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It's been five years! We support the FreeBSD Foundation, Rescue Haven, PuTTy and Marcelek Machowski

| Anna Lichota

As it’s already mid-month, it’s time for our traditional campaign to support open-source projects and charities. And since it’s also May, then this month marks another anniversary of the campaign: it’s been five years!

Such an occasion doesn’t happen every day, so we would like to celebrate it in a special way, by providing “extra” support for the two organisations we helped in the first edition of our project, way back in 2012. These are the FreeBSD Foundation, which manages the development of the operating system under the same name (we have been using it in our network for years), and the Committee for Helping Animals Association, which has run the Rescue Haven for horses and other animals for several years.

Apart from the anniversary beneficiaries, the “regular” ones were picked by our tireless developer, Mariusz Kalota.

Mariusz chose the PuTTY project, a program for connecting to remote servers via SSH. PuTTY has been the most popular SSH client for Windows users for years, and it has even been ported to other operating systems. The project has turned 18 this year. Congratulations to the authors, and keep up the good work!

Mariusz’s other choice, which we make through the “Help on Time” Children’s Foundation, is a donation to Marcelek Machowski, a boy of less than seven who was born with spina bifida and requires expensive rehabilitation and treatment every day. Here’s all the best to you, Marcelek, and to your parents!

Monthly Donations: JS Foundation and Patryk Arkita

| Anna Lichota

April is unique for its changeable weather, but no matter whether it rains or shines, today is the fifteenth, so it’s time to choose who we want to support this month. The decision who receives April’s donations were up to Krzysiek Pisera.

We mostly do web development, and JavaScript is one of the languages we use most frequently. Krzysiek has decided we should support the JS Foundation, which oversees a number of JavaScript projects. The foundation was established last October, following the merger of the jQuery Foundation and the Dojo Foundation. The most popular projects it maintains include jQueryDojo ToolkitGrunt and ESLint. The latter has proven particularly useful in our everyday work on large JavaScript projects.

Our other donation goes to Patryk Arkita from Zgierz, Krzysiek’s home town. Patryk needs treatment due to a complicated heart condition. We wish him the best of luck and send our warmest thoughts, and encourage the readers of our blog to support Patryk and the JS Foundation as well.

Monthly Donations: Linux Foundation and Karolina Pastwa

| Anna Lichota

Spring is coming fast - it is already the middle of March. This means it’s time to provide financial support for another open source project and for somebody who needs help. This time Dawid Jancen makes the choices.

The first of the March donations goes to the Linux Foundation, which has been working since 2000 to support the development of Linux, and they have already received a donation from us back in July 2015. Most of our team uses Linux on their own desk computers and laptops, as well as the servers for the projects we work on - that’s why this foundation’s activity is close to our hearts. We send our regards to them all, wishing them good luck in the further development of the operating system with the penguin mascot!

This month we are also helping Karolina Pastwa from Tczew. While Dawid and Karolina have never met, they do have mutual friends, and hence his decision to support her. She suffers from a neuroendocrine tumour of the small intestine. Karolina fights for health, not just for herself but also for her son. Karolina, please accept our regards; we are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that your whole family can be healthy.

Monthly Donations: Redmine and Kubuś Zwiech

| Anna Lichota

Frost and winter have not stood in our way in designating the next monthly beneficiaries of our financial assistance. In February, Tomek Antosik held the honourable function of making the selection.

The open source project that Tomek has decided to distinguish is Redmine, a web-based project management system released under the GPL license. Redmine has for many years been an essential tool in the work of our entire team, so it appears as our choice for the third time. As always, we would like to thank the developers for this great tool and wish them good luck in their further work on its development.

We are also providing support for Kubuś Zwiech. A multi-organ dysfunction resulting from congenital metabolic disease means that Kubuś requires specialized help, motor rehabilitation, neurological speech therapy treatments and sensory integration. Thanks to his hard work and that of his parents, an improvement has been observed in his motor development and muscle tension. His parents are collecting money to continue his rehabilitation – and we are glad that we can help even a little bit. We are sending hugs to you, Kubuś, and to your parents, as well as keeping our fingers crossed and wishing you the soonest possible effects of the treatments, plus much strength in your fight against the disease.

