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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 15, 2013 Vol. 10, No.13

"Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is
had to begin where he was."
-- Richard L. Evans

OUR FIFTH PROMISELAND SCHOOL – Oparzno Elementary 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.

This week we present the fifth school adopted by the Foundation- the Elementary School in Oparzno.

Oparzno is a village of 174 people located 5 km from the town of Swidwin. Some villagers work in Swidwin, but most of them depend on help from social welfare. As is the case with so many villages in this area, unemployment remains very high. Oparzno is surrounded by the ruins of cooperative farms dating from Communist times. While for most Poles, the end of Communism brought new prosperity and jobs, this corner of Poland still waits for good times to come its way. One of the promising features of Oparzno is that it is situated on a lovely lake, offering some opportunities for fishing and recreation.

The Oparzno Elementary School is a small, charming school of 60 students. It sits in the center of the village, right next to the lake and serves as the hub of activities for this tiny village.

The principal of the Oparzno School is Dorota Adamiak. We first met Dorota, when she was the principal of the Rusinowo School in an adjoining village. With the closing of that school in 2010, Dorota moved to the Oparzno School. She is a graduate of the University of Humanities in Koszalin.

In a meeting with Meg and Basia, Dorota recounted her memories of the years spent with our Foundation:

“I love the way the Foundation’s staff and members look at our kids. They give them hope and believe in them. All the projects done by FCSR are very professional and what’s most important is that they give so much joy to our children!

The last project with the Miss Polonia contestants was fantastic! The whole school and all the local people couldn’t wait to see the beautiful young ladies. We couldn’t believe they were coming to our little village school! It was so much fun for our children, especially for the little girls, who always dream of becoming Miss Polonia one day…

(Our wonderful member company Biuro Miss Polonia visited Oparzno school in January. It was hard to tell who was more excited, the contestants or the children! The PromiseKids and the Misses Polonias made princess crowns together and learned how to walk as graciously as Miss Polonia herself).

Last December, our children also received beautiful toys from the British School in Warsaw. I have never seen so much happiness in their eyes than I saw on that day! It was very special!

The English program is also very important to the children. Our parents could never afford private classes for the children. They do so well and their English language skills improved so much. I can’t imagine my school without the Foundation!”

Through the Foundation and its member companies, 15 Oparzno students study English each year. The program is very popular. According to our own Meg Ciucka, who coordinates the program at Oparzno: “The English program is probably more important here than in our other schools, since there are no English classes offered by the school. The community simply cannot afford it. Participation in the Foundation’s English program is the only opportunity to learn English for Oparzno students, providing them with a skill they will need in the future. They do a great job and really appreciate the opportunity to learn the language.”

As always, our staff likes to look in on the lunchroom where the kids are enjoying their FCSR hot-meal. Today’s menu of potatoes, vegetables and pork chops looked delicious and hearty! The first girl they met was Karolina. Karolina had been to our Valentine Dinner Dance in Warsaw two years ago. Some of you might remember her as the big, yellow, cute duck in one of our “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" performances.

“My favorite meal is anything with meat. I love chicken, “schabowy” (pork) and oh yes, fish too. I also like the soups, especially the tomato soup.” said Karolina.

Ten year old Michal added: “I like mashed potatoes the most, but the pancakes with cheese and strawberries are absolutely super! I like any kind of soup. Everything is delicious.”

In the hallway, students Ania and Basia talk about their hopes to go to Warsaw next year: “The best trip all of us dream about is the trip to Warsaw for the Dinner Dance. It is our only chance to ever get to Warsaw and see all the sights. Everyone always talks about how much fun and exciting it is. We know the casting is not until September, but we are already practicing our moves and steps! We really want to be selected this year.”

Other activities and gifts from Foundation member companies include:

Cleaning supplies and personal toiletries provided by P&G and Colgate Palmolive.

School supplies from Primo Polska.

Foundation member Mc Donald’s takes Oparzno graduates to Kolobrzeg for a full day of celebration and fun filled activities at the Baltic Sea.

The Oparzno school children also took part in our You Can Dance program last year. And this year : “4 weeks away to the Second Edition of You Can Dance! We can’t wait! We will perform in the group category and will be performing to a song by Beyonce,” exclaimed Malwina and Kasia.

It is apparent that although the Oparzno School is small, it has a big place in the hearts of Foundation members!!

YOU CAN DANCE IN THE PROMISELAND- SECOND EDITION

You Can Dance in the PromiseLand is an FCSR 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.

Below please find photos of first auditions that took part in Nowe Worowo and Nielep Schools.Our own Barbara 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:

  • KFC Managers- names yet to be announced
  • Małgorzata Ciućka, FCSR PromiseLand Coordinator
  • One member of the Student Council
  • One teacher or school principal

All ten PromiseLand schools will take part in You Can Dance in the PromiseLand. The finals will take place in the Lekowo PromiseLand School on May,15th

Good luck PromiseLand dancers!

ALMOST HALF OF POLES FEAR POVERTY

A recent poll by CBOS found that 45 percent of Poles have a fear of poverty. The percentage is 4 points higher than in the poll carried out a year ago. Within that group, one third said that they would manage even if they get poor. Only 17 percent of the respondents said they feel secure about the financial standing of their families. The survey also found that 48 percent of Poles see their financial situation as average, 38 percent see them as good and 14 percent see them as bad. IAR

APARTMENT PRICES FALL, BUT MOSTLY IN LARGE CITIES

Sellers of apartments located in the most popular Polish cities have reduced their price demands significantly over the last year, according to data provided by real estate service Szybko.pl. In Warsaw and Krakow. Average offer prices per square meter were cut by zl. 500. In Wroclaw and Gdynia, the difference was zl. 600 and 650 respectively. In Sopot, price demands declined by as much as zl. 1,000 per square meter. In less popular cities and towns, where apartment prices are lower by zl. 2,000 – 3,000 per sqm, the decline was not as visible. Rzeczpospolita.

POLAND WILL HAVE WORLD’S TALLEST JOHN PAUL II STATUE

An exceptionally tall statue of Pope John Paul II is about to be completed in Czestochowa, a city important to religious Poles. The statue is 13.8 meters tall and it is made of fiberglass.

It was financed by a private investor Leszek Lyson, and will stand on his land. The statue is due to be unveiled on Saturday.

The statue is meant as a form of thanksgiving. Washington Post

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.

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

"A goal without a plan is just a wish"

-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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