The International Christmas Charity Bazaar (ICCB), organised by the International Women’s Association of Vilnius (IWAV) in cooperation with the international diplomatic and business communities and Lithuanian friends, has become the unofficial start to the Christmas season.
Altogether, the ICCB has raised more than 1million euros for the benefit Lithuanian charities since 2003. More than 40 Embassies and organisations participate each year, joining hundreds of volunteers and IWAV members in the organisation of the event.
Hundreds of contributors help the organisers prepare hand-made crafts, souvenirs and Christmas treats for the Bazaar. These gifts are offered in exchange for a donation to the beneficiaries, who are carefully vetted and selected by the organizing committee. Visitors to the event can participate in a lottery to win exciting prizes donated by sponsors and enjoy live entertainment, as they search for unusual and traditional gifts from around the world. 100% of the money collected at the Christmas Bazaar and related activities is donated to the beneficiaries.
Altogether, the ICCB has raised more than 1 million euros for the benefit Lithuanian charities since 2003. More than 40 Embassies and organisations participate each year, joining hundreds of volunteers and IWAV members in the organisation of the event.
Who Can Apply For Support
Each year the Organising Committee of the ICCB selects beneficiaries from among registered Lithuanian public institutions in order to support improvements in the lives of children, women, and the elderly without the means to help themselves.
We welcome applications for support from registered Lithuanian public institutions serving children, women, and the elderly, who have formed a close working partnership with the municipality for the purpose of addressing the particular hardships these groups face over the long term. Ideally, we would like to support projects which make a lasting contribution towards improvements in the lives of the disadvantaged and ill.
How To Apply
Applications will be received and reviewed by the ICCB Charity Sub-Committee which creates a shortlist based on the published Selection Criteria.
Members of the Organising Committee will visit potential beneficiaries in order to consider their applications in more detail. Applicants will then be contacted to inform them of whether their application has been successful. Exact amounts of each donation will be determined only after the Bazaar – dependent on the gathered available funds.