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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis kitose duomenų bazėse / Article in other databases (S4)
Field of Science: Istorija ir archeologija / History and archaeology (H005)
Author(s): Skirius, Juozas
Title: BALF'o parama Lietuvai 1990–2008 metais
Other Title: Balfas' assistance to Lithuania from 1990 to 2008
Is part of: Oikos : lietuvių migracijos ir diasporos studijos. , Nr. 2 (20) (2015)
Extent: p. 37-54
Date: 2015
Abstract: Founded in 1944 and based on U. S. Lithuanian principles of voluntarily extended help to the needy, the United Lithuanian Relief Fund of America, known as Balfas in Lithuanian, from 1990 onwards reoriented its charitable activities towards aiding not just emigrants in need but inhabitants of Lithuania as well. From 1990 to 2008 it raised and disbursed funds and goods in the amount of several million U. S. dollars. The main focus was on assisting former political prisoners and deportees with material goods, food items, medicines, and cash. To that end Balfas collected data about needy families, seniors, and orphans; and sent parcels and money to places where children and elderly people were taken care of, to youth camps, and to village libraries. Balfas paid particular attention to 43 Lithuanian schools in the eastern part of Lithuania. Before it closed, Balfas also sent parcels to Lithuanians in Poland (to about 2000 addresses) living in the so-called Suwalki Triangle; supported (to the tune of $300 a month) the Lithuanian February 16th Gymnasium in Germany until 1996; financially assisted the Lithuanian Church in maintaining eating places for poor people living in Vilnius and elsewhere in Lithuania and supported new arrivals to th States from Lithuania
Affiliation(s): Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Švietimo akademija
Appears in Collections:OIKOS: lietuvių migracijos ir diasporos studijos 2015, nr. 2(20)
Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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