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Mari Vehkalahti / Suomen Punainen Risti

Tents provided by the Finnish Red Cross offer shelter to families that lost their homes due to draught and flash floods in Afghanistan.

A large part of asylum seekers are people of prime working age whose first wish is to find employment, support themselves and their families and be independent of handouts from society. They have many kinds of training and skills but find it hard to gain entry to the Finnish labour market.

Joonas Brandt / Finnish Red Cross

According to the responses given to Taloustutkimus, the parents’ first aid skills are reflected in the children’s preparedness to help. In areas where parents had completed an above average number of first aid courses, the children’s ability to take action when an accident occurs was estimated to be better than elsewhere.

Mikael Lehtinen / Finnish Red Cross

Companies, governments and tourists are showing an increasing interest in the Arctic region. This increases the likelihood of accidents requiring the preparedness and readiness skills of the Red Cross.

Canadian Red Cross

The Finnish Red Cross’s and the Canadian Red Cross’s joint cholera treatment unit admitted its first patients on Thursday. The unit is part of a field hospital that will operate in connection with the local Hospital Rural De Nhamatanda.

Joonas Brandt / Finnish Red Cross

The director of the preparedness group of psychologists gets energy from seeing people get back on their feet after a crisis that had seemed hopeless.

Denis Onyodi / Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

The Finnish Red Cross is going to work together with the Canadian Red Cross to establish a hospital in the disaster area left behind by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. The hospital is going to be equipped to handle births and treat infectious diseases, for example.

ROPS/Roifoto

Football club Rovaniemen palloseura is one of this year’s recipients of the Red Cross Pioneer Against Prejudice Awards. In its operations, RoPS has championed a football-is-for-everyone attitude and publicly spoken out for non-discrimination and against racism.

FRC

The Finnish Red Cross wants to contribute to everyone having an equal opportunity to be a part of Finnish society. Everyone should be able to operate as an individual or as a member of different communities without being discriminated against. Equality means treating everyone equally.

ICRC

The Finnish Red Cross is donating 100,000 euros from the Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims of the Yemeni Civil War. Money and aid are not enough, however – only respecting the rules of war can turn the situation in Yemen for the better.

Saara Mansikkamäki

Lives have been saved every day since October 2017 at the field hospital in Bangladesh, managed by the Finnish Red Cross. Now, the hospital along with its equipment has been transferred to the local Red Crescent, which will continue producing health services together with other organisations.

Katja Lösönen

This year, the donations collected in the Finnish Red Cross and the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare campaign helped a total of 28,000 low-income families with children. Food vouchers give many families a chance to have Christmas, but their situation must not be forgotten in everyday life.

Juha Hankkila

In 2018, we worked hard to help people in Finland and abroad. The following images are excerpts of what we have achieved together. We wish to thank all our volunteers, employees, supporters, partners and friends of the Finnish Red Cross!

Katja Lösönen / Finnish Red Cross

So far, nearly 844,000 euros have been donated to the Good Holiday Spirit collection for domestic low-income families with children. Approximately 1.1 million euros are still required to reach the collection goal.

Laura Vesa

A total of 2.8 million euros were donated to the Finnish Red Cross Hunger Day collection this year. The donations were indeed needed quickly as Indonesia was hit by an earthquake. Currently, Finnish Red Cross logisticians are making sure that help reaches the areas affected by the natural disaster.

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Sini Hangaslammi / Finnish Red Cross

The Finnish Red Cross has compiled a study on risk and disaster preparedness in the Arctic.

Tatu Blomqvist/FRC

The Finnish Red Cross continues the closure of reception centres. According to the Finnish Immigration Service’s plan, the reception centres at Kitee and Kotka will be closed at the end of June. From the beginning of July 2018, the Finnish Red Cross will run 21 reception centres for adults and families and 3 units for unaccompanied minors. The total number of residents is 3500.

Jarkko Mikkonen

Today, once again, on World Refugee Day, the UN refugee agency UNHCR reports the number of people trying to reach the shores of Europe and those drowned at sea during the journey. Images of drowned refugees catch the interest of people every once in a while, but the fate of these people is ignored more often than not.

Joonas Brandt / Finnish Red Cross

If a passenger ferry ran aground today, all help would be needed. One of the most important tasks of the volunteers of the Finnish Red Cross is to support the evacuees mentally in case of major disasters.

The young volunteers of the Finnish Red Cross have set up the Minecraft server Spärrä to serve as a new type of friend visitor activity.

