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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. The program’s rich offer contributes to the professional development of English teachers who are working in small localities.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Nidzica Development Foundation “NIDA”
    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

    englishteaching.org.pl

     

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    PAFF Directors visits the Nidzica Development Foundation NIDA
    PAFF Directors visits the Nidzica Development Foundation NIDA
    Ceremonial initiation of the first American Garden in Poland, “English Teaching” demo lesson ...
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
     
    This is 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 regular grant competitions as well as training and regional forums enabling the exchange of experiences between NGOs and other entities involved in projects related to education and training of children and youth.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    rownacszanse.pl

     

    News
     
    Ready for the Future. Debate on the challenges faced by youth
    Ready for the Future. Debate on the challenges faced by youth
    It’s already for the third time that the “Equal Opportunities” program initiated probably as ...
    LEARNING SCHOOLS (LES)
     
    The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of Polish education using 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 their best practices. The program includes post-graduate studies for school principals as well as interactive Internet courses for teachers. Particular emphasis is placed on schools in rural ...
    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) 518 287 625
    e-mail: fundacja@szkolazklasa.org.pl

    sus.ceo.org.pl

     

    News
     
    The “LES” Summer School for Directors
    The “LES” Summer School for Directors
    In the beginning of July, while students and teachers were enjoying their summer holidays, ...
    PAFF AND UW SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
     
    The objective of the program, implemented jointly with the University of Warsaw (UW), is to prepare candidates for the teaching profession. This one-year postgraduate, full-time study is addressed to graduates of MA/MSc studies in Polish language, math, biology and history. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Columbia University Teachers College in New York. The PAFF and UW School of Education also conducts training sessions, seminars and e-learning courses for in-service ...
    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

    szkolaedukacji.pl

     

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    PAFF Directors met at the PAFF and UW School of Education
    PAFF Directors met at the PAFF and UW School of Education
    Prof. Anna Fornalczyk and Rector Krzysztof Pawłowski have visited the PAFF and UW School of ...
    PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    The idea is to tap into the intellectual potential and energy of university students in order to promote equal educational opportunities for children and youth from small localities as well as activating the volunteers’ social involvement. 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: +48 507 703 240

    www.projektor.org.pl

     

    News
     
    Summer workshops with “PROJECTOR” and IT for SHE Kids
    Summer workshops with “PROJECTOR” and IT for SHE Kids
    Are you active in local NGO, Farmer’s Wives Club, culture institution, community center or ...
    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 recipients a door to further assistance 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

    www.stypendia-pomostowe.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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    Bridge Scholarships – a bridge to the better future
    Bridge Scholarships – a bridge to the better future
    High school-leavers coming from small towns or villages and low-income families may apply for ...
    FOSTERING RESILIENCE IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH
     
    A new undertaking aimed at enhancing children’s and youth’s mental resilience. The objective of the program is to develop teachers’ and educators’ competence; in their educational work they more and more often have to deal with young people who are depressed, have low motivation, experience loneliness and lack of self-esteem.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

     

    The School with Class Foundation
    19 Śniadeckich St., 00-654 Warsaw
    tel. (48) 518 287 625
    e-mail: fundacja@szkolazklasa.org.pl

     

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

    News
     
    PAFF with a new program for enhancing children’s and youth’s mental resilience
    PAFF with a new program for enhancing children’s and youth’s mental resilience
    The objective of the program is to develop teachers’ and educators’ competence; in their educational ...
    THIRD AGE UNIVERSITIES (TAU)
     
    The objective of this program is to unleash the social energy of senior citizens. It is carried out at two levels: the “Seniors in Action” grant competition, under which senior citizens come up with ideas and carry out projects for the benefit of their local communities and intergenerational integration, as well as support for the Third Age Universities by providing them with training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical activities that promotes TAU students’ 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

    seniorzywakcji.pl

     

    News
     
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    The 10th round of the „Seniors in Action” competition is pending. The competition, with its ...
    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, as well as the “Third Sector” quarterly. The program also offers training, counseling and publications on NGO management (“FIMANGO”, “PROMENGO” and the Kursodrom.pl). It also supports non-governmental organizations with information and advocacy efforts designed to help them effectively obtain ...
    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

     

    News
     
    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
     
    Grant competitions organized by the network of Act Locally Centers (ALC) lend support to many different initiatives of non-governmental organizations and informal groups that activate communities of villages and small towns, serving their developmental aspirations. The activities involve cooperation of various partners and all respond to the specific needs of their local communities. As a result, they contribute to the building of social capital and the overall improvement of the quality of life. ...
    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

    dzialajlokalnie.pl

    News
     
    Training sessions for Act Locally Centers Network. Report
    Training sessions for Act Locally Centers Network. Report
    A series of training sessions for Act Locally Centers Network took place from February 27 to ...
    SECTOR 3.0
     
    The aim is to broaden the knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees and activists in the practical use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT). The program comprises several components: informational (website, VOD, and blog), promotional (Sector 3.0 Festivals), advisory (ICT Mobile Advisors network and e-learning), and financial (Innovation Fund).
    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

    sektor3-0.pl

     

