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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Aapo Huhta

The Finnish Red Cross needs you all to pitch in and help with the Hunger Day Collection from 18–20 September 2014. Everyone is welcome to take part in this year’s Hunger Day campaign. No previous Red Cross experience is required. Collectors and donors are needed all over Finland.

Mikko Vähäniitty

Registration has begun! What will your team do for Hunger Day?

Teemu Ullgrén

The Finnish Red Cross commissioned a survey about the joys and concerns of people living in Finland. More than half of those who responded are worried about the growing gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’.

Otto-Ville Väätäinen

The new chairman of the Finnish Red Cross is Ambassador Pertti Torstila, former Secretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Tarja Hemmilä ja Aini Koivula

The Finnish Red Cross helps refugees to integrate in their new hometown. In Pudasjärvi in northern Finland the local International Club has quickly become a popular meeting place.

Sami Kero

The group Kansalaiset feat Medborgare behind the music video Olen suomalainen (I am a Finn) have been awarded this year’s Humanitarian Gesture Award.

Tatu Blomqvist

The Finnish Red Cross’s new app for tablet devices drew an interested crowd at the World Village Festival in Helsinki in late May 2014. The Risk Zones app offers information about development cooperation and disaster relief.

The Finnish Red Cross is the first NGO in Finland to release an app for tablet devices. The Risk Zones application uses photos, videos, stories and graphics to show how people can minimise risks, prepare for and survive disasters.

Niklas Meltio

Red Cross volunteers in the Tampere region have been providing psychological support to the families who lost someone in the air crash on Sunday 20 April 2014, which took the life of eight skydivers.

Eero Sario

The Voluntary Rescue Service emergency response groups help people in need and make it easier for the authorities to access greater numbers of people prepared to help out in an emergency. In late March 2014, the Voluntary Rescue Service celebrated its 50th anniversary in Tampere.

Jarkko Mikkonen

During the Week Against Racism (17–23 March 2014), the Finnish Red Cross handed out its annual Pioneer Against Prejudice Awards (Ennakkoluuloton edelläkävijä in Finnish) to companies, communities and people who have contributed to creating equality in Finland.

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Jarkko Mikkonen

'I would like to work less, but it’s just not possible. If I did, my family would not have enough to live on,' says Wei Xiuxue, a 70-year-old Chinese farmer.
He lives in southwest China in Guizhou province, one of the poorest regions in the country where an EU-financed Red Cross programme is improving the conditions of remote rural communities.

Jarkko Mikkonen

Over recent years Wen Xian Liang of China has learnt what to do if a natural disaster strikes.She regularly takes part in preparedness exercises arranged by the Red Cross together with the local authorities.

Maija Tammi

The Red Cross health center received its first patients early Friday morning.

Jarkko Mikkonen / Red Cross

This week will see the building of a healthcare clinic in Balangiga on the Philippine island of Samar, one of the areas worst hit by typhoon Haiyan.

Jarkko Mikkonen

The typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines a week ago and left devastation in its wake. Your help is needed now!

Jarkko Mikkonen

Volunteers trained by the Finnish Red Cross did an exemplary job of evacuating people to safety on the island of Panaya in the Aklan Province of the Philippines prior to the landfall of super typhoon Haiyan. Loss of human life and injuries in the area were relatively few.

Robert Keskinen

The Finnish Red Cross collection to help victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is off to a quick start. Collection centers have been set up in various parts of Finland.

Alanah Torralba / IFRC

Floods, earthquakes, typhoons and landslides. The Philippines with its hundred million inhabitants and over 7000 islands is constantly tormented by disasters.

Tino Kreutzer

The Red Cross report reveals that the lack of information and technology has great impact on peoples’ abilities to prepare themselves, respond to and recover from disasters.

Jarkko Mikkonen

Fatima Gailani, President of the Afghan Red Crescent Society, has probably one of the world’s most challenging jobs.

Hanna-Leena Tikkanen

Nurse and first-aid instructor Johanna Arvo from Kaarina, Finland, went to Paraguay as part of an EU Aid Volunteers programme in which the Finnish Red Cross is involved.

Tatu Blomqvist

The second batch of Red Cross hospital equipment to Jordan was loaded late this Monday night at Helsinki Airport.

On 17 February, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will mark its 150th anniversary and commemorate the beginning of its efforts to bring relief to millions and improve the lives of countless people adversely affected by armed conflict.

Johanna Lassy-Mäntyvaara

Treating injured victims of the drawn-out and increasingly brutal conflict in Syria are part of everyday life at a hospital in Amman, Jordan. Thanks to the efforts of the Red Crescent, at least some of the tragic stories here will have a happy ending.

Jarkko Mikkonen

Since last August, nurse Tiina Saarikoski has been in charge of the International Red Cross cholera operation in Sierra Leone.

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