HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church cooperation» in Europe
HEKS/EPER operates in 11 countries in Europe, namely Armenia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. Priorities are rural community development and church cooperation. For decades HEKS/EPER has maintained close ties with the Reformed Churches in Eastern Europe. HEKS/EPER supports church projects for the social and professional inclusion of disadvantaged people and promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience in the context of parish partnerships. HEKS/EPER also works for the social and economic inclusion of the Roma through a comprehensive programme to improve their living conditions and healthcare, education and incomes.
Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER)
Phone: +41 44 360 88 10
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.
Czech Republic Country Programme
Buttressing the Evangelical Church and its welfare and socia
HEKS/EPER supports the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in its work with children and adolescents, in community building and in supporting and caring for marginalized people.
Romania Country Programme
Vibrant and socially responsible church
In Romania HEKS/EPER supports social and economic inclusion for elderly and care-dependent persons, victims of domestic violence and the Roma population.
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.