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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church-run social projects (diaconia)» 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.

The Reformed Church and its diaconal institutions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East assume their social responsibility through their commitment to the weakest in society. HEKS/EPER supports the Reformed Churches in this endeavour. They provide home care services for elderly and care-dependent people, day care centres for children with disabilities as well as counselling and women's shelters for victims of domestic violence. They also promote social and job market integration for the Roma and other minorities that face discrimination. Through their active involvement, church organizations often play a pioneering role and strive to ensure that the government co-finances or itself provides important public services for the weakest in society.