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Charitable fund

“It is much more beautiful to give than to receive, especially when you give to those who really need your attention and help.”

Why was the Charitable fund of ESA employees founded (CHFZ ESA)?

 In 2005, several ESA logistika employees decided to contribute from their wages to help people in need. They were united by their interest in helping people in need, by their concern for the fate and welfare of others. ESA logistika began supporting this fund from the very first and regularly contributes to it an amount that is equal to the sum of all contributions collected from individual fund members; these matching contributions have enabled the fund to grow, do more good and reach more people.Over time, the fund has grown and today (2019) more than 130 employees regularly contribute to it while this number is still going up. The collected money allows for the efficient support of both individuals and charitable foundations and projects.

 

How to become a fund member?

Any employee who identifies with the fund’s mission and who is willing to contribute a minimum monthly amount of CZK 100 may apply. The application forms are available at the human resources department or directly from the fund’s president Martin Karnolt. A big thanks goes to all current members; the fund of course welcomes new members, and we appreciate your help in increasing the impact and scope of our foundation.

 

Who does the fund help?

The fund helps individuals and non-profit organizations and supports both its own and external charity projects. Each fund member has the right to propose a project or organization to assist. The proposal may be sent to the fund’s president Martin Karnolt or to the fund’s committee members.

 

Who has the Charitable fund already helped?

2021

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The ESA Employee Charity Fund and ESA Logistics have deepened their cooperation with the Chance for Children Foundation

The previous collaboration with the Chance for Chidren Foundation (C4C) was based on providing the logistics services that the foundation needed. These included free storage, transport and distribution of goods to children’s homes and seniors´homes. These activities made us be aware of the effectiveness and results of the C4C Foundation. We became really interested by program called The Springboard to Life. Its mission is to help adolescents from children’s homes search and find their way to independent living. From the stories of C4C educators and staff, we know that it is not easy and that they appreciate any help. ESA Logistika and the ESA Employee Charity Fund have agreed to support this program for 2021 in the amount of CZK 200,000, which they both pay half each. This decision was mainly due to the fact that a large part of this funding is intended to support the education of adolescents who grow up in children’s homes. With the right education and skills, they can get better jobs and better living conditions. The children’s home staff, together with C4C, have given us many examples of the successes of this program and many young people who have succeeded in achieving better education, a successful job, safe living, and simply well-being. Many of them already have their own families. Supporting this program makes sense to us primarily as a “non-refundable” investment in the start of adolescents’ lives, which will be beneficial for their entire lives. 

2020

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The Charity fund of ESA employees and ESA logistika handed over a check for CZK 70,000 to Truck HELP

ESA Logistika, together with the ESA Employee Charity Fund, has increased its regular contribution to the Truck HELP foundation. “We are aware that year 2020 is not easy for anyone, so we decided to increase the amount of CZK 50,000, which we regularly support Truck HELP, to CZK 70,000. Although in previous years we handed over the check ceremoniously in the presence of our employees, this year the situation did not allow us to do so. However, we are still following the very beneficial work of this foundation and we are glad that together with Truck HELP we can help those who need help, “said Marek Cvačka, General Director of ESA Logistika. Half of the amount was donated by ESA Logistika and the other half by the ESA Employee Charity Fund. Since 2003, the Truck HELP foundation has been supporting families in which one of the parents has died as a professional driver while performing his work, or has permanent consequences that don´t allow them doing his job. 

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Germicidal lamp for Seniors´Home

In May, we were asked to buy a germicidal lamp for the Home for the elderly and people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The germicidal emitter helps fight aginst C-19 and its UV rays are used to disinfect air, food and surfaces. It destroys viruses, bacteria and fungi by disrupting their structures. The lamp arrived in August and has been performing in the Senior´s Home since August 11. Apparently it really helps, because we received a letter of thanks, which made us happy.

 

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Wishes are to be fulfilled at Christmas.

