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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Disasters, climate, environment» in Slovakia

The Roma make up ten per cent of Slovakia's population. Their houses are often in a state of disrepair, while malnutrition and poor sanitation form part of their daily lives. More than 90 per cent are unemployed. They have insufficient access to education, balanced nutrition and to medical care. With 85 000 Hungarian-speaking members, the Reformed Church in Slovakia is alive to the situation of minorities and has the potential to build bridges to the Roma community and to the Slovak-speaking community. HEKS/EPER supports church parishes in developing projects for the social inclusion of the Roma. Remedial lessons are given at school for Roma children and young people to improve their educational opportunities; they are also offered life skills courses.

HEKS/EPER in Slovakia

Facts

The work of HEKS/EPER enabled 160 Roma to benefit from a range of integration programmes in 2019. Some 100 church members were motivated to take part in social projects.

Natural disasters and environmental pollution are on the rise worldwide. Ever more people live in places that regularly experience storms, flooding, droughts and earthquakes. Besides, the over-exploitation of agricultural land, waters or forests is leading to «permanent disasters» such as water shortage, desertification or erosion. Climate change and the exploitation of natural resources, as well as economic crises and armed conflicts are exacerbating poverty and hampering the development of poor and rural regions. To secure the livelihoods of people over the long term, HEKS/EPER formulates strategies together with the local population to minimize risks and better prepare people to withstand disasters.