HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church parish partnerships» 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.
In 2019, HEKS/EPER supported diaconal projects run by some 20 church parishes of the Reformed Church in Hungary. They benefited 1100 disadvantaged Roma children as well as some 80 refugees. HEKS/EPER also supported church-run social events for 1100 young people.
Open, vibrant and socially engaged churches effectively attract members and fulfil an important role in society. HEKS/EPER therefore supports the youth and community work of church parishes in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and contributes financially towards the renovation of buildings that are important to church life. HEKS/EPER also promotes solidarity among the Reformed Churches. Partnerships between church parishes in Switzerland and abroad pave the way for reciprocal visits and exchanges and promote support for projects run by partner parishes. Dialogue within the reformed community and with other confessions as well as between church and society enables the Reformed Churches to play an intermediary and social role.
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.