IWAK is a not-for-profit charitable association of volunteers.
We raise money to support charities benefiting children. Our major fundraising event of the year is the Christmas Gala, held in December, but we also take the opportunity to collect donations through smaller-scale events ,and on an ongoing basis through our regular events.
Recipients of these donations changes every year. In 2017-2018, these have been:
Zespół Szkół Specjalnych # 6.
A collective of four schools in Nowa Huta, the largest borough of Krakow, each providing therapeutic and educational programs for mentally and physically disabled kids.
Each school specialises in different age ranges. The aim of the loving and caring staff is to prepare their students as much as they can to enjoy as happy and self-sufficient lives as possible. For example, they have cooking classes to teach them to prepare basic meals for themselves. A specially equipped gym hall, and rehabilitation room are used to develop individual training and exercise programs for the students.
An integral part of the educational program is teaching through the use of music. The students learn to play instruments and sing along with music. Every student also attends individual lessons with a speech therapist, rehabilitation specialist and physiotherapist. They have a great need for many things to help them fulfil their many goals and aspirations for these special kids.
In October 2016 IWAK collected the first donation of 5,000 PLN for the Zespół Szkół Specjalnych Nr 6. This donation was to help the children continue with their animal therapy (horse therapy, dog therapy, and alpaca therapy).
In January 2017, IWAK donated 30,000 PLN, collected through our main annual fundraising event, the IWAK Christmas Gala, to acquire much-needed computer equipment for the pupils (laptops, desktops, an interactive board with speakers).
Centrum Administracyjne #1 Placówek Opiekuńczo Wychowawczych
This is a chain of five children’s homes with headquarters based at 5 Dunajewskiego Street, 31-123 Kraków. Underpriviliged and orphaned children and young adults aged 0 – 25 live in homes under the Centrum’s patronage.
We are collecting clothes, household items and monetary donations for these kids on a regular basis. One of our charity success stories in the second half of 2016 was collecting money for Ola, a pupil at one of the orphanages managed by the Centrum.
Ola, a 17 year old girl living at an orphanage in Kraków, was in serious need of braces. A dentist wanted to fit the braces for free, but the braces themselves were too expensive. We were more than willing to lend a helping hand to this girl. In autumn, we had two activities in which we raised money for this side project. During the Halloween Bash, we had a lovely bake sale and all gains were collected for Ola. We also organised a Swap and Sale, and because of the sale and small entrance fee, we were again able to raise a significant amount of money. Together with the personal contribution of one of our members, we reached the sum necessary to cover the costs of braces. In January, Ola had the braces fitted. This was a small-scale project, but one that made the world of difference to this young girl.