International affairs

Boldly working for human dignity also internationally.

A life of dignity for everyone

The Deaconess Foundation promotes the rights of the most vulnerable people internationally, especially in Eastern Africa, Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

We work with local communities to reduce poverty and inequality. We are developing solutions so that even the most oppressed and vulnerable people can better defend their rights and live a good life.

Strength in cooperation

We always work in cooperation with local non-governmental organisations and strengthen their capacities so that they work better for long term change in their communities.

Supporting civil society is important because NGOs have a significant role in the realization of human rights, peace and democracy.

The priorities of our work


We work to improve the opportunities of those in challenging situations to receive education, find employment or make a living, so that they can support themselves and their families.

A strong civil society

We strengthen the opportunities of marginalised people to influence their own lives. We develop the skills and activities of minority organisations, for example, via anti-discrimination work.


We support communities in recovering after wars and conflicts through reconciliation processes that help build trust and peace.

Deaconess Foundation works in Belarus, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Tanzania.

Our international work is focused in Eastern Europe and East Africa

More on our international work

Contact us

Saija Niemi
Head of International Affairs
Tel. +358 50 4312266

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