Finland

Africans and African-Europeans Association (afaes ry)

National Network
Finland
Address

Mäkelänkatu 58 A (3rd floor)
Mäkelänkatu 58 A (3rd floor)
00510 Helsinki
Finland

Telephone
+358408119977
Telephone (other)
+358408119977
E-Mail
afaes@afaes.fi
E-Mail (2)
admin@afaes.fi
E-Mail (3)
support@afaes.fi
E-Mail (4)
fatima@afaes.fi
Mobile Phone
+358408119977
Mobile Phone (other)
+358408119977
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2003
Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
  2. Others
  3. Youth and education
General Information

AFAES ry consists of the board that is responsible for external communications and the office. Youth group Peer support group for Women and Men Culture & Networking group Media & Advocacy group

Mission and Objectives

The main objectives are:
Guidance, training and support of organizations, in co-operation with partners and with an aim to strengthe
organizations and deepen their participation
-The partner network consists of Moniheli, the city of  Helsinki, Culture Center  caisa Helsinki, ministry of Justice,
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Finland, Suomen 4H-liitto, Kassandra ry and other partners as well.
 

Main Projects / Activities

AFAES  integrate immigrants and to network with native Finns
by creating hobby-related activities.
AFAES promotes the cooperation of member associations,
especially strengthening the relations between associations
- Develop activities and services towards to the asylum seekers
in order to progress with their integration process in Finland.
-Helsinki Multicultural Education Services HELMO
It aims to increase multicultural dialogue and cultural
understanding via a range of activities in Helsinki.
-POCA is an acronym for Prevention of Crisis Amongst African
Families in Helsinki. The project provides help and support for people
with an African cultural background and their families through it’s Family
Support Services
-Finnish language

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

By networking and Collaboration:
Collaboration is a mutually beneficial relationship between two or more parties to achieve common goals by sharing responsibility, authority and accountability for achieving results. It is more than simply sharing knowledge and information communication and more than a relationship that helps each party achieve its own goals  The purpose of collaboration is to create a shared vision and joint strategies to address concerns that go beyond the purview of any particular party.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

-Professional development
-Better networking
-Leadership skills
-Cultural understanding

Contact (1) Full Name
Fatima Usman
Job Title
President
Head of the organisation
Fatima Usman
Contact (2) Full Name
Keijo Mikkanen
Job Title (2)
Secretary

Finnish Psychologists for Social Responsibility (FiPSR) / Psykologien Sosiaalinen Vastuu ry (PSV)

National Network
Finland
Address

c/o Ann-Christin Qvarnström-Obrey Gränsnäsintie 22a
02440 Luoma
Finland

Telephone
+358405842489
E-Mail
psv@vastuu.fi
E-Mail (2)
acqo@elisanet.fi
E-Mail (3)
Sirkku.Kivisto@gmail.com
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
1982
Fields of Activity
  1. Human rights
  2. Others
General Information
Finnish Psychologists for Social Responsibility (FiPSR) was founded in 1982 by the Finnish Psychological Association, the Finnish Psychological Society and Finnish Psychology Students’ Association. (Lic 174667/1988). The Association is based in Helsinki, Finland. FiPSR does not have any paid workers, all activists are volunteers. The administration budget (2018) is 8100 €, funded by Finnish Psychological Association and Ministry of Education and Culture (applied). The development projects are funded by own fundraising and official development aid of Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, (2018) 255 000 €. FiPSR is a member of Kepa, the umbrella organisation for Finnish civil society organisations (CSOs) who work with development cooperation or are otherwise interested in global affairs. FiPSR is partner in the International Network of Psychologists for Social Responsibility (INPsySR).
Mission and Objectives

The aim of FiPSR is to promote the universal right to mental and social well-being of all people and encourage people of all professions to work for this aim. FiPSR operates through different projects and task forces. The Executive Board of FiPSR, consisting of a chairperson and 6-9 members, is responsible for all the operations of the organisation. The Executive Board is elected at the annual general meeting.

