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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.

April 08, 2013 Vol. 10, No.12

"He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees."
- Benjamin Franklin

OUR FOURTH PROMISELAND SCHOOL – The Lekowo School

With today’s newsletter, we continue our tenth anniversary series highlighting the work of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility over the past ten years. To those of you who have been on this journey with us over these years, we hope you are 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, our desire is that this series will encourage you to take an even more active role in the work of the Foundation and in the lives of our children.

Lekowo with its 740 residents is the biggest village in the county of Swidwin. Those that can find employment, work in Swidwin, which is about 9 km away. The average income is 1600 PLN per month and the unemployment rate is very high. Therefore, many fathers and/or mothers leave their children in Lekowo and go to Germany to live and earn money for their families. Not much changes here. The village looks very gray and quiet, especially in the winter time.

Last Friday, lovely Agata, an 18 year-old girl who graduated from the Lekowo School two years ago, visited with Meg and Basia in our Swidwin office. Agata was under the FCSR wings for 8 years and was very grateful to our Foundation for what it did for her when she was in the Lekowo School.

“It was 2005. I was 10 years old when Bill Chasey chose me to go to the Dinner Dance in Warsaw. It had always been my dream to go to the capitol and to a big city. My dream came true! I also started dance classes with Ms. Basia when I was ten. Instead of watching TV every day after school, I spent my time rehearsing. During classes we did some drama and on weekends, we also took part in the dance festivals. I will always keep these days in my heart… Two years ago our FCSR musical group was invited to the KFC Brand Lua in Kołobrzeg. I met the president of KFC, Olgierd Danielewicz, and all the KFC managers. They were so wonderful; they really cared about us! Thank you FCSR for these wonderful experiences and memories!”

The Lekowo School is one of our biggest schools with 253 students. It sits next to the church by the main road.

On Thursday, Meg and Basia visited the Lekowo School and spoke with the principal, Elzbieta Wachowiak and some of our PromiseKids.

Ela Wachowiak has been the principal of the school since 1999. She is a graduate of Russian and Polish Philology at the Gdansk University.

“I first met Bill in 2002 when he worked for the Red Cross. In 2003 Bill founded the Foundation For Corporate Social Responsibility and Lekowo was one of the first schools that joined the Foundation. We trusted him and we still do. We know he will never let us down. I’m proud that my children are part of the FCSR musical groups, Pantera and Twist and I wish them great success in their competitions. The Foundation is a major part of our school life. It’s hard to imagine our school without FCSR. Our kids are fed, happy and smiling. They regularly receive cleaning supplies from FCSR member companies. Our children also take part in the English program which is also very popular among our students! They just love it! Thanks to the program their grades really improved!”

It was 11 A.M when Basia and Gosia went to the lunch room. The children were just about ready to eat. They were lined up and waiting patiently for their hot meals.

They caught up with Michał - the first one in line! When asked about his favorite meal he said: “Potatoes and grilled chicken. I smell chicken. I think they will serve it today. I can’t wait!”

The next one in line was Karol. “Every meal is my favorite. I love soups, meat and potatoes with sauce. Everything is so delicious!”

“As you can see, the kids can’t wait to have their plates! They always eat everything they have on their plates and they often ask for more. Today, besides the chicken and potatoes, we are serving pea soup; it’s their favorite!” says Maria, one of our kitchen staff, who serves the meals to our kids.

Next, Meg and Basia met with last semester’s English Program winner, Magda. She takes part in all our programs and calls herself an “FCSR fan”.

Magda said: “The Foundation is a great part of my life. I love the English program; it’s so much easier than regular English classes. I also attend dance classes with Ms Basia! I love it! Dance has become such a big part of my life and that’s why I plan to take part in You Can Dance competition in May. I can’t wait!”

Lekowo students have always played a major role in our Dinner Dance performances. Here are what a couple of our PromiseKids had to say about that experience.

“The Dinner Dance is so much fun! Everybody wants to go to Warsaw and that’s why we always prepare and practice, even before the first auditions with Ms. Basia. My favorite part was when we I saw the hotel. It was huge! And the rooms were so exclusive!” says 11 year old Monika.

