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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Access to land and resources» in Hungary

As part of inter-church cooperation, HEKS has for decades maintained close ties with the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH). With a 16-per cent share of the population and 1 200 congregations, it is the country's second largest religious community and an important social institution. The RCH advocates mainly for the Roma population and for people with a disability because, 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. The RCH also organizes leisure activities and holidays for otherwise abled people.

HEKS/EPER in Hungary

Facts

In 2017 HEKS/EPER supported diaconal projects run by 15 church parishes of the Reformed Church in Hungary, whether for the benefit of deprived Roma children or of refugees.

Rural communities need unimpeded access to natural resources such as land, water, pastures, savannahs or forests if they are to develop. The possibility to use these resources is critical to fighting hunger and poverty. Agriculture is, after all, the most important source of income for many rural communities. With crop farming, small plantations, livestock rearing, fishing or gathering they can secure their food supply and generate income by selling their produce. Land also serves communities as living space and reinforces cultural and spiritual identity. Many rural communities still lack access to land or risk losing it despite existing or traditional law. HEKS/EPER therefore helps them, through numerous projects, to secure long-term access to land and resources, both practically and legally.