Beginning in 2013, ICA began work in Latvia. It has been slow and very small. Latvia gained its independence from Russia in 1991. The main language is Lettish not Russian. Situations for children is becoming worse because of economic hardships and government cutbacks in social and health provision services. Some families have been forced to relocate or place (or legally forced to place) their children in residential facilities orphanages because they are unable to provide for them. As families become more destitute, children are abused and rates of suicide and alcoholism rise.
ICA provides camps in the U.S. currently for older children who have no relative or parent to care for them. During their four week stay here, our goal is to find them a forever family. While here they will learn social/life skills, language acquisition and behavioral modification skills which will help them when they return. And the DO have a lot of fun! ICA collects humanitarian aid enough for ALL the children of the orphanage while the children are here. They bring the aid back with them directly to the orphans. The children must be sponsored by voluntary donations in order to come. It costs over $2500 per child!