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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

"Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you."
-- Mary Lou Retton

RABOBANK CONTINUES TO SUPPORT OUR “DREAMS COME TRUE” ENGLISH TRAINING PROGRAM

We received a wonderful letter this week from Malgorzata Bochenek, Human Resources Director of Rabobank. She informed us that Rabobank President, Jacek Szugajew, had decided that Rabobank will fund 70 of our PromiseKids in our Foundation’s “Dreams Come True” English training program. What a wonderful thing for our kids!

Rabobank has supported our English language program from its inception and provided 57 teaching licenses last year. The additional 13 licenses will make all the difference in the world to our program and our kids.

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.

Rabobank Polska is fully owned by the Rabobank Group, one of the largest financial service providers in the World, and the only privately held bank awarded with the highest possible credit ratings of “Triple A” by leading rating agencies.

It is Rabobank Group’s goal to provide its clients with all possible financial products ranging from asset management (Robeco), insurance (Interpolis), leasing (De Lage Landen), private banking (Sarasin), equity participations (Gilde) and real estate (Rabo Vastgoed). Rabobank Poland is part of the group’s corporate and investment banking unit, which includes an international network of 143 branches in 34 countries.

A WARM STORY TO START YOUR DAY

Konrad Fejkel is a ten-year-old student from the Bierzwnica School. He was first noticed by the Manager of KFC Szczecin Rodła Restaurant - Mariusz Pentela, who was one of the judges during our FCSR "You Can Dance in the PromiseLand". Konrad got 2nd place for his wonderful performance, but it was his story that touched Mariusz and the AmRest CE Leadership Team.

At first glance Konrad is just an ordinary kid, but when you look closer you can see how sad his life is. He has two little sisters and one little brother that he has to look after every day. His father works abroad, so most of the year they live with their mother. However, most of her day is spent at work in Świdwin. Konrad is the oldest brother so he has to take care of his siblings. He wakes them up, makes breakfast, and takes them to school. After school he picks them up and takes them home again. The poor kid has no time to play or spend time with his friends.

Fortunately, Konrad will take part in our Dinner Dance this year, so he does have some time for his hobby, dancing. Basia, our FCSR Arts Director says that “Konrad often looks tired and lost in thought.” We decided to cheer him up a little bit and remind him that he's just a kid. Last Friday, Mariusz Pentela and the Manager of KFC Szczecin Kaskada - Marlena Lizut, came to the Bierzwinica School and presented Konrad a new bicycle on behalf of the AmRest CE Leadership Team. Just take a look at Konrad’s face… He was surprised, happy and overwhelmed.

The Socially Responsible culture of KFC is ongoing, and is an integral part of all corporate activities. It reflects KFC’s key values of “Obligations Toward Society.” To this end, KFC is the largest contributor to our Foundations Hot-Meal a day program by feeding 2,000 PromiseKids each school day.

Thank you Mariusz, Marlena and all the great folks at KFC for this warm expression of love.

MAKRO CASH & CARRY ALWAYS THERE TO HELP OUR PROMISEKIDS

Our PromiseKids in the Bierzwnica School had a surprise visit this past week from representatives of our great member company Makro Cash & Carry. They visited the school bearing gifts of school supplies for the Bierzwnica PromiseKids, including colored pencils, pens, drawing blocks, notebooks, poster paints and rulers. It is so easy for many of us to take such school supplies for granted, but for our kids in the PromiseLand, these are luxury items.

Makro has been a member of our Foundation for many years and does so much for our kids. They are getting geared up for their special Christmas collection for our kids that will take place in all Makro stores December 9-12th.

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.

REFERENDUM ON SCHOOL AGE LOWERING LIKELY

Polish MPs will decide next week about running a referendum concerning the Education Ministry's reform aimed at lowering the school age to six years, Rzeczpospolita daily writes.

The citizen-authored project stands a chance of surviving in the lower house of Parliament as it has won the support of all the opposition caucuses and also the backing of a number of ruling coalition MPs and some independent MPs, the daily says.

The reform lowering the school age is strongly opposed by a great number of parents and teachers. Although the Education Ministry has encouraged parents to send their children to school at the age of six for five years now, only 15% of them decided to do it this year and some 20% in previous years.

MOST SCHOOLS NOT READY TO ACCEPT SIX-YEAR-OLDS

Only 12.5% of Polish schools are prepared for admitting 6-year-olds, Poland's supreme auditor NIK said in its latest report criticizing the reform lowering school age.

Some 80% of schools failed to meet the required safety and hygiene standards, NIK said.

Additionally, the report criticizes the Education Ministry, which strongly promotes the reform, for the failure to support local authorities in adapting schools to the reform.

The ministry should have prepared standards for working with younger children before implementing the reform, NIK said.

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

"Don't let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out."

-- Robert Tew

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