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    ENGLISH TEACHING
     
    The program is addressed to schools, teachers, local leaders and non-governmental organizations. Through training and grant competitions, it supports efforts aimed at improving the quality of English language teaching to children and youth from small towns and rural areas. Thanks to rich program offer it contributes to professional development of English teachers working in small towns and villages.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The “Nida” Development Foundation
    3 Rzemieślnicza St., 13-100 Nidzica
    tel. (48 89) 625-36-51, tel./fax (48 89) 625-36-62
    e-mail: j.kowalczyk@nida.pl

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    English Teaching Educational Support Package
    English Teaching Educational Support Package
    Due to the difficult pandemic situation in Poland which induced certain changes in educational ...
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
     
    A system of support for local initiatives aimed at equalizing educational opportunities for comprehensive development of children and youth from small towns and rural areas. The program consists of cyclical grant competitions as well as training and regional forums allowing to exchange experiences between NGOs and other entities involved in projects related to children and youth education and training.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Polish Children and Youth Foundation ("Equal Opportunities 2020")
    6 Kredytowa St. Ap. 20, 00-062 Warsaw
    tel./fax (48 22) 826-10-16
    e-mail: rownacszanse@pcyf.org.pl

    The Civis Polonus Foundation ("Equal Opportunities 2021")
    Bagatela 10 St., Ap. 36, 00-585 warsaw
    tel. +48 509 725 536; (48 22) 827 52 49
    e-mail: fundacja@civispolonus.org.pl

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    “Equal Opportunities” with new a Program Manager
    “Equal Opportunities” with new a Program Manager
    As a result of agreement concluded by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the Polish Children ...
    THE LEARNING SCHOOLS (LES)
     
    The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of Polish education through the use of the best foreign models and domestic experiences. Its objective is to improve teaching and assessment methods and comprehensive school development based on cooperation of teaching staff members. Schools develop new solutions and share best practices. The program includes also post-graduate studies for school principals and interactive Internet courses for teachers. Particular emphasis is placed on schools ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Center for Citizenship Education Foundation
    10 Noakowskiego St. Ap. 1, 00-666 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 875 85 40, fax (48 22) 875 85 40 int. 102
    e-mail: ceo@ceo.org.pl

    The School with Class Foundation ("School with Class")
    19 Śniadeckich St., 00-654 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 658 00 73
    e-mail: fundacja@szkolazklasa.org.pl

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    The 20-th anniversary of the “Learning Schools” Program
    The 20-th anniversary of the “Learning Schools” Program
    On December 10th we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the “Learning Schools” (LES) Program, ...
    PAFF AND UW SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
     
    The objective of the program, implemented jointly with the University of Warsaw, is to prepare candidates to teacher profession. This one-year postgraduate full-time studies are addressed to graduates of MA/MSc studies in Polish language, math, biology and history. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. The SE runs also training sessions, seminars and e-learning courses for teachers.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Foundation for Quality Education
    ul. Banacha 2C, 02-097 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 55 43 790, (22) 55 43 789
    e-mail: kontakt@szkolaedukacji.pl

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    Recruitment to the School of Education
    Recruitment to the School of Education
    The School of Education of Polish-American Freedom Foundation and University of Warsaw opens ...
    PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    The idea behind this program is to tap into the intellectual potential and energy of university students in order to promote active people and equal educational opportunities for children and youth from small localities. This is achieved by having groups of student-volunteers carry out educational projects at schools and other institutions.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    ul. Marii Curie Skłodowskiej 3/2.32
    20-029 Lublin
    e-mail: biuro@projektor.org.pl
    tel: (81) 534 78 93
    800 444 131

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    “Edit Distance Knowledge” – the initiative summing up
    “Edit Distance Knowledge” – the initiative summing up
    Student  volunteers active in the “PROJECTOR” Program decided to free parents who work at home ...
    BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
     
    A joint undertaking by NGOs, public institutions and firms is addressed to secondary-school graduates from rural areas and small towns. The program enables them to receive scholarships for their first year of academic study. It opens the scholarship recipients a way to further assistance i.a. within the Top Student competition, language scholarships, doctoral scholarships as well as foreign internships.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    27/29 Sterlinga St., 90-212 Lodz
    tel. (48 42) 632-59-91, 631-95-58, fax (48 42) 630-27-81
    e-mail: fep@fep.lodz.pl

