Helmo in English


HELMO is a multicultural education project aiming to increase multicultural dialogue and cultural understanding via a range of activities in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The project aims to foster the involvement of third country nationals in Finland and to promote two-way integration.

Within the HELMO project, multicultural workshops are organized for different target groups. The target groups include Finnish social workers, Finnish day care workers and third country nationals who are about to enter the working life in Finland. The trainers of the workshops are immigrants living in Finland who are professionals in various fields and possess experience in giving workshops.

In addition to the workshops, the HELMO project aspires to promote the development of a multicultural capital area through public exhibitions and seminars which focus on topics such as multiculturalism, integration and racism. The exhibitions as well as the seminars aim to increase the dialogue among native Finns and the representatives of different cultures residing in Finland and to strengthen cooperation between different sectors of the society.

The project designed and coordinated by the Africans and African-Europeans association “AFAES ry” and funded by the European Fund for the Integration of Third world-country Nationals.

Our Goals

– Increase the participation of the third country nationals in the Finnish society
– Strengthen intercultural dialogue
– Foster the two-way integration process between the Finnish majority and the third country nationals
– Develop multicultural Helsinki


– Third country nationals
– Professionals in the field social services and day care
– Workshop teachers
– Finnish people
– Migrant organizations that cooperate with the project


HELMO-project cooperates closely with;
– Neliapila Ry that is formed by AFAES ry, this includes ” The Finnish-Philippine Association, The Finnish Thai Association, The Chinese Friendship Association and Cultural Network (PACUNET)”.
– The city of Espoo
– BestLife for Africa ry operating in Tampere
– Earth Angels of Finland ry operating in Turku

The project is however in continuous efforts towards expanding the cooperation with other multicultural organizations and different actors, such as volunteers and institutions.

Welcome to join us!

Mäkelänkatu 58 A, 3rd floor
(Entrance from Elimäenkatu 29)
00510 Helsinki