Empowering Children Foundation

About us

We have been protecting children from violence and sexual abuse for over 30 years. We provide children and their caregivers with support, professional psychological and legal assistance and care. We teach adults how to wisely and effectively respond to violence against children and what to do when they suspect that a child is being abused. We support and engage parents to raise their children with love and respect. We influence Polish law so that it protects the best interests of the child. Every child deserves a childhood free from violence!


Foundation Board

Aleksander Drzewiecki

Chairperson of the Board

dr hab. Maria Kolankiewicz

Vice Chairwoman of the Board

Teresa Jaśkiewicz-Obydzińska

Member of the Board

Elżbieta Czyż

Member of the Board

Jakub Chechelski

Member of the Board

Marcin Kotlarek

Member of the Board

Anna Lechowska

Member of the board

Mikołaj Rytel

Member of the Board

Management Board

Renata Szredzińska

President of the Management Board

Marta Skierkowska

Vice President of the Management Board

Beata Wojtkowska

Vice President of the Management Board


Anna Gierczuk

Helpline Programme Coordinator

Aurelia Jankowska

Child Advocacy Centre Coordinator in Starogard Gdanski

Anna Klepinowska

Child Advocacy Centre Coordinator in Warsaw

Maciej Piekarz

Fundraising Department Coordinator

Ewa Kremer

Child Advocacy Centre Coordinator in Gdansk

Joanna Kulpińska

Lighthouse Counseling for Parents Coordinator

Jowita Kuc

HR Manager

Justyna Podlewska

Legal Department Coordinator

Katarzyna Polak

Cross-Program Projects Department Coordinator

Agata Sotomska

Child Protection Standards Coordinator

Katarzyna Smolińska

Training and Event Department Coodinator

Magdalena Okrzeja

PR Department Coordinator

Szymon Wójcik

Research Department Coordinator

Łukasz Wojtasik

 Child in the Web Programme Coordinator

Marta Wojtas

Child in the Web Counselling Centre Coordinator

Zbigniew Gryziak

IT Department Coordinator

Małgorzata Necula

Chief Financial Officer

Important documents

Awards and achievements

  • Award of the Capital City of Warsaw granted by the Council of the Capital City of Warsaw Of Warsaw / 2020 /
  • "Maria Grzegorzewska glasses" awarded by APS / 2019 /
  • “Active against depression” title granted by the Active against Depression Association  (Stowarzyszenie Aktywnie przeciwko Depresji) /2019/
  • Architect of Development Prize 2018 awarded by the United Nations Global Compact Poland /2018/
  • “They do great things, continually proving that nothing is impossible.” Monika Sajkowska took part in PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch Relay preceding the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and carried Olympic Torch among other people from all around the world invited to do so /2018/
  • The Jan Wejchert Polish Business Council Award in the category of “Social activities” for Monika Sajkowka /2017/
  • Sektor 3.0 Award granted by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation /2017/
  • “Children’s Rights Sheriff” – title granted by children on the initiative of UNICEF /2014/
  • INFANTIS DIGNITATIS DEFENSORI – honorary badge for contribution to children’s rights, granted by the Children’s Ombudsman /2014/
  • “Family Physician’s Friend” – honorary title granted by the Polish Association of Family Medicine /2014/
  • Winner of the “Discover e-Volunteerism” contest for the project “E-help for children and young people” /2013/
  • 2011 Leader of the SAFER TOGETHER Programme, Ministry of Internal Affairs /2012/
  • Ombudsman’s Honorary Prize for Contribution to Protection of Human Rights/2011/
  • Saint John Prize awarded by the Saint John of Jerusalem Foundation /2010/
  • Ministry of Education’s Award  Educational Initiative of the Year for the project “3 .. 2 .. 1 .. Internet” launched jointly with Microsoft /2010/
  • Honorary Prize of Children’s Ombudsman Pro Infantis Bono/2009/
  • Prize in the 10th edition of the Best Civic Work Pro Publico Bono in the “Service to Humanity” category  /2008/
  • Awards granted by the Praga Poludnie Social Services Centre for two programmes: Good Parent, Good Start and Academy of Safer Internet (now Child in the Web) /2007/
  • “2005 Online Citizen of the Year” – award for contribution to the development of the civic society, granted by Civic Internet /2005/
  • ISPCAN 2004 Multidisciplinary Team Award – international prize for organisations dealing with child abuse, granted by the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect /2004/
  • “Heart for Children” award  granted by the authorities of Praga Południe, one of Warsaw districts /2002/
  • Special award in the 3rdedition of the Pro Publico Bono contest /2001/
  • Award granted by the Warsaw City Hall /2001/
  • “Golden Telephone” – honorary badge granted by “Blue Line”, an emergency hotline for victims of domestic violence /1999/
  • Award in the competition for Polish NGOs organised by the Batory Foundation and Bankers Trust /1999/

How can you support us?

Thanks to your donation we can help another child

It allows us to answer a call on 116 111 - a helpline for children and young people

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It makes it possible for the psychologist and the lawyer to prepare a child for the interview

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It allows us to initiate a therapy treatment of a child who has experienced violance

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