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This year, the national week against racism coordinated by the Finnish Red Cross will be held from 16 to 22 March. The theme week aims to influence people’s attitudes to reduce racism in society.

Saara Mansikkamäki / Finnish Red Cross

The cash grants and food aid provided by the Red Cross are helping families get through the worst drought period in eSwatini and Zimbabwe.

Leena Koskela

The Red Cross encourages asylum seekers and young people with a residence permit to exercise. Exercise relieves stress in challenging life situations, and it offers a chance to get to know Finnish society and people.

Susan Cullinan / Australian Red Cross

The people of southeastern Australia have been plagued by wildfires in recent months.

Kristiina Hemminki

This holiday season, donations made to the Good Holiday Spirit collection have brought food to the tables of a total of 28,000 low-income families with children. A survey targeted at the social and health care professionals who decide on the recipients of the vouchers shows that food shortage is not just a holiday period problem for low-income families, but an everyday one.

Jenna Lehtonen

It was a late January evening or night in 2016 when my father took me to the youth shelter in Helsinki.

Olav A. Saltbones / Norwegian Red Cross

The year 2019 was full of aid work and humane deeds both at home and abroad. The following images are excerpts of what we have achieved together. Huge thanks to all volunteers, employees, supporters, partners and friends of the Red Cross!

ICRC

The humanitarian situation in north and northeast Syria is extremely serious and worsening by the day as a result of the military actions taken by Turkey. The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent provide the people suffering from the conflict with emergency aid and promote the availability of clean water and health care services.

Anna-Katri Hänninen

Trained psychosocial support volunteers of the Finnish Red Cross were at the scene within thirty minutes of being called.

IFRC

The European Union has granted five million euros in financial aid to the Finnish Red Cross for aid work carried out in Zimbabwe. Thanks to this financial aid, a total of 76,500 people suffering from food insecurity will be provided with cash donations for buying food.

Aino Salmi / Finnish Red Cross.

September 28, 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the shipwreck of MS Estonia, which took the lives of 852 people. The disaster was a turning point to the psychosocial support organized by the Red Cross and it strengthened joined preparedness efforts between neighbouring Red Cross Societies.

Joonas Brandt 2017 / Suomen Punainen Risti

Arjen rutiinien rakentaminen ei aina ole helppoa, ja joskus siihen kannattaa pyytää apua.

Corrie Butler / IFRC

Humanitarian crises have increased. Women and girls often shoulder a heavy burden in crises. In order for their special needs to be taken into consideration, women’s voices must be better heard and their role as active actors in humanitarian work must be acknowledged.

Benjamin Suomela / Finnish Red Cross

The festival area will feature a Red Cross volunteer on call as a support person who can be turned to in cases of harassment. The goal is to achieve zero-tolerance to sexual harassment.

Joonas Brandt

The Finnish Red Cross has been providing lonely people wth volunteer friends for 60 years now. Every year, the services of volunteer friends are requested by tens of thousands of people suffering from loneliness.

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Aino Salmi / Finnish Red Cross.

September 28, 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the shipwreck of MS Estonia, which took the lives of 852 people. The disaster was a turning point to the psychosocial support organized by the Red Cross and it strengthened joined preparedness efforts between neighbouring Red Cross Societies.

Joonas Brandt 2017 / Suomen Punainen Risti

Arjen rutiinien rakentaminen ei aina ole helppoa, ja joskus siihen kannattaa pyytää apua.

Corrie Butler / IFRC

Humanitarian crises have increased. Women and girls often shoulder a heavy burden in crises. In order for their special needs to be taken into consideration, women’s voices must be better heard and their role as active actors in humanitarian work must be acknowledged.

Benjamin Suomela / Finnish Red Cross

The festival area will feature a Red Cross volunteer on call as a support person who can be turned to in cases of harassment. The goal is to achieve zero-tolerance to sexual harassment.

Joonas Brandt

The Finnish Red Cross has been providing lonely people wth volunteer friends for 60 years now. Every year, the services of volunteer friends are requested by tens of thousands of people suffering from loneliness.

