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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 6 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.

Newsletter March 9, 2015 Vol. 12, No. 9

"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne

NATALIA MAKING GREAT PROGRESS!

In our November newsletter we wrote about Natalia, an eight year old girl who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. She is the first PromiseKid to be helped by our new program, "A Helping Hand". We promised to keep you up to date on Natalia's progress and we are thrilled to say, that since December her life and that of her family’s have changed considerably.

Just to remind you a little about Natalia...

Eight year old Natalia attends the Oparzno Primary School, a school we have been supporting for over ten years. Natalia is in the second grade, a charming girl, with an outstanding smile who enjoys playing table tennis and loves animals.

Two years ago Natalia was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

The news in of itself was shocking to the family, but even more so since at the time, her father was struggling with cancer. It was a battle he lost in 2013. Mrs. Blazejczyk was left to care for their two small children, Natalia and her brother Lukasz (12). An older brother, Waldek (25) who was working on a neighboring farm, decided to move home to help his mother with their small farm and care for his siblings.

The family lives in a little, post German house with three rooms, a bathroom and tiny kitchen. Although she has serious back problems, Natalia's mother has quite a bit of livestock and a garden to tend to. This small farm is their only means of making a living. The family is hardworking, taking care of their animals and gardening from sunrise to sunset. When Mrs. Blazejczyk heard that the Foundation wanted to help Natalia, she couldn't stop crying.

Because of your generosity, Natalia now receives rehabilitation treatment twice a week. She gets the guidance of a professional health provider and she is making wonderful progress. We also donated to her a medication prescribed by her doctor which fortifies her nervous system.

When Basia and Meg visited the family in January, they found Natalia's mother a very "different person", very content and calm, and of course, proud of Natalia. In fact, all the family is very happy that Natalia has her exercises twice a week. Now they know she has a real future ahead of her..

More about the program:

Healthcare is a serious problem for many of our families in this part of Poland. Lack of financial resources, medical facilities and transportation make it difficult for some of our children to get the care they need, especially when faced with complicated or debilitating health issues. Over the years we have given financial support to individual children as we were made aware of their cases. We hope that by our new program, we will be able identify children who are in similar circumstances and through the FCSR, help them get the medical care they need.

If you would like to help Natalia and other kids with medical disorders n the PromiseLand, please contact Natalia Marciniak, FCSR General Manager at FCSR@chasey.ipgate.pl.

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.

1% OF YOUR CORPORATE AND INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX BURDEN FOR OUR PROMISEKIDS?

As a reminder of all the things we have accomplished together this past year, click on the following link highlighting our activities in 2014. Let’s keep it going!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvJNeH85OwU&feature=youtu.be

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.

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