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Jelgava, Latvia, was home to one of the largest orphanages in the country. In 2018, the country focused its efforts on deinstitutionalization of orphan care programs, and the orphanage in Jelgava was transitioned into a crisis center. Many children living in the orphanage were moved into foster care programs; however, a number of teens were not matched with foster families and therefore left without the personalized care needed to successfully transition into adulthood.

Orphan Outreach had provided humanitarian support to the Jelgava orphanage for years, and now works with the teens who have been displaced. In partnership with local ministries and social work professionals, we provide physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual support. In addition, sponsorships, church partnerships, and mission trips offer encouragement and care throughout the year.



A*** in Latvia

Gender: Female
Grade: N/A
DOB: 12/10/93

A*** became an orphan at the age of 5 when her parents and 2 siblings were killed in a car accident. A*** and her brother were raised by their aunt. A***'s brother is 3 years older and currently he works abroad. A*** is a stay-at-home mom. She has a masters degree in international social work. When A*** was 26 she married Anton, but unfortunately, because of a very rare inherited disease, Anton passed away soon after they married. A*** was not only an orphan, but also a widow. A few weeks later she discovered she was expecting a baby which she was very happy about but also terrified. In May of 2020 A*** gave birth to a healthy and beautiful girl named Avelina. A*** is very happy now and is a caring and loving mother to her daughter. Pray for A***'s emotional and physical wellbeing, and for wisdom as she continues her life and raises her daughter.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24699



D**** in Latvia

Gender: Female
Grade: N/A
DOB: 4/4/07

D**** was born when her mother was placed in a crisis center at Jelgava orphanage. It was a special group for underage mothers with newborn babies. D****'s mother was accepted to the program as an exception, because she didn't have a permanent place to live and had no income. When the crisis center program ended, D**** was a year old. Her mother had tried to start "a new life," but did not succeed and her children were permanently placed in the orphanage. D**** lived at the orphanage until the age of 11 along with her brother Romans. After the orphanage was closed, D****'s mother was given an apartment in the local social house and now D**** lives with her mother and brother in a one bedroom apartment with a kitchen and bathroom that are shared with other inhabitants of the building. Unfortunately, it is difficult for D****'s mom to maintain cleanliness and order in her apartment and she lacks parental skills, so their family has been assigned an assistant that visits them once every two weeks. D**** studies in a special education school because she has learning difficulties. She regularly attends events and youth gatherings at the Jelgava Baptist church. Sometimes D****'s reaction to stressful situations can be inappropriate and she exhibits antisocial behavior. She needs a supporting person beside her most of the time. Please pray for D****'s studies, so that she could graduate from 7th grade. Also pray for God's protection over D****, her relationship with her mom, her emotions and that she learns self regulation.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24700



D****** in Latvia

Gender: Female
Grade: N/A
DOB: 6/10/94

D****** was placed in a Jelgava orphanage in 2003. Her mom abandoned her when D****** was very young. She has sisters and brothers but has never met them. D****** shared that her father was very abusive both emotionally and physically, and she spent almost a year in hospitals due to the abuse. After the treatment she was placed in the orphanage. From age 16 until she was 18, D****** lived in Sweden (with "godparents" that the orphanage selected for her) and she had several plastic surgeries done. Because of her childhood trauma, D******'s body and face were severely damaged. While living in Sweden, D****** was so ashamed of her looks that she wore clothing to cover her face and body. After the surgeries she looked significantly better and even beautiful. D****** has returned back to Latvia, started coming to church, joined our program and God has done an amazing work in her heart. Now D****** has a loving boyfriend and a daughter Amina born in January of 2020.D****** is a stay-at-home mom. Pray for her health and her critical dental needs, for her family and for wisdom as she raises her daughter and learns to be a loving mother.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24701



