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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

    News
     
    English Teaching Activities – training and grants
    English Teaching Activities – training and grants
    Are you an English teacher or a local leader? Do you have an idea of a language project you ...
    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

    News
     
    “Equal Opportunities” – the “Large Grants” Competition
    “Equal Opportunities” – the “Large Grants” Competition
    Up to PLN 40,000 for a project implemented over the period of 12 months developing social and ...
    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

    News
     
    The “Learning Schools” helps to learn
    The “Learning Schools” helps to learn
    At the end of November the “Help to learn! From feedback to deep learning” conference was held ...
    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

    News
     
    Andrew Nagorski at the School of Education
    Andrew Nagorski at the School of Education
    How can experience gained at the PAFF and UW School of Education be used in the first years ...
    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

    News
     
    “Projector – Student Volunteers” supports Ukrainian children
    “Projector – Student Volunteers” supports Ukrainian children
    Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees ...
    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

    News
     
    The Bridge Scholarships Program – a jubilee round
    The Bridge Scholarships Program – a jubilee round
    On December 14, 2021, the 20th round of the Bridge Scholarships Program was inaugurated. Together ...
    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

    News
     
    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

    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
     
    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

    News
     
    „Act Locally and in Solidarity with Ukraine”
    „Act Locally and in Solidarity with Ukraine”
    Due to the war in Ukraine, “Act Locally” has launched a special grant path entitled “Act Locally ...
    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

    News
     
    How to build trust in the world full of technology?
    How to build trust in the world full of technology?
    Experts of Sector 3.0 Festival which will be held online already on May 18 will tell you about ...
    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
     
    Become a PAFF Leader. Apply now!
    Become a PAFF Leader. Apply now!
    If you have at least 3 years of experience in working for a particular community, and especially ...
    PRO PUBLICO BONO
     
    The Pro Publico Bono Competition for the Best Civic Initiative was launched in 1999 by, then, Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. Since 2000, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation funded the competition awards. Under the program, the Foundation presently supports the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award for local newspapers, training sessions for local media journalists as part of the “Media Forum. Local Development” project, and the annual Civic Congress held in Warsaw.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Local Press Association (The Bolesław Wierzbiański Award)

    The “ROTA” Association (“Media Forum. Local Development”)

    The Institute for Market Economics (Civic Congress)

    The Pro Publico Bono Competition Foundation (2000-2014)

    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

    News
     
    Libraries for Ukraine – new website for libraries
    Libraries for Ukraine – new website for libraries
    The bibliotekidlaukrainy.org.pl website was created within two programs of the Polish-American ...
    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

    News
     
    PAFF Local Partnerships support Ukraine
    PAFF Local Partnerships support Ukraine
    In 2022 we extend objectives of grant competitions that have already been launched as part ...
    GREEN LEADER
     
    The program supports local leaders who want to gain knowledge and competencies in conducting actions aimed at protecting the natural environment in their local communities, and also effectively obtaining EU funds for implementation of their initiatives.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    tel. +48 663 202 050

    Contact person:
    Maria Wiśnicka
    Project Coordinator 

    News
     
    Local leaders for environment and climate protection
    Local leaders for environment and climate protection
    Enrollment to the “Green Leader” Program aimed at supporting local leaders in their activities ...
    RELIEF FUND
     
    The objective of this program, launched in March 2020, is to support initiatives of non-governmental organizations aimed at mitigating and/or counteracting the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and offering aid to organizations in difficult situations resulting from the pandemic.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    Multimedia
     
    News
     
    Support for counteracting the effects of pandemic’s impact
    Support for counteracting the effects of pandemic’s impact
    The second round of the “Relief Fund for NGOs and Civic Initiatives” – the PAFF program run ...
    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

    News
     
    The Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program for Ukraine
    The Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program for Ukraine
    Over 500 alumni of the Kirkland Program are citizens of Ukraine. In the face of the dramatic ...
    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

    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)
     
