This is Almants. He is part of a family of eleven children. They live in a rundown, ugly, former movie theatre in one of the remote areas of Riga. The building is so rotten and old that when they went in as a family to live there no one really cared. This is one of the buildings in which you really pray that the roof will not collapse while you are inside. A terrible place.
However the family stuck together. Two of the older boys developed mid-stage schizophrenia. Most of the other kids have asthma and other illnesses. Government allowance for this family is under 200 EUR per month which most of it is automatically deducted for water and electricity. There is no medical allowance at all.
They are trying hard to stay above water. Finding a job is almost impossible and whenever they arrive at a job interview they are scorned because they don’t dress like others. They try very hard to earn their living by collecting old newspapers, books and wastepaper – for 1000 kgs of wastepaper they get 40 euros. They cleaning around the old movie theatre for which the city pays them 50 euros for the area that is so huge. The photo shows you the family with the building in the back ground.