FELM’s emergency relief work is based on basic human rights principles. Relief is provided to all, regardless of ethnic background, religious beliefs or nationality. Emergency relief funds are used to provide adequate nutrition, shelter, clean water and healthcare to people living in crisis situations. FELM also support reconstruction work, which aims at helping people get back on their feet following emergency situations.
Our work is guided by principles concerning humanitarian work, independence of action, objectivity and impartiality. FELM is committed, in all of its emergency relief work, to internationally agreed norms and standards. Of particular importance to our emergency relief work are the Code of Conduct for The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief and the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (the Sphere Standards).
Channelling aid through local partners
In emergency situations the most effective way to channel relief is through local partner organisations and networks. Working according to this principle ensures that the experience and expertise gained do not leave the country along with foreign relief workers. As a rule FELM does not send its own relief workers to disaster areas.
We fund the work of our local partner organisations, as well as providing professional advice and services. We monitor the quality of the work carried out by partner organisations and ensure that aid is given to the most needy.
We work closely with ACT Alliance and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Emergency relief funds are provided chiefly to support relief operations in countries in which FELM already works.
FELM’s emergency relief is a channel for the Finnish public to help those in crisis situations
As conflicts and crises related to climate change and environmental degradation occur, our partner organisations- churches and non-governmental organisations- are forced, more and more, to respond to the human disasters they create. The emphasis FELM places on emergency relief is likely to increase in the future.
In emergency situations it is essential to act quickly. FELM has a dedicated emergency relief fund, which can be drawn on quickly to provide support for partner organisations faced with disaster situations. FELM is also able to make special applications to the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs for funds to support partner organisations’ emergency relief work.