Ece Ceren Doğ

It was while fleeing from Turkey to Greece that Arezou was separated from her son. She spent years not knowing how and where he was.

Benjamin Suomela

Red Cross volunteers will be on duty at this summer’s festivals yet again.

Daniel Rosenqvist

Lapland’s tourist season also employs asylum seekers. In March, the cleaning service provider N-Clean had about ten men in the Lapland area employed to keep everything clean.

A large part of asylum seekers are people of prime working age whose first wish is to find employment, support themselves and their families and be independent of handouts from society. They have many kinds of training and skills but find it hard to gain entry to the Finnish labour market.

Joonas Brandt / Finnish Red Cross

According to the responses given to Taloustutkimus, the parents’ first aid skills are reflected in the children’s preparedness to help. In areas where parents had completed an above average number of first aid courses, the children’s ability to take action when an accident occurs was estimated to be better than elsewhere.

Mikael Lehtinen / Finnish Red Cross

Companies, governments and tourists are showing an increasing interest in the Arctic region. This increases the likelihood of accidents requiring the preparedness and readiness skills of the Red Cross.

Joonas Brandt / Finnish Red Cross

The director of the preparedness group of psychologists gets energy from seeing people get back on their feet after a crisis that had seemed hopeless.

ROPS/Roifoto

Football club Rovaniemen palloseura is one of this year’s recipients of the Red Cross Pioneer Against Prejudice Awards. In its operations, RoPS has championed a football-is-for-everyone attitude and publicly spoken out for non-discrimination and against racism.

FRC

The Finnish Red Cross wants to contribute to everyone having an equal opportunity to be a part of Finnish society. Everyone should be able to operate as an individual or as a member of different communities without being discriminated against. Equality means treating everyone equally.

Katja Lösönen

This year, the donations collected in the Finnish Red Cross and the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare campaign helped a total of 28,000 low-income families with children. Food vouchers give many families a chance to have Christmas, but their situation must not be forgotten in everyday life.

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Canadian Red Cross

The Finnish Red Cross’s and the Canadian Red Cross’s joint cholera treatment unit admitted its first patients on Thursday. The unit is part of a field hospital that will operate in connection with the local Hospital Rural De Nhamatanda.

Denis Onyodi / Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

The Finnish Red Cross is going to work together with the Canadian Red Cross to establish a hospital in the disaster area left behind by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. The hospital is going to be equipped to handle births and treat infectious diseases, for example.

ICRC

The Finnish Red Cross is donating 100,000 euros from the Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims of the Yemeni Civil War. Money and aid are not enough, however – only respecting the rules of war can turn the situation in Yemen for the better.

Saara Mansikkamäki

Lives have been saved every day since October 2017 at the field hospital in Bangladesh, managed by the Finnish Red Cross. Now, the hospital along with its equipment has been transferred to the local Red Crescent, which will continue producing health services together with other organisations.

Benjamin Suomela / Suomen Punainen Risti

The joint logistics unit of the Finnish and Danish Red Cross organisations left Copenhagen for the disaster area in Indonesia today.

Shirin Hanafieh / ICRC

The Finnish Red Cross is donating EUR 100,000 from its Disaster Relief Fund for humanitarian aid in Ethiopia. In addition to the acts of inter-communal violence that escalated in June, the people of Ethiopia suffer from malnutrition and lack of clean water in Kochere and in the Gedeo Zone.

Emilia Kangasluoma / Suomen Punainen Risti

The hospital treats a hundred refugees from Myanmar daily. The field hospital has been operating for an exceptionally long time.

Kenyan Red Cross

The Finnish Red Cross is sending two mobile clinics and two aid workers to assist the Kenya Red Cross Society as the flood situation escalates. A large part of Kenya has suffered from exceptionally heavy rains and floods on the Tana River.

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.

Iraq Red Crescent

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

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.

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.

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.

Arie Kievit / ICRC

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

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