HEKS/EPER is making a difference 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.
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.
HEKS helps in times of need. Worldwide and in Switzerland
Promoting local development
HEKS/EPER supports rural community initiatives in Grand'Anse to promote rural development, improved income, food security, access to services and community governance.
Refugee tragedy in the Middle East
Emergency aid for refugees and internally displaced persons
Humanitarian aid Venezuela
Soup kitchens and food for the poorest
Honduras Country Programme
Strengthening self-determination and autonomy
In southern Honduras, HEKS/EPER supports projects for the development of rural communities, the protection and defence of human rights, as well as disaster preparedness programmes.
Colombia Country Programme
Rural development and peacebuilding
In Colombia, HEKS/EPER is contributing to a more just and peaceful society and to improving the livelihoods of internally displaced families and rural communities.
Rural development and empowerment of civil society
HEKS/EPER supports rural communities in improving food security and incomes, and in the building of a strong civil society.
project report from Haiti
School meals for 3,500 children
HEKS/EPER supports the people in Haiti’s Grand’Anse in setting up a well-functioning school feeding that serves the entire region and provides 3,500 schoolchildren with two meals a day.
project report from Haiti
Local seeds promote autonomy
HEKS/EPER is supporting rural communities in the department of Grand'Anse in disaster preparedness and in the protection of native seeds so that they can maintain their independence from foreign seed producers.