Jarkko Mikkonen / Finnish Red Cross

Kristiina Kumpula, the Secretary General of the Finnish Red Cross, received the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe. Kumpula's selection is based on her exemplary work in promoting international solidarity and cross-cultural co-operation.

Harri Mäenpää

The children's joy is contagious as they cheer on their idol: "Kaisa is tougher!" On the final day of the Kontiolahti Biathlon World Cup event, enthusiastic little skiers from the Kitee reception centre are waving Finnish flags among the thousands of spectators.

Marilene Jokinen and Emma Turunen / Finnish Red Cross

Three immigrants share their stories. How can people who have moved to Finland from different cultures help each other integrate into Finnish society?

Mari Vehkalahti / Finnish Red Cross

A friend survey conducted by the Red Cross shows that volunteer friends help people trust themselves, others and society more. Volunteer friend visitor activity can effectively prevent loneliness and social exclusion.

Altti Näsi / Finnish Red Cross

Toini Niskonen has been working as a volunteer in Lempäälä for several years. She first met Maija-Liisa while taking out the bins, as Maija-Liisa lives in the building next to Toini’s block of flats.

Juha Hankkila / Finnish Red Cross

Large-scale power outages in the beginning of January demonstrated the strength of the Red Cross volunteers’ aid in Kainuu. The situation was worst in Suomussalmi and Hyrynsalmi.

Noora Kero

The multicultural day centre in Helsinki is visited by a dozen or so undocumented people every day. Inside, visitors can drink a cup of coffee or tea, enjoy a bowl of warm soup and chat with the day centre’s staff or volunteers. Advice and help is at hand for difficult situations.

Suvi-Tuuli Kankaanpää / Suomen Punainen Risti

Ali Ihsan became a Finnish Red Cross volunteer when he was still living at the reception centre. Helping has become an important part of his life.

Dynamo&son

World AIDS Day is on Friday 1 December. Currently there are about 600 people with HIV in Finland who are unaware that they have been infected. Various organisations play a significant role in the fight against HIV when the goal is to make contact with those individuals whom public healthcare cannot easily reach.

Vapaaehtoinen pelastuspalvelu

Vapaaehtoisen pelastuspalvelun uusi puheenjohtaja julkistettiin lauantain Vapepa-foorumissa.

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Aapo Huhta

In Somaliland, the Red Crescent clinic workers know that the drought reduces malaria but increases eye infections and the risk of epidemics.

Emil Helotie

The drought has destroyed entire crops in parts of Swaziland. A cash donation helps people get through the worst times.

Two massive earthquakes struck Nepal a year ago. Almost 9,000 people died and nearly a million buildings were destroyed. Over five million people suffered from the consequences of the earthquake. The Red Cross has been there since the start of the disaster.

Aapo Huhta

Water distributed by the Red Crescent saves lives in drought-stricken Somaliland.

Maria Santto

More than half the patients at Red Cross clinic are children.

Niklas Meltio

Co-operation commenced a year ago between the Red Cross and Land Rover is producing results in the poorest country of Central Asia

Caroline Haga

Tens of thousands of refugees and immigrants are stuck in Greece. The Finnish Red Cross will send a specialist to support the international aid operation.

Jose Cendon

The Red Cross appeals to everyone to help Ethiopians. A severe drought means that millions of people in Ethiopia and in sub-Saharan Africa have no food.

Ibrahim Malla

At the moment, the efficient way to get help to those in need in Syria is via the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The local volunteers do significant aid work in live-threatening conditions. They assist the Syrian people every day by delivering food, medicine and blankets.

Pawel Krzysiek / ICRC

The trucks, carrying food, medical supplies, blankets, and other aid supplies arrived in the towns of Madaya, Foa’a, and Kefraya on Monday, 11 January.

Johanna Lassy-Mäntyvaara

One month has passed since heavy monsoon rains and Cyclone Komen caused severe floods in Myanmar.

Emil Helotie

Tun Tun Naign, 22, realised the significance of aid work in the state of Rakhine, Myanmar, in 2012, when he was sent there to support those living in a refugee camp.

Niklas Saxén

More than four million Syrians have been forced to flee to the neighbouring countries. Red Cross volunteer Ahmed is one of them.

Minna Passi

The need for help is still great in Nepal, particularly in the remote areas. The mobile clinics of the Finnish Red Cross will be located in the badly damaged Dolakha district that lost half of its healthcare clinics in the earthquakes.

Maija Tammi

Senginuyava Fitness is one of the more than 100,000 refugees who have fled Burundi due to the ongoing violence in the country.

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