“Baba Yaga”

_DSC7399.JPGPrague, Czech Republic (Photo: Peter Georg Kożdoń, Mai 2018)

6 PLN 70 PLN 70 PLN per day. That’s how much or less people in every fifth family have at their disposal in Poland in 2019, which ist under care of Szlachetna Paczka. Their average monthly income (after deducting the amount of the fixed costs of living) do not exceed PLN 200. However, according to the Central Statistical Office (GUS), a four-person family (2+2) is not able to survive a month for less than 1571 PLN.

20% of the families, which ist under care of Szlachetna Paczka live in apartments in which there’s no bathroom.

>1.2 million children (persons under the age of eighteen) are in Poland at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

PLN 500 or more spends on medicines every fifth family, which ist under care of Szlachetna Paczka, in which at least one sick or disabled person lives.

PLN 31.42 – This is how much the nursing allowance has increased since November 1, 2018. It iss granted for the purpose of partially covering expenses. It is granted for the purpose of partially covering expenses of a person, who need to provide care and assistance to another person because of her inability to exist independently. This is the first an increase in that benefit for the last 12 years. From now on, it amounts to 184
PLN 42 gr per month.

PLN 1065 – This is the amount of the most frequently paid retirement pension in the women’s population in March 2018. Among men, this figure was more than twice as high (2177 PLN 80 gr).

9% – Polish households with children for financial reasons do not celebrate family celebrations e.g. birthdays. Every tenth parent can’t afford to pay for school trips for his/her child. Every 40-th can’t afford to buy any toys, new clothes or books.

Full report: https://www.szlachetnapaczka.pl/raport-o-biedzie/

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I’m sure many of us pass her on the street, in the stairwell, on the way to the grocery store. Old, hunchbacked, wrinkled. Once mothers used to scare children with her: “If you don’t eat dinner, Baba Yaga will come and take you away”. She – Baba Yaga, about whom the little one knew from his book with pictures read to him by his father as good night story, that he devours naughty children. This is enough to make the imagination start working and in a few minutes nothing left on a plate after dinner. Baba Yaga has to stay hungry this time, too. Not because she likes to eat children. Ha! She once had her own children, whom she tried to give everything, what she could. Her children grew up, left her house, forgot about her. No one says to Baba Yaga “thank you” for the years spent caring for her children, nor does anyone reward her for the effort she put into raising another member of society. Years spent on hard work have left a mark on her health, which can be seen in every furrow decorating her face. She lives right next to us. Let us not forget about her, especially in winter and on holidays, when we sit down at the table. Poverty has the face of Baby Yaga and it is only up to us whether we see her as a sick old lady who needs help or as a demon to scare children.

 

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