In support of the Latvian Movement for Independent Living, the exhibition “A Million Candles for Group Home” will be on display at the Riga Airport terminal until the end of January. The exhibition calls for support towards the construction of group home for young people with very severe developmental disabilities.
The exhibition talks about the social project of the association “Latvian Movement for Independent Living” – a Candle Workshop, which aims to give young people with very severe developmental disabilities an opportunity to be not only day-care centre service recipients, but also contribute to society.
The aim of the project is to create group home for 16 young people with severe developmental disabilities. To raise funds for this project, young people from the association's day centre work daily at the Candle Workshop, making candles according to their abilities and selling them afterwards. However, the funds raised this way are not enough to implement the large-scale project, so the association is also raising donations for the project in cooperation with the charity organisation “Ziedot.lv”.
Airport passengers can donate to the project by reading the QR code embedded in the exhibition using their smart device, which will take them to the donation options, while information on how to purchase candles is available on the website of the Latvian Movement for Independent Living www.lkndz.lv.
““A Million Candles for Group Home” is a special project. What makes it so special is that it is designed and created by young people – not because they have special needs, but because they have amazing perseverance and confidence. They do not beg or complain – they act, each to the best of their abilities, even though their daily lives and those of their families are more difficult and more complex than those of other people. And they believe that their dream – a house where each of them can thrive and feel good – will be built. We at the Airport hope that this exhibition will be one of the many drops of support that will help make this dream come true,” says Laura Kulakova, Head of the Communications Unit at Riga Airport.
The exhibition will be on display at the Airport until the end of January.