Taksvärkki campaign

Right To Be Me Taksvärkki campaign 2020–2021

Join Taksvärkki ry’s fundraising campaign and support student councils and youth in Nepal

Bullying, discrimination, uncertainty of the future and gender inequality are issues influencing youth everywhere. In Nepal also menstrual taboos and lack of appropriate toilet facilities set challenges to the school attendance of girls.

Nepalese youth address challenges in their communities and accomplish a positive change. The active student council members organize events and trainings in their communities and set an example on how to make a difference.

By participating in Taksvärkki campaign the Finnish students promote equality and make a difference together with Nepalese youth.

Taksvärkki works from youth to youth

By spending one day at work and donating their pay to Taksvärkki (ODW Finland) ’s campaign, Finnish youth fund a long-term development cooperation project in Nepal. ODW’s local partner organization ECCA Nepal is in charge of the practical implementation of the project.

Young people have what it takes to change the world. That is why they are the protagonists, not merely beneficiaries in ODW’s development cooperation projects. The annual ODW campaign is young people’s own development cooperation, from youth to youth.

Taksvärkki is your chance to make a difference!

Your Taksvärkki workday can be any day during the school year.

In Finland, the Taksvärkki campaign has a strong development education component. Our volunteer Global Educators visit elementary and secondary schools in different parts of Finland and hold workshops on equality, well-being, active youth in Nepal, and children’s rights. These workshops are complemented by high-quality learning materials and study packages for teachers. The goal is to raise a sense of global responsibility in Finnish youth and to build links between youth in Finland and Nepal.

In Taksvärkki you support youth in Nepal

Ääriviivoin kuvatut kolme henkilöä ja kolme puhekuplaa.

15 €

3-days camp on leadership skills and making a difference for one youth.

Piirroksessa megafonin ääriviivat.

150 €

Information spot on youth rights on local radio made by a student council.

Yksinkertaisessa piirroksessa kestoside.

15 €

A set of reusable menstrual pads and menstrual health training for four girls.

Taksvärkki fundraising day

One part of the Taksvärkki campaign is the Taksvärkki fundraising campaign. It is based on a day’s work, or ”Taksvärkki”.

Different collection methods:

  • The student or pupil participates in the Taksvärkki Workday and donates their pay to Taksvärkki.
  • The school organizes a Taksvärkki event, such as a concert or sale, the proceeds of which are directed to the campaign.
  • Student councils can participate by donating part of the proceeds of its café or kiosk to the campaign.

Where can you find Taksvärkki jobs?

On a Taksvärkki Workday, you can work in a company or household, for example. Taksvärkki work can be done almost anywhere, for example in a shop, office, café, home, local radio station, theater or parliament as an assistant. The whole school or class can also do contract work for a municipality or company together.

The Taksvärkki Workday also makes workplaces familiar

On a Taksvärkki Workday, students can learn about working life in a field they are interested in. At the same time, they can gain useful experience and network for future summer jobs.

Taksvärkki Newsletter

Taksvärkki’s monthly newsletter gives perspectives on different cultures and the realities of developing countries. It gives useful tools and materials to be used in global education in schools and other educational institutions as well as the latest news related to the campaign.

Presidentti Tarja Halosen kasvokuva.

The patroness of the Taksvärkki campaign is President Tarja Halonen.

Our achievements in 2019


children and youth in Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Zambia participated in Taksvärkki’s development cooperation programme


trainings where youth learned new skills and got peer support


peer to peer events on children’s rights and health organized by the student council clubs in Nepal

Nepalilainen nuori lähikuvassa.

“Gender based discrimination is a big problem. We can change the attitudes of people.”
 Salin, 15, Nepal