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Newsletter March 2022

Updated: Mar 22, 2022

Greetings from Caritas Finland!


Caritas Finland's activities are increasing as the gathering restrictions ease. We organize a Friendship café meeting once a month and distribute food assistance every other week.

Our development cooperation projects are currently ongoing in Kenya and Myanmar. Our global education projects My Equal Life and KYMPPI are currently implemented, the latter together with the Deaconess Institute, Filantropia and Filoksenia. You can read more about our projects on our website.

This spring, we are raising money for our development project in Kenya. We also support the Ukrainians through the Caritas International disaster fundraiser.

Welcome to Caritas Annual Meeting! Please see the invitation below.


Caritas Annual Meeting 26th April 2022, at 5 p.m.

We invite all members of Caritas Finland to our annual meeting in St. Mary Catholic Parish Hall at Mäntytie 2, 00270 Helsinki.

Caritas board has two seats open for new members. Candidates must be nominated to the board no later than 26th March 26 2022.

You can also attend the annual meeting remotely. Please request the link by 22nd April by email caritas@caritas.fi.


The Lenten Collection of Caritas Finland in 2022 will contribute to a better livelihood in Kenya.

This year the Lenten Collection is donated to Caritas’ own development project. It improves the livelihoods and food security of nomadic women in the province of Turkana, Kenya. The region is one of the poorest in Kenya and the threat of famine is constantly present. The project supports women's livelihoods and food security by setting up community savings and lending groups and providing training in goat care, basket weaving, beekeeping and honey production.

By supporting The Lenten Collection of Caritas Finland, you will support the improvement of food security, the strengthening of livelihoods and the empowerment of Kenyan women and their families to improve their own well-being and that of their families.

You can make a donation on our website at www.caritas.fi/donate or by donating directly to your Caritas account:

Recipient: Caritas Finland

Account: FI73 8000 1270 1545 04

Reference: 2257

Mobile pay: 95959 (message: Kenya)


Collection permit: RA / 2019/18 (2019–2022)





Support the Ukrainians in the Caritas disaster recovery

The Caritas organizations in Ukraine are supporting people during a crisis. You can help them through Caritas Finland. We pass on donations to our sister organizations. Caritas Ukraine and Caritas-Spes provide internally displaced persons with up-to-date information on the situation, food, drinking water and personal hygiene items, as well as a safe place to sleep, eat and wash.

You can donate on our website or directly to your Caritas account:

Recipient: Caritas Finland

Account: FI73 8000 1270 1545 04

Reference: 2011

Mobile pay: 95959 (message: Ukraine)


Collection permit: RA / 2019/18 (2019–2022)

Warm thanks for your support!


Events of Caritas Finland

Caritas Easter Bazaar on Sunday 10th April 2022 from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm in St. Henry's Parish Hall at St. Henry's Square 1 A, 00140 Helsinki. We sell food, drinks, monastery products and lotteries. If you want to donate products for the lottery with a minimum value of € 2, you can send or bring them by 31st March. to the Caritas office. Thanks in advance for your donation!


My Equal Life -exhibition is on display in Vaasa

Caritas’ My Equal Life exhibition brings glimpses out of everyday life in Bangladesh. The exhibition features nearly twenty images and related stories by GMB Akash, a Bangladeshi photographer.

The exhibition will be on display in the Gallery Corridor of the Vaasa Main Library on the 1st floor until 28 April 2022.

The photos show the daily lives of ordinary Bangladeshi people. Akash appreciates people on the margins of societies and gives them the opportunity to make their voices heard.

The exhibition is part of Caritas' My Equal Life project, which also includes educational materials and a social media campaign. The project will launch a photography competition for young people and adults in April. Images related to inequality themes can be submitted between April 11 and May 13, 2022.

Read more about the exhibition and the photo contest at samanarvoinenelamani.org


Events at the Caritas office at Kuusitie 6, 00270 Helsinki


Friendship café at the Caritas Office on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 pm organized once in every month. The café will be held during the spring season on 16th March, 13th April, 11th May, 15th June 2022.


Food asstistance at the Caritas office every other Monday from 3pm to 4pm. The food distribution days for this spring are 21st March, 4th April, 2nd May, 16th May and 30ht May.


Soap offer in the Caritas store!

The offer includes 3 soaps for a total of 12 euros. The soaps are made at the Benedictine convent in Notre Dame de Ganagobie, in the south of France. Also available from the Caritas online store.

At Caritas store you will find quality gifts. The store has a new selection of clothes! You can donate clean and intact clothes to the store or bring them to the Caritas collection boxes in Zara stores all over Finland. The Caritas store is open on weekdays from 10 am to 3 pm at Kuusitie 6, Helsinki.

For those who have paid their membership fee, a discount on monastery products.


By paying your membership fee, you will make our work possible! This year, members who have paid their membership fee will receive a 10 percent discount on our monastery products. You can buy monastery products at our office (Kuusitie 6, Helsinki) and in our online store (www.caritas.fi/caritas-kauppa). For our members under the age of 25, paying a membership fee is voluntary.

The Caritas membership fee will be mailed in March. We have sent you the membership fee forms via email just prior to receiving this letter.


Happy spring to you - hope to see you at the annual meeting!

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