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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 29, 2013 Vol. 10, No.15

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
-- Mark Twain

OUR SEVENTH PROMISELAND SCHOOL – the Primary school in Netno

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 seventh school adopted by the Foundation- the Primary school in Netno.

Netno is a village of 100 people located in the Drawski County. Most of them are the pensioners or the unemployed. Some people from Netno find their jobs in the nearby town Mielenko Drawskie which is about 10 km away from the village. Many people still live on the help from the social welfare. The average income is 1 500 PLN (brutto) and unemployment rates are still one of the highest, reaching 40%.

The Netno Primary School is a small school of 84 students. Most students live in the nearby smaller villages and get to Netno school by bus. The school is surrounded by the beautiful forest and the beautiful lake Bedargowo. Further the road, there is a historical church and one local store.

Last week, our staff visited the Netno School and spoke with the principal Grazyna Kapuscinska and some of our PromiseKids. The following is a summary of their impressions.

“Oparzno is a small village surrounded by many forests and lakes. It’s has a beautifully green landscape in the spring and summer. There is not much to do here during the day. It must be very boring for the children that live here. The only “attraction” for the kids is the school in Netno. It has a soccer field that was sponsored by the EU.”- says FCSR Regional Director Meg Ciucka.

The principal of Netno school is Grazyna Kapuscinska and she’s been the principal of the school since 2005. Grazyna is a graduate of Religion Education at Cardinal Wyszynski University in Warsaw.

As always, Grazyna welcomed us warmly in her office. We were joined by two teachers that work at Netno school. Grazyna told us about her memories from the first years with the Foundation and the time when she first met Bill Chasey:

“It was march 2005 and I just became the principal of the school. Bill Chasey invited me to the meeting and told me about his plans and the feeding program. I could not believe when I heard! Our kids needed this help so much. They still do. The most important thing was that foundation doesn’t divide children and provides help to the children that are very poor but for some reasons do not qualify to get help from social welfare.”- says Grazyna.

"I remember when in 2007 Małgosia Ciucka came to our school to teach English twice a week. At that time English language wasn't obligatory in Polish schools so we didn't have an English teacher here. We have to say that the FCSR English program began here, in our school. Now 20 kids participate in FCSR Online English program and children love it. They take so much out of it!” - says Anna Abramczyk, biology teacher.

“I agree. When I first found out about the program I was amazed by what FCSR does for our school! I know how big cost it is for parents to pay for the private language classes. The parents could never afford it! In my opinion, the Foundation does tremendous job here and our community is very lucky and thankful for Foundation help.”- says Anna Krakos, an English teacher at Netno school.

In the hallway we met one of the parents. It was Mrs. Machnio and she recognized us and smiled to us. We asked her to say a few words about the Foundation.

"I have two daughters. The big one goes to Brzezno school and the younger goes to Netno school. Foundation’s support is huge! FCSR is a part of our community. Thanks to the Foundation my children eat at school and participate in so many trips and events. The children and school also receive school supplies. My oldest daughter participates in art classes with Ms Basia and she studies English on the e-learning platform. My younger daughter Oliwia took part in FCSR You Can Dance. She loved it and practiced a lot at home. I'm so happy and thankful to the Foundation for all they do! –says mrs Machnio, mother of Oliwia and Kasia.

“The Peace project was wonderful. The children learned so much. They don’t usually have opportunity to travel and meet people from different countries. The children had English classes and the teacher was an Australian girl. It was so much fun that all the teachers at school joined the kids and listened to the native speaker with huge interest.” says Grazyna Kapuscinska, the principal.

We also met our Dinner Dance participants. Below please see what they said:

“It was a trip of my life. I practiced the steps at home every day and that’s why I got selected to go to Warsaw for the Dinner Dance. I knew there would be a lot of people but when I saw the big crowd I was shocked!” says 11 year old Kamil.
“Everything was so elegant and beautiful. I was very nervous before the performance but when we got the big applause I was very happy and excited! The guests smiled and I think they loved our performance! It was our success!” - says 13 year old Ania.

