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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?

Maria Santto / Finnish Red Cross

The Syrian conflict has been raging on for seven years, and it shows no sign of abating. However, people living in Syria are not losing their humanity.

Sana Tarabishi / ICRC

In Syria, millions of people are in need of help due to the violence that has continued for nearly seven years. The International Red Cross is appealing to all the parties in this conflict to protect civilians.

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.

Jarkko Mikkonen/FRC

In the autumn of 2015, tens of thousands of asylum seekers coming to Finland needed food and a roof on their heads quickly. Managing the exceptional situation required exceptional measures from the Red Cross as well as from other actors. What costs were incurred by the government-funded reception operation carried out by the Red Cross?

Iraq Red Crescent

A severe, 7.3 magnitude earthquake has caused widespread devastation in the border regions of Iran and Iraq.

Antti Mannermaa/Talouselämä

The autumn of 2015 was a challenging time for the Red Cross workers and volunteers in Finland. Emergency accommodations for asylum seekers had to be established at a few hours’ notice, and there could be as many as three reception units set up in one day. How does the Finnish Red Cross assess the past two years?

AJ Ghani / IFRC

The first Finnish Red Cross aid workers will be flying to Bangladesh tomorrow at the earliest. The Disaster Relief Fund has granted 500,000 euros to managing the refugee crisis.

Aino Salmi / Finnish Red Cross

The evacuation centre can be used in disaster situations in Finland or nearby areas. The centre was tested as part of a catastrophe exercise carried out on the Estonian island of Saaremaa on 14–15 September.

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Sirpa Lehtimäki / Finnish Red Cross

Since the knife attack that took place in Turku, the Red Cross emotional support volunteers have talked with around thousand people near Turku Market Square and in crisis services. Support is still available.

Sirpa Lehtimäki / Finnish Red Cross

Trained Red Cross volunteers offering psychosocial support continue to be available in the centre of Turku and the Market Square area.

Amnesty International

A total of 11,581 Finns and 41 organisations are petitioning the Finnish Government to raise its refugee quota. The petition was submitted to Minister of the Interior Paula Risikko on Wednesday, 16 August.

Leena Koskela / Suomen Punainen Risti

Syrjintä on samalla sekä arkipäiväinen että vaiettu osa nuorten elämää. Nuorten turvatalojen ammattitaito nojautuu rauhallisen kuuntelemisen taitoon: kykyyn pysähtyä kaikessa rauhassa paitsi puheen, myös hiljaisuuden äärelle, kirjoittaa turvatalotoiminnan johtaja Leena Suurpää.

Johanna Sjöholm

Ensimmäinen Nuorten turvatalo avattiin Helsingin Pakilassa 1990. Ensipäivinä apua hakivat niin nuorisokodista karannut nuori kuin kadulle lapsensa kanssa joutunut isäkin.

Pietari Hatanpää / Suomen Punainen Risti

Kun Eero Rämöllä oli synttärit ja valmistujaiset, hän toivoi lahjojen sijaan läheisiltään rahaa Nuorten turvatalolle. Punaisen Ristin uudessa palvelussa kuka tahansa voi perustaa keräyksen tärkeäksi kokemalleen kohteelle.

Jussi Partanen / Finnish Red Cross

The window blinds have been lowered. No one needs to know whether someone is home in the flat. The two-room flat in Pori houses a varying number of men whose application for asylum was rejected.

The World AIDS Day animation “The Rise and Fall of Angry Aids” details how the treatment and prevention of HIV has progressed from the point of view of an angry AIDS character.

Jussi Vierimaa / Finnish Red Cross

The number of asylum seekers has decreased significantly. As reception centres are being closed, the Finnish Red Cross is focusing on developing the quality of the services provided, which has also lead to significant financial savings. An example of this is moving from canteens to independent meals.

Jussi Vierimaa / Finnish Red Cross

Next year the Finnish Red Cross will distribute 60,000 kilograms of food in Finland as EU aid. In addition to the aid from the EU, the Rauma branch also distributes leftover school meals and unsold products from grocery stores to those in need.

