HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Agricultural production and market systems» in Europe
HEKS/EPER operates in 11 countries in Europe, namely Armenia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. Priorities are rural community development and church cooperation. For decades HEKS/EPER has maintained close ties with the Reformed Churches in Eastern Europe. HEKS/EPER supports church projects for the social and professional inclusion of disadvantaged people and promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience in the context of parish partnerships. HEKS/EPER also works for the social and economic inclusion of the Roma through a comprehensive programme to improve their living conditions and healthcare, education and incomes.
Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER)
Phone: +41 44 360 88 10
HEKS/EPER is active primarily in rural areas, where prosperity and quality of life for the poorest are closely bound up with properly functioning agriculture. This is often not the case, however, as depleted soil, poor transport routes or lacking know-how hamper profitable agricultural production. HEKS/EPER helps people engage in profitable and ecological agriculture. This calls for sustainable production techniques and a great diversity of products so as to be able to react to environmental risks and market changes. In order that produce can be marketed successfully, HEKS/EPER enhances smallholders' knowledge of the market and militates for market systems in which smallholders are able to survive. In so doing HEKS/EPER mediates between producing, processing and subcontracting enterprises.
Czech Republic Country Programme
Buttressing the Evangelical Church and its welfare and socia
HEKS/EPER supports the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in its work with children and adolescents, in community building and in supporting and caring for marginalized people.
Hungary Country Programme
The Reformed Church advocates for the disadvantaged
HEKS/EPER supports the Reformed Church in Hungary in developing projects for Roma children and young people and in its work for the inclusion of otherwise abled people.
Romania Country Programme
Vibrant and socially responsible church
In Romania HEKS/EPER supports social and economic inclusion for elderly and care-dependent persons, victims of domestic violence and the Roma population.