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Daugavpils Youth Association forced to die

March 10, 2010

By Gunta Kursiša

Daugavpils Youth Association in Riga (DYAR) was founded in the beginning of 2008 but vanished by summer 2009.

For NGOs it is difficult to survive if it doesn’t have deep roots and traditions,” – says Zane Kokina, the former leader of DYAR. The organization faced problems with fundraising. DYAR hold 12 active volunteers and approximately 350 youngsters participating in Contact Zone, an event sponsored by of DYAR. Compared to bigger and older it did well, however the economical and political crisis in Daugavpils led to its collapse, says Kokina.

“It is necessary to share resources and make alliances between similar organizations,” says Kokina. DYAR was setting up a project together with similar Youth organization from Liepaja, when it ended.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Samuel Ischmicle Osei Owusu permalink
    March 10, 2010 19:55

    I think it pretty sad when a good initiative is allowed to go down the drain. It will have been worth if the authorities could squeeze some money out of its tight budget to support this good cause.

    • openmindedivars permalink*
      March 10, 2010 20:40

      In some cases link between NGO’s and authorities is missing. Unfortunately.

  2. Sandra permalink
    March 10, 2010 20:46

    Hmm, maybe DYAR should ask support to Rigas mayor Nils Usakovs – as we can read in the latest news – he is supporting with 10,000 LVL the “Riga eSports Festival”, but then DYAR probably should start to play “Counter-Strike”.

    As for me – I am participant in one Youth Association but basically only “on paper” (I dont participate in their activities like making some projects or something like that).
    Only thing – I participate in projects which are already done and I do it just for my own entertainment and fun.

  3. Girts permalink
    March 15, 2010 17:28

    All I can suggest is to keep going as some political party’s youth organization and you will definitely get necessary resources. Become orange.

  4. Gunta permalink
    March 15, 2010 18:28

    Hmm.. i think most NGOs want to be independent from parties and “orange”, “green”or whatever political colour. At least I as a member of one NGO think like this. But anyways – there is a question of ethics and idependence in the resource of “material support” for NGO.

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