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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 90 INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS ACTIVELY WORKING IN POLAND TO AFFECT POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY. WE FEED, EDUCATE AND EMPOWER POOR CHILDREN IN POLAND. COLLECTIVELY, WE HAVE FED OVER 4 MILLION HOT MEALS TO SOME OF POLAND’S MOST NEEDY CHILDREN. OUR MISSION IS TO LEAD THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN RAISING THE LEVEL AND QUALITY OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

November 14, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 32

"The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
245:119 But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night."


- David Nathan

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Food and water are essential elements that all human beings must have access to in order to live. Access to "the minimum essential food which is sufficient, nutritionally adequate and safe" as well as "sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water" are considered human rights. Hunger, malnutrition and starvation are global problems. Hunger is the condition of a person who does not have access to enough food. Malnutrition is caused by hunger, poor food quality, and disease. Although a person might be consuming the appropriate number of calories daily, he/she may still be missing vital nutrients in his/her diet. Malnutrition can cause additional diseases and certain diseases are known to cause malnutrition. Realizing the right to adequate food means eliminating hunger, malnutrition and starvation.

By: Human Rights Education Associates.

NATALIE KEEPS IT ALL TOGETHER

Although it was almost 5 years ago, I remember the day as if it were yesterday. WOW, was the first word Natalie uttered when she walked into our Foundation’s office, and my first words to her were, “You’re Hired! Our super member company Randstad found her in just two days, and my life has not been the same since. From the very beginning, I appreciated her energy, enthusiasm, and zest for life.

Natalie Marciniak began as our Executive Assistant five years ago, and now serves the Foundation as Operations Director. Most of our 90 CEOs have gotten to know Natalie over the years, but I thought it would be a good idea to tell you a little bit more about her.

Twenty-seven year old Natalie comes from Kamien Krajenski, a small town near Bydgoszcz. She has an older sister Ola. After graduating from high school she decided to go to the United States as a part of a student exchange program. She spent the next 3 years living with an American family in Stamford, Connecticut. For 2 years she was a student at the University Of Connecticut, as a student in the American Language Program in the Center for Continuing Studies. Natalie finished her studies and received certificates in Business English, English as a Second Language, and in Language in the Media.

At the same time Natalie was a psychology student at Norwalk Community College. When she returned to Poland in 2007 she began psychology and management studies at the University of Finance and Management in Warsaw and will graduate in May 2012. Natalie has already decided to start her MBA when she gets her degree. Her greatest interests are Child Psychology, traveling and foreign languages. Her English is impeccable and she also speaks fluent German.

Those of you who know Natalie well, know how valuable she is to our Foundation. She coordinates the Warsaw office as well as our office in the Swidwin (PromiseLand). I can’t imagine our Foundation without her, and pray that I never have to find out.

Thank you Natalie for all you do to make life better for our Foundation’s PromiseKids.

HOT MEAL PROGRAM – OUR PROMISEKITCHEN

As we begin the Foundation’s 9th year, we have much to be thankful for. With the incredible support of KFC, we can celebrate the more than 4 million meals we have served to thousands of poor Polish children throughout our Foundation’s short history. We are delighted to report that the Hot Meal a Day program has been extremely successful.

Frequent reports from the schools are most encouraging, and indicate that not only has the physical condition of the Promise Kids improved greatly over these past years, but also their learning skills have continued to develop in a very positive way.

PHalina and Henryk Dziubak, (pictured above) have been responsible for preparing the 4 million meals for our Foundation. They are in the PromiseKitchen at 0300 each school day making all arrangements for supplying, cooking, serving, cleaning and accounting for each meal.

Halina and Henryk have been married for 35 years and have four children. They share similar interests in music, cooking and traveling.

Thank you Halina, Henryk and all the PromiseLand Kitchen staff for the great job you do every school day for our PromiseKids!

"Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well."

- Jack London

We feed lots of needy Polish children, but we are also in the business of helping our PromiseKids learn to “play a poor hand well.” Jack London (quote above) was right when he said that life is not always about holding good cards, but it is also about learning to play the bad cards well that we are dealt.

Our PromiseKids are accustomed to playing poor hands on a daily basis. Their home circumstances are bleak at best, and they face each new day with the dreary challenges of keeping warm, having enough to eat, and adjusting to adverse family situations.

Our Annual Dinner Dance affords a small number of our PromiseKids the rare opportunity of actually holding some good cards, even if it is only for a short 64 hours. The 40 PromiseKids who will entertain us on February 13th will all return to their small villages very different than they were when they left their homes at 0-dark 30, two-days before. For the first time in their young lives they will know what it is like to be dealt a good hand of cards. We pray that what they will experience on this special trip will serve as an incentive for them to build a “good card” mentality for the rest of their lives.

We thank all of our members and guests who will attend our 8th Annual Dinner Dance and make this adventure possible for these super kids. Nothing could be worse for our fledgling entertainers than to find empty seats in the Grand Ballroom of the Warsaw Hilton at show time. If you have a reserved seat for “What a Wonderful World,” be sure to be there and help these kids know what it’s like to hold good cards.

We hope to see you all on Monday evening, February 13th at 18:30 at the Warsaw Hilton Hotel.

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DATES TO REMEMBER

November 21st - Dutch Chamber Rijsttafel Dinner/Ball at the Warsaw Hilton. Lottery to benefit our PromiseKids.

December 3, 2011 – Boxing Night at the Warsaw Hilton to benefit our Foundation’s Hot-Meal Program.

February 13th – 8th Annual Dinner Dance at the Warsaw Hilton Hotel. Make your reservations for this special event. Tables of 10, 2400 PLN. Twenty tables remaining.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune."

- Jim Rohn

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