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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Access to land and resources» in Europe

HEKS/EPER operates in 11 countries in Europe, namely Armenia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. Priorities are rural community development and church cooperation. For decades HEKS/EPER has maintained close ties with the Reformed Churches in Eastern Europe. HEKS/EPER supports church projects for the social and professional inclusion of disadvantaged people and promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience in the context of parish partnerships. HEKS/EPER also works for the social and economic inclusion of the Roma through a comprehensive programme to improve their living conditions and healthcare, education and incomes.

HEKS/EPER in Europe

Contact us:

Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER)
Communication
Seminarstrasse 28
8042 Zurich
Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 360 88 10
E-mail: projektdienst@heks.ch

Rural communities need unimpeded access to natural resources such as land, water, pastures, savannahs or forests if they are to develop. The possibility to use these resources is critical to fighting hunger and poverty. Agriculture is, after all, the most important source of income for many rural communities. With crop farming, small plantations, livestock rearing, fishing or gathering they can secure their food supply and generate income by selling their produce. Land also serves communities as living space and reinforces cultural and spiritual identity. Many rural communities still lack access to land or risk losing it despite existing or traditional law. HEKS/EPER therefore helps them, through numerous projects, to secure long-term access to land and resources, both practically and legally.