Latvian First Lady Iveta Vējone, who is the patroness of Latvian schools abroad, and Latvian Institute director Aiva Rozenberga will be visiting the Tērvete Social Care Centre on Tuesday, December 13, to deliver Christmas cards made specially for the residents of the centre by pupils at the “Pūcīte” school that is part of the Leeds Latvian Centre.

This autumn, the Latvian Institute asked Latvian schools all around the world to participate in a project seeking to strengthen links between generations. The idea was to create Christmas cards for elderly residents of social care centres in Latvia, thus bringing happiness into the lives of the senior citizens and strengthening the sense of belonging to Latvia among the children who took part.

31 schools from 17 countries took part in the project. “I’m delighted to see the vast interest and heart-warming letters that we’ve been getting from these schools,” says Rozenberga. “We would like to thank every child, parent and teacher who helped to bring happiness into the lives of our senior citizens.” 23 senior citizens’ homes and social care centres will receive some 2,200 greeting cards in all.

The project is part of the #GribuTeviAtpakal (I Want You Back) initiative that the Latvian Institute launched to strengthen links between Latvians abroad and Latvia itself. The institute is thankful to the Foreign Ministry, Welfare Ministry and Latvian Language Agency for assisting with the project.