Community center for Ukrainians opens doors in Rīga

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A Ukrainian community center 'Common Ground' has opened its doors in Andrejsala, Rīga, the center's coordinator Inese Dābola told Latvian Television on March 16.

The center at Andrejostas Street 27 is a social initiative where all arrivals can socialize, meet each other, and share information.

"So that it's not like they disappear after they've walked out of the Congress Hall [assistance center]," Dābola said. She added that the premises had been set up in less than two weeks, thanks to the support of many people.

“Cleaning everything, painting walls, bringing furniture, tidying up. We are currently working in a shared room where different lessons will take place. There is also a library, playrooms for older and younger children. There are also quiet rooms where, if necessary, you can talk on the phone or use that room to talk to a lawyer or accountant or a therapist,” the center coordinator said.

She also said that, together with the Children's Hospital Foundation, therapists have been employed so that those who need it can also get the necessary help.

The aim of the Center's makers was to address the specific needs of people who have come to Latvia, which there are many. “There are a lot of questions, albeit simple, that [a mother] doesn't have a pram to move with twins around town. Yesterday we put a message, a lot of people responded, we found those prams,” Dābola said.

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