SOS Children’s Villages supports individual children, young people and families so that they can thrive (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Latvia).

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.

1 in 5
Children are at risk of poverty

Child poverty

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.

1 in 2
Children live in overcrowded spaces

Poor living conditions

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.

Your support makes a difference for children in Bauska

SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities to offer a wide range of support that is adapted to the local context. We always work in the best interest of the children, young people and families.
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
Their hair is braided and they are ready for the day ahead (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Latvia).

How your support helps in Bauska

Caring for children who cannot live with their families
Some children cannot stay with their families, even with additional support. When this happens, they can find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. Many children grow up in foster families. Wherever possible, we work closely with the children’s family of origin. If children can return to live with their families, we help them adapt to this change.
Supporting young people to become independent
To help young people become confident and independent, our local team works closely with each young person to develop a plan for their future. We support young people and also help them prepare for the labour market and increase their employment prospects. For example, young people can attend workshops and trainings run by SOS Children’s Villages. They also improve their skills through taking part in different projects with local mentors and businesses.