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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 5 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.

April 2, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 12

"Don't be afraid your life will end. Be afraid that it will never begin."
-- Grace Hansen

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

"The pressure on businesses to define themselves and demonstrate capabilities beyond profit and their consumers is considerable." Guy Champniss, CSRwire Talkback, March 29, 2012

ONE MONTH REMAINING FOR THE BRITISH SCHOOL’S CLOTHING DRIVE

It was during dinner dance week in February that British School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Chairperson, Jenny Norden, first approached me about her group conducting a clothing/shoe drive on behalf of our Foundation’s PromiseKids. Jenny, wife of Hilton GM Remco Norden, was aware that we had just purchased warm-dry winter shoes for some of our PromiseKids so they could make the trip to Warsaw for our 8th Annual Dinner Dance. The need and timing seemed just right.

Well, Jenny and clothing/shoe drive coordinator Maria Bonito, wife of Makro Board Member Jose Bonito, got right on top of it, and I am happy to announce that the British School’s clothing/shoe drive just completed its third week of collections. (see photo below).

Transportation of the collected clothing and shoes was a logistical problem at first, but disappeared with one phone call to Piotr Piekarowicz, CEO of member company Move One Relocations. He agreed immediately to provide packing boxes and to transport the proceeds of the clothing/shoe drive to our PromiseLand at the conclusion of the clothing drive on May 4th. Thanks so much Piotr and Move One!

With spring in the air in Poland, what better time could there be for our foundation’s members and friends to pack up their best used and unused clothing and shoes for our PromiseKds? All items can be delivered to the British School at the conclusion of the School’s Easter recess on April 16th for shipment to the PromiseLand on May 4th. The students at the British school help wash the clothes and polish the shoes, so that all donations are nice and clean for our PromiseKids and their families.

The vision of the British School is to provide a high quality British education in an international context for children aged 2-18 years old. Their commitment is to create and maintain a safe, happy and child-centered environment in which children are inspired to become purposeful life long learners.

For more information about the clothing/shoe drive, please call British School PTA Chairperson Jenny Norden at 661 977 016, or contact Natalie Marciniak at the Foundation office at FCSR@chasey.ipgate.pl

MAKRO EASTER COLLECTION FOR OUR PROMISEKIDS ENDS TODAY

We thank you Makro Cash & Carry, and we look forward to the final results of the Easter Collection. Makro, you are the best…

YOU CAN DANCE IN THE PROMISELAND

You Can Dance in the PromiseLand is a new foundation initiative to promote dance as a daily part of an active, healthy lifestyle. The rules are the same as in the famous TV Show: You Can Dance being broadcast all over the world. Talented dancers skilled in everything from Hip Hop, Krumping and Popping to Salsa, Quickstep and Jive compete to be named the PromiseLand's Best Dancers.

Our own Barbara (Basia) Kolasińska is the creator of the competition and will be the host of the You Can Dance in the PromiseLand program. Those who are selected during the first auditions will be given a pass ticket and move on to the next round. At the end of this process, a small number of dancers will be chosen as 'finalists,' and will move on to compete in the final competition where they will perform solo, duet and group dance numbers in a variety of dance styles.

Winners will be chosen in three categories:

SOLO performer (age 7-10)
SOLO performer (age 11-13)

DUET or GROUP dance (age 7-10)
DUET or GROUP dance (age 11-13)

Contestants will be judged by a jury of three members:

Małgorzata Ciućka, FCSR PromiseLand Coordinator
One member of the Student Council
One teacher or school principal

All thirteen PromiseLand schools will take part in You Can Dance in the PromiseLand. The finals will take place in the Lekowo PromiseLand School on May 14th. The first auditions will start on April 30th.

Good luck PromiseLand dancers!

UNEMPLOYMENT EXPECTED TO FALL FROM MARCH

Deputy Finance Minster Hanna Majszczyk has said she expects unemployment in Poland to fall steadily from March. "Unemployment increased in February (to 13.5%), but should be declining steadily as of March," Majszczyk wrote.

Registered unemployment in Poland rose to 13.5% in February, reaching the highest level for five years, the Central Statistical Office said Monday.

FEWER FARMS IN POLAND

By 2020 the number of farms in Poland may drop by around 370,000, according to a forecast by the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics. Most of the farms that will disappear will be no larger than 5 hectares. The institute estimates that in 2020 there will be around 1.22 million farms larger than 1 hectare in Poland. The average farm size will rise from 9.5 hectares in 2010 to 12 hectares in 2020.

OECD ON POLISH HEALTH CARE: LONG LINES AND LITTLE PRIVATE INSURANCE COVERAGE

OECDAccording to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), whose report on the Polish health care system was presented on Thursday at the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland's health care system is rigidly controlled by the state, while the market of private health insurance is still very small. Another problem is uneven access to medical care, which is due to long lines for health care benefits.

Herve Boulhol from OECD pointed out that part of the problem is due to the low level of computerization in the health care system and to the lack of control over patients' health insurance coverage.

DOLLAR A DAY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP FEED OUR HUNGRY POLISH CHILDREN

We are frequently approached by individuals who would like to help support our Foundation’s Hot-Meal Program. Our Dollar A Day program may be just what you have been looking for. Elro van den Burg, Director of the Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce in Poland used PayPal to buy some Polish/English Dictionaries for our Online English Training Program, Dreams Come True. Thanks Elro!

We pay just about $1.00 to feed one hungry Polish child a hot-meal per school day, $20.00 per month, $200.00 per year. Click PayPal below to contribute.

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 20-April 2, 2012 – Makro Cash & Carry Easter Collection for the PromiseKids. Ends today!

March 14-May 4th, 2012 – British School Clothing/Shoe Collection for the PromiseKids

April 30-May 14th, 2012 - You can dance in the PromiseLand competition

June 18, 2012 – Completion of the 2011-2012 Interactive English Program “Dreams Come True”

June 29, 2012 – The end of the school year

August 10-12, 2012 – InterContinental Hotel Scholars Program in Warsaw

September 28, 2012 - Foundation CEO Breakfast and Annual Meeting will be hosted by the InterContinental Hotel

February, 2013 – Ninth Annual Dinner Dance

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Real difficulties can be overcome. It is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. "

-- Theodore N. Vail

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