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Christian Bobst
What we do

Our projects

HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Agricultural production and market systems» 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.

HEKS/EPER is active primarily in rural areas, where prosperity and quality of life for the poorest are closely bound up with properly functioning agriculture. This is often not the case, however, as depleted soil, poor transport routes or lacking know-how hamper profitable agricultural production. HEKS/EPER helps people engage in profitable and ecological agriculture. This calls for sustainable production techniques and a great diversity of products so as to be able to react to environmental risks and market changes. In order that produce can be marketed successfully, HEKS/EPER enhances smallholders' knowledge of the market and militates for market systems in which smallholders are able to survive. In so doing HEKS/EPER mediates between producing, processing and subcontracting enterprises.