Rīga City Council Support Center for Ukrainians
While I was in Rīga, Latvia this summer conducting research for my next book project on women’s representation in the Latvian Saeima (the parliament), I volunteered at the Rīga City Council Support Center for Ukrainian Citizens. According to the International Organization for Migration in Latvia, over 115,000 Ukrainian refugees have crossed Latvia’s borders since February 24, 2022 and over 35,000 have applied for temporary protection. Ukrainians came to the support center to file paperwork, look for jobs, receive counseling, get childcare, or a free meal.
We did art projects with the kids and these are some of my favorite artistic renditions of Ukraine from the kids at the center.
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