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Order of Malta Relief Organization in Lithuania (Maltos ordino pagalbos tarnyba) was established in 1991.

At present, 44 MOPT groups in various cities operate in our country. Order of Malta Relief Organization currently has more than 1500 volunteers.

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Maltesers mission in Lithuania, as well as around the world, is strictly humanitarian, impartial, and mostly voluntary.

The goal of the MOPT is to carry out social and charitable support activities to help the neediest citizens of Lithuania. More than 100 different social projects were implemented in Lithuania over 20 years.

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MOPT ACTIVITIES:

  • ◦ Help of poor lonely old people (“Meals on wheels” and Home care) in 19 cities ;
  • ◦ Organization of Social Day care centers (12) for children from disadvantaged families;
  •  2 Youth Centres
  • ◦ Organization of youth social activities (28 young Maltesers groups);
  • ◦ Courses of First aid and social care for volunteers (4 regions);
  • ◦ Fundraising campaigns (campaign “Maltesers soup” and charity concert on TV).

25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Order of Malta and Lithuania

While marking an 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, signed a bilateral Cooperation agreement on September 4th, 2017.

“The agreement signed today is a result of close cooperation and, at the same time, a new page of cooperation in areas such as health care, social security and the refugee issues”, said the Prime Minister.

Mr Skvernelis thanked the Grand Chancellor for the activities of the Order of Malta in Lithuania.

The Prime Minister noted with appreciation such projects as the “Maltesers Soup”, “Meals on Wheels” and Child day care centres.

According to Mr Skvernelis, such initiatives help the most vulnerable groups of Lithuanian people.

“We can see the fruit of close cooperation. A major breakthrough has certainly been achieved in terms of the contribution of the Order of Malta to the promotion of volunteering, combating social exclusion and charitable activities”, noted Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

The Prime Minister thanked the Grand Chancellor for his personal contribution during the events of 13 January 1991.

At that time, the Grand Chancellor, H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, visited Lithuania bringing a shipment of medication from Germany to Lithuanian hospitals and supported our country in difficult times.

Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister Germanas discussed cooperation opportunities with the delegation of the Order of Malta

On 4 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas met with the Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel and Ingo Radtke, Secretary General of Malteser International, the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss cooperation opportunities in the fields of humanitarian aid and development cooperation.

“We are grateful for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta’s charitable activities in Lithuania. We are also pleased that the friendly relationship between Lithuania and the Order of Malta has greatly expanded and strengthened,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister to welcome the guests on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and the Order of Malta.

As regards Lithuania’s humanitarian aid and development cooperation, the Foreign Vice-Minister Germanas also emphasized that Lithuania by all means sought to contribute to the international community’s efforts through the provision of support to persons affected by conflicts and natural disasters. “In 2016, Lithuania provided up to nearly EUR 1 million worth of humanitarian aid. Ukraine received 66 percent of all  humanitarian aid,” said Germanas.

Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister invited the representatives of the Order of Malta to consider the possibility of implementing joint projects in Ukraine. Germanas emphasized that this country remained Lithuania’s important development cooperation partner.

The delegation is headed by the Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager. This visit marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Officially, Lithuania established its diplomatic relations with the Order of Malta on 9 July 1992. However, the Order of Malta started to carry out its activities in Lithuania even earlier, when the Auxiliary Service of the Order of Malta was established in the autumn of 1991.

25th anniversary of Order of Malta Relief Organization

In 2016, Lihuanian Relief Organization of the Order of Malta has celebrated 25th anniversary. For this celebration, Lithuanian department has guested a lot of long-term partners of Lithuania Order of Malta. One of the most honored guest was the Grand Chancellor Baron Albrecht von Boeselager who has also visited Lithuania at the beginning of Lithuanian Independence. Among all the guests there were a lot of Maltese from Germany who cooperate with Lithuanian Maltesers for many years already.

One of the most important events for 25th anniversary was international conference at Government of the Republic of Lithuania ‘Let’s overcome challenges together’ held by former Lithuania Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius at 8th of September. Reports at the conference were read by Order of Malta Grand Hospitalier Dominique Prince and Count de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, German Hamburg Director General of the Maltese diocese Alexander Becker, the National Director of the Order of Malta to Ireland John Wright, Ireland ambassador David Noonan, former Secretary General of Lihuanian Relief Organization of the Order of Malta Eitvydas Bingelis.

At 10th of September in Vilnius there was a conference of associations from East and Central Europe Order of Malta ‘Facing challenges together’. The conference gathered not only main leaders of Order of Malta such as the Grand Baron Christian von Bechtolsheim and Grand Hospitalier Dominique Prince and Count de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel but also dozens of other Malta ambassadors from various European countries and other leaders. The conference was a unique opportunity among main leaders to discuss actual issues related with Malteser work with youth all around the Europe, promotion of volunteering work, international help for refugees, internal and external communication issues among Europe Maltese organizations, as well as, looking for new partners and effective communication methods between current members.

The Grand Baron and the Grand Hospitalier have also organized important meetings with former Lithuania Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius.

In the meeting, former Lithuania Prime Minister has mentioned that Order of Malta is a very important partner that helps to implement various support related projects for medical help and fight against poverty. During the meeting, members have raised an intention to prepare and sign transnational agreement among Republic of Lithuania and Order of Malta.

Honoured guests and Lithuanian Maltesers during the World Day of the Sick, have attended Šiluva mass where they have prayed for health of sick people in Lithuania. Also, they have visited a sculpture of Archangel Gabriel that was created by Saulius Lampickas for the celebration of 25th anniversary. The sculpture was built on the Hill of Angels in Vilnius and symbolizes volunteering work and help for others.