    Polish-American Internship Initiative: www.paii.pl

    The Good Network Foundation (“My Scholarship” and “e-volunteering”)
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/17, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 825 70 22
    e-mail: biuro@dobrasiec.org
    www.dobrasiec.org

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    Give a chance for a Diploma of Dreams!
    Give a chance for a Diploma of Dreams!
    The Diploma of Dreams competition for local NGOs and informal groups that wish to participate ...
    THIRD AGE UNIVERSITIES (TAU)
     
    The objective of this program is to stimulate social energy of the senior citizens. It is carried out at two different levels: the Seniors in Action grant competition, under which senior citizens come up with an idea and carry out projects for the benefit of their local communities and intergenerational integration as well as support for the Third Age Universities through training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical activities promoting volunteering.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Association of the Creative Initiatives "ę"
    55 Mokotowska St., 00-542 Warszawa
    tel. (4822) 396-55-16
    e-mail: listy@seniorzywakcji.pl

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    Seniors for local communities
    Seniors for local communities
    The fifth round of TAU for Local Communities project is on. The project is implemented under ...
    SUPPORT FOR NGOS
     
    An information and support system for Polish NGOs and civic initiatives. It includes the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Portal ngo.pl, the free Infoline 801 646 719, a database of organizations and institutions and the “Third Sector” quarterly. The program also offers training, counseling and publications on NGO management (“FIMANGO”, “PROMENGO” and Kursodrom.pl platform). Furthermore, it supports non-governmental organizations with information and advocacy efforts designed to help them effectively ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    „MIS@NGO”: The Klon/Jawor Association
    5 Szpitalna St. Ap. 5, 00-031 Warsaw
    Info-line (48) 801-646-719, fax (48 22) 828-91-29
    e-mail: klon@klon.org.pl
    Non-governmental Organization's Portal: www.ngo.pl
    www.eu.ngo.pl

    "FIMANGO": The Civil Society Development Foundation
    6 Kłopotowskiego St., Apt. 59/60, 03-717 Warsaw
    tel.(48 22) 616-33-16, fax (48 22) 616-32-46,
    e-mail: fimango@frso.pl

    “NGO Training”: The Academy of Civic Organizations Foundation
    ul. Królowej Marysieńki 48
    02-954 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 550 28 10
    e-mail: faoo@faoo.pl
    www.kursodrom.pl

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    New image of ngo.pl portal
    New image of ngo.pl portal
    Clear and understandable, intuitively navigated, with content presented in attractive form, ...
    ACT LOCALLY
     
    The grant competitions organized by the network of Act Locally Centers (ALC) lend support to various initiatives of non-governmental organizations and informal groups that activate communities of villages and small towns as well as foster developmental aspirations. The undertaken activities are founded on cooperation and respond to specific needs of a local community, and involve various partners. As a result, they contribute to building social capital and improving the quality of life. Successive ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philantropy in Poland
    6 Marszałkowska St. Ap. 6, 00-590 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 622-01-22, fax (48 22) 622-02-11
    e-mail: arfp@filantropia.org.pl

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    Training session for Act Locally Centers
    Training session for Act Locally Centers
    An online training session for the Network of Act Locally Centers representatives was held ...
    SECTOR 3.0
     
    The aim of the program is to broaden knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees and activists in practical use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT). The program comprises several components: informational, which is implemented through the website and the blog; promotional, under which the Sector 3.0 Festivals and meetings in the TechClub network are cyclically held; consultative, which lends support through training and consultations provided by ICT Mobile ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20
    Contact person: Dawid Szarański
    mobile: +48 530-69-11-99

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    The Sector 3.0 Award – deadline for applications on April 9
    The Sector 3.0 Award – deadline for applications on April 9
    If your organization uses new technologies in the area of social innovation, the Sector 3.0 ...
    PAFF LEADERS
     