Like every Christmas, the Charity Fund of ESA employees and ESA Logistika represented Santa Claus and prepared a surprise for some children under the Christmas tree. In cooperation with the Kindergarten Lacinova Kladno, we selected several children who suffer from severe speech disorders, ADHD, autism, mutism, etc. Their childhood is so much different than it could be. They also had their Christmas wishes, which would remain unfulfilled due to the financial situation of their families. Yet they found under the Christmas tree gifts they had wished. We  would like to thank all the members of the fund for the initiative associated with the purchase of gifts according to the wishes of specific children. Some gifts were not easy for them to be found  and bought but they succeeded. 

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Communication IT equipment for the Libušín Seniors´Home

ESA Logistika and the ESA Employee Charity Fund donated IT equipment to the Libušín Home for the Elderly to connect with their families. Because some residents of the home cannot hear well, we have added several sets of wireless headphones. They are better suited for seniors when watching TV and family video meetings than hearing aids. Such a sharp picture, good sound and a lot of joy!  The photo was taken by the staff of the Libušín Home for the Elderly – thank you.

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ESA logistika donated money to the Kladno hospital for the purchase of new apparatuses

The Charitable fund of ESA employees and ESA logistika donated a financial gift to the Kladno Regional Hospital for the purchase of device in the amount of almost CZK 150,000. New medical technology that helps to increase hospital capacity diagnostic and therapeutic care, will serve patients in the internal medical ward. The gift took over from the representatives of ESA logistika the head of the internal medical ward MUDr. Ivo Podpěra with the participation of the Kladno hospital management. It was possible to purchase from the donated funds some device enabling higher blood oxygenation (HFNO), finger pulse oximeters and aids for respiratory rehabilitation in case of health complications after covid-19. 

According to MUDr. Ivo Podpěra, the senior doctor of the internal medical ward: “These apparatuses wil be used in the internal medical ward for patients not only in the acute phase of Covid disease, but also will be used for successive care if their condition gets worse again.“ MUDr. Ivo Podpěra especially appreciates non-invasive breath support: “This equipment enables to eliminate in some cases intubation with succesive mechanical ventilation which later considerably improves their chances for survival, and it also shortens the length of patient´s stay in the intensive care unit and it makes healthcare workers´ job easier.“ 

“We have decided to help in the fight against coronavirus infection and support one of regional medical centers in the current situation. One half of the financial gift was raised by Charity fund of ESA employees and the other half was donated by company ESA logistika. In this way we help to finance a lot of other projects and together with our employees we participate in decision making about direction of our help.“ said Marek Cvačka, Managing Director of ESA logistika and continues: “In this case the decision to help Kladno hospital was quick and easy. From the beginning thanks to the senior doctor of the medical internal ward we knew which apparatuses would be bought and that they will help to save lives of Covid-19 patients.“ 

The senior doctor of the internal medical ward describes the financial donation aiming to improve apparatus equipment as a great gesture: “It is amazing that companies and other institutions are seeking common values at this time of epidemic and people are coming up with different ways to help each other. We would like to thank ESA logistika very much. The purchased apparatuses are currently used.“ 

The deputy of The Regional Kladno Hospital Ing. Michal Feix expressed his gratitude: “I personally appreciate voluntary help of people in this complicated time. We would really like to thanks ESA logistika and we are grateful for any provided help and gifts from companies, community and people.“

 

2019

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Bicycle for Jakub Š.

Jakub Š. lives only with his mum, who is a single parent, so their financial expenses for other than basic needs are almost zero.  Ms. Taťána Š. suffer from multiple sclerosis. Unfortunately, this disease will not allow her to work full time, even if she wished. Given the minimum , Jakub and his mother have to deny a lot of things that are commonplace for others. Jakub loves sports and especially cycling, so CHFZ ESA decided to give Jakub a bicycle of CZK 15,000

 


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Our help in Cambodia

CHFZ ESA provided a donation of CZK 5,000 to the non-profit organization Hvězdice, which is engaged in supporting education in Cambodia. These include support for the operation of schools in Bantayrersey or Ta Pua, the adoption of children at a distance, the granting of family allowances for the purchase of food, bicycles, school scholarships, improving social conditions, etc.