I**** in Latvia

Gender: Male
Grade: N/A
DOB: 11/2/96

I**** was placed in a Jelgava orphanage in 2005. He is kindhearted and friendly, and is open and easy to talk to. I**** is hard working and and works as a driver at a meat processing company. He likes physical work. I**** is emotionally close with his sisters (twins) that were adopted and live in the US, but because of the language barrier (his English is very limited), they have a hard time communicating. He also has an older brother Deniss. I**** does not communicate with his mother much, because, as I**** says, she has an alcohol addiction and cannot support him in any way. I**** has a girlfriend that he lives with and the couple has a son, Markus. I**** cares for and supports his family; he rents their apartment. Because of some past mistakes, he has a lot of financial debt that he is slowly paying back. Pray for a stable job and income for I**** so that he can provide for his family and continue to pay back his debt and keep their apartment. Also pray for wisdom and strength as he raises his son, and for a strong and close relationship with his girlfriend.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24702



R***** in Latvia

Gender: Male
Grade: Trade School
DOB: 6/2/02

R***** was born in a family, but was placed and raised in a Jelgava orphanage because his mother did not have a permanent place to live and had no income to care for herself nor her children. R*****' mother tried to start "a new life" and live independently, but after a couple of months her children were removed from her care again. R***** lived at the orphanage until the age of 16. When the Jelgava orphanage was closed, R*****' mom was given a one bedroom apartment in a local social house. At first R***** did not want to return to live with his mother but eventually he agreed to move in with his mother and sister Daria in the one bedroom apartment that has no kitchen and no bathroom (they are shared with the entire building). It is difficult for R*****' mom to maintain cleanliness and order in her apartment and she lacks parental skills, so their family has been assigned an assistant that visits them once every two weeks. R***** studies at the local trade school (special educational program) and wants to become a cook's assistant. R***** is active and always attends our youth events and gatherings at the local church. He is very open and friendly and very easy to talk to, thus he has many friends. Please pray that R***** would get a separate apartment, would learn to live independently and would be able to care for himself. Pray that R***** would continue his studies at the trade school and that he would keep his "spot" in this special educational program.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24703



A**** in Latvia

Gender: Female
Grade: GRAD
DOB: 8/1/01

From 2008 to 2013, A**** lived in a social-care center with her half-brother, Rihards. In the summer of 2013, A**** was taken-in by her aunt and moved to Ukraine, who became her foster mother. She lived in Ukraine until November of 2020. A**** graduated from high school and entered university to study law. Then her foster father, who financially supported her, died and it became even more difficult for A**** difficult to live in Ukraine. She made a difficult decision to leave Ukraine and return to Latvia. She is currently staying with her biological father and waiting in line to get a social apartment. She is actively looking for a job. She found a spot at a local fish factory for a few weeks but could not keep it because of severe pain in her leg/hip area and lack of money. She could not keep the job because it was an hour walk and she couldn't buy tickets for public transportation. Her dream is to help her brother have a better life, so he doesn't drink alcohol or make any other poor decisions. A**** wants to live independently in her own apartment. She wants to work, take care of herself and if possible, she wants to enter the University of Latvia next year and continue her studies. A**** is a smart, bright, analytical and very sincere young woman who cares about her half-brother very much. She really wants to find her place in life. She will most likely need scholarship for her studies and financial help to pay for her utilities and rent. Please pray for A****'s future plans, that she will be able to continue her studies and find an apartment.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24708



D*** in Latvia

Gender: Male
Grade: 6
DOB: 11/18/07

D*** has a biological mother and father, an older sister Katrina and brother Nikita. Both parents currently live and work abroad and the children live with their grandmother. As a child, D*** and his siblings lived in the orphanage. D***' father was in prison and his mom had left for work abroad, the children were left to live with a neighbor. This neighbor looked after the children for a year, but then he took them to the orphanage and left for work abroad himself. For four years D*** and his siblings lived at the orphanage. After D***' father was released from the prison, all three children returned to live with their family. Currently, they live with their grandmother as both parents live abroad. D*** misses his father. D*** has difficulty with school because he has some mental developmental disabilities. D*** is a good-natured and helpful boy who lacks the love of his father. Please pray for D***' studies and for his heart. Please pray that he would stay safe and make the right decisions in life. Pray thats D*** parents can return to Latvia and find good jobs in country.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24709



