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This presentation is from the North South Platform Meeting of one of the world's largest international volunteering organisations, Service Civil International. The presentation was given by Lena
Kumpulainen from the International Unit of the Finnish Refugee Council (FRC).
The presentation was specifically related to the communication methods used
between the FRC and its country offices and partners in the South. FRC works in Finland as well as countries such as Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Thailand. Their focus is on education. They are mainly funded by the Finnish Department of Foreign Affairs. Most of their projects are implemented in cooperation with partner organisations.
Lena also explained the external communication between FRC and the
Finnish public. FRC not only distributes information on its projects but also on
the refugee situation and the current affairs of the countries in which it works. This is done through a magazine and educational materials for school, amongst other publications. Their facebook page has been increasingly popular. This has led to an increase in visitors to the main website itself.
In relation to fundraising, FRC has an entire website dedicated to selling gifts
in order to raise funds (www.parempilahja.fi). On this site people can buy gifts such as t-shirts, or fund the salary of a teacher.
For more information on FRC visit their website at www.pakolaisapu.fi/en/