Save the Children is a children’s rights protection organization that functions in nearly 30 countries around the world. The organization in Latvia has nearly 40 departments and support groups, whose coordinates you can find under the section “Support Groups”.
The basal principle upon which Latvian Save the Children (SC) functions: to strive to secure child rights where the country or regional governments have failed to do so. Historically, that is why SC has operated with a broad scope; from bringing the idea of child rights to the country, translating the ANO convention on child rights, presenting it to the parliament, TV broadcasts and TV marathons for a period of 12 years, large charity projects in the early 90s, to the greatest involvement in legislative initiative. Latian Save the Children is a typical pilot-project organization, which, with its volunteers, fills the empty gaps and niches in society. SC founded the first support hotline for children, the first rehabilitation centre for children who have suffered from sexual violence, the first books about children about taking care of disabled children, created a help system for children in prison, and began a long-lasting campaign for the protection of children against all kinds of violence.
After SC’s initiative and active involvement, the first governmental child protection structure, was created. This included the Ministry of Childrens’ and Family’s Affairs, as well as the State Childrens’ Rights Protection Inspection (Which, in 2004 practically took on the majority of pilot-projects initiated by SC under its wing). This coincidence was well timed, as of 2004, upon Latvia’s entrance into the European Union, the main sponsors and long-term partners of Latvian Save the Children lost the rights to support us. The international society awaits of the Latvian government that after entering the European Union, it should entirely fend for human rights, and finance organizations that protect peoples’ interests, on its own.
Latvian Save the Children isn’t a duplicate of any official service provider, nor does it fulfill the responsibilities/duties of any other NGOs, but tries to offer help to children, who have not received this help from official institutions for any reasons, such as incompetence, neglect, or unwillingness.
Ģertrūdes street 19/21
Rīga LV1011, Latvia
Tel. (+371) 67315298; 67315307.
In case of emergency: 29131311
! Consultations over the Support hotline are offered in cases when people have been unable to receive the requested information or support from any of the official governmental institutions. Their contact information can be found here.