    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

    News
     
    The “Study Tours to Poland” Program supports Ukraine
    The “Study Tours to Poland” Program supports Ukraine
    Since 2004 more than 10,000 people have visited Poland under the “STP” Program, including 6,500 ...
    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 and 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

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    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
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    We stand with Ukraine
     
    SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE
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    SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE
    We stand with Ukraine

    (As of March, 30)

    The war in Ukraine, that began with the Russian invasion on February 24, has had an immense impact on activities of NGOs in our country, including the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. PAFF’s staff is in ongoing contact with its partners, PAFF Program Managers; they all are monitoring the situation and taking all steps possible to assist participants in the Foundation’s programs in Ukraine as well as Ukrainian refugees in Poland.

    PAFF’s support for Ukraine includes the following activities:

    International programs

    We respond to the needs of numerous former and present participants of three PAFF international programs: Lane Kirkland Scholarships, “Region in Transition” (RITA), and “Study Tours to Poland” (STP).

    Over the past two decades, 8,426 citizens of Ukraine visited Poland under these undertakings: 541 “Kirklanders”, 1,330 participants of the “RITA” Program and 6,575 in the “Study Tours to Poland” Program (4,477 professionals and 2,098 university students).

    1. In the “Region in Transition” (RITA) Program, managed by the Education for Democracy Foundation, a fast “Ukrainian path” was created in the current, regular competition for partnership projects (the first deadline for applications was March 15). That special path paved the way to a new PAFF program – “Support for Ukraine” – addressed to Polish NGOs that offer aid to their partners in Ukraine and/or refugees from Ukraine in Poland. The PAFF Board of Directors earmarked PLN 4 million for the “Support for Ukraine” Program.
      A total of 422 NGOs submitted applications to the “RITA” Program under the Ukrainian path. The objectives of the projects submitted to this the competition shall serve to secure the civilian population in Ukraine, supply medical and personal protection items, equip and adapt locations to the war situation, as well as supporting refugees in Poland. Thanks to the transformation of the Ukrainian path into a new, broader undertaking – the “Support for Ukraine” program – a total of PLN 1,7 million will be earmarked for those intervention projects. The competition winners will be announced in mid April. At the same time, by the end of April a competition for longer-term projects such as supporting education of Ukrainian children and youth in Poland, helping war refugees from Ukraine adapt to conditions of the Polish job market, and counteracting discrimination will be announced as part of the new program. It is planned that more than PLN 1,5 million will go for grants financing projects of that type.
      Since 2000, more than 1,000 Polish NGOs have participated in the “RITA” Program. Some 700 of them implemented a total of 444 projects working together with their Ukrainian partners. On the basis of the contacts established, today many of these organizations engage in humanitarian aid for the civilian population in Ukraine, including efforts beyond “RITA”.
    2. The holders of the Lane Kirkland Scholarships Program, managed by the Leaders of Change Foundation, who are currently staying in Poland, are offered informational and organizational support. They have received offers of help in transferring their families to Poland as well. The Program Team tries also to respond to the individual and collective needs reported by the program alumni in Ukraine, such as providing them with medicines, medical equipment and food. To that end PLN 100,000 has been reallocated under the Kirkland Program’s current budget for humanitarian aid for the civilian population and coordination of assistance in Ukraine.
    3. Additionally, the fundraising campaign, conducted by the Leaders of Change Foundation, is to offer extra support to those Kirkland Scholarships Program participants who are involved in assistance to citizens of Ukraine suffering from the war. Thanks to the collection of items and funds that had been held in the first week of the war the Foundation, in cooperation with the program alumni, equipped 3 ambulances that were delivered to Ukraine by the alumni who are currently living in Poland.
      Many former Kirkland Program participants play important roles in Ukrainian public and local administration, academic communities, cultural institutions, NGOs, business and media. One of the Kirkland Program alumni is Iryna Vereshchuk, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories (She studied in Warsaw at the National School of Public Administration in 2015/2016).
    4. Under the “Study Tours to Poland” Program, managed by the Leaders of Change Foundation in cooperation with Borussia Foundation, the “STP for Ukraine” undertaking, with a budget of PLN 900,000, has been launched. Polish NGOs that had hosted groups of university student leaders and professionals delivered material and financial support to people who had suffered from the war through the program alumni. To date, assistance went to 15 of the 24 districts of Ukraine, including the Kyiv Oblast and Kyiv City, the Lviv Oblast, the Ternopil and Dnipropetrovsk Oblasts, the Kharkiv Oblast and the Sumy Oblast.
    5. Former participants in the “Study Tours to Poland” Program from Tarnopol, Khrystyna Bilinska, a civil servant and a social activist, and Mykhailo Syrotyuk, a city councilman – both founders of the Science Center in Tarnopol (a part of the Young Explorers Clubs’ network within the PAFF “Equal Opportunities” Program)  – organized a large group of volunteers to jointly support refugees, including material assistance. The Science Center in Tarnopil has become a local humanitarian aid center.

