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Eva Viļķina

House of Hope

Social care center for underage mothers and mothers, who are abused in a family. In the center mothers will get professional psychological support, learn how to take care of their baby, different profession skills and will receive help to finish school.

Idea in brief

Social care center for underage mothers and mothers, who are abused in a family. In the center mothers will get professional psychological support, learn how to take care of their baby, different profession skills and will receive help to finish school.

Problem

Mothers with life difficulties and underage mothers in Latvia do not receive a professional support to arrange their life and learn how to take care of their newborns. Very often babies are taken away from mothers and put in a orphanage house. If we do not support mothers in these situations, there is a big risk that it will influence a child and mother relationship and lead to an unhappy child and broken mother, who is most of the times, is still a child herself.

Solution

In the House of Hope young mothers will receive professional support from specialists. Centre is providing psychological, therapeutic, and legal support and also helps to get education, acquire household and motherhood skills. The aim is to teach mothers to live independently and to make good life conditions for mother and child, especially, emotionally safe environment for a child. The House of Hope is a B2G social business, where municipalities are buying services and pay for young mothers stay, but it also has different support activities that gives an opportunity for mothers to earn some money.

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