UNA-Lithuania and PAGAVA are helping deaf and hearing impaired children. You can, too!

Children of all ages enjoyed performing at the charity concert organized by UNA Lithuania and PAGAVA Lithuanian Association to help Families with Deaf with Hearing Impaired Children. Contact PAGAVA as to how you can make a difference in a child's life. Photo by Nerijus Merkelis.

UNA-Lithuania, a member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), have teamed up once again with PAGAVA, the Lithuanian Association of Families with Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children to make a difference in the lives of young people with disabilities.

The non-governmental organization PAGAVA, working along with UNA-Lithuania are trying to make a difference by presenting charity concerts that inspire Lithuanians to contribute to this worthwhile cause.

PAGAVA’s Chairwoman, Rima Sitaviciene, UNA-Lithuania’s Executive Director Jurate Landsbergyte, and Gitana Merkeliene, a journalist, and communication specialist, all joined forces to spread the word on this “Our Earth Is Alive” charity concert.

This year’s event was held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Opening remarks were made by Journalist Gitana Merkeliene, together with her young daughter, Klaudia Merkelis. Gitana wrote new poems dedicated to this event, and her daughter, Klaudia, performed to her mother’s poems, too.

The program featured Jurate Landsbergyte as organist and Viktoria Marija Zabrodaite on flute. Asta Pilypaite, a famous Lithuanian pop lyricist singer was there with her band. Little girls performed with Asta and Gabija’s Gimnasium Singing Theatre Conductor Edita Bagviliene’s songs were warmly received by the audience.

In addition, Edmundas Atkociuas, Lithuanian poet, the President of LGUVO, contributed his poetry to this event.

The purpose of the charity concert, “Our Earth Is Alive,” which was first initiated in 2015, and held this year, too, is to help Families with Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children, according to PAGAVA.

Contributions to help Families with Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children, were encouraged at the event, by writing directly to PAGAVA.

This year’s event held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vilnius, Lithuania also marked the 500th Anniversary of the founding of the Lutheran Church.

As Zilvnas Radavicius, a teacher, historian and member of UNA-Lithuania stated in his closing remarks:

We must take care of those children who need more help. We must pay attention and help them to hear more, to learn more. All children in Lithuania are our children. So it is our goal to take care of them.

From left to right: Following the Charity Concert “Our Earth Is Alive” held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vilnius, Lithuania recently, are journalist, Gitana Merkeliene, with her daughter Klaudia Merkelis, a student, next to teacher/historian Zilvinas Radavicius, as well as the sister of Jurate Landsbergyte, Ruta Bruzgiene, a Professor at Mykolas Romeris University. Jurate Landsbergyte, Executive Director of UNA-Lithuania is pictured next to her sister, Ruta Bruzgiene on the right. This dedicated group was photographed in front of the Martin Luther Reform Monument. Photo by Nerijus Merkelis




Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of "Baltic Review" based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body's work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.

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