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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.

March 18, 2013 Vol. 10, No.10

"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."
-- Duke Ellington

OUR SECOND PROMISELAND SCHOOL – The Nielep School

With today’s newsletter, we continue our tenth anniversary series highlighting the work of the Foundation over the past ten years. To those of you who have been on this journey with us over these years, we hope you will be proud of the accomplishments and differences we have made together in the lives of our PromiseKids. For those of you who are newer to the Foundation, we hope this series will encourage you to become even more active in the work of the Foundation and in the lives of our PromiseKids.

Nielep is a small village located in Swidwin County. The people in Nielep are very poor because there are no jobs available in the village. They look for work in the closest town of Swidwin, but jobs are few and far between. The average income for a typical family of four is 1200 PLN ($600) per month. Most live on the money they receive from social welfare. Winter is the most difficult time for these families as even any temporary jobs are scarce during this season.

The Nielep School sits right in the center of the village, on the only road in town and next to the church and local store. When we first visited the Nielep School, over ten years ago, it was a typical village school – cold and gray on the outside, still cold, but friendly on the inside. Recently, the roof and the windows were renovated by the EU so the school looks much brighter, and is much warmer than it used to be.

It’s not easy to get to this school. Narrow and bumpy roads make it very difficult to drive, especially on snowy days. However, braving these conditions, our hot meal team makes their way to this school every single weekday to deliver the children’s’ meals.

This week our FCSR staff visited the Nielep School to speak with the principal, Anna Zelazek and some of our PromiseKids. When they arrived at Nielep, it was -15 C and not a soul could be seen outside…

What a contrast to the inside!

“When Basia and I entered the school, the first thing that hit us was the cheerful and bright kindergarten room,” said Malgosia Ciucka, FCSR Regional Director.

Six year old Michal summed up what this classroom means to him: “I love coming to the kindergarten room, because it’s so colorful. My favorite toy here is the big truck.”

This renovation is all thanks to member company Cargill Polska! Three years ago Cargill brought 37 “Transition into Leadership” trainees from their offices around the world to renovate this kindergarten room at the Nielep School. Working as a team, the trainees had 48 hours to design, remodel, furnish and completely finish their project. Not only did they meet their goal, but they won over the hearts of the entire community. The kids also received new toys and games for the classroom. It was a major WOW for the children and everyone involved.

Ania Zelazek, the principal of Nielep, welcomed our staff. Ania has been our friend for years. She is a graduate of Pedagogics and Polish philology at the Szczecin University. She’s been working at the Nielep School for 30 years! In 2002 she became the principal.

As always, Ania happily invited our staff in for a hot cup of coffee and reminisced about the first years with the Foundation. “Actually, it all started in 2002 with the Polish Red Cross. William Chasey, our Bill, was the main consultant to the PRC at that time. Then, in 2003 the Nielep School became one of four schools which started working with the FCSR. Luckily for us, the Nielep School has been under the FCSR wings for more than 10 years now and we really appreciate what FCSR members have been doing for us during these years”.

In the middle of the conversation, the school doorbell rang. Meg and Basia could hear the kids running to the cafeteria. It was time for a hot lunch!! Our FCSR cooks and drivers were not to be deterred by the cold weather! There they were, right on time.

Meg and Basia followed the kids and were impressed by what they saw next: The children were all lined up and patiently waiting for their meals. When asked about their favorite meal, 10 year old Michal exclaimed: “Potatoes and meat and the tomato soup!” And for Magda? “My favorite meal is meatballs and tomato sauce! And pasta!”

Meg and Basia also took some time to sit and talk with Kinga Kita, Wiktoria Krawiec and Wiktoria Grad. These girls have been in our English language program but have also taken part in our other programs as well. They all live in Nielep.

Wiktoria Krawiec is 12 and she is the best student in her class. "I can’t imagine my school and the village without the help we get from the Foundation. The Foundation brings hope and light to our lives. Mrs. Malgosia and Ms Basia always bring some good news. I will never forget my vacation spent in Warsaw at the InterContinental Hotel. I loved the sightseeing, but the best part was the farewell party and the last night spent in one room with my new friends eating sweets and popcorn”.

“And for me, my best memory is the Dinner Dance in Warsaw two years ago,” Kinga says. “It was quite difficult and exhausting to learn all those dance steps, but the Dinner Dace was so worth it and we all had so much fun!

Wiktoria Grad was one of the lucky ones, selected to participate in the FCSR InterContinental Scholarship Program and spent three exciting days in Warsaw. In Wiktoria’s words: “When I saw the hotel and my room, I was shocked. It was so great! I've never seen such beautiful furniture, so big a bathroom and I have never slept in such a comfortable bed. Thank you Foundation!"

The Foundation and its member companies provide English classes to 10 Nielep students each year. The program is very popular among the kids. “English lessons at school are not enough; the kids need to have extra classes and they can’t afford private classes. The FCSR English program is very necessary here at the Nielep School,” says Iwona Gesicka, the English teacher responsible for the FCSR English Program at Nielep.

The Nielep schoolchildren also took part in our You Can Dance program. “I’m a dancer and in the future I want to be a professional dancer. I love the Foundation’s You Can Dance program and also take part in Ms Basia’s dance classes – says 9 year old Ania.