Main Projects / Activities

Main projects and activities:
- Local Activity Groups: seminars, excursions, voluntary work in co-operation with other organisations etc. Currently there are five local activity groups of FiPSR working in the capital area, Jyväskylä, Tampere, Turku and Satakunta (Pori, Rauma).
- Asylum Seeker -project in two centers for asylum seekers, capital area Partner in Global Clinic
- psychological help for people without official IDs
- The Storycrafting -network is a project creating contacts between children in different countries - children's own voice and narrative culture
- Extreme Survival Team – enhancing the physical activity of refugee children in Lebanon and arranging stress management workshops for social workers in refugee camps in Lebanon
- Solidarity Stitches - knitting group for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
- Development projects supported by the official development aid by Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland Lebanon: Developing the children's mental health and special services in ongoing crisis: Beirut and South Lebanon (2017-2018). Continuation project 2019-2022 in planning. Turkey: 
Care for the Care Providers (2013-2015) Diyarbakır, Southeastern Anatolia region, Turkey. Continuation project in planning.
The study trip for the sponsors to Lebanon, September 2018

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

FiPSR can share all the experience and information concerning our projects in the area.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

FiPSR works already a long period in the Near East and finds it helpful to be in contact to the network members.
FiPSR will be interested in to learn about funding possibilities through information by ALF.

Contact (1) Full Name
Sirkku Kivistö
Job Title
Treasurer, Coordinator of the development project in Lebanon
Head of the organisation
Ann-Christin Qvarnström-Obrey

Åbo Akademi University, Department of Comparative Religion

National Network
Finland
Address

Fabriksgatan 2
20500 Åbo
Finland

Telephone
+358 35822153270
Fax
+358 35822154902
E-Mail
laura.wickstrom@abo.fi
Organisation Type
Public Institution
Year of Establishment
1988
Fields of Activity
  1. Religion
  2. Research
General Information
The department has three full-time employed people and several researchers. It is run on state and project funding. The department provides teaching and research in comparative religion with various partners.
Mission and Objectives

The department's mission is to excel in teaching and research in comparative religion both in Finland and internationally.

Main Projects / Activities

YARG – Young adults and religion in a global perspective, Centre of Excellence 2015-2018.
Several individual research projects on Muslims and religious diversity in Finland.

Contact (1) Full Name
Peter Nynäs
Head of the organisation
Professor Peter Nynäs

Academy of Moving People and Images

National Network
Finland
Address

Matruusinkatu 2 B 24
00160 Helsinki
Finland

Telephone
+358469569362
E-Mail
erolmintas@gmail.com
Organisation Type
Other
Year of Establishment
2019
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Gender
  4. Human rights
  5. International/Cultural relations
  6. Media
  7. Research
  8. Youth and education
General Information
Academy of Moving People and Images is a platform in Helsinki for mobile people - those who have arrived in Finland for different reasons, be they immigrants, asylum seekers, students, or employees. Our aim is to design a new learning model and a sustainable pedagogical platform where people who have arrived in Finland from different backgrounds get to contribute to the film industry, and initiate change.
Mission and Objectives

A diversity of voices, genders, and cultures is integral to any group. Its absence mirrors structures of racism and intolerance, and a lack of representation of different perspectives. The film industry suffers from a lack of diversity in creative areas. The stories that are being told do not reflect our pluralistic societies. Networks of professionals within the film industry often exist only within closed circles. This homogeneous representation within the film industry—as the visual industry with the widest reach—contributes to widening gaps between people of different backgrounds. Therefore, it is important to identify these structures that effectively reproduce the same one-sided narratives, and to work towards a representative film industry that truly projects the diversity that is inherent within our societies.
Within this Academy, we explore what it means to decolonise knowledge, education, and institutions to challenge the hegemony of white, European knowledge, without having a top-down approach.
 
 
 
 
 
Every year, a group of 12 mobile people are selected by the director and the curator of The Academy of Moving People & Images through dialogues with the board of advisors and lecturers. It is not necessary for the participants to have a background in cinema, however, it is important for them to have a passion for and aspiration within all aspects of filmmaking.
 
Within our selection process, we acknowledge the existing gender inequality in the film industry, and strive to change it. The Academy is open to people from all minority communities in Finland, such as Roma and Sámi people.
 
