for Friends is another aiding strategy by Vepsian Society,
developed to not only to provide material help but rather to tear the
Vepsians away from their isolation and Russians' blockade and bring
them closer to other Finnish nations.
contacts with Finns that are related to Vepsians as well as with other
foreigners, who show respect for Vepsian culture and language are very
important when we consider the unfriendly Russian environment that
surrounds the Vepsia from all the sides. Ability to speak Vepsian is
being made ridiculous and the precious ancient culture neglected and
denied by them. The Center of Vepsian culture situated in the city of
Petrozavodsk (capital of Carelia) is too far away to expose any
influence or support for Vepsians' everyday life. That's why we are
carrying out since 1996 a program for elevation of the self-dignity of
the Vepsian minority.
Russians, who come with a bottle of vodka in one hand and an axe in
the other to cut down our taiga forests and laugh at the honest
Vepsian way but our real friends arriving to listen to the rich
tongue of our minority culture are making Vepsian's eyes glow.
A Finnish society making its annual friendship trip to Vepsia
In every household there is a lot of used things no longer needed. Why not to bring them along?
Different countries, lifestyles, clothes..
But the Finno-Ugric mentality is the same.
In the school of Hedvist study only some few Vepsian children. Few, but not forgotten!
During charity actions byTarmo Rinne (Finland) and Vepsian Society
Long truck or small car, the same principle: VS pays goods, fuel and costs - Finnish volunteers drive vehicles
Lorry of VS with goods from Jyväskylä (Finland) for Veps village of Kaleig in Carelia
Despite of frost Finnish volunteer (in the back-
ground) stopped his car to look at a Vepsian carriage in the village of Arskaht'