“To give is not to lose”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
We deeply believe in the wisdom of the above maxim and feel that it is not possible to fully enjoy your success without sharing it with the others. In organizing various events we received generous support from many people and organisations – we are deeply grateful to all of them. We would also like to thank our employees, who willingly devote their free time to organizing and participating in these unforgettable events.
2020 turned out to be very difficult and unpredictable time for everyone. Therefore, as a part of our CSR activities, we focused on supporting our business committee. Already in March 2020, we prepared and then conducted on-line, charity workshops for managers and employees of the companies we have been cooperating with.
The main aim of these workshops was to help with adaptation to the new reality, coping with stress and fears caused by unknown and new circumstances. We made all possible efforts to supply workshop participants with the strength and tools to function effectively and to cope with changes and difficulties caused by the pandemic.
During these workshops we also focused on new challenges for managers and employees caused by remote work. The trainings included instructions to help participants with better communication, cooperation and management.
Furthermore, we also took care of annual financial support for the Orphanage.
2019 is the year of continuation of our contacts with children from the Orphanage. You can see how fast time runs, when watching them growing up.
The oldest from of our protegee group is already a happy mother of two little boys. They need both good advice and help offered in various ways.
The other two of our proteges are also already outside the Orphanage, working and learning at the same time. We are in regular contact with them and we help them when needed.
We are particularly proud of one protege. Over a year ago, she started working for us – initially in the form of practice, so she could get to know the office work and see whether she likes it. Soon after that, she appeared to be a very valuable employee for us and a well-liked member of our team. We hope that she will stay with us for many years!!
In the middle of March PSI Polska has organized Easter workshops for children from Dom Dziecka nr 2 im. Janusza Korczaka in Warsaw. In the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw participants encountered many attractions, first of which was tour over permanent exposition together with plays connected to the traditions of Easter in Poland. Then PSI team and children have taken part in the art workshops where they created Easter eggs, dreamcatchers and mini flowerpots for oats. As the next part there has been culinary workshops where participants discovered secrets of preparation of traditional Easter pastry in Poland – mazurek. The most exciting part was decorating the cake and then sampling! The event was ended with small treat. Many thanks to the all participants of the event for great fun!
Another year will end soon. During this year Children from the Orphanage No. 2 in Warsaw could enjoy together with us visits in the cinema and at the bowling, could appreciate cooking and preparing bigger and parties together as well as visiting together Horror House, which was the most emotional. It was accompanied with uncertainty, fear, thrill, desire to escape…
like in a real horror. The same for the kids and for adults :-).
We hope that the coming New Year will guide us to new interesting places and bring us loads of experience and fun.
XX St. Nicolas Day’s Swimming Competition
PSI Polska had an honor to sponsor XX St. Nicolas Day’s Swimming Competition organized by Integration Sport’s Club in Konstancin-Jeziorna. Almost 300 contestants at the age of 4-16 together with their parents participated in the contest. This was a family event focused on promoting healthy life style and spending free time together actively. Apart from individual competition children with their parents took part in relay race 2×25 meters. Congratulations to all participants!
Success of PSI Polska Christmas charity event: “Winter Holiday 2016”.
Very special thanks for commitment and participation for all who supported our charity event “Winter Holiday 2016”.
This is it! Children from the Orphanage No. 2 in Warsaw spent the winter holiday in the mountains resort in Jaworzynka.
On behalf of children from Janusz Korczak’s Orpghanage and PSI Polska, we would like to express our warm gratitude to both private individuals and companies that together with us took part in the event as well as to those who supported it financially. Among others there were firms and employees of the following firms: Agora S.A., Ariston Thermo Polska Sp. z o.o., Bakoma Sp. z o.o., Budimex S.A., Covance Polska Sp. z o.o., Cukiernia Saska 105, Cup&Me, DJ Catering Sp. z o.o., Dominium S.A., Drukarnia Alternatywa, Galeria Fortepian, Jeronimo Martins Polska S.A. (Biedronka chain), Koleje Mazowieckie-KM Sp. z o.o., Krajowa Izba Gospodarcza, Letson Consulting, Lunch Bar Oliffka, Matexi Polska Sp. z o.o., MB Cafe, Napoleon’s Pizza, Orange Polska S.A., Pandora Jewelry CEE Sp. z o.o., PHU Pertom Sp. z o.o., Polpharma S.A., PSI Pharma Support Poland Sp. z o.o., PSI Polska Sp. z o.o., Pure Sky Club, Radio Kolor S.A., Sanofi-Aventis Sp. z o.o., TVN S.A., Wydawnictwo MARGINESY Sp. z o.o., XBS Group Sp. z o.o. and many other anonymous, great-hearted donors!
