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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Daily structure and occupation» in Slovakia

The Roma make up ten per cent of Slovakia's population. Their houses are often in a state of disrepair, while malnutrition and poor sanitation form part of their daily lives. More than 90 per cent are unemployed. They have insufficient access to education, balanced nutrition and to medical care. With 85 000 Hungarian-speaking members, the Reformed Church in Slovakia is alive to the situation of minorities and has the potential to build bridges to the Roma community and to the Slovak-speaking community. HEKS/EPER supports church parishes in developing projects for the social inclusion of the Roma. Remedial lessons are given at school for Roma children and young people to improve their educational opportunities; they are also offered life skills courses.

HEKS/EPER in Slovakia

Facts

More than 90 per cent of the Roma lack sufficient access to education and work. HEKS/EPER and Reformed Church parishes are assisting them in becoming socially integrated.

The consequences of long-term unemployment are often social isolation and ill-health in addition to poverty. There is no structured daily routine, and social contacts fall away. Asylum seekers, temporarily admitted persons and recognized refugees are often jobless and living in isolation. Without a permanent residence permit it is difficult for these people to develop real prospects or a sustaining daily structure. Through various employment schemes in the regions of Aargau/Solothurn, Basel Stadt/Baselland, Berne, Eastern Switzerland, Western Switzerland and Zurich/Schaffhausen, HEKS/EPER is making it possible for jobless people to be meaningfully occupied.