    The program is addressed first of all to active participants of program financed by PAFF and supports development of local leaders’ skills and qualifications necessary in effective working for the benefit of their communities. The program uses the method of tutoring, that is permanent cooperation of a leader with a tutor. The program participants take also part in a series of training sessions and receive customized support. The offer for the program alumni is aimed at further improvement of their ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The School for Leaders Foundation
    12A Wiejska St., 00-490 Warsaw
    tel. (4822) 556-82-50, (4822) 556-82-54, fax (4822) 556-82-51
    e-mail: liderzy@szkola-liderow.pl

    News
     
    12 reportages on people who have social activity in their blood
    12 reportages on people who have social activity in their blood
    On March 11, “Przewiew. 12 historii otwartych”, a collection of reportages on people who are ...
    PRO PUBLICO BONO
     
    The Competition for the Best Civil Initiative was launched in 1999 by Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. Since 2000, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation had funded the prizes awarded in the Competition. Under the program, the Foundation presently supports the Bolesław Wierzbiański Competition for local newspapers, and the annual Civic Congress held in Warsaw.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The „Pro Publico Bono” Competition Foundation (2000-2014)
    The Local Press Association

    News
     
    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    The ceremony of announcing the Local Press Association competition results and presenting the ...
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
     
    Under the program implemented till April 2015 by the partnership of PAFF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, almost 4,000 public libraries in municipalities and rural communes with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants had been supported. They became modern multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education, and at the same time stimulate active citizenship. Presently, the effects of the program are enhanced with activities aimed at development of librarians’ ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20

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    Library – A Lot Is Going On! The 11th National Library Congress
    Library – A Lot Is Going On! The 11th National Library Congress
    On December 9, 2020 the 11th National Library Congress was held under the watchword that refers ...
    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
     
    The purpose of the program is to initiate and develop cooperation among beneficiaries of various PAFF programs who establish Local Partnerships and involve other local organizations and institutions, as well as entrepreneurs, self-government bodies, and media into implementation of partnership projects responding to diagnosed local community needs. Their activities, using the method of animating local communities worked out in the program, contribute to consolidation of the social capital through ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/6, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 622-01-22, fax (22) 622-02-11

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    How to animate local communities effectively?
    How to animate local communities effectively?
    You can find the answers to these and many other questions related to local community animation ...
    LANE KIRKLAND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
     
    A scholarship program for young leaders from Eastern Europe as well as the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Through the two-semester post-graduate studies at Polish universities and professional internships, they have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union. The offer includes also one-semester courses for academics.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    Program Director: Urszula Sobiecka
    tel. (48) 504-103-904

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    This-year’s Kirklanders have started their studies in Poland
    This-year’s Kirklanders have started their studies in Poland
    58 scholarship holders from 10 countries of Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia have started ...
    REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
     
    The program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations, aimed at sharing Poland’s experience in various aspects of transformation, which are implemented in cooperation with partners in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The program offers grants, training opportunities and experts’ support, as well as assistance in establishing cooperation with foreign partners.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    9/11 Nowolipie St., 00-150 Warsaw
    e-mail: rita@fed.org.pl

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    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    The Education for Democracy Foundation and the Polish-American Foundation invite Polish non-governmental ...
    STUDY TOURS TO POLAND (STP)
     
    The study tours to Poland, implemented since 2004, are to show the realities of Poland and the European Union to active citizens of East European, South Caucasus and Central Asia countries. Their participants are student leaders from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Moldova and professionals from countries of the Region. During their visit to Poland, the foreign visitors meet representatives of public life, academic and business circles, they learn about NGOs’ activities as well as operation of central ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    e-mail: stp@studytours.pl

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    WEASA 2020 online – a summary
    WEASA 2020 online – a summary
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    How local communities change thanks to partnerships and civic leaders
     
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    How local communities change thanks to partnerships and civic leaders
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    The most effective Polish-American Freedom Foundation Local Partnerships were awarded at "Skwer" in Warsaw on October 17, 2013. The Newsweek Polska’s Civic Leader of the Year 2013 was also announced. The title went to Aneta Obcowska, who manages a medical center for the homeless in Warsaw. The special guest at the event was Minister of Labor and Social Policy Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz.

