This autumn, the Latvian Institute has invited Latvian schools from all around the world to take part in a project that strengthens links among generations of Latvians. The idea is to design and create Christmas cards for elderly people who live in Latvian social care centres, the aim being to bring happiness into seniors' lives and to strengthen the sense of belonging that children have to Latvia.

So far, more than 20 schools from all around the world have announced that they will take part in the project, and several other schools have been demonstrating an interest in this. “I’m very happy to see the vast interest and heart-warming letters that we’ve been getting from these schools,” says the director of the Latvian Institute, Aiva Rozenberga. “We would like to thank every child, parent and teacher for the desire to bring happiness into the lives of our senior citizens.”

Christmas cards for the elderly are coming from the “Kamolītis” Latvian school in Bonn, Germany, the Boston Latvian School in the United States, the European School of Brussels II in Belgium, the “Daugava” school of the Melbourne Latvian Society in Australia, the “Kamenīte” school of the Latvian Society in Ireland, the “Pūcīte” school from the Leeds Latvian Centre in England, a school in Bashkortostan, Russia, the Latvian school in Berlin, Germany, the “Pūcītes” Midlands Latvians school in Ireland, the Seattle Latvian School in the United States, the Brisbane Latvian School in Australia, the “Bergausis” Latvian school in Bergen, Norway, the Latvian school in San Diego in the United States, the Sunday school in Strasbourg, France, the Latvian school in Hamilton, Canada, the “Auseklis” Latvian language school in Switzerland, the Norrkoping Latvian school in Sweden, the Latvian school in Moscow, Russia, the Latvian school in Rome, Italy, the New Jersey Latvian school in the United States, and the Nova Odessa Latvian school in Brazil.

As has been reported in the past, the Latvian Institute has launched the #GribuTeviAtpakal (I Want you Back) initiative with the aim of strengthening links between Latvians abroad and Latvia. The Christmas card project is part of this initiative. The Latvian Institute would like to thank the Latvian Language Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for taking part in the project.


Photo: Ieva Luka/ LETA