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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 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.

February 11, 2013, Vol. 10, No. 5

"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you. They're
supposed to help you discover who you are."
-- Bernice J. Reagon

EVERY THIRD CHILD BORN IN POLAND LIVES IN POVERTY

According to the GUS (Central Statistical Office) every third child born in Poland in 2013 will live in poverty and hunger is the most cruel and concrete sign of that poverty.

Extreme poverty is mostly common among young people where the family’s income is less than 500 PLN per person. Every fourth child goes hungry and help from social welfare is not enough.

“Poverty in Poland mostly affects young parents and their children. It’s not true that it only affects the elderly. Poland is not the country for young people. They are discriminated (against) and that leads to mass emigration.”- says Piotr Lewandowski, expert at Institute of Structural Research.

Most of the impoverished live in agricultural areas like the Zachodniopomorskie region where our Foundation works. Although there are numerous causes for this situation, high unemployment is the major factor.

Please remember our PromiseKids as we begin this new year of 2013. One way to help is to donate 1 % of your Polish income tax. It means a lot to our kids and will help us continue our Hot-Meal-A-Day program.

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Please click on the video to see what we do to help needy Polish children!

"FCSR - Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility. This is a 1 minute movie promoting the foundation's "Please Donate 1%" program. www.fcsr.pl PRODUCED by: Pablo Montano - Gooday FILMS. Member of FCSR. info@gooday.pl MUSIC by: "The Broken" by Admiral Bob (feat. jeris) www.ccmixter.org/files/admiralbob77/33304 is licensed under a Creative Commons license: www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"

PLANS FOR OUR FCSR ARTS AND DANCE PROGRAM

Unfortunately, music and dance are not a part of the regular school curriculum in our 10 PromiseLand Schools. What the kids do know, they have learned from our very talented FCSR Arts Director, Barbara Kolasinska, and her Dance is our Passion, program.

With spring in the air in Poland, what better time for a new arts and dance projects to begin for our kids! Just look at what Basia has planned…

YOU CAN DANCE IN THE PROMISELAND- SECOND EDITION!

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.

Basia Kolasińska is the creator of the competition and will be the host of the You Can Dance program in the PromiseLand. The final competition is scheduled for the very popular Children’s Day in Poland on June 1. Here are some pictures from last year’s contest. Our kids are so excited about this event!

AND THEN, THE JUNIOR SONG CONTEST

The Junior Song Contest is a song competition organized by the Swidwin Cultural Center to be held this April. The song contest is open to children from ages 6-12. There two categories: solo and group singers. Basia has already signed up 2 solo singers and 2 of our Foundation’s musical groups: Twist and Diamond.

FOLLOWED BY THE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN PACANOW

The 10TH Annual Music Festival in Pacanow will be held in May, The Brzezno musical group, Diamond, will be representing our Foundation in the competition. They will be in the group singers category and the first prize will be 3,000 PLN! Please keep your fingers crossed for their success!

We are so grateful for the commitment that Basia has in bringing music and dance into the lives of our PromiseKids!

HILTON HOTEL CHAIN RAPIDLY EXPANDING IN POLAND

According to Patrick Fitzgibbon, Hilton’s vice president for development in Europe and Africa, Hilton’s expansion in Poland is gaining momentum. There are now five Hilton-brand hotels in Poland, another seven are under construction and a further 12 are planned. It is estimated that around 500 people will be employed in the hotels in the coming years (Warsaw Voice February 2013, no.2)

We are proud of the fact that the first hotel in Poland, the Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Center is a member of our Foundation. The Convention Center features the largest and most advanced event facility in the heart of Warsaw, offering 3.000 sq m of flexible convention space, including the huge 1.406 sq m, pillar-less Warsaw Hall, 12 multifunctional Hilton Meeting Rooms, 1 exclusive Hilton Boardroom and a supporting, high-tech Business Centre.

We are delighted that the Hilton’s Warsaw Ballroom has been the home of our Foundation’s Annual Dinner Dance for the last 6 years!

We wish you continued success in Poland!

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

Our Dollar a Day program may be just what you have been looking for and the PayPal method of delivering your money makes it so easy. 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

April 30, 2013 - Last day to fill out your taxes with our KRS 0000180452 number with that all important 1% for Our Promisekids.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

-- John F. Kennedy

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