Was wir tun HEKS
Christian Bobst
What we do

Our projects

HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church cooperation» in Europe

HEKS/EPER operates in ten countries in Europe. In five countries of Eastern Europe, HEKS promotes social and economic inclusion for the Roma and other minorities through improved housing, access to government-run social and health services and through projects for their inclusion in the education system and the job market. In nine countries, HEKS/EPER supports the diaconal organizations of the Reformed Churches in their social commitment to helping disadvantaged people, be they the sick or elderly, people with disabilities, minorities or refugees. Church parish partnerships also facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experiences between Switzerland and Eastern Europe.

In the South Caucasus, HEKS/EPER supports fruit growers and livestock farmers in fetching fair prices for their high-quality products. HEKS/EPER also engages in peace-making between various ethnic groups there.

HEKS/EPER in Europe

Facts

HEKS/EPER operates in ten countries in Europe, namely Armenia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Alongside development cooperation and humanitarian aid, church cooperation is the third pillar of HEKS/EPER's international work. For decades in some cases, HEKS/EPER has been supporting, advising, promoting and accompanying Reformed Churches in Eastern Europe, Italy and the Near East in their diaconal work and in building up vibrant church communities. HEKS/EPER supports various church-run social activities, especially for children and young people. In addition, HEKS/EPER is ensuring the continued existence of active church parishes through financial and logistical support for the renovation of run-down church buildings. Lastly, through church parish partnerships as well as exchange and continuing education programmes, HEKS/EPER promotes dialogue between Reformed Church parishes in Switzerland and partner churches abroad.