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In March of this year I had a chance to visit my home country Latvia. I had lived in the US for 2 years, and after that I had moved to Ireland for 6 months so when I decided to move back to the US, I just couldn’t leave Europe without seeing my loved ones in Latvia. Since I had been away for so long, many things seemed very different from how I left them or just in comparison to States and Ireland. It was no secret that Latvia was in the middle of a very severe economic crisis that made everybody suffer, but the most appalling to me was the situation that the elderly people were in.
One morning I was taking out the trash, and there was an old lady by the trashcan. I didn’t pay much attention to her as I thought she was just there to also get rid of garbage. Then suddenly she turned to me and said:” Dear girl, can you please check the expiration date for this flour? I cannot see well. I just saw a gentle man to throw it out, but I might be still able to use it… What do you think?” I don’t think I have to tell you what my reaction was… tears.
Many of elderly in Latvia are in this situation. Their pensions are minimal; there is no Social Security. They have never been wealthy so they don’t have any savings. On top of that often they are lonely and sick. Ever since I met this lady, it has been a burden on my heart to help. Red Cross in Latvia has a program called “Home Care” , members of which go to old peoples’ houses to take care of them, cook, clean, run errands (like schedule doctors appointments) and help with any other of their needs. And all of this can be done for one person just for $80 a month.
Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information on the English version of the website (http://www.redcross.lv/start.php?lang=en) so I don’t have very high hopes for this entry, but if you feel moved, more aware, and willing to help in any way, I have gotten at least a bit closer to what I want to be done.
ps. Sorry, I know my English is not perfect, as it is not my first language.
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