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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.

Benjamin Suomela / Finnish Red Cross

The Finnish Red Cross is prepared to support the authorities at all times in rescue and aid operations around Finland, in the event of a disaster. This collaboration was put into practice recently in Vaasa, with a fictional passenger ferry accident involving over 100 casualties.

Ralf El Hage / ICRC

Yemen, suffering from conflict and drought, is in great need of help. The funds collected on Hunger Day help the victims of natural disasters, conflicts and sudden accidents in Finland and abroad. The Hunger Day box collection is held on 14–16 September.

Pietari Hatanpää / Suomen Punainen Risti

Vapaaehtoisille on turvataloilla monenlaisia tehtäviä. Voit esimerkiksi päivystää työntekijöidemme kanssa nuorten kriisimajoituksessa tai auttaa nuoria verkossa Sekasin-chatissa.

Mari Vehkalahti / Finnish Red Cross

The Red Cross’ Hunger Day collection has been launched in high spirits all around Finland. The box collection will go on until Saturday.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Jarkko Mikkonen

‘My crops used to rot away under flood waters or fail to flourish when there was a drought. Now, any excess water is drained away from the fields into a channel, which then provides water for irrigation during periods of drought,’ Chinese farmer Tian Ruxiong rejoices over the help provided by the Red Cross.

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.

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