And there is much more…

Thanks to the generosity of Foundation member companies Colgate-Palmolive and P&G the students at Netno 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, Netno children take graduation trips to Kolobrzeg. It’s a major wow for the children as most of the PromiseKids have never seen the Baltic, been aboard a boat or been inside Multikino.
“My favorite part of the trip was the Multikino. It was my second time in the movie theatre and first time watching a 3 D movie! It was so much fun! – says Kamila who went on the trip last year.

The Netno school children have been participating in the You Can Dance program. They are very talented, as 9 students have qualified for the finals!

The Foundation’s goal is to make life better for our PromiseKids. Thank you all for helping us keep that commitment to the kids at the Netno School!

EFFECTIVE CAREER LEVERS FOR YOUTH: PUTTING MORE EUROPEANS INTO JOBS

EU member states lose €153 billion every year by not being able to reconcile a quality transition and easier access to the labor market for 14 million out-of-work, disengaged young Europeans.

By Lori Harnick, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft, CSRwire April 27, 2013, Effective Career Levers For Youth: Putting More Europeans Into Jobs

Europe is at risk of being left behind by countries such as India, which is busy reshaping its future with new entrepreneurial creativity and social policy innovation.

Currently, EU member states lose €153 billion every year by not being able to reconcile a quality transition and easier access to the labor market for the 14 million out-of-work, disengaged young Europeans. The issue is closely interlinked with the capacity of European organizations and businesses to bridge the skills gap through innovating in the workplace, attracting and deploying new and developing existing talents.

The solution: creative business-to-business dialogue and public/private solutions.

Labor Integration: The European Social Fund

In this context, the European Commission recently published a recommendation package for member states to:

"Establish strong partnerships with stakeholders, ensure early intervention by employment services and other partners supporting young people, take supportive measures to enable labor integration, make full use of the European Social Fund and other structural funds to that end, assess and continuously improve the Youth Guarantee schemes and implement the schemes rapidly."

Clearly, the Youth Employment Package, which CSR Europe helped broker, steers us on the road to action, which will be furthered by the launch of CSR Europe’s European Business Campaign on Skills for Jobs in April 2013.

However, the success of the initiative depends largely on a new and forward-looking, employer participatory-approach to skills, starting from the classroom through to job placement.

NEGATIVE OPINIONS ABOUT POLAND’S SITUATION PREVAIL

According to a recent survey by CBOS, an increasing number of Poles are pessimistic about the country’s situation. The number of pessimists has been increasing since August 2010. In April, 71 percent of the population said that the country is heading in the wrong direction, while 17 percent said the country is heading in the right direction.

POLES ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE INTERNET

Poles have a positive attitude to the Internet, a recent study by Boston Consulting Group showed.

Over half of the respondents, 52 percent, said tha they prefer online media to traditional ones, while 77 percent declared that the Internet has a positive influence on Polish culture.

POLES EXPECT MORE WORKERS’ PROTESTS

According to recent survey by CBOS, 64 percent of Poles expect that there will be more strikes and protests in the near future. A much smaller group, 14 percent, think that a serious conflict will break out. Only 11 percent of the respondents said they expect the situation to calm down. Some 62 percent said that the right to go on strike is an important form of protest not only against employers decisions, but also against the government’s policies.

FEW HOSPITALS TO BE COMMERCIALIZED IN 2013

Only about 40-50 Polish hospitals will be restructured and transformed into companies in 2013, Deloitte said in a report. Local governments need to carry out such restructuring in their hospitals if they want to receive public aid to reduce the hospitals’ indebtedness.

In 2013, the government will spend zl. 600 million on such aid and in 2014 the aid will amount to zl. 400 million.

In popular opinion, such a restructuring suggests privatization, which makes it highly unpopular.

LAST CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR 1% OF INCOME TAX TO THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. ALL 1% TAX CONTRIBUTIONS MUST BE MADE BEFORE THE END OF APRIL. PLEASE FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS AND MAKE SURE OUR PROMISEKIDS GET THEIR MEAL-A-DAY FROM THE FOUNDATION.

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.

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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

"We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion."

-- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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