• Internally displaced children get to go to new schools in Congo

    During the year-long Project supported by Finn Church Aid, 16 schools were repaired and 35 completely new classrooms were built in Masisi, Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition, the project identified out of school children in IDP camps and the host community and encouraged the children back into primary education by financing ‘catch-up classes’ allowing them to be reintegrated into the correct school year.

  • A teacher creates hope for the future even in the middle of conflicts

    Texts:  Minna Elo, Satu Helin, Ulla Kärki, Eeva-Maria Laakso and  Lea Pakkanen Photos:  Ville Asikainen, Kofi Ayisa, Zara Järvinen, Meeri Koutaniemi and Kirsi Liikanen  

  • ”I saw a lot of death and got tired of it”

    Vocational training opens new doors for youth in Congo that have been through hard times: only with work and money they believe they can get a good life. With earnings, the young men also can afford to get married.

  • Joy over new schools in the Philippines

    The materials have been chosen to withstand local weather patterns – the heat, heavy rains and stormy winds. Fiber-cement wall boards withstand heat, fire and mold. The buildings have a life span of at least 15 years and by replacing the wall boards, their life spans can be extended. The classrooms will have new desks […]

  • ” I like this school, but don’t have a father anymore”

      In order for children to be able to go to school in even in emergency conditions, Finn Church Aid has built three temporary learning spaces in the vicinity of the refugee camps in Bangui. Some of the children live in the camps by themselves, without their parents. Schools offer security and shelter in chaotic […]

  • “Now I Can Sustain Myself and My Children!”

    The Mothers’ Clubs in different counties of Liberia are part of the Empowerment for Girls and Women in Post-war Liberia project, run by Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE). Bensonville Mothers’ Club is supported by Finn Church Aid. At the moment, a state of emergency is declared in the country because of Ebola. We are […]

  • Is it safe to go home?

    Now, the situation in Ivory Coast is mostly calm. Still, the security is fragile. The situation has been less stable in the past few months, as some confrontations have occurred close to the Liberian border. Next year there will be presidential elections, and the campaigning might cause unrest. Since fighting has calmed down, many Ivorian […]

  • Boys at Za’atr refugee camp: Spain will win the Championship

    Text and photos: Terhi Kinnunen

  • School in the middle of a conflict

    These photos are taken in the course of a one school day in April. There are 1100 children altogether in the schools that are maintained by Finn Church Aid. In addition, FCA repairs and provides equipment for other schools in the area. Text: Sofia Itämäki and Satu Helin Photos: Catianne Tijarena  

  • Refugee camp school keeps the youth active

    Text and photos: Ulla Tarkka