Monthly Donations: the Laravel DataTables Project and Mikołaj Zalega

| Anna Lichota

The new year has begun, so it is time for the January instalment of our monthly financial support campaign for open-source projects and charities. This time the beneficiaries were selected by Marcin Tabaka.

On his initiative, we decided to support a project called Laravel DataTables, which is (as is often the case) used by some of our team in their everyday work. It is a useful add-on to the PHP framework, and it facilitates use of the jQuery DataTables plugin in various web applications. In our case, it is used in the implementation of a control panel for our proprietary CMS system. Thanks and regards to the developers!

We have also made a donation through Siepomaga.pl to Mikołaj Zalega, who suffers from a rare condition called TRAPS. The aim is to buy the drugs that will give this lad a chance of avoiding recurrent severe fevers in the future. Mikołaj, we wish you much luck in persevering in your struggle for health. Wishing you and your parents all the best.

Our Holiday Project: a New Website for the "Westies for Adoption" Foundation

| Michał Wojciechowski

Following last week’s announcement, we bring news about this year’s Christmas project. This is already the fourth time that we carry out a project for a charity prior to Christmas time - for free. This year our task was to upgrade the website for the “Westies for Adoption” foundation.

The foundation is run by a group of dog lovers devoted to West Highland White Terriers. Its mission, as the founders say, is to:

”(…) help the white terriers of character, with more and more of them ending up on the streets, abused and exhausted. We arrange adoptions, help many organizations and foundations, find the best homes for our animals, and do not indulge the whims of people just looking for a popular puppy. We restore these terriers’ dignities, and rebuild their faith in people”.

Within our project, we moved the Foundation’s website to a new CMS and introduced fresh mechanisms for handling pre-adoption questionnaires, votes and auctions. We hope that this more attractive website will help the Foundation find responsible owners for as many needy dogs as possible.

Monthly Donations: the Let's Encrypt Project and the Friends of Animals Foundation

| Michał Wojciechowski

With Christmas approaching it is time for our final monthly charity initiative of the year. This time our support goes to the beneficiaries chosen by Michał Dziekoński: the Let’s Encrypt project and the Friends of Animals foundation, the latter running an animal shelter in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki.

The Let’s Encrypt project, launched in 2012, aims to provide free TLS certificates that can be acquired and installed in a simple, automated way. The project has enabled a wide range of users to apply encryption to their web servers, contributing to a greater level of security across the Web. The project sponsors include the Mozilla Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Congratulations! We wish the Let’s Encrypt team many more successes in developing their project.

We are pleased to announce that this is the second time that we are supporting the Friends of Animals Foundation and its animal shelter in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki. Works to extend the shelter have been in progress for several years, and are described on their website. Best of luck with the extension, and all your other efforts to help homeless animals!

This is definitely not the end of our charitable activities this year, though. In December we are running our traditional Christmas project. Check back soon to learn more!

Monthly Donations: the PostgreSQL Project and the World Cancer Research Fund International

| Jakub Opara

It’s mid-November and winter is coming soon. Our hearts are warm and ready for help, however. In other words, it’s time for our monthly donations. The recipients were picked by Viktor this month.

Our first donation goes to the PostgreSQL database project. Discussing its superiority to MySQL, a competing database, feels like debating whether Christmas is more important than Easter. Viktor, for one, is a committed supporter of PostgreSQL and will talk for hours about why it’s worth using. We’re not going to quote his arguments here but if you’d like to learn more, feel free to ask. Meanwhile, we would like to thank and send our regards to everyone involved in PostgreSQL development.

The other donation goes to the World Cancer Research Fund International. We are glad to make our small contribution to fund research that have helped to reduce cancer occurrence and save lives. Thank you!

 

That’s all for today. Check back soon to see who will receive our donations before Christmas next month.

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