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

The HEKS/EPER Programme in Georgia is part of the South Caucasus Regional Programme. It strives to foster peaceful coexistence and improve living conditions in rural areas through income-generating activities and by empowering civil society. To boost their crop yields and incomes, smallholders broaden their knowledge of organic farming and improve their access to infrastructure, micro-credits and markets. And to strengthen social cohesion, HEKS/EPER supports its partner organizations in building a network which, in collaboration with opinion leaders, media and civil society organizations, provides its members with neutral information about politics, society and the current conflicts in the South Caucasus.

HEKS/EPER in Georgia

Facts

Thanks to HEKS/EPER support provided in South Caucasus, 53 per cent of the 5000 fruit and milk producers were able to increase their yields. About 66 per cent were even able to increase their incomes, in part by securing better market prices. A total of 700 young people participated in peace workshops.

 

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.