Silvija Ābele, Laima Mežīte and Zane Šmite
GAPS Kids is a social enterprise that plans to establish a kindergarten for creative and healthy children. The main three values of GAPS Kids kindergarten are as follows:
1. Alternative approach to education
2. A healing and individualised nutritional protocol according to GAPS guidelines
3. Nature friendly approach
GAPS or “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” has been described by medical doctor Natasha Campbell-McBride. According to GAPS there is a link between the diet, the health of gastrointestinal tract and overall (physical, mental, emotional) health and wellbeing. GAPS includes a nutritionally rich diet, while excluding sugar, carbohydrates and processed food. The idea of GAPS Kids social enterprise is to create a pilot project, which will demonstrate that children living in accordance with GAPS principles acquire stronger immunity and longterm become healthier.
Kaspars Čabs un Baiba Sondore
Nowadays technology is developing fast and it is important to introduce children to technical sciences from an early age in order to bring up truly interested specialists of engineering science in future. We choose to do it in a very exciting way, attractive to little children. AgirVision School of Robotics is organizing robotics lessons for preschool and early school age children. Our collection consists of more than twenty different kinds of robots, in each lesson we show something new. In these lessons children through tasks and games with robots learn physics, logics, programming, team work. We are travelling to kindergartens and schools in Riga, suburbs and regions. For a reduced payment we also attend crisis centers, boarding schools and educational institutions for children with special needs. At the moment we are the only one School of Robotics in Latvia, where in this work we are fully using our robots as tools (we are not using lego or constructors).
“Renewed look” – a unique design project for things that get a second life after a make-over. The project is divided into several product lines – wooden products and textile products; renewal of furniture and interior items; clothing and accessories make-over.
Our project has two goals: 1 – protection of the environment by renewing things instead of wasting them, making it unique to its owner. 2 – employment of mothers after maternity leave, when it’s difficult to find a job. In the board of the enterprise there are three moms, each of us developing one of the product lines mentioned above.
We are exploring new technologies, share knowledge and gain invaluable experience – it helps to improve our lives and the lives of our families and friends, and then society as a whole.
The Hospice is a medical and social institution with a mission to provide an unsurpassable quality of life for patients, as well as mental and psychological support for their families. Palliative care is intended to improve the quality of life for people in the last stage of cancer. Similarly, to provide large-scale psychological care for family members, who are left alone against a serious diagnosis of a loved one.
The staff consists of compassionate people, who know the basics and principles of palliative care and have extensive experience of working with cancer patients .
The hospice has an outpatient doctor’s visit to cancer patients, as well as a hospital for 25 patients.
The hospice provides a comfortable environment and a decent life until the end of life.
Project Сulinary club is an organization of culinary master classes held by people of retirement age, as well as people with disabilities. The project gives the people an excellent opportunity to feel necessary and socially active, and also to acquire an additional income. One of the goals of this project is to publish a book with the best culinary recipes.
“FIGHTER FACTORY” is a social company whose goal is to create a gymnasiums network that will host free classes for children from orphanages.
The founder of the club is Semjons Morošeks, the World and European champion in kickboxing, a professional boxer. Semjons has been involved in sports for 15 years and he is very well aware of how sports can change people’s lives.
Very often children who come from orphanages are poorly educated, aggressive, involved in alcohol and drug abuse, lacking motivation and discipline. We will help direct their aggression into sport results, introduce kids to successful and determined people, discipline and teach them a healthy lifestyle. An employment in the sports club will be offered also.
We understand that we will not be able to change the whole world, but we are confident that we are able to change the world of a certain child!
Santa Klodāne and Ilze Vaičule-Freimane
Have you ever been lost in huge, complex buildings? Yes!? Then more likely you know how stressful it is to search for right seminar room, doctors’ cabinet or try not to miss flight and find the right gate.
We have experienced it too. It’s challenging – we know. But it is more challenging for people that have some kind of movement limitations. Our mission is to create more inclusive environment by improving efficiencies and to create better user experience for clients, employees, students, and visitors of large and complex buildings. Our aim is to find solution for precise and cost effective indoor positioning system that includes creating indoor navigation app that would help to navigate and orient in complex buildings.
“RAMALA” is a social enterprise that gives an opportunity for everyone to experience the process of bread making and at the same time to get to know oneself better, to meditate and to spend a quality time with family, friends or colleagues. The enterprise is created by specialists of a crisis centre for families and children “PASPĀRNE”, therefore special bread therapy classes will be offered as an alternative activity to work with children and adults that have suffered from violence and people with special needs. Even in the hasty everyday life, everyone will have a chance to visit “RAMALA”, have a healthy snack, and drink a tea or coffee in a cosy atmosphere, or to take away a nourishing sandwich and delicious salad.
The employment and social integration of young people and people with disabilities is a major problem in Latvia. Nadine Miller and Inese Tone, with the creation and operation of their social enterprise, will promote the employment of these people by offering them employment, as well as training for their jobs, provided in cooperation with their employers. During the 2nd phase of company development, it is planned to create services like “Recreation time” for the population of Olaine, Marupe, Babites territory, positioning itself as the only social enterprise in the mentioned area engaged in the employment of people with special needs.
MARTA centre is a nongovernmental organisation, which has been operating at national and international level for 17 years already. We believe in the world where women and men, girls and boys live in equality. They are safe, free, their rights are protected. To fulfil our vision MARTA centre provides support services to women – survivors of violence and human trafficking.
During the 17 years of our existence, we have developed effective social rehabilitation services, based on needs of victims, using a multidisciplinary approach. A team of social workers, lawyers and psychologists works together to end violence and support a victim to start a new and independent life.
Consolidating theorethic knowledge with experience in supporting survivors of violence, we offer training and professional development programmes for professionals who work with domestic violence and human trafficking issues.Also MARTA centre specialists provide after-training mentoring and support to help our trainees to implement newley acquired skills into their professional activity.