We provide 1 year of hands-on, fee-free courses for participants. They will make their own short films under the guidance of mobile filmmakers and Finnish film industry professionals, performing all the essential roles necessary to realise their films. Our goal is for the films to be presented in local and international film festivals. Upon graduation, they are ready to work professionally in the film industry.
 
The Academy provides wider professional support and access to resources and community, encouraging participants to learn through practice. All lecturers offer the students practical and theoretical support to enhance and realise their individual projects. The focus of the Academy is on narrative film, however, there will be lectures on documentary film as well. In addition, through our theoretical lectures, our participants will acquire a postcolonial and feminist approach to film theories.
 
The structure of the Academy is conceived to eliminate bureaucratic processes, dismiss hierarchy, and create a space where everyone can express their knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits, without the concern of being subjected to discriminatory or patronising behaviour.
 
The diversity among the community of the Academy is enlightening, as they exchange ideas and experiences to confront multiple power structures of domination that continue to exist not only in the film industry, but in classrooms, research, language, ideas, history, and institutions, among others. The theoretical and epistemic knowledge of the Academy will have a lived dimension to it—'lived' in the sense that it foregrounds the experiences of those who have been excluded from modernist knowledge production.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Academy of Moving People and Images does not have a space of its own, it operates within the space of its many collaborators such as Aalto University (ViCCA, Critical Cinema Lab), Goethe Institut Finnland, G.A.P, HIAP, Design Museum Helsinki, The Finnish Film Foundation (SES), Museum of Impossible Forms, Taidekoulu MAA, Caisa and Publics. Through this mobility, the participants get to know the Finnish art scene and surround themselves with a creative network.

Main Projects / Activities

A 1 year fee-free intensive and hands-on filmmaking program taught by mobile and Finnish film industry professionals. The program includes a variety of workshops in which the participants will acquire and exchange knowledge about the various tools of filmmaking such as directing, scriptwriting, editing, lighting & cinematography, acting, producing, sound recording & editing, and film & critical theories. You will get familiar with how to work within the film industry in Finland, how to network, how to apply for grants, how to apply for jobs in the industry, etc.
• With the full support of the Academy and its resources, the participants will get to make their own short films under the guidance of mobile filmmakers and Finnish film industry professionals, performing all the essential roles necessary to realise their films. At the moment, the academy can support its participants’ short films by providing the filming equipment and transportation.
• The classes/workshops will take place from April until September 2019 (with the exception of July). After this time we will shift focus into the production of the participants’ short films. The participants will have until the end of December 2019 to finish the production of the films.
• After finishing the year, the participants’ collaboration with the academy will continue in the future in different forms as AMPI alumni.
• The Academy provides wider professional support and access to resources, communities and different networks.
• Open to all mobile residents in Finland in all ages. All mobile residents are welcome to apply regardless of their residence status; temporary or permanent. If you have a Finnish passport or have been raised in Finland but come from a mobile background, you are still eligible to apply. Or if you belong to minorities in Finland such as Sami or Roma people.
 
• Production experience is not a requisite for getting admitted, but is of course welcome. We encourage everyone from a wide spectrum of backgrounds to apply.
• The language of instruction is English. All teaching, exercise and practical material are provided in English.
• The academy can host a maximum of 12 participants.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

We have many collaborators, and a new community around our film academy, we can bring this potential to the network. 

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

We would love to discover more within the network and share our knowledge, experience and newtwork with the other colleagues in the network. 

Contact (1) Full Name
Erol Mintas
Job Title
Film Director&Scriptwriter
Head of the organisation
Erol Mintas(Founder and Artistic Director)

Ad Astra i Helsingfors r.f.

