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Elaine Vitikainen

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Elaine Vitikainen is a creative facilitator focusing on Organisational and Leadership Development, and Communication for Development based in Helsinki. Originally from the Philippines, Elaine has always been inspired to serve others. She started as a dentist volunteering among the mountain tribes before specialising in multilingual education and in leadership position in Cambodia with International Cooperation Cambodia. She moved to Laos with SIL International working across Asia facilitating change with local organisations. After 15 years in Asia, Elaine moved back to Finland in 2015 with her husband and two sons. She now works as a freelance consultant. Elaine believes passionately in the importance of integrating faith in professional life. You can find her at elainevitikainenconsultancy.com and spaceforgrace.net.

Valuing Others

A few months ago, I conducted a capacity development training with a local organization. During that time, the director of this organization wanted to let go of one of the staff members. The director told me that this individual was lazy and was not finding ways to improve the way he works. But after the […]

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Listening to God

Lately I’ve been reflecting on the amount of information that I’m provided each day. Every day there is an enormous opportunity to acquire facts or learn about something or someone. There are many forums and discussions in which I can participate. There are many networks of which I can be a part. We live in […]

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Simple Kindness

Kindness is not as simple as it looks. In the Philippines, we have a value called Utan na loob. It’s that sense of obligation to return an act of kindness with one of your own. You have to maintain the balance. This bothers me because I think the greatest kindness is when we know that […]

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Rest for Our Souls

The last few months were tough. I was trying to juggle the following: my training and consultancy work in Cambodia; the relentless assignments and exams of a demanding Masters’ program; translating a harrowing documentary about Philippines for national TV in Finland; and of course being a wife and mother. On top of everything (or maybe [...]

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Equipped for Others

“Will you equip yourself for yourself or for others?” This question challenged Rita so much that she took two years off work, went abroad, studied hard and returned to her hometown to equip others. That was 27 years ago. Today, the local organization that she helped develop in 1995 has grown, multiplied and served many […]

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