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Ohi Älä Käy ry Charity Profile
Ohi Älä Käy, translated from Finnish as do not walk past, is a humanitarian non-profit organization based in Finland, which has worked with indefatigable perseverance in providing aid to poor families, orphanages, and street children shelters in the Baltics since its conception in 2004. The organization was founded by Lauri Siljoranta, who, now in his seventies, continues to assiduously dedicate his time to this important cause. Every Christmas children anxiously wait for the organization’s infamous red van, filled with presents from kind donors in Finland, to drive into the yard of their orphanage. Small faces behind windows light up as they see Santa Claus, or Siljoranta in disguise, step out from the van. While rewarding, these moments remind us of the importance of our efforts and the gravity of continuing to strive to keep this organization alive.
We receive clothing and household items as donations to be sent off to orphanages and street children shelters. Financial donations are primarily spent on food relief, and on occasion we provide orphanages with financial assistance for the organization of summer camps for children. Essentially, the evaluation of necessity forms as the basis of our help. Through our long-time trusted contacts in the Baltics, we are kept well informed of the level of need. A comprehensive list of who exactly we help can be found on our web site. The list includes orphanages, street children shelters, few individual families, and schools in remote villages. We personally deliver all donations from the donor to the children.
One of our main principles is that we do not buy services nor take salary for the work that we do. Our team, behind Ohi Älä Käy, comprises of non-paid volunteers only, motivated to help having seen first hand the unfortunate circumstances under which children are brought up. Financial donations are strictly used to compile aid packages and to cover travel costs and other inevitable expenses, as set by the Finnish law.