A military invasion of a neighbouring country and the bombing of residential areas, taking civilians hostage, is a barbarity that seemed unthinkable in 21st century Europe. Humanly imagining what would happen to us if something like this happened in Latvia, begs the questions: “How can I help? What is the attitude of the people around me and the company I work for?”
So, we would like to tell you what Baltic Restaurants is doing and will continue to do to help people affected by the war in Ukraine. We donated EUR 10,000 to various aid programmes. We are looking for ways to get other resources we have, mainly food, to people in Ukraine who might need it. We are ready to take in refugees from Ukraine, allowing them to work with us and helping them with accommodation – we have already registered 20 such vacancies. We have ceased using products originating in Russia or Belarus in our cooking.
That will certainly not be all we will do. On the other hand, we encourage you to act individually within your means. Thank you if you are already doing so.
We know from history, including recent Latvian history, that there are decisive moments when it is simply not possible to stand by and be impartial. Such a moment has come again. What everyone does today, and what we all do together, will determine the world we live in tomorrow.
Wishing you resilience and optimism,
Your Baltic Restaurants