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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.

September 30, 2013 Vol. 10, No.28

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

THANK YOU FANEX

Just like clock work, the Fanex delivery truck arrived at our PromiseKitchen this past week. The cargo… 40 big cans of tomato concentrate, 60 pieces of garlic sauce, jars of mayo, pretzel sticks, mustard, and 40 pieces of Thousand Island sauce. Sounds like the PromiseKids are in for some very special treats the next couple of weeks!

Fanex produces sauces, ketchups, mayonnaise, mustards, dressings, and marinades for distribution and retail customers. It is a private company with Polish capital. Since 1988 they have been producing products which meet the needs and requirements of a well-known and recognizable distribution network of retail supermarkets and restaurant chains throughout Poland. Production is conducted using the best western equipment, in impressive aseptic production facilities. Fanex uses natural raw materials of the highest quality in all of its products.

We are so very proud of our Foundation Member Company Fanex for remembering our PromiseKids like they do. Did I mention that the tomato concentrate makes some of the best tomato soup in Poland?

BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES FROM GHELAMCO EMPLOYEES

Our PromiseKids were delightfully surprised to receive a shipment of back to school supplies from our great member company, Ghelamco. The Ghelamco employees took it upon themselves to do something very special for our kids. They provided the kids with backpacks, crayons, paints, pens, pencils, and shoes.

Ghelamco Poland has been present in the Polish real estate market for almost 20 years. The company is a part of the Ghelamco Group, established in Belgium in 1985 and one of the largest commercial developers in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.

MAKRO SETS CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN DATES FOR FOUNDATION

We are pleased to announce that Makro Cash & Carry will once again conduct a Christmas fundraising campaign on behalf of our Foundation. The two-week campaign gets underway on December 9th, and concludes on December 22nd.

For those who don’t know, Makro Cash & Carry is a member of the 3rd largest retail group in the world, the Metro Group. Makro is a wholesaler offering a food and non-food product mix to its registered card-holding customers in a national network of soon-to-be 25 Makro stores in Poland. Makro is a unique food and non-food concept, offering a wholesale solution to professional business needs.

Makro is a major buying experience offering its customers large wholesale choice, value and service. Makro’s vast experience means that it knows exactly what customers want from a cash and carry store. While quality and service are vital, it’s the Makro pricing policy, covering over 40,000 products, that has made the Makro chain so famous and popular.

POVERTY AND POLISH CHILDREN

The worsening world economic situation leads us to take a new look at poverty in Poland. The number of people in Poland living at the minimum level of existence is on the rise. Unemployment, low levels of education and the size of Polish families are among the most important factors leading to poverty in Poland.

It is estimated that 2.2 million Polish people live in extreme poverty. Most of them live in agricultural areas like the Zachodniopomorskie region in which our Foundation works. Children are the most effected by poverty with one in five children in Poland living in poverty. There are numerous causes for this situation with high unemployment being the major factor.

Poverty often leads to malnutrition which is best seen among school children. For several years, the media has talked about hungry pupils, food collections, and programs of distributing extra meals for children run by the government and non-governmental organizations.

Malnutrition is not only a problem of physical health among children, but it has become a major sociological problem as well. Hunger doesn’t only cause medical problems, but it is also a source of psychological problems. Hunger is closely related to a feeling of low esteem, poor self concept, and poor body image. All of these problems are associated with poor performance of children in school.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR PROMISEKIDS

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

September 2-30th – Dinner Dance Auditions in the PromiseLand

October 1 – Dreams Come True Interactive English Program begins

December 9-22nd – Makro Cash & Carry Christmas Campaign

February 3, 2014 - Foundation’s Annual Dinner Dance Sponsored by the Warsaw Hotel and Convention Center. Things get underway at 18:30. Make your table reservations now!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"The only way to predict the future is to have the power to shape the future."

-- Eric Hoffer

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