Caritas Academy in Riga

Caritas Academy


FÖRDERSUMME: 44.000 Euro

BISTUM: Bistum Riga


The project „Caritas Academy“ in Riga wants to strengthen the Caritas volunteer groups in Latvia, who are an indispensable part of the church. The service includes, among other features, educational trainings, experience exchange and supervisions for volunteers.

More about the project

The project „Caritas Academy“ aims at three main goals:

  • to structure the work already done in the field of the volunteer work, to develop it and to do it in even more professional way;
  • to create Caritas Academy, where volunteers could receive holistic approach in their service for those in need;
  • to provide ongoing learning and supervision opportunities for Caritas volunteers.

To achieve those goals, we will carry out a broad variety of activities:

  • Upgrading documentation package regarding volunteer work
  • Fundraising
  • Educational: trainings twice a year; continuing education lectures once per two months
  • Integrational: experience exchange trip once a year
  • Spiritual: retreats once a year
  • Supervisions: face-to-face encounters with new or existing parish groups twice a month; supervisions for volunteers in institutions once per month

With our work, we hope to strengthen the Caritas volunteer groups in Latvia, who are an indispensable part of the church.

About Gunita Pokšāne

I was born and raised in Dobele. Since my youth I have been actively serving in the ministries of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church (catechesis, diakonia, youth work, etc.). In 1998 I graduated from the Latvian Christian Academy as a caritative social worker. I have been working in my profession for more than 20 years. I have mostly worked with families and children. During the last 10 years I have returned to the Catholic Church. I continue my ministry together with my husband, leading Notre Dame de Vie Latvia Lay Community - a prayer group and retreats.

I have also vast experience in the NGO sector, project management and implementation. Before I have worked also as a social worker in Riga municipality.

I am grateful to God that I can combine my family vocation and service to the Church in my case - Caritas, more concretely - work volunteers in parishes and institutions.

As the most important thing in my life I see the way of holiness and unity with Jesus, which is to be realized by practising prayer and apostolate.


Nodibinajums Caritas Latvija
Mazā Pils iela 2a
1050 Riga

Gunita Pokšāne


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