Bauska is located in the Bauska Municipality of the Zemgale region of southern Latvia. With around 10,000 inhabitants, Bauska is 66 km south of Riga.
Unemployment in Zemgale region is around 7%, which is the same as the national average.
Children and young people who are growing up in poverty in the area need extra support.
Since 1997, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Bauska.
Unable to afford quality food: More than 26% of the population, almost 500,000 people, are at risk of living in poverty The Zemgale region experiences a slightly greater risk.
Many families are unable to afford certain expenses, with 23% of households unable to afford a protein-rich meal every other day and less than 40% of people consuming fruit and vegetables each day.
An inability to follow a healthy diet affects child’s health now and in the future. It makes them vulnerable to illness and disease that limits their quality of life.
Many children in Latvia live in overcrowded spaces, with more than 50% sharing a room with adults or more than one other child.
Many households are unable to adequately heat their homes (16%), have no flushing indoor toilet (22%), or experience damp, leaks, or rot (30%).
Growing up in a cold home and poor conditions affects a child’s physical and mental health, often leaving them without an appropriate place to do homework or a comfortable space for themselves.