HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church cooperation» in Hungary
As part of inter-church cooperation, HEKS/EPER has maintained close ties with the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH) for decades now. With a 16-per cent share of the population and 1 200 church parishes, it is the country's second largest religious community and an important social institution. The RCH advocates mainly for the Roma population, for people with a disability and for refugees. By nation-wide comparison, the Roma population have a markedly lower level of education, worse job prospects and are more affected by poverty and discrimination. HEKS/EPER supports the RCH in developing projects to educate and help Roma children and adolescents shape their lives. Refugee inclusion entails, among other things, language courses for children and adults, and integrating young people into the school system. The RCH also organizes leisure activities and holidays for differently abled people.
In 2020, HEKS/EPER supported diaconal projects run by about 20 church parishes of the Reformed Church in Hungary. They benefited 1050 disadvantaged Roma children and some 110 refugees. HEKS/EPER also supported church-run social events for 450 young people.
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.
Eastern Europe Regional Programme
Promoting inclusion for the Roma
Taking a holistic programme approach, HEKS/EPER fosters the social inclusion of the Roma population in Hungary, Kosovo, Romania and Serbia.
Hungary Country Programme
The Reformed Church advocates for the disadvantaged
HEKS/EPER supports the Reformed Church in Hungary in developing projects for Roma children and young people and in its work for the inclusion of otherwise abled people.