We realise our global responsibility by carrying out development cooperation work in Africa and in the wider European area.
The objective of the international work of the Deaconess Foundation is to reduce poverty and inequality in the countries and communities where we work. In our work, we develop solutions to improve life situations, participation and agency of the most vulnerable people in their societies.
The Deaconess Foundation works internationally in partnerships and networks with local organizations. In addition, we also support development projects which are implemented in networks and partnerships with other international actors. In our international work, we utilise our professional expertise by various means.
Geographically, the Deaconess Foundation focuses on the following areas the work is developed on a long-term basis:
- Wider European region: Belarus, Kosovo, Moldova, Ukraine
- East Africa and Horn of Africa: Northern Somalia
- Europe and Middle East: Bulgaria, Romania, Jordan
Priority areas of the international work
- LIVELIHOOD AND AGENCY
We enable the most vulnerable people in societies to live their lives with dignity, independence and inclusion and to be agents in their lives.
- A STRONG CIVIL SOCIETY
We strengthen the awareness and skills of the marginalized and excluded communities, and the individuals living within them, to influence and improve their lives.
- TRUST AND PEACE IN THE COMMUNITIES
We strengthen wellbeing, trust and reconciliation in the communities recovering from wars or international conflicts.
Our development cooperation and international work are run with funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Parish Union of Helsinki, Emmaus Helsinki, Emmaus Westervik, Emmaus Åland and the European Commission.
Eija-Riitta Kinnunen, Director, International Affairs
Tel. +358 50 504 688830
Christina Nyback, Programme Coordinator
Tel. +358 40 708 0552
Pirjo Sääskilahti, Programme Coordinator
Tel. +358 50 578 1304
Anca Enache, Development Manager
Tel. +358 50 578 1301
Maria Dorofte, Project Manager
Tel. +358 50 401 1212