“And I went with Monika”, added Ania. “It was 3 years ago. The Hilton Hotel people were so nice to us. At the Dinner Dance, the waiters were all dressed up and serving the food. It was so delicious! But, I also enjoyed eating the pizza for dinner in the hotel dining room!”

And there is much more…

The Foundation and its member companies provide English classes to 35 Lekowo students each year. The program is very popular among the kids in Lekowo.

“I hate to admit it, but the FCSR online English program is more popular than my English classes. Kids love to go online and practice their English skills. They even have a good accent!” says Roza Tabaszewska, who is responsible for the English program at the Lekowo school.

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

Thanks to Foundation member Mc Donald’s, every June, bright yellow busses pull up in front of the school to take that year’s Lekowo graduates on a trip to the Baltic Sea and the lovely, historic city of Kolobrzeg. In Kolobrzeg, the graduates meet up with McDonald’s staff, board a boat and sail on the sea, go to the Multikino and the Mariner Museum, stroll the beach – and of course, have lunch at McDonald’s! Since this is the first time for most of the kids to travel outside their village, it is an enormous adventure for them!

The Lekowo school children also took part in our You Can Dance program last year. And this year, the You Can Dance competition will be held at the Lekowo school. To add to the excitement, the children will be joined by a KFC team! This should be a lot of fun!!

There is no question that our Foundation and its member companies play an important role in the educational, social and cultural life of our PromiseKids in the Lekowo school and village. On behalf of the Lekowo School, THANK YOU FCSR supporters!

POLES SAY LABOR MARKET SITUATION IS BAD

A vast majority of Poles have a negative opinion about the situation on the labor market, pollster CBOS said. In a recent survey, 84 percent voiced this opinion, 10 percentage points more than a year ago in a similar survey. One third of the respondents said that the situation on the labor market is very bad .Only 2 percent said that it is very good and 10 percent said it is neither good nor bad. Almost half of the respondents said that the labor market will get worse in the coming months. Polskie Radio

ZLOTY WILL LOSE ON EURO PROBLEMS

Currency analysts surveyed by Puls Biznesu forecast that in a month’s time, one euro will cost zl. 4.17, one US dollar will cost zl. 3.26 and one Swiss franc will be worth zl. 3.24.

The Polish currency will lose as a consequence of the euro’s weakening, they said. The euro to US dollar rate is forecast to be 1.23 by Barclays analysts, as the European economy slows down and the US economy grows.

FOOD PRICES TO RISE 2-3% IN 2013

The prices of food in Poland in 2013 will not rise as much as they did in 2013, the Institute of Agricultural and Good Economics (IERiGZ) said in a report. At the end of December 2013, food prices are expected to be 2-3 percent higher than they were earlier. The growth of food prices in H1 2013 will be probably lower than in the corresponding period of 2012.Lower growth will result to both lower demand, due to slower economic growth, and high prices at the end of 2012, the Institute said.

HEALTH MINISTER PRESENTS OUTLINE OF HEALTH SYSTEM REFORM

Health Minister Bartosz Arlukowicz said that dissolving the head unit of the National Health Fund is one of the main points of the planned health system reform. Central planning of health services did not work, he said. He said that valuation and supervision should be separated from payments for medical services. A newly formed Health Benefits Authority is to be responsible for valuation and defining access to health care. The minister also said that demand for medical services in different regions should be verified and new quotas should be set. Polskie Radio

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

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/"

Thanks to your donation and support we can FEED, EDUCATE and EMPOWER the poorest children in Poland!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT!

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.

POLES STILL AGAINST EURO ADOPTION

A recent poll by Homo Homini shows that a majority of Poles are against adopting the Euro. As many as 62 percent of the respondents said that they were against entering the euro zone, while 32 percent approved the adopting the common currency and 6 percent were unsure. The survey was carried out on March 22, when the Cyprus crisis remained unresolved. Euro adoption is opposed by a smaller part of the society than in July 2012. In a poll carried out at that time by CBOS, 68 percent of the respondents were against entering the euro zone.

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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