 

 

 

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We also help grandmothers and grandchildren

Adámek Z. has a developmental defect and his parents are drug addicted, so he is brought up by his grandmother, who had to retire early. Unfortunately, Mrs. Z. remained alone for the very demanding upbringing of her grandson, so it is no wonder she welcomes any help. CHFZ ESA thus provided an automatic washing machine  in the value of 9900 CZK, provided psychotherapy for Mrs. Z. in the value of 3000 CZK and positioning chair for Adamek in the value of 2400 CZK.

 

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We support barrier-free living

The 44-year-old Jan A., who is an exemplary father of two underage sons, was diagnosed with ALS, a gradual degeneration of the motoneurons responsible for movement. This disease is fast and affects the whole body, only the eyes and the brain do not. Unfortunately, there is no cure yet. Jan’s illness broke out so that he gradually began to lose power in his hands and now he has no control over his hands at all, he cannot eat himself, drink, take medication, wash, receive a call on his mobile, actually nothing that one takes for granted. Unfortunately he is very poor in walking and must already use a wheelchair. CHFZ ESA provided a financial donation for the reconstruction of the apartment, which had to be adapted to a barrier-free apartment.

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We help to bereaved family

CHFZ ESA provided a one-time contribution of 40 000 CZK to Mrs. Martina D., widow of the deceased
Radek D., who worked as a driver for the Ostrava dispatching.

 


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CHFZ ESA donated the necessary material to the Asylum House in Kladno

CHFZ ESA, donated bedroom equipment and sanitary goods exceeding CZK 20,000 to the Asylum House in Kladno. For most of us these are ordinary things but for women and children from the Asylum House it is a very needed item. Many thanks to all members of the CHFZ ESA.

 

 

 

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CHFZ ESA also supports individuals

Charity Fund of Employees ESA donated to Pavel Beňák (16 years old boy), who is suffering from muscular dystrophy DMD, financial amount of CZK 10 000. The financial gift was handed by CHFZ ESA members – Mrs. Vendula Kasíková and Mr. Petr Vrbický.  A big thank you to all members of CHFZ ESA!

 

Special pram and car seat for Dominik P.

CHFZ ESA donated a special pram and car seat worth 20 000CZK to  Dominik P.

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Truck Help foundation

CHFZ ESA, along with other donors, donated CZK 10,000 to the eight-year-old girl called Amalka to buy a special vehicle to move on her own. Amalka suffers from CDG 1a syndrome, a glycosylation disorder, multiorgan disease  and other problems. Unfortunately, this disease is incurable. Rehabilitation, spa and special therapies helps Amalka a lot but unfortunately the health insurance company does not cover them.

 


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New wheelchair for Adamek

Adamek was born as a healthy child, but at the age of 2 he was diagnosed with neuromuscular disease DMD. Muscular dystrophy, or muscle wasting, is a genetic disease that only boys suffer.  According to a physiotherapist, Adamek’s previous wheelchair was already unsatisfactory so CHFZ ESA contributed CZK 25,000 to the purchase of a special mechanical wheelchair that allows a better sitting position.

 

 

 

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Adjustable shower trolley for Simon and Matej

CHFZ ESA donated CZK 16,500 for adjustable shower trolley for 13year old Simon and 7 year old Matěj, who were diagnosed with a rare diagnosis of mental retardation. After Simon was born with this diagnosis, his parents wanted to give Simon a healthy brother. So they went through various genetic examinations where they were told that something so special could not happen again … unfortunately, the opposite was true, so parents with children had to change their home and move to a barrier-free house where they share  care and love between two disabled brothers.