Jadwiga Kuczkowska, Managing Partner of PSI Polska
PSI Polska’s original campaign “Winter Holidays 2016” continues – join in!
Before Christmas, according to the tradition, we met with “our” children to prepare Christmas gingerbread together. Their Orphanage is currently being renovated, and the children have been broken up and sent to different facilities. Jadwiga Kuczkowska came up with the idea to combine business with pleasure, and the gingerbread beautifully decorated by the children not only brought joy but also helped to raise money for the winter holidays! For the campaign to gain more momentum and meet the ambitious task, we joined forces with other friendly companies and their employees.
On the 6th of December we completed the first phase of our plan. We gathered together at the hospitable headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce: children from Orphanage No. 2, employees of PSI Polska (former and present), employees of other companies, partners of our campaign and other guests. Thanks to joint efforts, we were able to decorate 700 delicious, gingerbread hearts. Wonders of the art of confectionery were created, whose charm and quantity surprised all the participants, and everything was done in a charming atmosphere of the Holidays.
An important moment, which the children were waiting for, was the announcement of the results of the Christmas poem competition. All the participating children received prizes, and winning entries can be seen on the tickets attached to each gingerbread.
After several eventful hours, we restored our energy with delicious dumplings and pizza donated by generous restaurateurs. All the dishes disappeared in the blink of an eye. Strengthened, we were now able to start packing and stacking baskets of gingerbread. Sunday work came to an end.
The next step is selling the gingerbread. We hope that it will also end with success and the main objective of the campaign will be achieved – the funds for the winter holidays in 2016 will be collected and the children’s dream will be fulfilled.
Gingerbread can be purchased at selected Warsaw business centres and offices of the companies:
• Covance, ul. Wspólna 47/49
• KIG, ul. Trębacka 4
• Lunch Bar Oliffka, ul. Jana Pawła II 80
• MB Cafe, ul. Gottlieba Daimlera 1
• Pandora, ul. 17 Stycznia 45B
• PSI Polska, Al. Jana Pawła II 80, lok. 142
• Pure Sky Club, ul. Złota 59
• Radio Kolor, ul. Narbutta 41/43
Also please support our campaign by making a donation to the account of the Janusz Korczak Orphanage No. 2 Association in Warsaw No: 32 2340 0009 1780 2460 0000 0026 with a note: “Winter Holidays 2016”.
The Association has already received positive information about donations being made to the above account – we are very pleased with these gifts and we hope for more.
Both financial aid and the gifts are invaluable in helping the children from Orphanage No. 2. We would also like to thank all those who were with us on December 6th and actively joined in our campaign. The children were delighted by the joint work and are already asking: “When is the next time?”.
We wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Report from the event:
Interviev with Jadwiga Kuczkowska:
As every year during Christmas season, we meet with the Children to prepare Christmas cards and decorations. In a joyful atmosphere, we created hand-made cards, which the Children Home is going to distribute to raise additional funds. Our work was even more enjoyable thanks to delicious treats, as well as awards for the most beautiful cards. Each child received a small gift to celebrate the upcoming holidays.
Early in the spring of this year, together with our friends, we went to one of Warsaw bowling alley. Everybody was in fighting spirit, ready and motivated to compete for medals. Firstly, we divided into teams and then “a battle” started. Both, older and younger engaged themselves in play wholeheartedly, at the same time having a lot of fun. A great support for the players appeared to be snacks and pizza which strengthened our powers For the youngest ones, bowling balls were slightly too heavy that is why we prepared for them other attractions – a five-level playing room Playing in ball pool was endless but also a 10-meter slide was a blast. When our bowling competition came to an end, all the participants were awarded with medals for their engagement and fighting spirit. A winner team was also chosen. Everybody agreed that the bowling competition must be repeated soon!
Some of our employees are fully engaged in volunteering in the Children’s Home. During the regular visits, our Volunteers help the children with their homework, artistic works or read books together. Apart from the above mentioned activities, Volunteers very often take children for trips around Warsaw e.g. Copernicus Science Centre, Invisible Exhibition or spend time in cinema or ropes course. A weekend strolls around the Old Town were an inspiration for a new passion of our friends – they were so fascinated with the group of dancers that they wanted to try themselves in break-dance. Thanks to the courtesy of the dancers, who decided to give the children free lessons, our friends can develop their dancing skills.
