Interview with Joanna Przedworska May 31 2015 by Justyna Makowska
Mrs. Joanna Przedworska and her five kids: Weronika (13), Zofia (12), Faustyna (8), Andrzej Sr. (7) and Andrzej Jr. (4) live in Garfield, New Jersey. Life was going well for them until Mr. Przedworski unexpectedly passed away from cancer and Mrs. Joanna was left alone. It was a tragedy and left the family brokenhearted. When the youngest boy was born, she named him Andrzej Jr. as her husband directed her to do when he went to the hospital knowing that he might not come back. Mr. Przedworski never got to meet his youngest son. “Andrzej Jr. loves to build and construct and dreams of becoming a hero, just like his father”, says Mrs. Joanna. “I’m proud of my kids, as they all are very good students and have achieved a lot so far”, she adds with a warm smile on her face.
Life without a husband and a father is very hard, but the family tries to stay together and keep it cheerful. In their spare time, they like to be outside. They go for long walks, swimming or for little adventures around the neighborhood. When the weather doesn’t permit outside activities, the family likes to watch a movie at home. However, there is a rule that Mrs. Joanna set-all siblings have to consentaneously agree on a movie. They often watch movies in mother language as Mrs. Joanna wants her kids to stay connected to the Polish culture and language.
“I manage a small company of five people and I work 24/7”, jokes Mrs. Joanna when asked about her job. However, it doesn’t bring any income. Przedworski family has been struggling financially since Mr. Przedworski passed away. With five children, the needs are many. Besides the hardships to provide for the children, Mrs. Joanna is having a difficult time to find a new apartment. “Nobody wants to rent an apartment to a single mother of five”, sighs Mrs. Joanna. She is a very religious person and she believes that with God’s and people’s help the family will be just fine.
Children’s Smile Foundation has been supporting Przedworski family since 2013. Last year we were able to give $4,500 and pay for summer getaway for the family. This year they receive from us a check for $2000 .
To help us support Przedworski family, please check our website www.childrenssmilefoundation.org, where you can use Paypal to donate. All donations are greatly appreciated.
February 27, 2014
Director Krzysztof Rostek has initiated a fundraising event by inviting all to one of his buildings for “Tlusty Czwartek”. The guests traditionally had “paczki” or polish donuts and came to support a special family, the Przedworskis. Joanna Przedworski lives in Garfield, NJ with five children. Her husband passed away when she was pregnant with the fifth child. This event generated almost $3,000 for them. The Foundation additionally set aside funds to pay for summer get-away for the family.