branch office in Romandie is active in the areas of inclusion and legal advice for socially disadvantaged people, especially for migrants, asylum seekers and people without regular residence status.
Through all of its programmes, the HEKS/EPER Branch Office for Zurich/Schaffhausen works actively for the inclusion of socially deprived groups, and advocates on behalf of asylum seekers and migrants so that they have a chance of a fair asylum procedure and are able to exercise their rights in society.
HEKS/EPER Linguadukt – intercultural interpreting service
HEKS/EPER Linguadukt supplies intercultural interpreters in about seventy languages, thereby enabling foreign-language speakers and specialists from the health, social and educational sectors to communicate with one another.