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Jussi Vierimaa / Finnish Red Cross

The Finnish Red Cross will carry out an exercise focusing on evacuation and rescue operations in the event of a marine disaster together with safety and rescue authorities on 14 September. At the same time, an emergency hospital evacuation exercise will be carried out in Saaremaa, Estonia.

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.

Jarkko Mikkonen / Finnish Red Cross

More than 58 000 people suffering from the drought received food thanks to cooperation between the Finnish Red Cross and the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross, financed by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid.

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.

Pedram Yazdi / CICR

The Finnish Red Cross has received numerous questions about how best to help the afflicted people in Eastern Africa and Yemen. At the moment, the most efficient way to get help to those in need is via the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

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.

Arie Kievit / ICRC

Over 20 million people have trouble getting enough food in East Africa.

Maria Santto / Finnish Red Cross

The Red Cross is supporting two hospitals by sending three nurses and medical supplies from Finland to Iraq. The hospitals are being used to treat people wounded in the fighting in Mosul.

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.

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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.

Petteri Kivimäki

The Hunger Day collection has already raised over 3.8 million euros this year The result is the best of all time. The funds are used to aid the victims of conflicts and disasters around the world and in Finland.

Leena Koskela

Over 20,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Finland in a short time. The Finnish Red Cross accommodates over 12,000 asylum seekers at the moment, and thousands of volunteers have helped them along.

Tatu Blomqvist

Hunger Day donations can be made until the end of October, which is why the final result will be certain only in November.

Jussi Vierimaa

How can you help the people living in the reception centres?

Kimmo Holopainen

Funds are collected to the Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Choose your preferred channel to join in - you´ll find the instructions on this page.

Damien Fulton Naylor / IFRC

The number of asylum seekers coming to Finland has grown to reach a new record. The number of underage asylum seekers requiring special protection has also increased significantly. The Finnish Red Cross will open new reception centres in collaboration with the Finnish Immigration Service.

Emil Helotie

Despite the radical cuts to development cooperation, the Finnish Red Cross will continue to help those who are the most vulnerable there where the need for aid is the greatest. The organisation asks the government not to further weaken the chain of aid by decreasing humanitarian aid.

Niklas Meltio

July is often the busiest time for Voluntary Rescue Service, i.e. Vapepa, to search for missing persons, as the number of those who get lost or go missing increases during summertime. This summer, Vapepa is using a new search method which helps setting search missions in motion more quickly than before.

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.

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Mirva Helenius

Typhoon Hayian destroyed and damaged hundreds of buildings in the little village of Aliputos in the Philippines. However, there were no human fatalities. Every family had been warned about the typhoon and the most vulnerable individuals were evacuated before the typhoon hit the village.

Outi Amanor

The situation is worsening for Ukraine’s internal refugees as the weather is getting colder. As a result, all the winter clothes available at the Finnish Red Cross logistics centre in Kalkku, Tampere were loaded onto trucks bound for Ukraine.

Aapo Huhta

The Ebola epidemic is showing no signs of slowing down. You can support the Red Cross’s aid efforts by making a contribution to the Hunger Day Collection, which will begin on Thursday, 18 September.

Indra Eckstein

The rainy season is on its way in the Philippines. A year ago, Typhoon Haiyan devastated 1.1 million homes and caused the deaths of more than 6,000 people. The damage caused by Haiyan is still being repaired.

Stacy Ragan / American Red Cross / IFRC

The Finnish Red Cross is launching a collection campaign to support the relief work of the International Red Cross Movement in the conflict-affected areas in Iraq. More than a million people have been forced to flee from their homes, and thousands have been wounded or killed in the conflict.

Katherine Mueller / IFRC

The International Red Cross is in the process of setting up an isolation clinic to fight the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. The Finnish Red Cross is currently recruiting aid workers to work at the clinic.

IFRC

The Finnish Red Cross will contribute EUR 100,000 from its Disaster Relief Fund to the aid operation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

PRCS/IFRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) strongly condemns the shelling of the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Gaza.

A video made by the Finnish Red Cross provides insight into the work of the Red Cross Society in Ukraine. The video was made at the request of the Ukraine Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Joe Cropp / IFRC

The increasing number of people fleeing their home in northern Iraq is adding greater pressure to already crowded shelters. The Red Crescent estimates that there are more than 400,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq, where the water resources, scarce before the latest crisis, are dwindling in the current heat wave.

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.

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