Work In Finland
In Finland Caritas works with social issues. Our office is open daily for people with questions related to social security, health care, employment etc. We also support parishes in their charitative work.
Direct financial assistance is available to a degree, but mainly in cooperation with other agents. Low income families may receive subsidization for summer camps, and immigrant groups can be assisted in the organization of their own events.
Once a month the Caritas office hosts a Friendship Café, where people of all ages and backgrounds may come together. In the Friendship Café various issues can be addressed, and excursions are also on the agenda.
Caritas is in three projects in communication and global education:
1. A project concentrating on the social responsibilities of the business world, in cooperation with the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, Filantropia and Filoksenia.
2. A project raising awareness on fundamental and human rights with International Youth Cooperation Finland.
3. Caritas´ very own My Equal Life -project aims to raise awareness about global inequality through photographs. The project includes nearly twenty images and related stories by GMB Akash, a Bangladeshi photographer.
Raising awareness on fundamental and human rights in Finland
Caritas Finland’s Europe Information project “Oikeudet oikein” is implemented in Finland during the year 2021.The aim of the project is to raise the awareness of Finnish young people and young adults on one of the core areas of the European Union, fundamental and human rights. The project consists of an information campaign that presents the realization of human and fundamental rights in Finland through personal stories. The project is being implemented in cooperation with International Youth Cooperation Finland. The project receives support from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs during the year 2021.
My Equal Life
“My Equal Life” (Samanarvoinen elämäni) project began in May 2021.The project aims to raise awareness about global inequality through photographs. The project includes nearly twenty images and related stories by GMB Akash, a Bangladeshi photographer. Akash appreciatively portrays people on the margins of societies and gives them the opportunity to make their voices heard. The pictures and stories are on display both on the project’s website and in an exhibition touring in seven cities in Finland. The website gallery and the first exhibition will open in Turku at the beginning of November 2021 and the last exhibition will open in Tampere in January 2023.
In addition to the photographs, we have produced educational material about inequality and its reduction. Inequality has a tangible impact on the lives of billions of people, but we all can contribute to reducing inequality, for example, through development cooperation and our own choices of living.
The aim of the project is to increase awareness about inequality, arouse compassion and bring the experiences of people living in distant developing countries closer to ordinary Finnish people.
Different themes related to inequality will also be addressed in the social media campaign and photography competition launched in 2022.
Caritas Finland has received support for the project from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.