Hong Kong distributors mentoring at-risk children

Dec 28, 2009

In the Amway world, things are so global that it’s hard to get your arms around all of the great programs happening on the ground, especially in some of our smaller markets.

I was fortunate to have a chance to meet with my colleagues from Hong Kong during a quick overseas trip last week. Besides filling them in on the new global initiatives taking place with One by One, I was updated on an amazing program they developed over the last couple of years with distributors in Hong Kong.

It’s called the “Amway Smiley Children” programme, and it focuses on “children and adolescents from families who suffer from emotional stress, low resilience to adversity and even anxiety or depression.” These children are from economically disadvantaged homes, and are referred to the program by schools and medical institutions. They need extra care and attention to become successful, and what better mentor than a successful Amway distributor.

Through a partnership with the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (not affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America), distributors are matched up with children to provide mentoring and friendship to those who are identified as most at-risk.

In addition to meeting with the children once per month, they can connect over phone and email. Sometimes it’s offering simple advice like how to ride the metro train or how to study for a difficult math test. Other times it involves more personal motivation, like how to maintain a positive attitude and dream for the future.

Amway also sponsors “Fun Fairs” where mentors and mentees come together for a day of games and activities in the outdoors. They see magic shows, rock climbing and ropes courses among other activities.

Already, the government and the NGO world have recognized the unique work of Amway and its distributors, who have donated more than 1,700 volunteer hours towards the Amway Smiley Children programme. Amway recently received the Gold Award for Volunteer Service by the Social Welfare Department. We have also received the Caring Company Award from the Hong Kong Council of Social Service for five straight years.

From the short time I spent in Hong Kong, I could tell it was a culture of big business, hard working people and a competitive job market. The pressures on young children to succeed must be very tough. The help of a caring adult mentor who has experience, empathy and dedication, can be just the thing that some of these children need to ensure their futures are bright, and full of endless opportunities.

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    • Guest says:

      AND TO THINK THAT IT'S ALL ABOUT BUSINESS, AMWAY IS A VERY GREAT AND CARING COMPANY AND THE BEST PART IS IT'S NOT THE COMPANY IT'S THE STANDARD AND THE LOVE OF THE IBO'S THAT CREATE THIS AND WE WILL BE ALL AROUND THE WORLD TO HELP MANY AND MANY MORE PEOPLE.

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