To teach, nurture and empower aged-out orphaned teens toward healthy adulthood through practical life-skills and relational Christian discipleship.
WE WORK IN LATVIA
Latvia is a small (population 1.9 million), formerly-soviet country in Northern Europe where more than 1,000 children grow up in government care. The official language is Latvian. Russian is also widely spoken, and children learn English in school. Winters are harsh, and potatoes are eaten with almost every meal!
WE ARE FILLING A NEED
Each year many teenagers outgrow their institutional upbringing and age out of the state-run orphan care system in Latvia. Until Lighthouse Transitional Care was founded in 2017, Latvia had no faith-based programs or resources in place to support these young adults. This lack of care meant that many orphaned teenagers fell into addiction, homelessness and early parenthood.
The Lighthouse seeks to form long-lasting healthy relationships and facilitate a program that cares for the whole person through the two pillars of practical empowerment and spiritual enrichment.