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

Transcarpathia is a very poor region in southwestern Ukraine. 60 per cent of the country’s population are poor, and every fourth person lives below the poverty line. But the Ukrainian State hardly takes care of them. The Reformed Church in Transcarpathia therefore champions the cause of these people, with the support of HEKS/EPER. The Beregovo Diaconal Centre has become a vital point of contact. It provides destitute people with a warm meal, clothing and other relief supplies. Single mothers find refuge in the women's shelter, and the elderly receive adequate care at the nursing home. The Reformed Church also operates two care centres for children with disabilities, it organizes holiday camps for young people and is developing a home care service for care-dependent people.

HEKS/EPER in the Ukraine

Facts

In 2017, 20 women and their children found shelter from domestic violence thanks HEKS/EPER.

280 needy people as well as children at four schools received a hot meal every day.

 

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.