Latvia Without Orphans

Country Profile: Latvia

Total Population: 1.9 million
Total Children under the age of 18: 375,500

The situation of children in Latvia

The Challenges:

  • There are more than 6,000 children who are orphaned in Latvia. Less than 700 are in orphanages.
  • 44% of all children in Latvia face poverty.
  • Most of the children who are taken into institutional care have parents who, for various reasons, are unable to look after them.
  • The recent economic hardships have forced some parents to move abroad in search of work. The children are left in the care of neighbors, relatives, or older siblings who cannot look after them.
  • Children who are at risk of losing parental care are also at risk of being victims of other offenses against children, such as cruelty and abuse, theft, sexual exploitation, and rape.
  • 10% of children by the age of 15 have already suffered from sexual abuse.
  • Children of minorities, like the Roma, Russian speakers, children with disabilities, or those living in rural areas lack access to health and education facilities.

Other Information about Orphaned and Vulnerable Children and Family Care in Latvia

Better Care Network Information on Family-Based Care in Latvia

More information for prayer at Operation World


"Source: UNICEF, Humanium, SOS Children's Villages International".

National Stories

Ten countries by bike – possible if you have a passion!

A group of young people and kids, former Ukrainian orphans, are doing an international bike tour to spread the word and tell people about their goal - a «World without orphans». This time they planned to bike through central and northern Europe. They want to be a voice for other orphans to show how lives can change and what a difference it makes when kids have parents and families. In the team's plans are 10 countries: Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany.
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Former Orphans Ride Bikes Around the World to Spread a Vision

This summer, a group of former Ukrainian orphans and their parents will continue their international bike tour with the hopes of spreading the growing vision of ‘a world without orphans.
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