    The most effective Polish-American Freedom Foundation Local Partnerships were awarded at “Skwer” in Warsaw on October 17, 2013. The Newsweek Polska’s Civic Leader of the Year 2013 was also announced. The title went to Aneta Obcowska, who manages a medical center for the homeless in Warsaw. The special guest at the event was Minister of Labor and Social Policy Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz.

    The meeting was opened by Jerzy Koźmiński, PAFF President and co-host of the meeting, who welcomed the guests and reminded the key goal of the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program. He emphasized that this is a unique, cross-sectional initiative on the map of the Foundation’s undertakings because it serves initiating and developing cooperation of various PAFF programs participants who jointly carry out projects important to their local communities and often engage other social life actors in their implementation.

    Local partnerships comprising self-governments, NGOs, firms and local media emerge in communes where several projects financed within PAFF programs have been carried out. They are led by the Act Locally Centers participating in another PAFF’s Program – “Act Locally”. ‘The “PAFF Local Partnerships” were initiated as an experiment but after four years of their operation we can say with satisfaction that the experiment turned out to be successful. The partnerships build synergy between various Foundation’s undertakings, which is vital since it maximizes their social impact. And the most important is that the projects carried out by the partnerships are not one-off undertakings. Their members learn how to cooperate and this serves well the purpose of building and reinforcing the social capital” – said the PAFF President.

    The special guest at the event was Minister of Labor and Social Policy Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, who referred in his address to the idea of civic leadership, which is identified with Jacek Kuroń. Minister Kosiniak-Kamysz reminded that it was Kuroń’s initiative to start awarding the title of the “Civic Leader of the Year” in response to Wisława Szymborska’s request. This has later been continued by Newsweek Polska weekly and its partners.

    “Jacek Kurnoń’s voice still hangs in the air not only at the Ministry of Labor but also at every place where there are people who carry his ideas,’ said Minister Kosiniak-Kamysz. He emphasized that Jacek Kuroń as the author of the social policy in independent Poland is unrivaled both for himself and for all those who work for the common good. “You continue his work,” he added, addressing the participants in the meeting. He also pointed out that such work results in building Polish social capital and thus caring for better Poland.

    In the first part of the event, awards were presented to three most effective partnerships which to the highest extent contributed to the building of the local social capital. Joanna Lempart-Winnicka, PAFF Program Officer and Paweł Łukasiak, President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, which has been the Program Manager since 2009, briefly outlined the aim of the competition.

    Prizes in the amount of PLN 30,000 went to:

    – the PAFF Local Partnership whose leader is “Europe and We” Association operating in the area of six communes – Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Milanówek, Podkowa Leśna, Żabia Wola, Jaktorów, and Baranów. The partners have carried out a joint project of “Your neighborhood TV”, under which the local Internet civic TV co-created by residents and volunteers was established.

    – PAFF Local Partnership whose leader is the Biłgoraj Community Fund Foundation operating in the area of Biłgoraj and Zwierzynie, for the “S.O.F.A. Space” (Solidary, Open, Free, Active) project of the public park development and making there a common space for residents.

    – PAFF Local Partnership whose leader is LGD Drawa Partnership operating in Drawsko Pomorskie and Złocieniec. Under the Drawsko and Złocieniec Firecracker Friendship project they managed to restore friendly relations between residents of those two towns who had once fought for the right to the cannon. For several months the residents had carried out joint preparations to reconstruct the historical battle during which the mayors of the two towns entered into an alliance.

    So far, 22 coalitions operating in 49 communes with participation of over 300 institutions and almost 5,000 volunteers have been established under the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program. These coalitions have carried out various activities, among other objectives, aimed at the development of social space, improvement of the natural environment condition, creating the regional product or preserving cultural heritage in the region. A total of more than 55,000 residents have been the recipients of these projects.

    “Civic leader or only an enthusiast?” on the extent of community involvement in Poland. The discussion was participated by: Tomasz Schimanek, expert from the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland; Krzysztof Margol, President of the “Nida” Development Foundation and the Civic Leader of the Year 2009; Paweł Łukasiak, President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland; and Jan Kuroń, Jacek Kuroń’s grandson, member of the Civic Leader of the Year Competition Committee. The debate moderator was Justyna Dżbik.

