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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.

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.

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.

Juha Hankkila

In 2018, we worked hard to help people in Finland and abroad. The following images are excerpts of what we have achieved together. We wish to thank all our volunteers, employees, supporters, partners and friends of the Finnish Red Cross!

Katja Lösönen / Finnish Red Cross

So far, nearly 844,000 euros have been donated to the Good Holiday Spirit collection for domestic low-income families with children. Approximately 1.1 million euros are still required to reach the collection goal.

Laura Vesa

A total of 2.8 million euros were donated to the Finnish Red Cross Hunger Day collection this year. The donations were indeed needed quickly as Indonesia was hit by an earthquake. Currently, Finnish Red Cross logisticians are making sure that help reaches the areas affected by the natural disaster.

Mikko Rasila

World AIDS Day takes place on Saturday 1 December. On the themed day, organisations and decision-makers from a variety of different fields make appeals in favour of international HIV work Finland has succeeded exceptionally well in treating the HIV epidemic. According to organisations, it is possible to copy this success story all over the world.

Katja Lösönen

In Finland, poverty affects about 110,000 children. Childhood poverty will affect young people’s transition into independence and have consequences manifesting during their adulthood. The Good Holiday Spirit collection by the Finnish Red Cross and the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare for impoverished families with children will be launched on 22 November.

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.

Laura Vesa / Suomen Punainen Risti

You can still donate online and by phone until the end of October.

Sini Hangaslammi / Finnish Red Cross

The Finnish Red Cross has compiled a study on risk and disaster preparedness in the Arctic.

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.

Tatu Blomqvist/FRC

The Finnish Red Cross continues the closure of reception centres. According to the Finnish Immigration Service’s plan, the reception centres at Kitee and Kotka will be closed at the end of June. From the beginning of July 2018, the Finnish Red Cross will run 21 reception centres for adults and families and 3 units for unaccompanied minors. The total number of residents is 3500.

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Altti Näsi / Finnish Red Cross

Toini Niskonen has been working as a volunteer in Lempäälä for several years. She first met Maija-Liisa while taking out the bins, as Maija-Liisa lives in the building next to Toini’s block of flats.

Juha Hankkila / Finnish Red Cross

Large-scale power outages in the beginning of January demonstrated the strength of the Red Cross volunteers’ aid in Kainuu. The situation was worst in Suomussalmi and Hyrynsalmi.

Noora Kero

The multicultural day centre in Helsinki is visited by a dozen or so undocumented people every day. Inside, visitors can drink a cup of coffee or tea, enjoy a bowl of warm soup and chat with the day centre’s staff or volunteers. Advice and help is at hand for difficult situations.

Suvi-Tuuli Kankaanpää / Suomen Punainen Risti

Ali Ihsan became a Finnish Red Cross volunteer when he was still living at the reception centre. Helping has become an important part of his life.

Dynamo&son

World AIDS Day is on Friday 1 December. Currently there are about 600 people with HIV in Finland who are unaware that they have been infected. Various organisations play a significant role in the fight against HIV when the goal is to make contact with those individuals whom public healthcare cannot easily reach.

Vapaaehtoinen pelastuspalvelu

Vapaaehtoisen pelastuspalvelun uusi puheenjohtaja julkistettiin lauantain Vapepa-foorumissa.

Jarkko Mikkonen/FRC

In the autumn of 2015, tens of thousands of asylum seekers coming to Finland needed food and a roof on their heads quickly. Managing the exceptional situation required exceptional measures from the Red Cross as well as from other actors. What costs were incurred by the government-funded reception operation carried out by the Red Cross?

Antti Mannermaa/Talouselämä

The autumn of 2015 was a challenging time for the Red Cross workers and volunteers in Finland. Emergency accommodations for asylum seekers had to be established at a few hours’ notice, and there could be as many as three reception units set up in one day. How does the Finnish Red Cross assess the past two years?

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.

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Minna Passi

The need for help is still great in Nepal, particularly in the remote areas. The mobile clinics of the Finnish Red Cross will be located in the badly damaged Dolakha district that lost half of its healthcare clinics in the earthquakes.

Maija Tammi

Senginuyava Fitness is one of the more than 100,000 refugees who have fled Burundi due to the ongoing violence in the country.

Jaakko Jaskari / Finnish Red Cross

European governments are wrong if they think they can cut off the flood of refugees crossing the Mediterranean by sending fleets to destroy the vessels of human smugglers, said the Vice-President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Kenyan doctor Abbas Gullet.

IFRC/Carl Whetham

The Finnish Red Cross has received numerous questions about how best to help the afflicted people in Nepal. 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.

Carl Whetham / IFRC

Finnish Red Cross sent an emergency response unit, specialized in logistics, to Kathmandu airport, Nepal. This single international airport in the country is, and will be for the foreseeable future, a hub for incoming aid. There are only a couple of land routes into the country, and the roads are difficult to negotiate.

Jarkko Mikkonen

The Finnish Red Cross is set to send to aid workers and emergency response units to Nepal.

Basheer al Selwi

Approximately 16 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. There is a constant danger of running out of food, water, and fuel.

Annika Lindroos

Syrian refugees now arriving at the Azraq camp are in a weaker condition than before.

Niklas Meltio / Suomen Punainen Risti

The Finnish Red Cross and Land Rover begin collaboration. The objective is to offer clean water and better health for 24,000 people in Tajikistan, the most impoverished country in Central Asia.

Lisa Pattison / IFRC

A man painstakingly lectures his family on the importance of hand washing while the house next door is under quarantine. What could seemingly be a scene of an Ebola affected community is in fact the set of the Sierra Leone Red Cross’ new soap opera, Advice.

Ibrahim Malla / IFRC

Friday 13 March 2015 marks four years since the start of the Syrian conflict. There is no end in sight for the most destructive humanitarian crisis of the decade.

Tatu Blomqvist

On 26 February, a truckload of aid supplies left for Ukraine from the Red Cross logistics centre in Tampere. The Ukrainians have a shortage of food and warms clothes as the conflict persists.

Punainen Risti

Malawi is suffering from the worst floods in over a decade. The Finnish Red Cross is sending 100,000 euros to the aid operation, with the help of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Jari Lindholm

A new International Red Cross Ebola treatment centre has been opened in Kono, in eastern Sierra Leone. The Finnish Red Cross sent three aid workers to work in treatment to Kono.

Emil Helotie

Most of the patients in the Red Cross Azraq hospital are Syrian children and mothers in labour. Several Finnish aid workers work in the hospital built in Jordania.

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