National Network
Finland
Address

Uudenmaankatu 42 C 52
00120 Helsinki
Finland

Telephone
0407274683
E-Mail
charlotta.eriksson@ad-astra.fi
E-Mail (2)
milena.parland@ad-astra.fi
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2009
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. International/Cultural relations
  3. Religion
  4. Youth and education
General Information
Our association has more than 8 years of experience working with multicultural issues and integration especially with children, youths, and teachers, mostly through storytelling. Our team started out as a working-group in 2008, and the association was founded in November 2009. Our board consists of 3 persons, and we have a referencegroup of 8 persons. Our yearly budget is around 70 000 euros. Staff: Two persons 75%, two persons 20-50%. We also have a large network of persons working for a day/short terms conducting art-workshops for children. Partners: Helsinki city (schools, day-cares, cultural department). We work closely with Fryshuset in Stockholm and we cooperate with Fokus r.y. and USKOT-RESA. We are also members of Moniheli. Funding: Mostly private funding from Finland and some state-funding. We have been part of Osallisena Suomessa/Delaktig i Finland and was awarded a prize from Svenska Kulturfonden in 2016 for our work.
Mission and Objectives

To promote dialogue, integration and knowledge about cultures, especially among young people and children in the Helsinki-region.

Main Projects / Activities

Feast-calendar for schools with Fokus r.y. The calendar is an innovative achievement in Helsinki city; www.juhlakalenteri.fi or www.festkalendern.fi
Fairy-tale book, När månen skrattade/Kun kuu nauroi (SETS 2015), which was produced as part of Ad Astra's work and consists of tales from 15 different cultures.
Fairytale storytelling
Fira Tillsammans: A project that involves celebrating different multicultural festivals over the course of the academic year in schools. Students participate in different artistic workshops related to each festival before coming together to showcase what they have done and to celebrate as a school.
Together for Finland: An interfaith youth project that aims to show that inter-religious dialogue has a part to play in integration and peace-building among youths, particularly from minority religious and cultural backgrounds. The project uses personal storytelling to empower youths, combat prejudices and to break stereotypes, as well as to show diversity within religious groups.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Ad Astra can contribute to the network by offering to share our expertise in storytelling and in celebrating different multicultural festivals with children.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

We want to join the ALF network as we would like to benefit from the network’s collective knowledge via the different members as well as to find out about opportunities related to our organisation’s interest in intercultural dialogue and exchanges, which are in line with ALF’s.

Contact (1) Full Name
Charlotta Eriksson
Job Title
Producer
Head of the organisation
Milena Parland

Afous-Afous ry

National Network
Finland
Address

Tanssijantie 21
01390 Vantaa
Finland

Telephone
+358451138127
E-Mail
afousafous@gmail.com
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2008
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Environment/Sustainable development
  4. Heritage
  5. Human rights
  6. International/Cultural relations
  7. Youth and education
General Information
The association Afous-Afous works with the Tuareg of the Sahara and Sahel, introducing the culture, history and way of life. The Tuareg belong to the North African indigenous population, Amazigh (Berbers), originally leading a nomadic lifestyle stretching across many state borders. Majority of the Tuareg live in Niger, Mali and Algeria, smaller groups also in Libya, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.
Mission and Objectives

We aim to be an informative channel in Finland of the Tuareg, as well as on the current situation of the Tuareg areas. We wish to promote human rights and equality in the multi-ethnic communities in Sahara and Sahel and work in projects that preserve the culture, living areas and quality of life of the Tuareg. Our aim is also to be an intermediate between the Tuareg and Europe.

Main Projects / Activities

Afous-Afous has participated in several cultural and educational projects in the Sahel area. In Finland we inform about the Tuareg by organizing cultural events and seminars, and by producing informative materials. We are also giving a platform in Finland for the Tuareg to speak about themselves by inviting cultural, political and intellectual members of the Tuareg community to Finland. We work in a tight co-operation with associations both in Sahara and Sahel, as well as in Europe. We are also maintaining tight relations to the academic world in Finland.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

We can bring the expertise of the Tuareg, Amazigh and North-Africa, Sahara and Sahel regions as well as work together with other associations in the network.

