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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Social inclusion» in Italy

HEKS/EPER supports the «Centro Diaconale La Noce» operated by the Waldensian Church in Palermo, which works for the social integration of disadvantaged persons. At the core of the work of the Centro is the school – about a fifth of the children have a disability or a migration background. By attending school alongside local children and children without disabilities they become socially integrated and receive optimal support. The Centro also runs a therapy centre that fosters the development of children with disabilities, as well as a home for unaccompanied refugee minors. The women's shelter in turn gives refuge to mothers and their children in family crisis situations, and through the integration centre, «La Noce» assists ex-offenders on their way to an independent life.

HEKS/EPER in Italy

Facts

In 2017 HEKS/EPER funded safe travel to Italy as well as accommodation and integration measures during the asylum procedure for 170 especially vulnerable refugees.

Ever more people are being excluded because of their social background, ethnicity, age, gender or religion. Integrating people with a migration background can be compounded, for example, by the lack of the requisite language proficiency, ignorance of Switzerland's cultural specificities or by disadvantages on the job market. HEKS/EPER works actively to ensure that the affected people have access to education, work, government programmes and services. But integration is incumbent on society as a whole, which calls for openness as well as regulatory structures that ensure the right of social participation for all. This implies that everyone has the same rights and opportunities and that features such as gender, age, social background, nationality or religion do not give rise to discrimination.