 

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Physiotherapy and notebook for Petr

Petr K. was born as a healthy child, but life turned upside down for him and his family in just one second in October 2015. At that time, returning from vacation there was a tragic car accident that father did not survive. Spinal cord injuries occurred to Petr and remained him completely stationary and on the ventilator. Today, Petr is home from the hospital and thanks to his strong approach he does not need the ventilator anymore. He try to move his  hands and improve speech as much as possible. He and his mother attend intensive physiotherapy, which is very expensive and unfortunately is not paid by health insurance companies. CHFZ ESA contributed CZK 15,000 for physiotherapy and CZK 20,035 for the purchase of a notebook.

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Truck Help foundation

Truck Help foundation supports families where one parent who was a professional driver has died while working. We contributed CZK 50 000, the same amount as in previous years. In the picture is ESA logistika Managing Director Marek Cvačka, Prezident CHFZ ESA Martin Karnolt and Director of Nadace Truck Help Tereza Vítová.

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We regularly support

Šimon Plachý – a monthly contribution of CZK 7000 for the son of Tomáš Plachý who died while working as a professional driver.
Matyáš Řepa – a monthly contribution of CZK 2000 to a child born with a heart malfunction.

 

 

 

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Adélka can already hear the outside world and her mother

Adélka (10 years) lives with her mother and sister who have the same auditory handicap. Adélka needs special hearing-aids to eliminate her handicap. The price of the new pair of EVOKE E F2 220 hearing aids is CZK 30 000. Health insurance covers only 50 % of this price. The charitable fund of ESA logistika employees covered the remaining amount of CZK 15 000 necessary for purchasing the new hearing-aids for Adélka.

 

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Christmas presents for handicapped children

Contribution of CZK 10 000 for the purchase of Christmas presents according to children’s wishes and psychologists’ recommendations. The living circumstances of these children is affected by the economic status of their families..    

2018

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Truck Help foundation

Truck Help foundation

supports families where one parent who was a professional driver has died while working. We contributed CZK 50 000, the same amount as in previous years. In the picture you can see ESA logistika CEO Roman Pekrt handing over the cheque to a Truck HELP representative.

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We regularly support

Šimon Plachý – a monthly contribution of CZK 7000 for the son of Tomáš Plachý who died while working as a professional driver.
Matyáš Řepa – a monthly contribution of CZK 2000 to a child born with a heart malfunction.

Adélka can already hear the outside world and her mother

Adélka (10 years) lives with her mother and sister who have the same auditory handicap. Adélka needs special hearing-aids to eliminate her handicap. The price of the new pair of EVOKE E F2 220 hearing aids is CZK 30 000. Health insurance covers only 50 % of this price. The charitable fund of ESA logistika employees covered the remaining amount of CZK 15 000 necessary for purchasing the new hearing-aids for Adélka.

 

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ASČR emergency service

The fund contributed CZK 10 000 to the purchase of an electronic resuscitation device for indirect heart massage. The device is an above-standard piece of equipment for the ambulance operating near to our sites in Úžice and Postřižín. 

 

2017

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Truck HELP foundation – our traditional partner

In 2017, the fund also contributed its usual annual amount of CZK 50 000

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Tomášov summer camp

Tomášov summer camp thanks Mr. Roman Pekrt and the company ESA logistika for their sponsorship.

 

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Under the Christmas tree...

Members of the fund donated Christmas presents to children in accordance with psychologists’ recommendations. The living circumstances of these boys and girls is not easy and they usually find only a few presents under the Christmas tree, apart from ESA’s presents. We are happy that we can fulfill these children’s wishes which otherwise might go unmet without our contribution; the gift of giving has allowed us all to enjoy a richer and heartier Christmas too.