And there is much more…

Thanks to the generosity of the British Polish Chamber of Commerce and Dell Polska the children at the Nielep School received new shoes.

Thanks to the generosity of Foundation member companies Colgate-Palmolive and P&G, the students at Nielep receive cleaning supplies, shampoos, soaps, toothpastes and toothbrushes. They also receive school supplies from our wonderful member company Primo Polska each year.

A highlight of the year is the annual graduation trip to Kolobrzeg and the Baltic Coast, organized by member company Mc Donald’s. Although only 20 km from the beach, most Nielep children have never been out of their village, so this has become one of the most anticipated journeys of their young lives!

The children at the Nielep School also received gifts from the Mysiadlo School in Warsaw. The collection was conducted by Peter Gajewski’s (member company Discipline Media) wife Michalina. The Mysiadlo School collected toys and school supplies for the children in Nielep last year.

No question about it, the FCSR is an integral part of the educational, social and cultural life of our PromiseKids at the Nielep School.
Thank you FCSR members!

THE NUMBER OF HUNGRY CHILDREN INCREASES IN POLAND

Recent findings by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy show that 800,000 Polish Children are suffering from malnutrition. The results have made headlines this past week and have drawn is a wave of criticism and concern from public figures and politicians.

“In the very near future, we will publish a new report on the malnutrition of children based on these findings,” the Minister of Labor and Social Policy Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz told Gazeta Wyborcza.

The Minister has given assurance that there will be research into the number of families living in poverty and also stated there may be an increase with regards to the amount of welfare available to those who need it most. “Last year we raised this by about PLN 105 – PLN 465 per person per family,” he stated.

Some school officials say “the Government should take on the financing of school meals, because we need to ensure that every child eats a two-course meal there. This system is far safer because when extra money is handed out to parents, we can not be sure exactly where this money is going and whether of not it will be spend on the child or not.” (New Poland Express)

POLES INCREASINGLLY PESSIMISTIC ABOUT COUNTRY

An increasing number of Poles are pessimistic when asked about the current situation in Poland, according to a survey by TNS Polska. Seventy-five percent of Poles say that things are going in the wrong direction, up by 5 percentage points since the last such poll. Only 15 percent had an opposite opinion. Some 74 percent think that Poland’s economy is undergoing a crisis, while 21 percent think that the economy is developing. The survey also found that 44 percent of Poles don’t expect people’s material condition to improve. Fifteen percent expert an improvement and 36 percent are convinced that nothing will change in this area. (PAP)

The Genworth Index is at a five-year low in Poland. It measures consumer financial vulnerability and was at 13 points in Poland in 2012. This is the lowest level of the index for Poland in the last five years. Some 93 percent of Polish households are pessimistic about their own financial situation and only 7 percent are optimistic. The Genworth Index is based on opinions obtained from adult members of private households. (Genworth Financial/PAP)

TREASURY SET QUOTAS FOR WOMEN IN SUPERVISORY BOARDS

Poland’s Treasury Ministry has created a new regulation aimed at increasing the number of women on the supervisory boards of state-owned companies. According to the new directive, women should constitute at least 30 percent of supervisory board members at state-owned and strategically important companies by 2015.

POLES WANT GENDER EQUALITY, BUT ARE SPLIT ON HOW FAIR IT IS NOW

A vast majority of Poles agree that women and men should have equal rights, but they differ in their view of the current situation of women in society. A recent survey by CBOS found that Poles support equality in public life (97 percent), family life (98 percent) and in the workplace (97 percent). At the same time, 44 percent said they agreed that women are discriminated against in Poland while 46 percent said they disagreed.

These views differ between men and women – 52 percent of women respondents said they think women are not treated equally and only 35 percent of the men said so. Only 26 percent of the surveyed women and 17 percent of the men said they encountered cases of discrimination. (PAP)

DONATE 1% AND HELP POOR CHILDREN IN POLAND!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Foundation For Corporate Social Responsibility became a Public Benefit Organization(OPP) and now is qualified to receive 1 % of your income tax!

The primary focus of our Foundation is to serve poor Polish children. To date, the Foundation has fed over 4 - million meals to needy Polish children. Presently, the Foundation feeds children from 10 Polish schools and provides many education programs( English Online Program, Arts and Dance Program, and more). Please visit www.fcsr.pl to find out more.

IMPORTANT! When filling out your PIT please enter our full KRS number:

KRS 0000180452

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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.

WARSAW VOICE AWARD GOES TO POLISH FOOD

Foundation member, the Warsaw Voice magazine granted its annual award, the Chair of the Year for 2012, to Polish food which has proved a hit on European and global markets – last year Poland’s food exports exceeded EUR 16 billion and were three times higher that in 2004 when Poland joined the European Union.

During the award ceremony at the Warsaw Stock Exchange, on March 13k the Warsaw Voice’s editor chief Andrzej Jonas handed out the award to Stanislaw Kalemba, Minister of Agriculture. The ministry has for years been supportingthe following scenario: the better Polish food the more willingly bought and consumed abroad.

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

"When you become aware that you're judging or censoring yourself today, suspend that thought. Take a few deep breaths instead. Inhale slowly, exhale slowly. Then look around you with fresh eyes... listen with new ears."

-- Dr. Gay Hendricks

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