Contact (1) Full Name
Hanna Yikona
Job Title
Chairperson
Head of the organisation
Hanna Yikona
Contact (2) Full Name
Satu Riikonen
Job Title (2)
Vice chair

African Care

National Network
Finland
Address

PL 54
Helsinki
Finland

Telephone
+358 400 671 288
E-Mail
info@africancare.fi
E-Mail (2)
batulo@gmail.com
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2001
Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
  2. Gender
  3. Human rights
General Information
African Care ry is a non-governmental organization operating from Helsinki, Finland. It was founded in 2001 by African women, working as health and social workers in the capital region. In Finland African Care aims to strengthen the societal position of immigrant women and their families. Currently the focus is on supporting health and wellbeing. African Care also organizes and facilitates trainings and seminars for Finnish authorities and health service students/professionals in the capital region on multiculturalism, female genital mutilation and honor violence. In Finland African Care also organises a global education project for upper secondary school students on the impact of global power structures on women’s lives in the developing world. Finally, African Care coordinates, with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, a maternity clinic and training project in Somalia.
Mission and Objectives

African Care’s goal is to promote human rights and gender equality and to empower disadvantaged women in Finland, as well as in the Global South.

Main Projects / Activities

African Care’s main project in Finland are women’s wellness groups. They provide a space for immigrant women to discuss, learn and share knowledge on different health related topics. African Care also provides a private swimming session for women. Furthermore, African Care organises global education, and in 2017-2018 the course is called ”Uncovering power structures – the impact of global power structures on women’s lives in the developing world”.
In Somalia, African Care coordinates a Maternity Clinic and Training Project. The project begun in 2012 and is based in Afgooye, located about 30 km from the capital Mogadishu, where African Care works together with a local NGO. The clinic employs 20 healthcare professionals. The activities of the maternity clinic consist of assisting mothers in deliveries, helping and treating victims of rape and sexual violence, HIV testing along with consulting and raising awareness. The clinic treats approximately 1500 patients and assists in over 100 deliveries monthly.

Contact (1) Full Name
Batulo Essak
Job Title
Executive Director
Head of the organisation
Batulo Essak

Amal ry

National Network
Finland
Address

Ruutikuja 5
00940 Helsinki
Finland

Telephone
0408753060
Telephone (other)
0503604607
E-Mail
puheenjohtaja@amalry.fi
E-Mail (2)
info@amalry.fi
E-Mail (3)
pia.aiyad@amalry.fi
E-Mail (4)
sihteeri@amalry.fi
Mobile Phone
0408753060
Mobile Phone (other)
0408753060
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2017
Fields of Activity
  1. Gender
General Information
Amal ry is a social sector organization, whose purpose is to support and promote girls’ and womens wellbeing according to islamic values. Behind the organization are muslim women from different professions, from whose shared dream the organization was founded. The organization was founded based on the need of activities and services, in which religion and spirituality are considered a part of a person’s overall wellbeing. Amal ry makes use of the empowering effect of religion to increase and strengthen the involvement of girls and women in their own communities and in the society at large. The organization’s aim is to help girls and women to find suitable support services in different problem situations, to develop the support services offered to girls and women, and to influence the attitudes towards muslim women in the society.  
Mission and Objectives

Amal ry’s mission is to empower women and girls, to strengthen communality and sisterhood, and to be a trustworthy professional source in special issues related to muslim women. We want to give the feeling of safety and to create hope.
 

Main Projects / Activities

Our purpose is to better the prerequisites of girls and women to act on different levels of the society. Importance of peer support is highlighted and strongly present in our work.
We support girls and women through guidance and counselling to find their own resources and to make their own decisions. We are not scholars of islam and we do not give religious rulings (fataawa).
Our organization offers guidance and counselling to muslim girls and women, and to others who specifically want support based on islamic values. The organisation holds for example weekly peer gatherings, during which is possible to seek one on one guidance and counselling. You can get service- and social advicing holistically considering your situation and your wishes and needs.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

We can give our expertize about sovialwok, womenspecialized work and islamic knowledge to the Finnish network. We want to advocate muslim women and girls rights in Finnish society and because we are the only muslimwomen organization in Finland, there would be a good opportunity to the network to use our expertize for the purpose of equal rights for women and girls. 

Contact (1) Full Name
Minna Taipale
Job Title
Chair
Head of the organisation
Minna Taipale
Contact (2) Full Name
Pia Aiyad
Job Title (2)
organization assistant
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