Oskar Mikans: Ihminen nousee roskalaatikosta / Arvo Kustaa Parkkila, 2001 © Kuva: HAM

Man Rises from Rubbish Bin

Oskars Mikans

With some of his friends in the 1960s, Arvo Kustaa Parkkila (1905-1978) founded the Suoja-Pirtti association, a support group for homeless alcoholic men. The group is still active. In 2001, Suoja-Pirtti commissioned a statue of Parkkila from Latvian artist Oskars Mikans.

What are the ways in which you help people? What sort of emotions does helping trigger in you? Can you think of someone who is currently doing important work for the disadvantaged?