Dear Friends, Each project consists of a lot of small activities and people involved in them. It was also the case this time. Therefore I would like to express my gratitude to all those, who helped in organization of our visit in Poland, and in implementation of Sister Schools project.
First of all, I would like to say thank you to Dr. Mira Jankowska, who initiated Sister School Partnership between school in Nepal and Catholic Public High School in Rawa Mazowiecka. She also arranged all the contacts and meetings in Rawa and in Warsaw. Her passionate presentations have been inspirational for all participation students and teachers. If not her vision and energy, we would not be with the project where we are today.
A huge thank you to Mrs. Edyta Przerwa from Rawa Mazowiecka, the president of the Institute of Human Health, who is a ‚gray eminence’ and, at the same time, a person of a big heart and quick action. She has been eagerly involved in establishing cooperation between the school in Nepal and GNSD.
Thank you to the school authorities: the Rev. Konrad Świstak, and the Prinicipal Mrs. Danuta Doroba. A special thanks go also to Ms. Katarzyna Dawidowicz, English teacher from Rawa school, for her support and believing in success of this undertaking. We express our gratitude to Natalia Stefańska, graduate of Rawa school, who brilliantly translated presentations and discussions at the meetings with young people in Rawa and Warsaw. We also appreciate the involvement of the authorities of Rawa Mazowiecka, especially of Mr. Piotr Irla. the City Mayor.
In Warsaw I’d like to thank the director of the Institute of Psychology of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, professor Jan Cieciuch, for inviting me with a lecture, which took place in the reputable Association of Polish Journalists. Separate thanks to Mr. Krzysztof Skowroński, the director of the center, and Stefan Truszczyński, the editor. I am grateful to Dr. Tomasz Rowiński for hosting us at the Bielany Mental Health Center for Children and Youth.
Words of gratitude for the meeting and openness for cooperation in the field of peace education go to Rev. dr. Ryszard Czekalski, Vice-Rector for International Collaboration at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University.
Knowledge about the idea of GNSD Sister Schools in Poland and Nepal, and the emotions connected with fundraising, went viral thanks to Mrs. Magda Gierech, the journalists from Radio Plus. We are especially grateful for her report from the Primary School No. 267. We are grateful to Mr. Paweł Krzemiński, who invited us to a two-hour-long radio program ‚Night lights’ (Radio Plus), and to Mr. Rafał Porzeziński, the editor who hosted us on his TV show ‚Ocaleni’ (TVP1).
Heartfelt thanks to Jacek Karnowski, the Executive Editor of the high-circulated and widely-read weekly journal SIECI. He expressed interest in the Sister School Project, and is planning to publish at the end of May 2019 an article written by Dr. Mira Jankowska describing involvement of Polish in Sister Schools Project.
Of course nothing would happen without involvement of children, teenagers, parents, and teachers both from Rawa Mazowiecka and Warsaw. Special thanks to Mrs. Mariola Pietroń-Ratyńska, the Principal of the Primary School No. 267 for her immediate readiness to host us at her school. On behalf of children from Nepal I would like to express sincere gratitude to the children from class 4F, and Mrs. Barbara Pikus, their teacher, for 300 zloty raised for school in Nepal.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to Mrs. Małgorzata Wasiukiewicz-Rogulska, who for several months has been actively supported Dr. Mira Jankowska in the process of finding partners for this project.
I am sure that thanks to all your genuine efforts and involvement we will further develop our project and become a great example for other countries illustrating how open hearts, and sincere involvement can make a difference in the world.