Kaisa Rautiainen / Suomen Punainen Risti

The Finnish Red Cross opened a new Kontti Second Hand Department Store in Itäkeskus, in Helsinki, on 4 August. Even though the weather was rainy, the opening attracted a large crowd of Helsinki citizens.

Mirva Helenius / Finnish Red Cross

The Amiri family, from Afghanistan, fled war and death, but were separated on the way. With help from the Red Cross tracing, the father and the eldest son were able to contact each other, but the mother and the youngest child are still missing.

Stefan Bremer / Suomen Punainen Risti

The Finnish parliament will cast their final vote on the government’s motion on the stricter conditions of family reunification. A total of 17 non-governmental organisations are appealing to the MPs to abandon these cruel and short-sighted new conditions. The organisations include refugee organisations, human rights groups and children’s rights organisations.

Teemu Ullgrén / Suomen Punainen Risti

The start of the “Summer Rubber” sexual health campaign and the festival season were celebrated at the traditional YleXPop event in Lahti on Saturday. This year, the event also featured a sexual health kiosk that provides the opportunity to pass a condom skills test or to ask any sex-related questions.

Jarkko Mikkonen / Suomen Punainen Risti

The asylum seekers living in Vantaa wanted to help Finnish people in return, and so they signed up as volunteers for the Finnish Red Cross. This friend group, jointly formed by the local branches in Tikkurila, Western Vantaa and Korso, visits an assisted living facility every week.

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Annika Lindroos

Syrian refugees now arriving at the Azraq camp are in a weaker condition than before.

Niklas Meltio / Suomen Punainen Risti

The Finnish Red Cross and Land Rover begin collaboration. The objective is to offer clean water and better health for 24,000 people in Tajikistan, the most impoverished country in Central Asia.

Lisa Pattison / IFRC

A man painstakingly lectures his family on the importance of hand washing while the house next door is under quarantine. What could seemingly be a scene of an Ebola affected community is in fact the set of the Sierra Leone Red Cross’ new soap opera, Advice.

Ibrahim Malla / IFRC

Friday 13 March 2015 marks four years since the start of the Syrian conflict. There is no end in sight for the most destructive humanitarian crisis of the decade.

Tatu Blomqvist

On 26 February, a truckload of aid supplies left for Ukraine from the Red Cross logistics centre in Tampere. The Ukrainians have a shortage of food and warms clothes as the conflict persists.

Punainen Risti

Malawi is suffering from the worst floods in over a decade. The Finnish Red Cross is sending 100,000 euros to the aid operation, with the help of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Jari Lindholm

A new International Red Cross Ebola treatment centre has been opened in Kono, in eastern Sierra Leone. The Finnish Red Cross sent three aid workers to work in treatment to Kono.

Emil Helotie

Most of the patients in the Red Cross Azraq hospital are Syrian children and mothers in labour. Several Finnish aid workers work in the hospital built in Jordania.

Tatu Blomqvist

Consecutive pregnancies take a toll on women’s health while men have trouble feeding their families. Health awareness spread by the Red Cross helps families prepare for health risks in the poor villages of North-Kenya.

Maija Tammi

A group of four men in protective suits meet the ambulance full of patients, arriving to the Red Cross Ebola treatement centre in Kenema from Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. The journey takes several hours and many of the patients are in bad condition by the time they arrive.

Maija Tammi

Justine Boyle wanted to be a doctor, but social work pulled her in. And then came Ebola.

Gwen Eamer, Canadian Red Cross / IFRC

Nawaf was three years into a challenging five-year bachelor’s degree in computer and information engineering in Damascus when the ongoing Syrian conflict forced him to put his dreams on pause.

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The Red Cross participates in the Red Nose Day campaign raising funds to help the children living in the poorest conditions in the world. With the donated funds, the Red Cross can help in Bolivia, a country that is liable to disasters, and in impoverished Burundi.

Gwen Eamer, Canadian Red Cross / IFRC

Nine-year-old Amnah arrived at the Azraq Syrian refugee camp in eastern Jordan scared and in pain. She had already spent three months being bumped from house to house, community to community, before being shuttled across Syria’s southern border with Jordan in the hopes of reaching safety – and medical care.

Help is needed to stop the Ebola epidemic. The area has a shortage of care personnel and more manpower is needed for communications and safe burials.

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