I***** in Latvia

Gender: Female
Grade: GRAD
DOB: 7/7/04

I***** has a mother and father, an older sister and a younger brother. She also has a half-sister, who lives in England. From 2011 to 2016, I*****, along with her older sister and younger brother, lived in an orphanage. When their dad was arrested and their mother left for England, they were removed from the orphanage and raised by her grandmother, after a while they were re-placed at the orphanage. The children were then taken out by their grandfather, but he had severe health problems and could not take care of his grandchildren, which led to children being placed in an orphanage again. I***** and her siblings attended Sunday school and Christian youth camps growing up. In 2016, their father came out the the prison and took his children out from the orphanage to live with him. Unfortunately, the parents could not continue providing for them for long and the children were removed again and placed with their aunt. At the moment, I***** formally has to live with her aunt, but she wants to live with her biological parents and often stays with them. This year I***** started studies at Riga Construction College. I***** is a helpful, active and friendly girl. Please pray for I*****'s future studies in college.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24710



K****** in Latvia

Gender: Female
Grade: N/A
DOB: 1/15/99

K****** has lived at the orphanage from a small age and until she turned 18. After she graduated from the system, she was granted a a one room apartment at the city's social house. She struggles with making the right decisions, which is why she has been assigned an assistant. She has difficulty learning, and finding a stable job to provide for her basic needs. K******'s not interested in many things, but she loves to draw. She is very good at drawing and actually is very talented. K****** has a hard time with keeping her attention on projects and things for a longer period of times, thus she often does not finish her art. Currently, K****** does not have a job, she spends most of her time in her apartment. K****** has some specific health issues. She is currently in the process of being assigned a special "group", which would guarantee her at least some financial support from the government. K****** needs constant help and encouragement. She needs an assistant by her side most of the time. Please pray that K****** would be able to find a suitable job that would motivate her and she would be able to make at least some money. Please pray that K****** would be granted the special status/ "group" which would guarantee her at least some financial support from the state.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24711



K***** in Latvia

Gender: Female
Grade: 8
DOB: 7/20/05

K***** has a biological mother and father, and two younger brothers, Dens and Nikita. Both parents currently live and work abroad and the children live with their grandmother. As a child, K***** and her siblings lived in the orphanage. K*****'s father was in prison and her mom had left for work abroad, the children were left to live with a neighbor. This neighbor looked after the children for a year, but then he took them to the orphanage and left for work abroad himself. For four years, K***** and her siblings lived at the orphanage. After K*****'s father was released from the prison, all three children returned to live with their family. Currently, they live with their grandmother, as both parents live abroad. K***** is not happy about her current living situation. Because of her mental disabilities, K***** has difficulties with school. K***** is a happy and friendly girl. Please pray for K*****'s studies, that she would graduate from the 8th grade and would make wise decisions in life. Please pray that K*****'s parents would return to Latvia and would not abandon their children.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24712



M***** in Latvia

Gender: Female
Grade: GRAD
DOB: 6/5/02

M***** has a mother and father, a younger sister and a younger brother. She also has a half-sister, who lives in England. From 2011 to 2016, M*****, along with her sister and brother, lived in an orphanage. When their dad was arrested and their mother left for England, they were removed from the orphanage and raised by her grandmother, after a while they were re-placed at the orphanage. The children were then taken out by their grandfather, but he had severe health problems and could not take care of his grandchildren, which led to children being placed in an orphanage again. As the oldest sibling, M***** had a very difficult time. She always tried to care for her younger siblings. M***** and her siblings attended Sunday school and Christian youth camps growing up. In 2016, their father came out the the prison and took his children out from the orphanage to live with him. Unfortunately, the parents could not continue providing for them for long and the children were removed again and placed with their aunt. M***** is a smart and goal oriented girl. M***** comes to the church often. She even met her husband there. They both were baptized at the church, and when M***** turned 18, she married Emils (who is a sports trainer and sales representative). But M***** has a lot of relationship related issues, she needs a lot of support, encouragement and mentoring. M***** is studying hard at Riga Technical College and continues to attend the local Baptist church. She actively serves in Sunday school and participates in Bible studies. Please pray for M*****'s marriage and wisdom to build a healthy and emotionally safe family. Also, please pray for her studies.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24713



