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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.

October 14, 2013 Vol. 10, No.30

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."
-- Peter Marshall

FOUNDATION TRUSTEE HELPS SUPPORT OUR “DREAMS COME TRUE” ENGLISH TRAINING PROGRAM

I was delighted this week to receive word from my dear friend and Foundation Honorary Trustee John Treuge, that he will once again help fund English training licenses for our Foundation’s “Dreams Come True” program for this school year. John has supported PromiseKids in the program for the past 4 years and we really appreciate his tremendous devotion to our kids. He decided once again that the “Dreams Come True” English Program gives a special boost to the future of our kids, and without English, there can be little hope for these super PromiseKids when they enter the job market.

English becomes more and more popular in Europe each year and our PromiseKids know that they will need some level of English proficiency to make it in the Polish employment market. We know that studying English can help them get out of poverty and help open new windows of opportunity in their futures. The truth is that most of our kids simply could not afford English classes without us, and some of our PromiseSchools offer no English classes at all to their students.

The cost of the Dreams Come True program is 140 PLN ($43 USD) per child (license) for the entire school year. We have had over 900 PromiseKids in our program and we still need additional support. If you would like to help by supporting 2 or more kids, please contact Natalie Marciniak at 605 99 1716 or at FCSR@chasey.ipgate.pl, or use the PayPal option below. I think you will agree that 280 PLN is a small price to pay for such a successful program.

NEW BIERZWNICA SCHOOL PRINCIPAL – MARTA JALOWSKA

We are very proud to announce that Marta Jalowska has been appointed principal of the Bierzwnica School. Bierzwnica is one of the 10 PromiseLand Schools participating in our Hot-Meal program.

We’ve known Marta for many years as a very charismatic and devoted teacher. She served as a History teacher at the school prior to her new appointment. She is well experienced as an administrator having been the right-hand assistant to the previous principal.

Read what Marta said about her new role: "I've been living in Bierzwnica for 23 years and have always wanted to do something more for my local community. I know the students, their families, as well as the problems they struggle with every day. I would like to engage local people in community social life. Frankly speaking, I cannot imagine any other occupation like this one - being close to the school and the local community; it's my hobby, not just my job."

Marta graduated from the Koszalin University in history, and also holds a degree of Early Child Education. She lives in Bierzwnica with her husband and three children. She enjoys playing the guitar, but she gets her greatest delight from working with the children of Bierzwnica.

When asked about the impact of the FCSR on the Bierzwnica School, she enthusiastically replied:

“The Foundation is a huge part of our school life. The Kids love the programs the FCSR offers. I think the one program they love the most is the trip to Warsaw for the Annual Dinner Dance. They are so excited when they get ready for the auditions, and then for the big performance in the Grand Ballroom of the Warsaw Hilton Hotel. It means so much to them. When they return home they seem to look more mature and brighter. The parents and teachers can’t imagine our school without the Foundation.”

THE CASE FOR ENDING POVERTY

You may feel, as I do, that poverty is humankind’s greatest shame. But, there are numerous practical considerations too: the horrendous waste of human talent; the prospect that the end of wide-scale poverty might lower the level of conflict in the world; the severe environmental problems, such as erosion, soil depletion and deforestation, caused by the constraints life puts on poor people; and, perhaps most importantly, continuing overpopulation, which adds a multiplier effect to the existing pressure that humanity exerts on our dwindling resource base.

All this adds up to a powerful moral and practical case for ending poverty. But there is also a compelling business case, as is obvious to any thoughtful strategic planner at a multinational firm with a global footprint.

Most emerging countries are characterized by a tiny elite that shares the cosmopolitan values of Europe and North America and a large mass of poor people whose lives are circumscribed by geography, custom, ethnicity, gender, and religion as well as socioeconomic status.

The elite typically constitute a market that’s too small to justify the expense of setting up shop in an underdeveloped and often unstable country. Some businesses have successfully launched products that serve the middle class in these countries, but this market already has strong competition.

The true business opportunity lies among the bottom billions. Selling to these billions of people requires a revolutionary shift in business thinking – beginning before products and services are even conceived. This is a difficult hurdle for any business to leap, but it can be done.

OVERDUE PAYMENTS FALL IN Q3

Poles' overdue debt amounted to zł.39.03 billion at the end of September 2013, according to data collected by BIG InfoMonitor. Their value fell by 2.6 percent since the end of June. The number of persons with overdue payments also fell and stood at 2.29 million at the end of September. The Q3 survey also showed that 6 percent of Poles fail to make their payments on time. The average debt of a high-risk customer stands at zł.17,066.

POLES MORE POSITIVE ABOUT THE EU

Some 78 percent of Poles are happy with their country's EU membership, compared to only 60 percent of Slovaks, 44 percent of Hungarians and 43 percent of Czechs. Such are the findings of a poll carried out by CBOS in cooperation with CVVM Sociological Institute (the Czech Republic), TARKI (Hungary) and FOCUS (Slovakia).

The study also showed that in those three countries that are not yet part of the euro zone, (Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary) people are generally skeptical of the common currency. Some 76 percent of Czechs, 70 percent of Poles and 61 percent of Hungarians have objections against euro adoption.

EMIGRATION FROM POLAND STILL GROWS

According to information obtained by Rzeczpospolita, 2.13 million Poles were living abroad as of the end of 2012. This number is 70,000 higher than the corresponding figure from 2011 and 130,000 higher than the 2010 figure. About 1.6 million of emigrant Poles have been living abroad for over a year. Demographer and rector of the Lazarski University, Krystyna Iglicka, told the daily that if the number is confirmed, it means bad news for Poland. In her opinion, this is the last moment for any policy moves, as other demographic trends are also negative. In 2013, the number of deaths in Poland may be about 40,000 higher than the number of newly born children. What makes things worse, the emigrant population is composed mostly of young Poles. Over 1.4 million are in the below 40 age group, including 226,000 children under 15.

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

October – 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

"A sound heart is a safer guide than an ill-trained conscience."

-- Mark Twain

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