SWALLOWS OF FINLAND

Founded in 1964, Swallows of Finland is one of the oldest Finnish development cooperation organizations. We work towards a more equal, just and sustainable world.

Our work is based on long-term partnership with Nepalese, Indian and Peruvian NGOs. In Finland we raise awareness of global development issues.

We are a member of the politically and religiously independent Emmaus Movement, and are supported and staffed mainly through volunteer efforts, donations and grants.

OUR VISION, MISSION AND GOALS

VISION

A more just world in which everyone has an opportunity to sustainable livelihood, and people live respecting each other and nature.

MISSION

We work towards ecologically, economically and socially sustainable development together with our local partner NGOs.

GOALS

We work with our local partner NGOs to empower members of poor and marginalized communities to demand their rights and make sustainable livelihood.

Sustainable livelihood

We strive for securing ecologically, economically and socially sustainable livelihood for local communities. We provide information and training, support local sources of livelihoods and strengthen food security.

Equality

Equity and equality are the most important values for our organization. We promote empowerment and organization of especially women, persons with disabilities and members of ethnic communities.

Environmental sustainability

Environmental and climate sustainability is the precondition for sustainable livelihood. We support projects in which revival of ecosystem services and improved well-being of people go hand in hand.

WHAT WE DO

Development cooperation in Nepal

Strengthening livelihoods, civil society and community-based natural resource management of indigenous communities (2019-2021)

Supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Mikkeli Association for Sustainable Development and Savonlinna Development Association, the project aims to develop sustainable livelihoods in Chepang and Tamang communities of Raksirang Rural Municipality, Makwanpur by promoting agro-forestry and cultivation & collection of non-timber forest products and strengthening community-based forest resource management.

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DONATE: OP FI06 5780 0720 2384 06, reference: 37002

Development cooperation in India

Improving food security through sustainable agricultural practices and strengthening local natural resource management (2017-2020)

Partner organization: Prayatna Samiti

Supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the project aims to improve food security and livelihoods of small farmers in ten villages in southern Rajasthan by promoting ecologically sustainable agriculture and cultivation of nutritious food crops that have traditionally been cultivated in the area. The project also supports participation of local communities, especially women, in natural resource management.

Support to day care center in Peru

Partner organization: Fundación Cuna Nazareth

Fundación Cuna Nazareth is Swallows’ oldest partner organization. Our cooperation dates back to the 1960s. Cuna Nazareth provides quality day care for more than 100 children in Chorrillos, Lima, and runs a recycling center in Pachacamac. Swallows, together with other Finnish Emmaus groups, supports Cuna Nazareth’s day care center financially and by sending professional volunteers.

DONATE: OP FI84 5549 6610 0081 99, reference: 35004

We work towards an equal and just world.

WHO WE ARE

Staff

HELI JANHUNEN

Executive Director

heli.janhunen@paaskyt.fi
tel. +358 45 138 9062

Master of Social Sciences (Development Studies). Professional in organizational and project management with more than eight years of experience in NGOs, coordination of voluntary work and development cooperation in South Asia and Peru.

Executive board

KATRI SIMONEN

Chairperson

I like The Swallows because Swallows are fast and light: a small group of volunteers enthusiastically working for and with their faraway companions. Belonging to the solidarity movement of Emmaus is also important. My own background: M.A. and freelance journalist.

TUOMAS HEINO

Vice-chairperson

TANJA KÄHKÖNEN

Secretary

HEIDI VIRTANEN

Treasurer

Heidi Virtanen is a psychologist interested in languages, cultures and development cooperation.

SIRPA RAUTIAINEN

Board member

SUVI SILLANPÄÄ

Board member

PAULA LAURINMÄKI

Board member

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