    Domestic programs

    In both main areas of PAFF’s domestic activity – education and development of local communities – actions primarily focused on assisting refugees from Ukraine in Poland have been implemented since the beginning of the war. So far PLN 1.6 million has been allocated for these initiatives.

    One of the most significant goals in the area of education is assistance in securing care for Ukrainian children.

    1. On the first day of Russian invasion, the “War in Ukraine. How to talk about it with kids and teenagers” was held under the Learning Schools” (LES) Program. Its objective was to prepare Polish teachers to deal with a totally new situation in discussions with their students as well as to work with children and youth from Ukraine. To date more than 38,000 people have viewed that webinar. During the recent few weeks also other webinars were broadcast: “How to prepare your school for the admission of students from Ukraine?” and “Preparatory classes at school. Law and good practices” – a webinar addressed to school directors, as well as “How to prepare class for the admission of a student from Ukraine?”, addressed to teachers and attended by almost 7,000 people.
    2. The Center for Citizenship Education Foundation, the Manager of the “Learning Schools” Program, has posted several useful articles on its blog such as: “What can we do in the time of war in Ukraine?”, “How shall we talk with children and teenagers at home and school about the war?”, “How shall we talk about the war in the presence of children from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus?”, “Learn about the people and culture of Ukraine through their literature, music and movies” and “Students with migration experiences at school – how to support them”. These teaching aids are available on Polska-Ukraina. Razem w szkole (Poland-Ukraine. Together at School).
    3. The PAFF and UW School of Education has prepared a webinar for teachers, “How to talk with students about the war in Ukraine”, which has reached over 4,000 recipients so far. The School of Education also held three other open webinars for teachers on talking with school students about the war, teaching the Polish-Ukrainian history as well as methods of integrating Polish and Ukrainian teenagers. The webinars have been watched by more than 6,000 people so far. At the beginning of April an online course for 30 Polish teachers, “How to teach Polish as a foreign language”, was launched. The School of Education experts have also prepared sets of guides for teachers where they compare Polish and Ukrainian curricula and suggest activities helping integrate children of refugees with Polish students. All these aids are available on the SE website.
    4. Under the “School with Class” Program a series of sessions on “How to cope with the war situation in Ukraine” was arranged. The first two meetings that took place so far were attended by over 600 people. Also, open webinars are held on stress, fear and insecurity. In cooperation with the Demagog Association the School with Class Foundation has prepared educational materials on themes such as how to support children at the time of war in Ukraine, and how to deal with disinformation and fake news. All these guides are available on the website of the School With Class Foundation.
    5. Activities supporting Ukrainian children are also carried out by student–volunteers of the Projector – Student Volunteers Program who have held classes for over 2,000 children since February 28.
    6. The “Equal Opportunities” Program supported two Ukrainian organizations with PLN 30,000 – the Center for Education Initiatives of Lviv and the Unique Region Mission of Zmerynka in the Vinnitsa oblast – that are offering support to the civilian people who have suffered from the war.
    7. On March 8 an online meeting with a psychologist, Małgorzata Ohme, on “How to talk with teens on the war” was held on the “Equal Opportunities” YouTube channel and the Facebook profile. The event was moderated by Janusz Schwertner, an Onet journalist and feature writer.
    8. In the past years 45 Young Explorers’ Clubs with some 20,000 active participants have been established in Ukraine under the “Equal Opportunities” Program. These Clubs are in Kyiv, Donetsk, Kharkov, Mariupol, Odessa, Tarnopol and Lviv. The Civis Polonus Foundation, the “Equal Opportunities” Program Manager, is in contact with them and has offered them assistance, including a shelter in Poland.
    9. The “NIDA” Development Foundation, the Manager of the “English Teaching” Program, has been working with English teachers in schools in villages and small towns on intercultural education for a number of years. In many schools, they are in charge of the first contact and adaptation assistance to foreign students. Therefore the “English Teaching” program team is focusing on preparing English teachers in villages and small towns to support school students from Ukraine not only in communication with Polish children and young people but also in formal and everyday issues of their families. The “NIDA” Foundation is also actively supporting the “Dobroczyn Center” Association in Chernihiv and preparing local communities to play host to families from Ukraine.

