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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Advocacy for asylum seekers» in Romania

HEKS/EPER has been cooperating with the Reformed Church in Romania (RCR) for many years now. The RCR is present mainly in rural Transylvania, which is severely affected by out-migration and population ageing. The RCR is often the only official institution in small villages. It discharges its social responsibility through welfare activities such as the running of a home care service for elderly and care-dependent people in some 180 localities, as well as a women's shelter and a counseling centre for victims of domestic violence. Another priority is social and economic inclusion for the Roma, who are subject to discrimination. This entails above all better housing and improved access to education, healthcare, work and incomes.

HEKS/EPER in Romania

Facts

In 2019, some 1390 Roma children in 54 localities received educational support; 2000 disadvantaged people took part in labour market programmes, while 2000 Roma augmented their incomes.

Some 20’000 people benefited from social projects run by church-based partner organisations in the fields of home care services, women's shelters and inclusion for people with disabilities.

Respect for human dignity is one of the cornerstones of the Swiss State. This means that everyone is entitled to personal respect. Asylum seekers and refugees are in a particularly vulnerable situation, as their country can no longer provide them with this protection or has withdrawn it. They often speak none of Switzerland's national languages and do not know the Swiss legal system. During the complex asylum process they need neutral information and often legal representation as well. The legal advice offices for asylum seekers run by HEKS/EPER in 11 cantons provide them with these services.