I recently finished the sea school in Salacgrīva, Latvia, but today I have already moved to Portugal.
In Latvia, near the Estonian border, there is a small town Ainaži - the cradle of Latvian professional seafaring. It was here in 1864 that the local sailors of Ainaži, inspired by shipping enthusiast Krišjānis Valdemārs, founded a new type of maritime school at their own expense - the first maritime school where Latvian and Estonian farmers could learn maritime skills for free.
Krišjānis Valdemārs from 1854 to 1858 Studied political and economic sciences at Terbata University, Estonia. He proudly attached a note with the inscription "Latvietis" to the door of his student room. Kr. Valdemārs was the first educated Latvian who was openly proud of his nationality and advised others not to be ashamed of it. The note pinned to the door with the inscription "Latvietis" was something unique at that time.
Inspired by Kr. Valdemārs, we have created:
In 2010, the charity EUCOW FOUNDATION was established.
Established lifestyle brands LATVIETIS, EESTLANE, MILLENNIALS DESIGN.
In 2016, when Hedviga Podziņa and Gints Šīmanis united, the association "Bibliokuģis Krišjānis Valdemārs" was established, whose task is to provide opportunities to show young people the way to the sea through knowledge and books.
Raivis Struncens, founder of EUCOW FOUNDATION.