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Christian Bobst
What we do

Our projects

HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Church-run social projects (diaconia)» 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.

The Reformed Church and its diaconal institutions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East assume their social responsibility through their commitment to the weakest in society. HEKS/EPER supports the Reformed Churches in this endeavour. They provide home care services for elderly and care-dependent people, day care centres for children with disabilities as well as counselling and women's shelters for victims of domestic violence. They also promote social and job market integration for the Roma and other minorities that face discrimination. Through their active involvement, church organizations often play a pioneering role and strive to ensure that the government co-finances or itself provides important public services for the weakest in society.