Cooperation with the Rimantas Kaukenas‘ support group
In 2012 Rimantas Kaukenas, the defender of the national Lithuanian basketball team, established the charity and support group ‘Rimantas Kaukenas‘ support group‘. The main objective of the group is to help children with oncological diseases by providing moral and financial support for the children and their families. Since the establishment of the group, Gediminas Ziemelis is one of the most significant sponsors whose support is important for providing the patients with the necessary medical equipment, non-reimbursed medicine and organization of children’s leisure activities and entertainment.
Dedovskaja is a boarding-school in the outskirts of Moscow built almost half a century ago. It houses over 100 children, from which more than 20 kids have no family members whatsoever. Therefore, volunteers and the staff are doing their best to establish a stronger ground for the future of these children. Talking, discussing as well as playing with them teaches kids the importance of listening, expressing themselves and socializing, while workshops give them an idea of what they could become later in the future and uncovers their hidden skills and features.
Located 38 km from Moscow, Dedovskaja boarding-school will now be able to conduct visits and educational trips. With the donated yellow school bus pupils are already planning their excursions. Showing their appreciation for the support, children have made paintings and photographs, which will be a great memory of their thankfulness and joy. (Photo Gallery)
Support for the charitable fund ‘Jiezno Vaikai’ (‘The Children of Jieznas’), Jieznas Children’s Home
The charitable fund ‘Jiezno Vaikai’ was established in 2002. It attends to the needs of orphans and children from at-risk families living in the Jieznas Children’s Home, Kaunas orphanage ‘Atzalynas’ and Vilnius Children’s Home ‘Gile’. The activities of ‘Jiezno Vaikai’ include organizing various lectures on a wide range of topics to orphaned children, providing them with free books, arranging trips to theatres and initiating creativity contests. The fund encourages less advantaged children to learn and improve, take interest in their future and become self-sufficient persons; therefore the fund prioritizes education and comprehensive teaching.
The Jieznas Children’s Home is a social trust and upbringing institution maintained by the state budget. It is aimed at orphans and children whose parents cannot provide them with adequate educational means.
One of the supporters and organizers of the charitable foundation ‘Kaimo Vaikai’ (‘The Village Children’)
For over 15 years now the charitable foundation ‘The Village Children’ has been initiating and implementing projects aimed at supporting youth in rural areas. It cooperates with the Help for the Lithuanian Orphans Committee (USA), R.Somkaite’s charity foundation (USA), the Lithuanian National Translator’s TV program ‘Bedu Turgus’ as well as the municipalities of the country’s cities and villages. Every year the fund pays for around 30 scholarships for the students of Lithuanian universities from poor, at-risk or socially vulnerable families and orphans. Moreover, it organizes charitable events to support orphanages, village schools and their libraries, private children’s homes, families with many children or those who are faced with problems due to natural disasters or accidents as well as financing summer camps for youth in rural areas.
Support for the Vilkaviskis ‘Ausros’ gymnasium
Vilkaviskis ‘Ausros’ gymnasium is a Lithuanian secondary school, established in 1979. In 2009 it was awarded the status of a gymnasium. It aims at creating an attractive and academically appealing environment for learning and improving as well as gaining the right skills for young people to find their place in life and seek a successful career in a desirable field.