Was wir tun HEKS
Christian Bobst
What we do

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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Assisted living» 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.

Having one's own living space is a decisive prerequisite for protection and a sense of security. It is also the basis for a socially integrated life. But running one's own household is not a matter of course for everyone. Many people's existence is derailed by a severe life crisis, an addiction problem, mental illness or even a prison sentence. These people have very slim chances on the open housing market and risk isolation or even total abandonment. The "HEKS/EPER Housing" project strives to prevent homelessness and neglect in the Cantons of Aargau, Basel Stadt and Baselland. Socially disadvantaged people receive housing support as well as individual counselling.