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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Emergency aid» in Hungary

As part of inter-church cooperation, HEKS has for decades maintained close ties with the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH). With a 16-per cent share of the population and 1 200 congregations, it is the country's second largest religious community and an important social institution. The RCH advocates mainly for the Roma population and for people with a disability because, by nation-wide comparison, the Roma population have a markedly lower level of education, worse job prospects and are more affected by poverty and discrimination. HEKS/EPER supports the RCH in developing projects to educate and help Roma children and adolescents shape their lives. The RCH also organizes leisure activities and holidays for otherwise abled people.

HEKS/EPER in Hungary

Facts

In 2019, HEKS/EPER supported diaconal projects run by some 20 church parishes of the Reformed Church in Hungary. They benefited 1100 disadvantaged Roma children as well as some 80 refugees. HEKS/EPER also supported church-run social events for 1100 young people.

Populations are dependent on emergency relief following natural disasters or during armed conflicts. Basic needs include drinking water, food, emergency shelter and items such as kitchen utensils, blankets, mats or hygiene articles. Thanks to competent partners with good local knowledge, HEKS/EPER is able to respond to people's needs. Aid is coordinated with authorities and other organizations.