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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Intercultural interpreting and mediation» in the Ukraine

Transcarpathia is a very poor region in southwestern Ukraine. 60 per cent of the country’s population are poor, and every fourth person lives below the poverty line. But the Ukrainian State hardly takes care of them. The Reformed Church in Transcarpathia therefore champions the cause of these people, with the support of HEKS/EPER. The Beregovo Diaconal Centre has become a vital point of contact. It provides destitute people with a warm meal, clothing and other relief supplies. Single mothers find refuge in the women's shelter, and the elderly receive adequate care at the nursing home. The Reformed Church also operates two care centres for children with disabilities, it organizes holiday camps for young people and is developing a home care service for care-dependent people.

HEKS/EPER in the Ukraine

Facts

In 2019, the home care service supported by HEKS/EPER carried out 15,000 home visits to elderly people. Some 80 children benefited from extra tuition programmes for Roma. A total of 280 needy people and children at four schools received a warm meal every day. Thanks to HEKS/EPER, 1800 young people were able to attend the summer camp.

 

Intercultural interpreting and mediation are indispensable if people are to understand one another across language and cultural divides. Intercultural interpreting enables patients, for example, to understand their doctor. Intercultural mediators for their part conduct workshops on health promotion or parent education. HEKS/EPER provides intercultural interpreters and intermediaries in the regions of Basel Stadt/Baselland as well as Aargau/Solothurn, and runs parent education projects with intercultural intermediaries, as well as basic and advanced training courses in intercultural interpreting and mediation.