Following its organization as a foundation, ADRA Finland has been actively involved especially with helping immigrants in a vulnerable position for their integration into Finnish society.
The immigrant efforts of ADRA Foundation along with local ADRAs operating in local Seventh-Day Adventist churches throughout Finland, also in conjunction with international efforts of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, during 2010–2015 are given below.
- In 2011, ADRA Finland provided training for immigrant support persons in Helsinki. The training lasted four days and had an enrollment of 40 people.
- In 2013, plans were initiated for immigrant support center activities. Some of the Foundation’s staff worked at Crossroads, a center in Stockholm, learning practical lessons.
- In 2013, soup kitchen activity was commenced in Helsinki through the international volunteer service of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Since then, the soup kitchen has been serving meals each Sunday to about 30–70 people of limited means, most of whom are immigrants.
- During 2013–2015, three special weekends devoted to immigrants were organized in Lahti, Kaarina and Tampere in conjunction with the international efforts of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. These occasions included concerts, free meals, fun and games, etc. This brought together hundreds of immigrants.
- In 2014, a study was commissioned by ADRA Finland on the subject of being a foreigner in Helsinki, covering a scope ranging from support services to integration whereby an outsider becomes a Finn. The report covers the roles, objectives and activities of public authorities, the third sector and civil society in promoting the integration of vulnerable immigrant groups in Helsinki. The extensive report is due to be completed in early winter of 2016.
- Local ADRAs have organized numerous EU food aid distributions annually in different parts of the country. Hundreds of immigrants have received help through these events.
- In 2016, a language club was formed by the local ADRA in Kuusamo for refugees arriving there. In this, the local ADRA has been working in cooperation with local authorities and the Finnish Red Cross. The club has met 30 times thus far.
- For the benefit of immigrants, congregations of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church have also organized various activities, such as sports activities, excursions, parties, etc. This helps immigrants to become integrated in Finland.
- ADRA Foundation has been cooperating with the “Luetaan yhdessä”* network, arranging free facilities for the network to provide language training in Helsinki.
- As a member of the ADRA International network, ADRA Finland Foundation is involved with the network’s immigrant efforts. It supports refugee relief efforts in the Balkans also with its funds in conjunction with ADRA’s humanitarian activities.
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