 

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So that Matyášek could smile

Matyášek Řepa was born as a healthy baby. Absolutely nothing suggested that he would have to struggle for life. Unfortunately, after two days his condition worsened and Matyášek was diagnosed with a heart disease. The first surgery took place within five days. Many complications followed including four other surgeries during which his lungs failed and Matyáš had to be connected to a resuscitator for 40 days. Matyášek made his struggle for life successful and even though he won´t be 100% healthy and there are more surgeries ahead of him, everybody is happy and grateful for his smiles that he gives out every day. The fund contributed to Matyášek’s parents a single amount of CZK 20 000 and monthly support in the amount of CZK 2000 for one year. The reason was the difficult economic situation the family faced in caring for little Matyášek.

 

2016

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Christmas presents for handicapped children

Every child longs for a wonderful Christmas holiday and many gifts under the tree; and handicapped children especially deserve to find under the tree presents which make them smile if even for a moment. The ESA Logistika Charitable fund bought Christmas presents worth CZK 9 200.

 

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We supported the Truck HELP foundation in 2016 too

The Charitable fund of ESA logistika employees is a stable supporter of the Truck HELP foundation. We highly appreciate the work of this foundation that provides not only financial support but also contributes to the general development of children in need. ESA logistika donated CZK 20 000 for summer holiday stays.

 

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We supported the Truck HELP foundation in 2016 too

The Charitable fund of ESA logistika employees is a stable supporter of the Truck HELP foundation. We highly appreciate the work of this foundation that provides not only financial support but also contributes to the general development of children in need. ESA logistika donated CZK 20 000 for summer holiday stays.

 

 

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We help Šimon regularly for several years.

Šimon Plachý – In 2016, we donated CZK 3500 monthly to the son of Tomáš Plachý, who died in the course of his work as a driver. ESA logistika had contributed the same amount during 2014 and 2015. We are happy that Šimon and his mother are doing well.

 

2015

Kačenka needed our help

Kačenka Podrázská – Kačenka was born as a healthy child. But later a psychical and locomotive delay in her development was discovered. We contributed a one-off amount of CZK 5 000 to rehabilitation called KLIMTERAPY that Kačenka underwent.

Our Polish colleague asked us for help, the ESA logistika fund responded immediately

works in the ESA logistika warehouse in Ostroleka, Poland. She was born as a premature child together with her twin Antos in February 2015. Both had serious respiratory problems. Later, her brother was able to leave the hospital, but Zosia had to stay there for many long months and had to struggle with many serious health issues. She got several infections, had renal diseases, pneumonia six times, she had to get a blood transfusion and subsequently neurological diseases appeared too. Despite these issues, she is very brave and because her breathing is supported by a special device, she can stay at home with her family. We consider it a miracle that we managed to raise money for the necessary equipment helping her to stay at home because there is no other place like home. Our colleague updates us regularly about Zosia’s condition. We wish her much more happiness in life than she got at the beginning.

Significant projects supported by the fund in 2005–2014

Seeing is important to life

In 2013, Mrs. Marie Pilná applied to the fund for financial help with the payment of injections necessary for her seriously impaired eyesight that are not covered by the health insurance. We paid for the three necessary injections that were given to Marie in the amount of CZK 4200.

 

Start of cooperation with Truck HELP

In 2012, we started supporting the Truck HELP foundation. That year we contributed CZK 12 000 to support the development of this foundation. We are glad that other transport companies have joined us in this effort.

All children like playing

In 2012, a special elementary school asked the ESA logistika fund for help with purchasing a magnetic kit and a special platform for their ceramic workshop in the amount of CZK 14 963. Thanks to the fund members, we were able to fulfil these wishes that fosters pupils’ education.

 

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Even though we would like to change some fates, we can only help to put up with them …

At the end of 2012, our colleague Tomáš Plachý, who was a professional driver, had a tragic traffic accident while working, and died. Immediately after the accident, we decided to support his then six-month-old son Šimon with an amount of CZK 3 500 per month. At the time of writing this, Šimon is 19 months old. We keep our fingers crossed for him and we will support him in the future as well. In December 2014 we received a sincere letter of thanks for our support and assistance in this difficult situation from Tomáš Plachý’s parents and from Miss Beranová, Šimon’s mother, including this photo of Šimon. We understand we are not able to replace Šimon’s dad, but we will do everything we can to make his way to adulthood easier.

