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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church cooperation» in Israel-Palestine

In a region marked by long-standing conflicts, HEKS/EPER is striving to promote peace based on justice and respect for human rights. The latter have been drastically curtailed as a result of the strife and this is hampering a permanent peace settlement. HEKS/EPER supports civil society players that are working, by non-violent means, to overcome the current conflicts and inequality. To this end, a network of local and international organizations is being forged in order to achieve a just, human rights-based peace settlement. Under the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), HEKS/EPER also works to enhance the protection of the civilian population through the use of international human rights observers. HEKS/EPER carries out awareness-raising activities in Switzerland.

HEKS in Israel/Palestine

Facts

In 2017, some 68000 people living in conflict situations were reached through peace initiatives or protective measures.

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.