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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Job market integration» in Hungary

As part of inter-church cooperation, HEKS has for decades maintained close ties with the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH). With a 16-per cent share of the population and 1 200 congregations, it is the country's second largest religious community and an important social institution. The RCH advocates mainly for the Roma population and for people with a disability because, by nation-wide comparison, the Roma population have a markedly lower level of education, worse job prospects and are more affected by poverty and discrimination. HEKS/EPER supports the RCH in developing projects to educate and help Roma children and adolescents shape their lives. The RCH also organizes leisure activities and holidays for otherwise abled people.

HEKS/EPER in Hungary

Facts

In 2019, HEKS/EPER supported diaconal projects run by some 20 church parishes of the Reformed Church in Hungary. They benefited 1100 disadvantaged Roma children as well as some 80 refugees. HEKS/EPER also supported church-run social events for 1100 young people.

Unemployment can be devastating in our society. Lack of social recognition, social isolation, illness and depression are potential consequences of unemployment. Thus, when the jobless re-enter the world of work, it is not just a matter of securing a livelihood, but also of boosting their overall state of health. There are many reasons for joblessness. There is no reason to abandon the jobless, however. HEKS/EPER supports jobseekers in the regions of Aargau/Solothurn, Basel Stadt/Baselland, Berne, Eastern Switzerland, Western Switzerland and Zurich/Schaffhausen in re-entering the job market.