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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.

Stefan Bremer

The office of Amnesty International in Finland, the Finnish Red Cross, the Finnish Refugee Council, the Finnish Refugee Advice Centre, Finn Church Aid, Save the Children Finland, the Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters, and the Finnish Somali League have criticised measures which would make it more difficult to reunite families.

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.

Hanna Linnakko

Many young people spend their Christmas alone, against their will. Every year, young people with nobody to spend the holidays with gather at the Red Cross Youth Shelter’s Christmas on-call service. For some, home might be too uncomfortable. At the Shelter, the young can spend their Christmas in a safe environment and discuss their worries with reliable adults.

Miikka Pirinen

Ban Ki-moon visited a reception centre maintained by the Finnish Red Cross and called the Finnish reception centre system a great example of efficiency.

Tomi Asikainen / Amnesty Finland

The volunteers were awarded for the volunteer work in aiding asylum seekers. Four Finnish Red Cross volunteers were there to receive the award.

Liisa Takala

On Restaurant Day, anyone can open a restaurant. The residents of the Punkalaidun reception centre opened a restaurant in Tampere.

Mirkka Helkkula

Finnish language skills are often emphasized as a key factor to adapt in Finland’s society as a foreigner. Jana, Juan and Dani share their struggle and success with the language and give tips to those still learning Finnish. They also send greetings to Finns: please be more open and supportive towards persons learning the language – it is neither simple nor impossible.

Miikka Pirinen

The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy, who visited Finland in October, was impressed by how Finland cares for asylum seekers. He reminds everyone that humanitarian work needs more support during difficult times.

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Jussi Tuokkola

First aid, preventive substance abuse work and HIV/AIDS work volunteers go around dozens of summer events to discuss issues and offer help.

Teemu Ullgrén

Late May Finnish Red Cross opened an Emergency Response Teddy Clinic in connection with the annual World Village Festival, celebrating multiculturalism in downtown Helsinki.

Everyone has the right to get help. A person might need help at home or in the street, and the need for help is almost always sudden. During the Red Cross Week between 4th and 10th of May, the Red Cross emphasises the first aid skills of young people, in particular.

Suomen Punainen Risti

As migration increases, the number of missing persons has also increased in Europe. The national Red Cross organisations look for missing family members throughout Europe.

Petteri Kivimäki

The Finnish Red Cross conducted an election survey for the leaders of the parliamentary parties in January. The leaders were grilled about their stances on supporting family caregivers and receiving quota refugees, for example.

Leena Koskela

In the international first aid group, language is not a barrier for learning important skills. The goal of the multicultural group is to get to offer aid in different events next autumn.

Tatu Blomqvist

The men’s group, organised for asylum seekers, discusses sports, cultures, and gets to know the Finnish way of life in the process.

Jarkko Mikkonen

The media and the organisations must prove their reliability every day. This is forced by the increased flood of information and propaganda, as well as the increasingly difficult aid work. This is how Yves Daccord, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, summarised the reality in the seminar organised on 25 February in Helsinki.

Mikko Kuivalainen

The Board of the Finnish Red Cross has chosen a new Director of Communications to succeed the retiring Hannu-Pekka Laiho.

Hanna Linnakko

A total of EUR 1 405 026 has been donated to the Good Holiday Spirit campaign. The annual campaign by the Finnish Red Cross and the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare was held for the 18th time. This year, a total of 18,000 vouchers, each worth EUR 70, were distributed to low-income families with children in Finland.

Harri Mäenpää

Illness does not diminish the Christmas spirit in Parikkala. The Good Holiday Spirit voucher brought joy to Allan and his children.

Maiju Torvinen

The Good Holiday Spirit campaign helps less fortunate families to forget their everyday troubles for a moment, at least for the holidays. Inka Poikela can still remember what receiving a food voucher felt like.

Eeva-Kristiina Hemanus

According to the school health survey of 2009, every tenth Finnish youth feels lonely and more and more young people do not have a single friend. The funds raised during the Common Responsibility for Youth (Yhteisvastuu nuoresta) project, ending at the end of the year, were directed at preventing the increasing loneliness of young people during the last three years.

Jarkko Mikkonen

Culture must be taken into account more carefully in preventing disasters and in rebuilding, says the new World Disasters Report published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Altti Näsi

The Hunger Day street collection ended up raising some 1,350,000 euros. The Hunger Day collection was arranged around Finland from 18 to 20 September.

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IFRC

The Finnish Red Cross has received numerous questions about how best to help the afflicted people in both in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. At the moment, the most efficient way to get help to those in need is via the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The collected funds are used for emergency relief and acquisition of materials for people who have lost their homes.

IFRC

The devastating floods in the Balkans make people in Finland want to help. Last weekend, Bosnians and Serbs living in Finland started small-scale collections and a bigger collection effort is planned for the end of this week.

Tatu Blomqvist

Motherhood is in no danger of becoming less common in the Central American state of Honduras. Many girls become pregnant when they are teenagers and typically have several children. The Red Cross visits rural villages and offers information on contraception and infectious diseases, encouraging women to give birth at the health centre rather than at home.

Mikko Vähäniitty

At the end of April 2014, a new camp for Syrian refugees opened in Azraq, Jordan. The Finnish Red Cross is part of a joint aid operation that has built a hospital for the displaced people who are to occupy the camp.

Mirva Helenius

Guadalupe village in the Philippines is alive with the pounding of hammers and the buzz of saws. Here, in the northern reaches of Panay Island, new houses are being built, with the support of the Finnish Red Cross, to replace those destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

Mirva Helenius

Micaelle Macabinquili, a young Filipino mother, gives a gentle push to her baby girl, babbling happily in a swing. Rainne Micaelle was the first baby born at the Finnish Red Cross health clinic in Balangiga in November, after Typhoon Haiyan.

Panu Saaristo

Two aid workers from the Finnish Red Cross are involved in an operation to halt the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Healthcare adviser Tiina Saarikoski is working in Liberia, while nurse Leena Railimo-Saares is stationed in Guinea. The operation aims to get the Ebola virus under control.

Mstyslav Chernov, Ukrainen Punainen Risti, IFRC

In March 2014, the Foreign Ministry granted the Finnish Red Cross €500,000 towards their aid operation in Ukraine.

Ibrahim Malla / IFRC

Nearly half the population of Syria, some nine million people, are in urgent need of aid.

Ibrahim Malla / IFRC

In the three years since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the situation has developed into a humanitarian disaster of appalling dimensions.

Alejandro Britos

The Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund has donated EUR 25,000 to help people badly affected by the flooding in western Argentina.

Dmitry Vassilyev / Ukrainan Punainen Risti

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is extremely concerned about spiralling violence in Ukraine, and about the lack of respect for medical and humanitarian work and for those carrying it out.

Rami Syed

The Finnish Red Cross helps Filipinos who lost their livelihood to typhoon Haiyan and helps them to buy building supplies. The clinic that was sent from Finland is already run by local healthcare professionals.

Jarkko Mikkonen

‘I recognised the value of the work done by the Red Cross after the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, so I decided to join as a volunteer,’ says general medical practitioner, Doctor Luo Xian Xin.

The Chinese Red Cross has just over two million volunteers. That’s as many people as live in all of Latvia. Volunteers are vitally important to the Red Cross, particularly in disaster relief and first-aid training.

Jarkko Mikkonen

‘My guess is that all the pupils were outside within a minute,’ says Chinese 12-year-old Minhui Chen.

Her school in the town of Chongba in southwest China has just completed an evacuation drill supported by the Red Cross.

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