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Norwegian Red Cross Ullensaker branch study visit to the Latvian Red Cross

From 31 May to 1 June, the representatives of Norwegian RC Ullensaker regional branch came on a study visit to learn more about the Latvian RC Humanitarian Aid program and social care services that NorRC has supported over the years.

On the first day, the guests together with LatRC International and Public Relations, humanitarian aid and project program managers visited the central warehouse and logistics center, where all donated goods are sorted and distributed to the regional branches and social centres throughout Latvia.

Visit continued at the Crisis centre “Burtnieks” were families with minor children and pregnant women in a crisis are provided with the support they need. Together with the tour of the premises and discussions about the further cooperation guests joined heart-warming workshop where bee wax candles were made. Short- term accommodation centre “Burtnieks” was visited too.

In the next day the NorRC delegation was welcomed in 4 places where LatRC is providing social care services.

  1. Social rehabilitation service “Mezrozes” that is provided to pregnant women, young mothers with mental disorders and their children. The aim of the service is to improve a household and social skills, social functioning abilities, recover the social status and inclusion in society, living independently.
  2. Day care centre “Stropins” that offers children from 7 to 18 years of age to spend their free time meaningfully and usefully, provides necessary information and support in solving social problems, prevents children from wandering aimlessly.
  3. Social care centre “Derpele” in Mezotne and Code parishes, that provides a social care service, ensuring that the quality of life does not decrease for persons who, due to age or functional disorders, cannot provide it on their own. The main focus is to give long-term or short-term social care and social rehabilitation services with accommodation and support in their daily life challenges.

In all places both guests had a chance to see how donated goods, including technical aids, like functional beds, furniture and other items are used in these places.

During both days colleagues from NorRC together with the LatRC social care providers discussed the strengthening of the cooperation between Ullensaker branch and LatRC even more including the improvement of the processes of collection of humanitarian aid and shipments and regular communication regarding the identified needs from the LatRC side.

Latvian RC appreciates NorRC support in helping those in need in Latvia!

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