An Amway homecoming

Jul 06, 2011

From guest blogger Sri Soekarmoen.

Amway Malaysia recently invited 60 children and their foster parents to visit their headquarters. Why is this significant?

To understand the full story, allow me to teach you a few Malaysian words.

Rumah means home. Tunas means seeds. Harapan means hope.

When you put them together, you have Rumah Tunas Harapan, a home that nurtures the seeds of hope, also known as a home for orphaned and abandoned children who live with foster parents.

The Malaysian Social Welfare Department introduced this new approach with the hope to provide a “family system” to children. In 1986, Amway Malaysia pledged RM500,000 for the construction of six Rumah Tunas Harapan.

Since then, Amway’s employees and distributors have visited the children on regular basis. These volunteers have not forgotten about the welfare of the children even after the construction was completed. The company also provides annual grant for children’s activities. 

The children grow up in Rumah Tunas Harapan until they reach the age of 17. They leave “home” to pursue education and career and to have family of their own. The bond between the children and their foster parents remains strong and they often come back to visit.

The same is true with the relationship between Amway and Rumah Tunas Harapan, which remains strong. During an Amway Superweekend, the families visited Amway headquarters and toured its facilities.

Hajjah Saphiah Binti Romly has been a foster parent at Rumah Tunas Harapan and acquainted with Amway for more than 20 years. To her, the trip represents a culmination of a decades-old partnership. She says, “It’s like a home-coming of sorts for us.”

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