Who We Are

Canelipuu is a finnish registered association that is been operating since 2009. Purpose of Canelipuu is to improve the lives of the underprivileged by enhancing their education, health and feeling of security in their own environment. The main goal is to strengthen the targeted community in order them to build a better future for themselves. Canelipuu is uncommitted in religious, political or any otherwise. In Canelipuu´s home country, Finland, everything is run by volunteers only.

Katja Harapainen

President of Canelipuu

Katja Brückner

I am an educated nurse and bachelor of social services. For me first touch to India was in 2001 during my internship in schools of Kolkatan slums. Since then – and during my 7 times in India wondering, exporing this charming culture – my love for this country has only grown stronger. For all these years Canelipuu had been a dream growing in my mind that was made real in 2009. It´s hard to find the words to describe how wonderful it is to get to live the dream and give concrete help to the ones in need.

Anni Rantanen

Vice-President of Canelipuu

Anni Rantanen

I have an education for practical nursing and bachelor of social services. I was visiting India for the first time in 2004 after which I have been travelling there every year. During my school I had an internship in India for 6 months in total during which I worked women and children living in slums. India is truly wondrous place where poverty and lack of education is a huge problem. By giving the poor possibility to education there is a great chance of improving communities.

Mritunjay Mondal

Indian coordinator

Mrityunjay "Matun" Mondal

I work as a coordinator in India. I am responsible in the ”hands on” planning and executing of projects such as renovations, purchases and so on. Until the summer of 2009 I workd as a teacher and project worker in a Kalkuttan organization for over 10 years that provided education for children living in slums. I have known Katja, Anni and Raoul for several years now and finally have been able to put our dream into reality. I welcome all of you to visit Ateswartala anytime to witness what we have accomplished here.

Raoul Brückner

Board member

Raoul Brückner

In 2009 I got the chance to go to India and during this trip I visited for the first time the village of Ateswartala. Later that year we finished the building project of the school of Canelipuu. The happiness and gratitude that radiates from the Ateswartalan community is indescribable. I feel truly privileged to be able to build this dream that gives so much to so many. Helping of others should never be forced but sincere and from the heart. Even with just the smallest effort, everyone of us can build a better future for those in need.

Arto Tuominen

Board member

Arto Tuominen

I have known the founders of Canelipuu for over 10 years and with joy and excitement I have witnessed how so much can be done with so few resources. I started as a regular donator right from the starting of Canelipuu but soon wished I could do more. From 2014 I have been actively in the board of Canelipuu and my priority is to improve fund raising through various events and corporate cooperation.

Sara Alkula

Board member

Sara Alkula

First time I came familiar with Canelipuu was in summer 2012 during my visit in the village of Ateswartala. I was so impressed by the pupils, teachers with their warmth and determination I wanted to participate. Since then I have been aboard. I work as a teacher and I am especially interested in cooperation projects between Indian and Finnish pupils.