    “The engagement of the civic leader in the work for the benefit of a given community results in the creation of the common good used by all. If there is no leader, there is no one there to trigger social energy,” said Paweł Łukasiak. “Being a community worker is a privilege but also a great responsibility. Giving yourself to others is not easy,” Jan Kuroń summed up the debate.

    In the second part of the ceremony, the results of the Newsweek Polska’s competition for the title of the Civic Leader of the Year were announced. The Polish-American Freedom Foundation is the main partner in this competition, and the Academy for Development of Philanthropy in Poland is its strategic partner. The competition is held in reference to Wisława Szymborska’s initiative from 1996, later taken by Jacek Kuroń and “SOS Social Assistance” Foundation. The purpose of the competition is to award community work in Poland and promote activities aimed at solving various social problems which are carried out by individuals as well as non-governmental organizations, informal groups or local government standing behind them.

    The Civic Leader of the Year 2013 title went to Aneta Obcowska, who was presented with the statuette by Tomasz Lis, Editor-in-chief of Newsweek Polska.

    The winner of this year’s edition is a member of the Warsaw Branch of the Doctors of Hope Association Board and the manager of the medical centre for the homeless in Warsaw as well as a surgeon at Praski Hospital in Warsaw. The Competition Committee awarded her for the selfless assistance to the homeless by giving them access to free medical care and treatment, effective combating of serious social problem and involving herself in joint activities supporting needy medical students, doctors and many other people. “The prize which I’ve received today is also the prize for volunteers working at the medical centre for the homeless in Wola district in Warsaw and in the medical centre in Kraków. Those people have selflessly and with great involvement helped homeless people for many years, despite many adversities and personal problems. I wish to thank them in this way for their hard and excellent work. The best reward for what we do is a smile of those to whom our work goes,” said Aneta Obcowska, the Civic Leader of the Year 2013.

    The ceremony gave an opportunity for a conversation between the winner of competition and the Editor-in-chief of Newsweek Polska. “You are a doctor working on a number of full-time jobs. How do you find time for your work for the homeless?,” Tomasz Lis asked. “My day is 24 hours and of course I could do other things instead of volunteering, but I don’t regret. It gives me energy,” answered Aneta Obcowska.

    The Competition Committee has also awarded two distinctions. They went to:

    Krystyna Wechmann – founder and President of the Poznań Amazon Society, founder of the first Amazon club in Poland, three times elected as President of Federation of Amazon Societies, initiator and Vice-President of the Polish Cancer Patients’ Coalition. Ms Wechmann was awarded with the distinction for long-term work for the benefit of women suffering from breast cancer, their recovery and good quality of life, for work aimed at introducing the highest standards of cancer diagnosis and treatment and for effectiveness of involvement in community work resulting in gathering together both needy people and individuals as well as institutions ready to help them.

    Anna Czerniak, founder and President of the Board of the “Dr Clown” Foundation for long-term work for the benefit of sick children in hospitals, development of volunteering, innovativeness and deep involvement in community work and encouraging many people and institutions in Poland to join the initiative of laughter therapy.

    More than a hundred candidates were submitted to this year’s edition of the competition. The Competition Chapter comprised Tomasz Lis, Editor-in-chief of Newsweek Polska; Jerzy Koźmiński, President of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation; Paweł Łukasiak, President of the Academy for Development of Philanthropy in Poland; Bożena Walter, President of the TVN Foundation “You Are Not Alone”; Przemysław Radwan-Röhrenschef, Director General of the School for Leaders Association; Jan Kuroń, a chef, grandson of Jacek Kuroń; Michał Rusinek, lecturer, translator, writer, former secretary to Wisława Szymborska; Renata Kim, head of the “Society” section, Newsweek Polska.

    The ceremony was hosted by Justyna Dżbik, journalist of the Polish Radio.

    More about the “Polish-American Freedom Foundation Local Partnerships” can be found at www.lokalnepartnerstwa.org.pl

    More about the Newsweek Polska competition for the title of the “Civic Leader of the Year” can be found at www.spolecznikroku.newsweek.pl

    by Joanna Lempart-Winnicka & Przemysław Zaroń, photos by Bartosz Sawka, CINEFOTO
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