PETROZAVODSK, January 30. /Correspondent of ITAR-TASS Vladimir Zlobin/. Humanitarian aid for schools, children's homes, hospitals and boarding schools is regularly received by inhabitants of Karelia from the Finnish city of Joensuu. As the press-service of the Government of the republic has informed today, clothing, footwear, bed-clothes is been sent for six years to the Russian neighbours by Assistance to Karelia public organization. In 2003 the Finnish friends have sent 161 tons humanitarian cargoes to the social institutions of the lake republic, which total cost has made €200 thousand.
The great help was rendered by public organization from Joensuu to inhabitants of Karelia when weather was severe cold last winter. Various institutions of public health services, education and social protection have received more than 100 electric- and water-heaters. Besides, Assistance to Karelia has allocated 50 thousand roubles to building materials for realization of repair work in nursing home for aged people in the settlement Partala in the Ladoga Lakeside where colad weather had damaged the municipal heating system.
Heads of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of Karelia has sent the letter of thanks addressed to the Finnish organization for the support rendered to the republic. It says that such examples of cooperation contribute to strengthening friendly relations between the regions of Finland and frontier Karelia.