Was wir tun HEKS
Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Livelihood and reconstruction» 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

More than 90 per cent of the Roma lack sufficient access to education and work. HEKS/EPER and Reformed Church parishes are assisting them in becoming socially integrated.

Not only do conflicts and natural disasters claim many victims, they also destroy houses, streets, schools, water supply systems or hospitals. Harvests fail and agriculture, small businesses and markets come to a standstill. This is why it is so important for initial emergency relief to be followed immediately by the rapid and sustainable reconstruction of vital infrastructure and economic bases so that people can again live independently and earn their livelihood. The affected people receive support in the form of training courses, building materials, seeds and tools.