List of NGOs
Development Factory (former Ventspils Youth Council) is a youth organization (association), which uses non-formal education methods to help develop skills and competences of young people. We organize various types of events – training, seminars, camps, informative campaigns and workshops for young people (13-25 years old) about topics that are important for them –career, business, educational possibilities, health and healthy lifestyle, participation, politics, mass media, leadership and teamwork etc. Ventspils Youth council especially pays attention to develop youth leaders’ skills therefore promotes youth creativity, self-initiative, organizing ability, argumentation and public performance experience. Youth council participates in youth interest advocacy at local level being represented in Ventspils Council Youth Committee and other committees and work groups and at national level being a member of “The National Youth Council of Latvia” We have experience with different types of projects starting from local funding, up to EU cross-boarder projects and long term Erasmus+ and solidarity corps projects.
Riga German Cultural Society (Rigaer Deutscher Kulturverein- RDKV) was founded in 1988. Area of operation: Riga and regions of Latvia Its main purpose is to promote the integration of society; understanding, cooperation and friendship with all nationalities in Latvia; cooperation with other German associations in Latvia; study of German-Baltic cultural heritage in the field of culture and art; to promote the exchange of members of the Society, especially young people, with German and non-German representatives in the field of culture; to organize German language, cultural and art classes; to organize the Association's Song Ensemble concerts, especially charity concerts; to organize cultural events, recreation evenings, events to celebrate historical dates and events. For the past ten years, the Society has been specializing in youth integration / education / patriotism / personality development projects. Cooperation partners, supporters: RDKV has actively implemented various projects with co-financing from the Ministry of Culture, the Integration Secretariat, various foreign foundations and embassies. The Society is made up of activists and enthusiasts of integration, pedagogical and minority cooperation, and active organizers and participants of Latvian minority events. The vocal ensemble Morgenrot is active in the society.
NGO "Lifestory" works on the border between social researchers, scholars and the community, uniting professional researchers in oral history and volunteers. The association unites over 60 active members, who participate in fieldwork, workshops and training seminars. The cooperation between researchers and members of society has already resulted in the creation of the Latvian Oral History Archive. This collection consists of more than 4 500 life stories/biographic interviews – many of these life stories have been documented in the Latvian communities abroad, as well as in the ethnic communities in Latvia. We provide resources to all fields of academic research - sociology, social and cultural anthropology, linguistics, cultural and social history, ethnology, folklore, psychology, and it is also open for the wider community. The important task of the Association is to promote the skills and competence of its members in the form of adult education – learning and teaching interview work and biographical research methodology. The oral history collection gives a voice and a sense of empowerment to individuals, ethnic groups, and minorities, and helps them define their place in society and history.
The Adult Non-formal Education Center Azote is the foundation of the NGO "Ritineitis". The center's "Azote" functions include not only educational functions, but also functions of promoting culture, motivation for job search, social mentoring and others. The main objectives of NGO Ritineitis and ANEC Azote: To broaden the opportunities for individuals to achieve the necessary education and professional qualifications, thus contributing to the development of lifelong learning (providing of computer, English, German, Russian,Job Motivation e.t.c. courses) To organize activities in the arrangement and preservation of the natural and cultural heritage ; To provide support for children, young people, pensioners and people with special needs in promoting their access to the environment, improving their knowledge, skills and abilities, raising their self-esteem; To increase the competitiveness of business both on a regional and international scale, to promote access to international outlet markets and to promote the development of qualitative human resources and attracting of these resources to companies, social mentoring; To develop entertainment, sports, recreation and introduction - interactive communication - spheres; To promote the active participation of Balvi residents in raising the overall standard of living by uniting the Balvi region community - its economic, political, cultural and sporting, scientific and social resources and forces for the development of the Balvi region and Latgale, as well as to promote public support and participation in the work of the Organization. To promote the economic security of the society and the development of democracy, knowing itself as an integral part of the European Union; To cooperate with similar organizations in Latvia, EU Member States and partner countries, as well as in other countries, which are not incompatible with the objectives of the organization; To cooperate with local government institutions, government institutions of Latvia, as well as Latvian representations abroad; To attract financial resources for the implementation of the organization's goals. There are four office workers- manager of ANEC Azote and three project managers , as well as about 40 teachers and lecturers who works periodically. Although the training center has not been established long ago, it has employees with a rich experience in implementing of international projects like Grundvig, Comenius, Nordplus and Erasmus +.