Emmaus Helsinki was founded in 1966 as a part of the international Emmaus movement. Today, the group runs two flea markets for donated goods and is involved in development co-operation, for more information, see Activity Report for 2017. Our main partners are Cordis in South Africa and Cuna Nazareth in Peru. The main activities in Cordis are brick making and collecting and selling of donated goods. Emmaus Helsinki supports Cordis in enhancing the productivity and quality of the brick making process. Emmaus Helsinki has a long-term commitment to help a day care centre in Cuna Nazareth, Peru, via Swallows. With three other Finnish members of Emmaus International, we are also supporting Cuna Nazareth in running a recycling centre in Lima to train young unemployed boys and girls to become recycling professionals and, in the long run, to make Cuna Nazareth more self-supporting. Emmaus Helsinki also supports Emmaus International's solidarity actions.
Emmaus Helsinki is an active member of the Poland-Ukraine Collective of Emmaus Europe. In Estonia we support Katikoti, a home for mentally handicapped persons. In Finland we support various organisations working with the homeless, undocumented persons, former prisoners and women immigrants. We are also engaged in social employment providing work opportunities to various underprivileged groups. In 2017 we started a Cooperative which employs mobile people, particularly Roma from Eastern Europe, in cleaning, gardening and other similar tasks.
Emmaus Helsinki is an active member of KEPA, Service Centre for Development Cooperation.
Our flea markets in Helsinki are situated in Vallila and in Lauttasaari.
You can donate goods or money and volunteer to help us. Every week about 40 volunteers take part in the work. For more information, phone 045-13 88 673.