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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Advocacy for the socially disadvantaged» in Syria

The Christian minority in Syria is crucially important to the peaceful coexistence of the various religious communities. HEKS/EPER therefore supports projects run by Protestant churches in the Fellowship of Middle East Churches (FMEEC). HEKS/EPER supports church life in the parishes, strengthens the churches' social responsibility for the entire population and promotes dialogue with other churches. HEKS/EPER supports 11 church parishes that run recreational programmes for 545 children and young people from various Christian churches and other children from the neighbourhood. The 54 volunteers tell the young people Bible stories, and offer handicraft activities and games to be played together. Church parishes organize holiday camps and other special events about three times per year.

HEKS/EPER in Syria

Facts

The violent civil war continued unabated in 2019. HEKS/EPER was instrumental in enabling 500 people in East Ghouta to return to their renovated homes.

Church-based partner organizations award 1800 scholarships for Muslim and Christian young people from poor backgrounds enabling them to attend school. Twelve church parishes offer midday meals and leisure activities for 2000 children.

HEKS provides pro bono legal advice for people in emergency situations in the areas of social insurance, social welfare, family matters, children and guardianship, tenancy and foreign nationals. Those affected by poverty as well as undocumented persons should have the possibility of receiving legal advice. The legal advice offices for socially disadvantaged people in the Cantons of Aargau and Geneva provide professional advice to those in need of help. Legal experts and/or lawyers help those needing advice to understand legal situations, and also point them towards possibilities for self-help. In selected cases, the legal advice office undertakes the legal representation of a needy person.