R****** in Latvia

Gender: Male
Grade: GRAD
DOB: 6/3/99

R****** has a biological mother and father who both lost their custody rights when R****** was little. R****** has 8 siblings. Several have been adopted to US and live in different families. R****** lived in Jelgava orphanage all of his life. That was his only home. When he turned 19, R****** was granted an apartment in social house and assigned an assistant. R****** needs constant help and assistance. He is not capable to live on his own, manage finances and just as his sister Solvita, has been deprived from the right to deal with money independently. Both R****** and one of his sisters, Solvita have been assigned assistants by the government. R****** attends a special Day Center for young adults with special needs. During the day, from 8:00am till 4:00pm he is at a Day center, but from 4:00p, till 7:00pm he is together with his assistant - they cook together, do various art projects, clean up his room.R****** is a very happy young man with a great sense of humor. He loves to listen to music and is always asking for new CDs. He is very friendly and easily makes friends, he knows no stranger. That's is why it is crucial for him to have an assistant, to make sure he is not taken advantage of. Please pray that there would be a way to keep R******' assistant. She was his caregiver in orphanage and has knows him since he was a little boy. They share a very special bond. There is a high risk that R****** could end up in an elderly home, this is an only option for people with such diagnosis as his. Please pray there would be another way to provide assisted living for him.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24714



S***** in Latvia

Gender: Female
Grade: Trade School
DOB: 10/3/00

S***** has a biological mother and father who both lost their custody rights when S***** was little. S***** has 8 siblings. Several have been adopted to US and live in different families. S***** lived in Jelgava orphanage all of her life. That was her only home. When she turned 18, S***** was granted an apartment and assigned an assistant. S***** needs constant help and assistance. She is not capable to live on her own, manage finances and just as her brother, Rihards and has been deprived from the right to deal with money independently. Both Rihards and S***** have been assigned assistants by the government. She studies at the local trade school to become a seamstress. S***** is a very happy young woman, she is always smiling and always happy. She is very friendly and easily makes friends; she knows no stranger. That's is why it is crucial for her to have an assistant to make sure she is not taken advantage of. Please pray that S***** would be able to attend the Day center for people with special needs. There is a high risk that S***** and Rihards could end up in an elderly home, this is an only option for people with such diagnosis as theirs. Please pray there would be another way to provide assisted living for them.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24715



M****** in Latvia

Gender: Male
Grade: GRAD
DOB: 12/12/97

From 2009 until he turned 18, M****** lived at the orphanage. His mother and father lost their custody rights over him and very rarely visited him at the orphanage. His mom is a substance abuser and his father works in Sweden. M****** has been in various rehabilitation institutions because of his addiction issues and behavior. M*****' dream, for many years, was to go abroad and work with his dad. Eventually his dream come true, he went to Sweden and worked there for about 6 months together with his biological dad but decided to return to Latvia. Currently, M****** is working in construction. M*****' strengths are that he is diligent, hardworking, focused, very talkative and easy to talk to. Unfortunately he often changes his job, has difficulty staying at one job for a longer period of time. Currently, he rents an apartment and lives together with his girlfriend, who is pregnant with their baby (due in April). The couple is very excited about the baby and pants to get married before the baby is born. Please pray that M****** would find a stable job and stable income to care for his family. Please pray that he would be able to develop a stable and safe relationship with his soon to be wife. Please pray for stability in M******' life, for him to grow in faith in God.

Sponsorship Code: LAGRAD-24770