Polish charity – a small gift to humanity

January 29, 2013 in Basic Information, Charity, Children, Lifestyle, People

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Throughout this blog I will constantly promote several Polish charity organizations. I am not getting paid for this, nor am I seriously involved in any of them. However, I am a strong believer that one should do whatever possible to help, and this is one way of doing it for me. Hopefully, some of you will be interested and decide to help out …

 

Poland, like any country in the world, is also home to people (and issues) which urgently require social assistance of different sorts. There are very many Polish charity organizations out there and they deal with a large variety of things. You will find specific charities for children with fatal diseases like cancer, people in comma, the elderly or homeless as well as others, not dealing with people but rather with animals, antiques, etc. Some of those organizations are connected to the Roman Catholic church, but most are not.

There are several ways to assist such charity, although in my opinion for foreigners making financial donations will be the easiest method (although I do understand that not everyone might like that). Below I will list a few Polish charities which just came out of the top of my head, but I will try, in future posts, to develop the information on selected charities so you can find a resource with details on how and who you could possibly help.

Also, for those of you who life and work here in Poland – if you’re a Polish income tax payer, please remember that when you fill out your yearly income tax form (the PIT) you can choose to distribute 1% of your tax to a charity of your choice. Please do so – it costs you nothing and you can do a lot to help. All you need to know is the KRS number of the given charity – they provide them all over the net, so it’s easy to find.

Now here for a very basic list of some of the most known Polish charity organizations. Unfortunatelly, many of those pages may be available only in Polish (which, I believe, gives even more sense to me writing about them in English) but the sites tend to pretty self explanatory, so I’m sure you’ll find your way around. If not – drop me a line and I will do my best to help out!

  • The St. John’s Foundation (Fundacja Św. Jana) - the foundation tries to give children and young adults from very poor families to obtain an equal start in life through additional education, access to computers and travel.
  • The “A kogo?” Foundation by Ewa Błaszczyk - this foundation was created by Ms. Ewa Błaszczyk whos daugther fell into a comma after chocking on food. This Polish charity is currentloy buidling a special clinic for people in comma and provides psychological support for the families of the comma victims.
  • The Children’s Foundation (Fundacja Dzieciom) – a foundation focusing on gathering finances for the medication and treatment of children with serious illnesses or dissabilities.
  • The No-one’s Children Foundation (Fundacja Dzieci Niczyje) - the Polish charity is focused on saving children from violence and any form of abuse. It also helps troubled families come together again.
  • The “I have a dream” Foundation (Fundacja “Mam marzenie”) - I particularly love the incentive of this foundation. They visit ill (often fatally ill) children at hospitals and ask them about their dreams. Once the children open up, they work hard to make any given dream reality. Those are as diverse as only childhood dreams can be – ranging from meeting a music star up to piloting a jet aircraft. And the guys from the foundation can really get it done! Another good thing is – money is often not the main issue. If you can assist in physically fulfilling a dream – that’s even better!
  • The “Regardless of…” Foundation by Anna Dymna (Mimo Wszystko – Fundacja Anny Dymnej) - yet another great Polish charity focused on helping adults with mental disorders and disabilities (such as the Down syndrome).
  • The Polsat Foundation (Fundacja Polsat) –  created by one of Poland’s leading TV stations, Polsat, this foundation aims at helping children with all sorts of illnesses and disabilities.
  • The TVN Foundation (Fundacja TVN) – yet another Polish charity established by a very popular TV station (TVN). And again, aimed at helping children with whatever medical help they may require. They’re also financially involved in the renovation of public children clinics and hospitals in Poland.

So, as you can see, there are many to choose from and this is really only the peak of the ice berg. There are much more out there and I will do my best to let you in closer into what they do and, more importantly, what you can do to help. Please consider a good gesture for a Polish charity.