There are more than 6,000 children who are orphaned in Latvia. Less than 700 are in orphanages.
Most children are in either guardianship or foster care. But the need for holistic care and support is great, especially when those children age out of the system.
44% of all children in Latvia face extreme poverty. Alcoholism and drug abuse are prevalent in families struggling to survive.
Discrimination against children is common. Children of minorities, children with special needs, and those living in rural areas often lack access to both quality education and medicine.
10% of all children in Latvia have experienced sexual abuse by the age of 15, and children are particularly vulnerable to both sexual exploitation and trafficking.
Orphan Outreach responds to the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in Latvia in 3 ways:
We provide safe, nurturing support for young adults as they leave orphanages and navigate the transition to independent living.
We invest in community outreach programs that strengthen and preserve families in high-risk, impoverished areas. These programs provide nutritious meals, quality counseling, and mentorship and training.
We offer tangible hope for vulnerable children and families through continuing education, job and life skills training, and individualized care and mentorship.
Our Ministry Programs
The Family Support Center is a community outreach center sharing holistic Christ-centered care with families in Karosta. Parenting and early childhood development classes are offered to young moms, and counseling and mentorship is provided to parents and their children. The goal of the center is to strengthen families by equipping parents and children with the tools to develop healthy attachments and relationships with one another.
Educational Support, Parenting Support, Family Strengthening, Humanitarian Aid
The Aging Out Program in Jelgava focuses on the holistic care of young adults who have either aged out of traditional orphanages or have been left without support as a result of deinstitutionalization efforts in Latvia. These young adults face an unsure future, and without care are at high risk of falling victim to criminal activity, drug abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking, and suicide. Through the program, they are provided mentorship, counseling, and support to help them make a healthy transition to independent life.
Transitional Support, Urgent Needs