 

In 2011, we contributed a total of 76 000 CZK

We contributed CZK 10 000 to Šimon for special rehabilitation. Šimon is wheelchair-bound (our contribution was just a part of the necessary CZK 50 000). We added CZK 11 000 to both Péťa and Adélka for purchasing special wireless hearing aids. We contributed CZK 31 000 to the operation of a social transport vehicle that transports pensioners and disabled people in the Kladno region, Czech Rep. We also donated CZK 13 000 to Elementary school and Secondary school Slunce (Sun) from Stochov for the purchase of seating bags for handicapped pupils.

 

We help not only children

In November 2010, the fund’s commission decided to help Jaroslav Vrúbal, who suffered a serious injury and became a quadriplegic in 2006.  We provided Jaroslav with a folding metal frame to ease the loading of his wheelchair into the car.

 

We got a letter

On January 18, 2009, CZK 10 000 was stolen from us when we had to pay for coal, food and medicine for Marek Kryžan. We reported this theft to the police, and they started an investigation. But we were left without money and you helped us a lot by contributing to the coal purchase. We would like to thank you for your understanding and helpfulness in this difficult situation.

Thank you, Jana Jirásková (curator)

 

To help Katka breathe better

In December 2009, we bought the Trion air cleaner for Kačka (17), who has been seriously ill for more than two years. She suffers from Wegner’s granulomatosis, which affects the organs’ blood vessels as well as her skin and joints. The treatment is very difficult and weakens the immune system. Thanks to the Trion device, Kačka is protected from dust, mites and moulds at least at home.

 

Elizabeth’s story

In October 2008, we covered the hospitalization costs for Elizabeth (5 and half years old), who suffers from a congenital defect – spinal bifida. Due to this, she suffers from frequent urethritis that endanger her health and need to be treated in hospital. As Elinka has three siblings and the family is not well-off, the ESA fund decided to pay the hospitalization costs.

 

Wheelchair for Radek

In May 2007, we purchased a special wheelchair for 8-year-old Radek Hlíza, who can hardly do without it. Radek has severe psychomotor retardation, DMO. Thanks to the new wheelchair, Radek can go out every day, can regularly attend the special Korálek school in Kladno, Czech Rep., can meet his friends and other activities that help him are more accessible.

 

Table for Verunka

In March 2006, we bought an adjustable bedtable for Verunka, who was seriously injured in a traffic accident at the age of 18. Verunka was in a coma for a year, and her subsequent health issues lasted almost a year, preventing her from starting rehabilitation in time. Verunka needs the help of another person in her life. We are very glad that we could provide her a little help.

 

Journey to Ostrava, journey to a better life

In December 2005, we enabled Mrs. Pekárková, who lives alone with her 4-year-old daughter who had had poliomyelitis (she can’t speak and is bedridden), to accompany her daughter to the Bobat therapy treatment in Ostrava. This therapy improves patient’s mobility. The therapy is covered by health insurance but staying there with her daughter was not affordable for Mrs. Pekárková, who is a single parent. Thanks to our intervention, Mrs. Pekárková learned the therapy and can help her disabled daughter now.

 

Being “at home” is not a matter of course

Thanks to the members’ contributions, the ESA logistika fund has been contributing to the costs of a personal assistant of paralytic Mrs. Renata since May 2005. She hasn’t been able to move since her childhood and cannot do without a personal assistant. In this situation, the state health care system offers the only alternative – living in a special institute for the disabled. Thanks to the fund’s help, Renata can live “almost” independently in her own apartment with the regular help of her personal assistant.

 

Looking for more information?

Contact us!

Address: ESA s.r.o., Oldřichova 158, 272 03  Kladno
More contacts of ESA logistika 

Martin Karnolt
president CHFZ ESA

Tel. +420 602 219 056
Email: karnolt.martin@esa-logistics.eu