Home of Karelian Language

The idea of the Home of Karelian Language was born in 2011. Since then, a lot of work has been done: there have been numerous meetings, searching for partners and premises, raising funds in Karelia and in Finland, pulling down an old building, and starting to reconstruct a new one. We have founded a new Association for the Home of Karelian Language in Vieljärvi. We have now 30 members.

Karelian is a fully-fledged language in every field of life. But no language can develop without being used outside the home, or in education. The mother tongue has an important role in everyone's life. Respect for one's own language and culture is reflected in everything in life. Therefore, in the Home of Karelian Language, we wish to develop and extend the use of the Karelian language and raise its status.

In the Home of Karelian Language, we will arrange courses of Karelian language, physical exercise, all kinds of courses in Karelian: cookery, handicrafts, information technology etc. One can listen to audio books there, read newspapers and books, or play bingo in Karelian. There will also be a washing machine in the home, and while it is running, one can read newspapers or weave.

The foundation of the new home was laid in September 2013, after which the construction of the frame was started. Money for the construction has been collected by baking and selling Karelian pasties, and by selling books and clothes on flea markets in Karelia and Finland. We have received help from the Karelian "OOO Avtodorogi Pryazha", GUP RK "Most", Stora Enso Impilahti saw mill, A-Real architectural firm, and Gloster hardware store, and OOO "Zenith" firms, and from Prirozhnikova charity fund. Most of the donations have come from private persons.

We would like to thank the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia, which will, under protection of the Head of the Republic, support the Home of Karelian Language by various cultural events (see videos). The ECHO project under the EU ENPI framework funded the purchase of windows and AV equipment.

Would you, too, like to help us? If you have any ideas concerning the construction of the Home or the activities there, please write to olga.gokkoeva@pp.inet.fi or call +79214503549 (Russia), +358400 166737 (Finland).

You can also support our work by making a donation to a Finnish bank account:

Receiver: Kinnermäen ystävät Ry, Karjalan kielen kodi
IBAN:     FI70 1840 3000 0068 47 
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