On February, we took part in sleigh ride in a place, which we had known before from our bike trip. However, covered in snow Masovian Landscape Park presented itself totally different and rediscovering already known places was a great fun for everyone. Sleigh ride was not only combined with a bonfire (during which we had a chance to taste delicious dishes) but also with crazy sledding across the hills of “The Bald Mountain”. Children shared with us their enthusiasm and the time that we spend with them brought our own childhood memories.
On Saint Nicholas Day we visited our Friends in their home. We organized some activities for them connected with upcoming Christmas. There was adorning of Christmas tree ornaments: honey – cakes and Christmas glass balls. Then children made small packages with decorated by them cakes which were destined for auction. The Children had so much fun adorning, that, when we ran out of honey – cakes, they decided to decorate with ornaments sweets that were supposed to be eaten by them. The next artistic challenge for all of us was to prepare stained glass with Christmas theme. Part of those stained glass was as well destined for auction for Children’s Home. The rest served as decoration on windows in children’s rooms. Our Friends enjoyed adorning sweets and making stained glass so much that we had to postpone decorating Christmas glass balls for the next day. All of the balls decorated by children were beautiful and differential. They showed a lot of creativity in this activity: there were glass balls painted with many colors, adorned with tapes, pasta, sugar and with many other ornaments.
In September we decided to bid farewell to the Summer and welcome the Autumn with the children, in a beautiful place 50 km from Warsaw. Luckily, the weather was great – wonderful sun and high temperature (as for the end of the September) accompanied us during our stay in agro-tourist farm „Jaś i Małgosia” in Wilków.
We spent this sunny Saturday very intensively due to many activities prepared for the children (and not only for them). We began our day with moulding from clay. Secrets of this activity showed us Mrs Małgosia, who let the children create a real clay masterpieces. Afterwards we ate dinner to gather strength for the next challenge – a few-hours-long field game in groups. A spirit of good competition accompanied us. The tasks prepared for each group required huge effort, not only physical. Luckily, the children dealt wonderfully with every task, even the hardest ones; their energy was inexhaustible. The last challenge was to gather as many candies as one could form the „minefield”. Despite fatigue, we cleansed the field of the sweets very eagerly .
Tired and hungry, but very happy, we returned to the farm in the late afternoon, to find the fireplace and traditional food prepared for us.
Despite such an intensive day, we had the energy to play puns on our way home. As usually, it was hard to part after such wonderful trip and a day full of positive emotions and surprises.
In January 2011 we made the decision to support systematically the Janusz Korczak Children’s Home in Warsaw. Knowing how quickly the children get attached, we made the pledge to start a lasting cooperation, which we plan to continue for years to come.
In the first year of our cooperation, we invited the children to a bowling competition. After breaking the ice, everybody had a great time, and the joy in the children’s eyes at the end of the evening was invaluable. It gave us our first taste of the importance of dedicating time and resources to kids who cannot leave Warsaw for their winter break.
Soon afterwards we organized another outing, taking our young friends sleighing. After dashing through the forest near Podkowa Leśna we stopped for a bonfire, roasted sausages, sang and participated in competitions. We came back with happy memories. The youngest participant of our winter excursion was only three years old.
In July we met again to explore the picturesque biking trails of the Mazovian Landscape Park. Mister Dominik, a bike aficionado who rents vehicles and organizes excursions, was prepared enough to provide everyone with appropriate equipment – even the youngest children, who had never ridden a two-wheel before. The trail proved challenging: steep hills, sand and puddles, magnetically attracting the youngsters… We reached the finish thanks to team cooperation and support. After a few hours riding, we stopped for a picnic in the forest, followed by more diversions. Saying goodbye proved so difficult that we prolonged the trip for a few hours.
Christmas time was a perfect occasion to visit our Friends again. Of course, first we prepared and sent a special order to Santa Claus, thanks to whom there were many sweets and candies in presents. We spent this magic evening taking part in games and competitions, whose participants were both the Children from Children’s Home and PSI Polska employees. The competition to make the longest chain for Christmas tree was the most exciting and performed enthusiastically by everyone. Those games and competitions let us feel the magic of Christmas.
From the very beginning of our company’s existence, we have sponsored various initiatives aimed at helping others. For many years we have supported an amateur theatre group – child actors performing in hospitals for their sick peers. The mailout of our seasonal greetings is combined with collecting funds for a number of children’s homes.
On every of event occasions, entertainment was accompanied by serious conversation and challenging situations, which enriched both sides.