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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Advocacy for asylum seekers» in Syria

The Christian minority in Syria is crucially important to the peaceful coexistence of the various religious communities. HEKS/EPER therefore supports projects run by Protestant churches in the Fellowship of Middle East Churches (FMEEC). HEKS/EPER supports church life in the parishes, strengthens the churches' social responsibility for the entire population and promotes dialogue with other churches. HEKS/EPER supports 11 church parishes that run recreational programmes for 545 children and young people from various Christian churches and other children from the neighbourhood. The 54 volunteers tell the young people Bible stories, and offer handicraft activities and games to be played together. Church parishes organize holiday camps and other special events about three times per year.

HEKS/EPER in Syria

Facts

The violent civil war continued unabated in 2019. HEKS/EPER was instrumental in enabling 500 people in East Ghouta to return to their renovated homes.

Church-based partner organizations award 1800 scholarships for Muslim and Christian young people from poor backgrounds enabling them to attend school. Twelve church parishes offer midday meals and leisure activities for 2000 children.

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are in a particularly vulnerable situation, as their country can no longer provide them with this protection or has withdrawn it.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.