Being one of the largest investment companies in Lithuania, ZIA Valda continues the tradition of responsible business by contributing to various public projects.
We focus on our social investments in education, healthcare, sports and social care projects. So far we have already supported multiple cultural projects, education institutions and various social initiatives.
Support for the basketball club ‘Vanagai BC’
Basketball in Lithuania is loved and played by practically everyone. The young players of the basketball club based in Vilnius know the sweet taste of victory, holding the trophy of the Northern European Youth Basketball League (NEYBL) on their shelves.
The club has helped to unearth some major Lithuanian basketball talent. The globally renowned player, Jonas Valanciunas, spent a season playing for ‘Vanagai BC’ before joining ‘Lietuvos Rytas’ and signing the contract with the National Basketball Association (NBA) club ‘Toronto Raptors’ for the upcoming season.
Support for the football club ‘Ekranas’
The football team ‘Ekranas’ was established in 1964. In 2003 and 2004 it won the silver medals at the Lithuanian Football Championships. In 2005, for the very first time, the team became Lithuanian football champions. Since 2008, ‘Ekranas’ has defended its title as champions four times already. The club has also played in the UEFA champions’ league qualifiers.
Cooperation with the Wroclaw basketball club ‘Slask’
In 2011, one of the companies managed by Gediminas Ziemelis, the Chairman of the Board of ZIA Valda, became the sponsor of the Wroclaw basketball club ‘Slask’.
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 state-funded social trust and upbringing institution. It is aimed at orphans and children whose parents cannot provide them with adequate educational means.
Cooperation with the Rimantas Kaukenas’ support group
On the 3rd of February 2012 the defender of the national Lithuanian basketball team (currently playing for the Italian Siena ‘Montepaschi’) Rimantas Kaukenas established a public organization seeking to draw attention to severely ill children. The main objectives of the support group include helping children and young people with special needs to successfully adapt to the community, to promote the importance of sports and healthy living on a national level, to provide moral and financial support for severely ill people and their families and to enhance their free time through sports-related activities.
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. The fund also financially supports 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.
Support to famous Lithuanian guitarist, Aurelijus Globys.
Endeavoring to enhance guitar music in Lithuania, Gediminas Ziemelis, the Chairman of the Board of ZIA Valda, has supported a famous Lithuanian musician, Aurelijus Globys in acquiring a new state-of-the-art instrument.
Aurelijus Globys is a graduate of the J. Tallat-Kelpsa Conservatory. In 1994 Aurelijus began his career as a professional musician and has since performed with such well-known Lithuanian bands as Pelenai and ОК, as well as participated in the performing arts projectsViengungiai and Keistuoliai. In 1996 Aurelijus and his colleague Vladas Kovaliovas from the band Volis created a new music project Nacija. In the year 2000 Aurelijus began his solo career with the phocus on promoting flamenco music and culture in the country and abroad. Mr. Globys often performs with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra’s virtuoso violinist Zbigniew Lewicki.
Donation for the treatment of maestro Vytautas Kernagis
Gediminas Ziemelis, the Chairman of the Board of ZIA Valda had financially contributed to the social initiative aimed at collecting funds for the treatment of maestro Vytautas Kernagis, who sadly lost his battle against cancer in 2008.
The foundation ‘Fundacja Mimo Wszystko’
The charitable Anna Dymna foundation ‘Against the Odds’ was established in 2003 in Krakow, Poland. It is focused on supporting severely ill and disabled people. Whilst arranging various conferences and gatherings which promote integration and social initiatives, the fund actively cooperates with non-governmental organizations, state and medical institutions.
Support for the ‘Full House Community’
The ‘Full House Community’ is a catholic association uniting believers. Its mission is to ensure that a person experiencing troubles in his/her life can find the serenity and faith within the community where one can be evangelized, released from addictions and prepared for a return to independent life or even to choose a path as a server of God.
Commendation for supporting the improvement of Lithuanian-Polish relations
The purpose of The Adomas Mickevicius Foundation for the Support of Lithuanian-Polish relations is to promote a positive relationship between Lithuania and Poland while developing and strengthening mutual cooperation. One of the objectives is to evaluate the issue of straining relations between the two nations through the prism of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which once unified the destiny of the nations. Chairman of the Board of ZIA Valda Gediminas Ziemelis, being the general sponsor of the first Jerzy Giedroyc Dialogue and Cooperation Forum, has already assigned LTL 50,000. He continues expressing his active support and was a general sponsor of Jerzy Giedroyc award-giving ceremony in 2014 thus financially contributing to the improvement of relations between Lithuania and Poland.
Employees are our most valuable asset. We actively support and reward their efforts to pursue their passion in the workplace and in the community. Employees are frequently engaged in delivering projects or working in partnership with others to help their local communities.
We aim at creating highly professional and creative atmosphere to all our team members. Understanding the responsibility of the company and its employees to the society, we encourage active participation in business, education and other communities to support the process of sharing ideas and experience.