Charities we support

Charity Report - 2023

In 2023, the International Women’s Club of Riga supported thirteen charities with an ongoing partnership – offering money, goods, time and support. We gave EUR 21,030 to these partners because you, active members, raised a large portion of this money at the IWCR Bazaar in 2022. The Charity Committee organized two Charity Drives this year to which you donated many needed items to our partner charities, who were so thankful to receive these goods. A special thank you to our Charity Committee team in 2023 – Liga, Donka, Inger, Amanda, Lori, Magdalena, Ria, and Meaghan.

Anglican Church, Riga

For many years, the IWCR has been providing monthly financial support for the soup kitchen in Riga’s Old Town, which is managed by St. Saviour’s Anglican Church Council, a volunteer organization that serves hot food for more than 150 hungry and homeless people at no cost every Saturday. The IWCR makes a month financial contribution to the soup kitchen.

Biedriba Tavi Draugi - "We are your Friends"​

Helping those in need all around Latvia. IWCR support started when this organization grew massively in capacity and reach in February 2022 when they opened a logistics facility providing support for refugees and help for Ukrainian Soldiers, in additions to those in crises around Latvia – specifically the flooding in Jekabpils and hail storm in Tervete.

Centrs Marta

A resource centre for women and children, including migrants and non-citizens, women that are victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, and children that are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking. The center’s help varies from providing psychological help, legal counselling, help with shelter search, etc. Marta is actively fighting to enforce human rights and gender equality in Latvia. IWCR provides funding for a team of specialists helping victims of violence, including psychologists, asylum and house search help, and an administrator.

Hope For Children

Hope for Children operates 4 crises centers around Latvia for children from families in need and/or dysfunctional families. The IWCR supports them monthly with money for food and utility expenses. In addition, once a year the club helps finance school supplies and new shoes. Sometimes IWCR members come and organise small activities at Bolderaja center, such as cooking, paper crafting, games playing.

Iļģuciems Prison - Women & Children​

The International Women’s Club of Riga has long term relationship with the women who are serving time at the Ilguciems Women’s Prison in Riga, and their children, who up to the age of five are allowed to live with their mothers at the facility.

We have regularly supported the women & children there in different ways, for example by donating new shoes to the kids, offering English or Latvian language lessons, and by taking the kids out on excursions.

Latvian Samaritans Association

The Samaritan Association of Latvia is a voluntary, neutral and independent organization that works in the interests of the general public.

Today, LSA is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Latvia. Almost 700 employees in 17 structural units provide educational, social and medical care services. Their ‘At Home Safety Button’ instantly notifies LSA of a health emergency at the home of an elderly patient. The LSA training centre is a registered ambulatory medical care and education establishment offering certified first aid, basic care and other training programmes to approximately 20,000 trainees a year. LSA provides regular help to approximately 5,000 people every month.

 “Samaritan Mobile Care Complex” gives elderly people in rural areas the choice to continue living in their own homes. Samaritan Mobile Care Complex by LSA was selected as one of 10 finalists in the European Commission’s Social Innovation Competition, out of 1,400 projects from all over Europe.

Missionaries of Charity - "Mother Teresa"

The IWCR gives 2040 EUR annually to support this soup kitchen, or 265 EUR per month. Also twice yearly the IWCR Charity Drive collects clothing, towels, linen and kitchen items to directly donate to this organizations community.

Palliative Care​

Children receiving end-of-life care. IWCR gives a small monetary donation each and organizes a toy drive the children during the holidays.

Pink Train Foundation

Breast cancer awareness organization founded and run by two-time survivor. This resource center offers education and aid in effort to support those who are or could be affected by breast cancer.

RMHC

RMHC Latvija - Ronald McDonald House Charities

The children’s “Care Mobile” (CM) program has been operating in Latvia since 2010, and during these years more than 57 000 doctor-specialist consultations have been provided to children in Latvia. The CM program provides at least 5 000 medical consultations to more than 4 000 children in Latvia per year.

Rupju Berns / Bridge of Hope​

This organization is based in the neighborhood of Imanta. It is a center for individuals with special needs and disabilities. They make many items by hand that are for sale to raise money for their organization expenses. Please visit their site to buy candles!

SOS Children's Villages Latvia

A social charity organisation that provides long-term, family-based care for children who have lost their parents, or families that are at risk of being split up, and carries out family support programs. The IWCR provides funding for an individual program for children who have lost their parents.