Caritas Finland is a Catholic organisation founded in 1960 that works towards building a better world through activities that focus on helping the poor and marginalized people in Finland and abroad. Their range of projects includes development aid and emergency relief, counseling and advice to immigrants, HIV/AIDS education and a child sponsorship programme in Uganda.
The aid Caritas Finland provides is primarily development aid and emergency relief. Their developmental aid projects in India, Uganda, and St. Petersburg, Russia have improved the living conditions and quality of life for thousands for people, such as providing access to clean drinking water and sanitation in Bolivia. In 2010, Caritas Finland assisted in the implementation of a development project to finance a Women’s Support Center in Moldova to provide a safe place for domestic violence and victims of human trafficking, as well as their children. In addition, they provide educational programmes in developing countries to address the serious HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Caritas Finland also has a child sponsorship programme in Uganda that sponsors children orphaned because of AIDS, supporting their schooling and improving school meals.
Domestically, Caritas Finland provides advice to immigrants and churches to assist the economic integration of immigrants.
Caritas Finland’s main office is located in Helsinki and has a staff of approximately 5 people and 30 volunteers.
Caritas Finland is a member of Caritas Internationalis and its regional organisation, Caritas Europe and works in close partnership with them to provide emergency aid and support to countries impacted by natural disasters and armed conflict.
President Mr. Jan Pettersson