    News
     
    Work Smarter. This year’s round of the Sector 3.0 Festival is over
    Work Smarter. This year’s round of the Sector 3.0 Festival is over
    The 14th round of the Sector 3.0 Festival, which took place at the Cambridge Innovation Center ...
    PAFF LEADERS
     
    This undertaking is primarily addressed to active participants of various PAFF programs, supporting development of the local leaders’ skills and qualifications necessary to work effectively for the benefit of their communities. The program uses the tutoring method; placing a tutor with a leader for a protracted length of time. Program alumni are encouraged to participate in workshops, study visits to Poland and other countries, and meetings with public figures.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    Zbigniew Pełczyński 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

    liderzy.pl

     

    News
     
    Monika Horna-Cieślak was a guest of PAFF Leaders congress
    Monika Horna-Cieślak was a guest of PAFF Leaders congress
    “I can see in you a lot of energy, sensitivity, and willingness to change the world,” the Child ...
    PRO PUBLICO BONO
     
    Under the program, PAFF currently supports the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award for local newspapers, offers training for local media journalists under the “Media Forum. Local Development” project, and organizes the annual Civic Congress in Warsaw.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Local Press Association (The Bolesław Wierzbiański Award)

    The Media Forum Foundation (“Media Forum. Local Development”)

    The Institute for Market Economics (Civic Congress)

    The Pro Publico Bono Competition Foundation (2000-2014)

     

    News
     
    Local media journalists met at the PAFF Head Office
    Local media journalists met at the PAFF Head Office
    Digital transformation of a title, local portal subscriptions, interventional journalism, and ...
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
     
    From 2009 to 2015, thanks to the partnership of PAFF with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 3,808 public libraries in municipalities and rural communes with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants had been supported. They have become modern multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education. From 2021 to 2023, the program reached over 400 new libraries. One of our methods for consolidating program outcomes is to increase the digital competencies of librarians and ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    biblioteki.org

     

    News
     
    How do libraries help? The 14th Library Congress
    How do libraries help? The 14th Library Congress
    How Can I Help? Was the slogan of this year’s 14th National Library Congress, that took place ...
    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 in the implementing partnership projects responding to diagnosed local community needs. Their activities, using the method of animating local communities worked out in the program, contribute to the consolidation of social capital.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    www.lokalnepartnerstwa.org.pl

     

    News
     
    The Partnership Development Academy is on
    The Partnership Development Academy is on
    Almost 40 representatives of 15 Initiative Groups coming from the most active municipalities ...
    GREEN LEADER
     
    The program supports local leaders who want to gain knowledge and competencies in conducting actions aimed at protecting the environment in their local communities and dealing with climate change, as well as effectively obtaining EU funds for implementation of their initiatives.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Sendzimir Foundation
    46a Mokotowska St., Ap. 25
    00-543 Warszawa

    zielonylider.org

    tel. +48 663 202 050

    Contact person:
    Maria Wiśnicka
    Project Coordinator

     

    News
     
    Join Green Leaders Team. The enrollment is on
    Join Green Leaders Team. The enrollment is on
    Poland will receive over PLN 100 billion for energy transformation and adaptation to climate ...
    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, scholars have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union. The offer includes 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

    kirkland.edu.pl

     

    News
     
    Warsaw hosted this-year’s Kirklanders
    Warsaw hosted this-year’s Kirklanders
    The meeting of Kirkland Program scholarship holders in Warsaw is a permanent event held for ...
    REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
     
    The program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations aimed at sharing various aspects Poland’s experience in transformation This is 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

    programrita.org

     

    News
     
    “Support for Ukraine” – a fast RITA grant path
    “Support for Ukraine” – a fast RITA grant path
    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Education for Democracy Foundation invite Polish ...
    STUDY TOURS TO POLAND (STP)
     
    These study visits, implemented since 2004, are to show the realities of Poland and the EU to active citizens of East European, South Caucasus and Central Asia countries. The participants are university student leaders from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Moldova as well as professionals from countries of the Region. Under the program the Foundation supports the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) addressed to experts coming from Eastern Partnership countries.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    studytours.pl

     

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    “Study Tours to Poland” for students from Ukraine and Moldova
    “Study Tours to Poland” for students from Ukraine and Moldova
    Enrollment for study tours for students from Ukraine and Moldova that will take place in the ...
    SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE
     
    A special program launched by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation in response to the war in Ukraine is addressed to Polish NGOs helping the civilian population in Ukraine as well as war refugees coming to Poland.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    ul. Nowolipie 9/11, 00-150 Warszawa
    e-mail: ukraina@fed.org.pl

    Contacts persons:
    Sylwia Gajownik, the Education for Democracy Foundation, Tel. +48 535 854 424
    Agnieszka Świeczka, the Education for Democracy Foundation, Tel. +48 605 787 757

    fed.org.pl/wspieramy-ukraine

     

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    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
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    How local communities change thanks to partnerships and civic leaders
     
    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
    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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