Eva!

Eva!




Eva is a mother to a girl with mental disabilities, who will celebrate her 28th birthday this month.
17 years ago, Eva created the association Cerību spārni (Wings of Hope) together with some like-minded people. In those days, families that had children with disabilities often faced situations where their children did not fit in at the local kindergartens and schools together with other children and did not receive the necessary support, advice and information on what to do.
Eva’s daughter Signe had been long awaited in the family, but only a mere moment during childbirth changed the family’s everyday life, dreams and brought them into another reality. Some crises have been experienced when your child should be attending kindergarten or school, but you (the family) are left alone with your special needs child, and there is nobody who could give you some advice on what to do, because your child does not fit in as part of the perfect society.
People are different and their ability to withstand difficulties also greatly varies; some break down not being able to endure the emotional burden. However, the situations Eva dealt with in her own life gave her strength and the spite to act, because she understood that hers is not the only family placed in such a situation. Step by step, through meeting other families, by beginning to organise get-togethers and providing support for one another, the association began its work with a single-minded focus. These parents were extremely lucky that there were also people working at the Sigulda County Municipality who understood the needs of these families, and together they began work on developing various services, providing opportunities to obtain education for such children locally, so that they could spend more time with their parents on a day-to-day basis. All of which is extremely necessary and significant.
Nobody will ever understand how these parents feel, no one will be able to even imagine what amount of tears has been cried and how many questions of Why? have been asked. Nobody can answer that. It is important to understand that this ball can end up in anyone’s playground , therefore, it is crucial that a support system exists once such a child, youth or adult enters the family and that there is a place and services available where to receive aid and help.
But in addition to the work Eva loves and does at the association every day, she also has a hobby — handicrafts. In the past, Eva also used to knit a lot, but she cannot allow to spend any time for it anymore. But there is one activity she can always find a little time for. Eva loves to crochet rugs made from rags, which she then donates for charity to the store run by the social enterprise Visi Var (Everyone Can) , so that the earnings from the rugs sold would provide additional opportunities to gradually create more workplaces for people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities.
09.07.2020

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