STORIES

Mommy, get me out of here

Every year hundreds of children go missing in Latvia. When a child is missing, every hour counts and sometimes even minutes. This is when rapid reaction and wide publicity are extremely important.

Bezvests.lv app helps to engage people who care and want to help. Even if they only know how the missing kid looks like it increases the chances to find the child faster.

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The Story Behind

Every year hundreds of children, adults, and seniors go missing in Latvia. Even with their families, police, and volunteers making the search, only half of these missing people get found.

Despite all efforts, search operations still require more people, equipment and other resources.

But sometimes all it takes to save somebody's life is just one phone-call or a message from a random witness to the police or search organization.

DECLARED MISSING
2015
752
2016
841
2017
1075
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I was sold into slavery

All over the world, people get kidnapped, held captive, forced to work as labor and sex slaves, and Latvia is no exception.

Sometimes only one hint is enough to help to find a kidnapped person. Bezvests.lv app helps to widen the range of possible kidnapping witnesses and find the missing person.

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The Story Behind

Every year hundreds of children, adults, and seniors go missing in Latvia. Even with their families, police, and volunteers making the search, only half of these missing people get found.

Despite all efforts, search operations still require more people, equipment and other resources.

But sometimes all it takes to save somebody's life is just one phone-call or a message from a random witness to the police or search organization.

DECLARED MISSING
2015
752
2016
841
2017
1075
Back
HelpReveal story details

I don't know where I am and how I got here

Elderly people make another risk group. Quite often they have weak health, eyesight, and poor hearing which decreases their chances to survive when lost.

As with children, when a senior goes missing every hour counts. Bezvests.lv app increases the chances of finding the person lost and providing him with the necessary assistance.

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The Story Behind

Every year hundreds of children, adults, and seniors go missing in Latvia. Even with their families, police, and volunteers making the search, only half of these missing people get found.

Despite all efforts, search operations still require more people, equipment and other resources.

But sometimes all it takes to save somebody's life is just one phone-call or a message from a random witness to the police or search organization.

DECLARED MISSING
2015
752
2016
841
2017
1075
Back
HelpReveal story details

They will sell my body for parts

Sometimes young and healthy people become victims of organ hunters. They get kidnapped on streets or nightclubs, get drugged and taken away for illegal organ harvesting. Every one of us can help to find a missing person — we just need to know who to look for.

Bezvests.lv app increases the chances of finding the missing person and providing him with the necessary assistance.

Help
The Story Behind

Every year hundreds of children, adults, and seniors go missing in Latvia. Even with their families, police, and volunteers making the search, only half of these missing people get found.

Despite all efforts, search operations still require more people, equipment and other resources.

But sometimes all it takes to save somebody's life is just one phone-call or a message from a random witness to the police or search organization.

DECLARED MISSING
2015
752
2016
841
2017
1075
Back
HelpReveal story details

BEHIND THE STORY

When 5-year old Ivan Berladin went missing in Liepāja and later was found with no signs of life most people were shocked. Developers of Chili Labs were no exception. They offered their help to BEZVESTS.LV in creating a mobile application to make searching for missing people faster and more efficient, and a creative agency Tribe Riga took on the making of an information campaign.

Every year hundreds of children, adults, and seniors go missing in Latvia. Their families, police, and volunteers look for them, but search operations require more people, equipment and other resources. But sometimes all it takes is just one witness who has noticed a missing person and one phone call to the police or a searching organization that can save somebody’s life.

Bezvests.lv app solves two tasks at once — it informs about missing people and is used for coordinating search groups. Informed people may recognize the missing person and even prevent the accident. Also, it makes the search more efficient because almost everyone now has a smartphone.

Team
Bezvests.lv

BEZVESTS.LV is a volunteer organization that searches for missing people. Since 2009 BEZVESTS.LV volunteers have completed more than 800 search events and over 100 missing people were found.The organization has 180 permanent volunteers and several thousand volunteers who actively share information and sometimes join in the search. We have experience in searching on land, under water and from the air with the help of different unique equipment. Bezvests.lv team has cynologists and divers.

Chili Labs

Chili Labs develops efficient, responsive and handy mobile apps. When Chili Labs developers learned about BEZVESTS.LV volunteers' work they wanted to help and created Bezvests.lv app for searching for missing people. This app is available for anyone with an iOS or Android smartphone. Learn more about how to help find missing people at www.bezvests.lv/app

Tribe Riga

The creative agency Tribe Riga came up with a visually engaging campaign for Bezvests.lv app including the idea, the concept, the photoshoot, and animation. Based on relatable emotions, this campaign red-flags the importance of missing and invites more people to start using the Bezvests app. The more people use it, the higher the chance of finding the missing people alive.