    In the area of local community development in Poland:

    1. In Act Locally a separate path “Act Locally and in solidarity with Ukraine” has been launched within regular local grant competitions held all over Poland between March and June. Grants will be awarded for projects providing assistance to refugees from Ukraine. It is anticipated that 200 such projects will be implemented for a total of PLN 1 million.
    2. Over the last years the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, the “Act Locally” Program Manager, and some Act Locally Centers became involved in the “Act Locally in Ukraine” initiative. Within this undertaking elements of the Polish model of local philanthropy development, such as running local grant competitions, fundraising, organizing volunteering, and building local partnerships were transferred to Ukraine. The Act Locally Centers have launched activities aimed at supporting their Ukrainian partners in meeting their current extraordinary needs.
    3. In PAFF Local Partnerships, the offer of local grant competitions makes it possible to obtain funds for the implementation of activities aimed at helping refugees from Ukraine. At least 10 such projects will be executed for a total of PLN 300,000.
    4. Under the PAFF Leaders Program, implemented in cooperation with the School of Leaders Foundation, assistance is being provided to both program’s current participants and alumni who carry out activities aimed at assisting refugees from Ukraine in finding accommodation and jobs in their communities.
    5. Under the Library Development Program and in cooperation with the “Sector 3.0” Program, both of which are managed by the Information Society Development Foundation, the Libraries for Ukraine initiative has been launched. Also the website bibliotekidlaukrainy.org.pl was created with the aim of supporting libraries that offer help to refugees from Ukraine. These libraries not only are trying to help refugees from Ukraine with their current, basic needs but also will support the refugees in becoming a part of local communities in a longer-term perspective.
    6. Libraries are prepared to play the role of institutions offering necessary information to refugees from Ukraine about support provided by local governments and NGOs in fundamental issues such as admitting children to schools and kindergartens, seeking job opportunities, and providing psychological assistance. The refugees will also gain access to computers and the Internet in libraries and their children will be invited to join activities for local children held at these institutions. In the near future the libraries will receive support from the Program Manager to create cultural offers for Ukrainian citizens.

    Coordination of Polish NGOs’ activities

    Initiatives supporting Ukraine, especially Ukrainian refugees, have been undertaken by numerous Polish NGOs, often in cooperation with local governments.

    An important NGO network supported by PAFF is the Citizen Committee of Solidarity with Ukraine. It was established in 2014, with PAFF’s involvement, in response to the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. Just after the Russian invasion, the Committee resumed its work. Its activities include humanitarian assistance to people in Ukraine and care for Ukrainian refugees in Poland, including information, legal and logistic support offered by volunteers recruited by the Committee. PAFF also supports activities for the benefit of Ukrainian children in Poland carried out by the “SOS for Ukraine” network of NGOs.

    Contact persons:

    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

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