Archive for February, 2012

Recognizing the beauty inside you

Wednesday, 29 February, 2012

In a society where girls are bombarded with varying images of “beauty,” they are often left wondering if they are pretty enough, smart enough, or good enough.

We wanted to remind girls in West Michigan that they are beautiful – inside and out.

So on the eve of Valentine’s Day, 114 junior high school girls from 7 schools took over the campus of Ferris State University Grand Rapids to participate in a day-long “Beautiful U” event.

This event is in its second year, through a partnership between the Amway One by One campaign and WOOD TV 8’s Maranda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The girls participating heard inspiring speeches, while taking part in activity-based workshops on health, beauty, relationships and careers. They also spent time learning about the difference between the images they see in the media, and the beauty inside of themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the words of one of the participants:

“Before I came here I thought really badly about myself.  I use to think I was fat and ugly. Now that I came here I don’t feel that way any more. I’m beautiful on the inside and people like me for me, and not someone I’m not!”

Thanks to all of our partners for making this another great year for some beautiful girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Flying Books” reaching children in remote areas

Monday, 27 February, 2012

In Thailand, the image of a bird released from a cage and flying away is considered a symbol of “merit making,” or granting freedom.

This image was the inspiration for a new program that supports childhood literacy.

Amway Thailand has been a longtime supporter of programs increase reading in children, from providing scholarships, to creating books for the visually impaired, to building school libraries in remote areas of the country where literacy levels are lowest.

In fact, the Amway for Thai Society Foundation learned that, on average, Thai children only read two books per year. The cause stems from a lack of available books.

A new initiative called The Flying Book hopes to elevate the issue, and get people involved in selecting the best books and “flying” them to children.

Through an iPhone application, website and Facebook page, anyone can vote on their favorite books.

Then, using the world’s first augmented reality and location-based book donation platform, they can follow their book in real time as it travels to the remote areas of Thailand.

Visit http://www.flyingbook.org/ or visit the Facebook page or download the app to take part in the journey.

Thanks to Laksana Jenananporn for sharing this story.

Annual work begins in Guatemala

Friday, 24 February, 2012

A group of Amway employees and Business Owners are making their annual journey to Zacapa, Guatemala, where they begin work on a new neighborhood of houses sponsored by Amway and Tim Foley.

This week, more than 120 Amway volunteers from the US and Central America - the largest Habitat for Humanity group ever in Guatemala – are working on the building of 10 homes alongside the homeowners and their families. It’s hard work, but great experiences for the volunteers and the families.

We will post an update next week!

 

Our own year end results

Thursday, 23 February, 2012

Today, Amway announced impressive sales results from 2011. We have our own results to announce, and believe they are equally impressive.

  • 1.5 million is the number of children helped through the efforts of our company, our distributors and our employees last year.
  • 200,000 is the number of volunteer hours invested in children’s programs.
  • $25 million is the value of contributions given to causes that help children in 2011.

And that’s in only one year. The Amway One by One Campaign for Children historical totals (since 2003) have gained significant momentum:

  • 9.5 million children helped
  • 2.3 million volunteer hours
  • $166 million contributions

Thanks to Amway distributors, employees and partners for making  meaningful change for children around the world. It’s been a great year!

A new kind of partnership in Japan

Wednesday, 22 February, 2012

Children in Japan who enter state protection following child abuse, or the death or incapacity of parents, traditionally have two paths: they enter a childcare facility or they are placed in a foster home.

Childcare facilities care for 30,000 children, while foster parents can only host about 3,600. Both systems are overwhelmed and it is becoming increasingly difficult to give children recovering from traumatic situations the care they need.

A new partnership model between Amway Japan, Crop Minori and the Japanese government is creating a solution that draws on the strengths and resources of each sector.

At the heart of the partnership is a Family Home for children. Family Homes are run by nonprofit workers and experienced foster parents, providing a home environment for a small number of children with caring adults who establish a stable environment where family-type relationships can flourish.

In 2009, the government created 126 homes across Japan. As part of this new partnership, the new Amway One by One Family Home has been established just outside Tokyo, near the mountains and ocean. The government will sponsor the needs of the children, Crop Minori will help to provide staff and programming and Amway will sponsor the rent of the home and provide volunteers.

Every institution has a role to play in the care of children. This innovative partnership blurs the lines of responsibility among business, nonprofit, government and volunteers, giving everyone a chance to create a bright future for children in need.

Thanks to Hideya Tateno for sharing this story.

In step with Miss America

Monday, 20 February, 2012

Over the last couple of years, the reigning Miss America champions have been wonderful spokespeople not only for the Artistry brand of Amway cosmetics, but also of causes focused on children’s issues.

In 2010, Miss America Caressa Cameron visited patients at the DeVos Children’s Hospital in Amway’s hometown to hand out books and read with the kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year, Miss America Teresa Scanlan helped us build organic gardens for youth with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

We were excited to hear that this year’s Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler, cited her platform as mentoring children of incarcerated parents.

 

In fact, Amway has supported the US Dream Academy for more than six years, providing mentors and support to children whose parents have been incarcerated.

Working with Miss America in 2012, we look forward to a great year of partnership for children.

Responding in the Philippines

Friday, 17 February, 2012

After hearing news of so many disasters in 2011, few people heard of the heavy rains and flooding in the Philippines in December.

Hundreds of people died in the aftermath of Typhoon Sedong in Cagayan de Oro. It was the worst natural disaster in the Philippines in a decade.

Amway Philippines rallied to help. They packaged relief goods, with help from Amway distributors and employees. And they set up donation sites to help the families affected by the flooding.

Last month, Amway leaders turned over a check for P500,000 ($11,700 USD) to the Philippine Red Cross for the rehabilitation of victims of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro.

We extend our appreciation to colleagues and friends in the Philippines for their generosity.

 
 

 

 

 Thanks to Suzanne Comagon for sharing this story.

The polar plunge

Wednesday, 15 February, 2012

We don’t often single out individual employees in our blog. But anyone who braves 14 degree Fahrenheit (-10C) weather at 6:00 a.m. to jump into an icy lake, deserves some extra attention.

Last week, Jim Ayres, Vice President in the R&D/QA division at Amway headquarters, donned an Amway One by One tshirt over his college football jersey and took the “Polar Plunge” to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan.

His efforts raised $4,500 for athletes with special needs. Jim also serves on the board of directors of Special Olympics Michigan, and has been a longtime volunteer.

That’s refreshing!

Do you like our new look?

Tuesday, 14 February, 2012

Today, the Amway One by One blog received a fresh new look and feel. We think it better reflects the spirit of the campaign and the beautiful images of the children being helped around the world.

What do you think?

We also created a new tab on the Amway Facebook page. There you can find stories and videos of some of our top programs under the categories of LIVE, LEARN, ACHIEVE AND PLAY. Click here to check it out.

Thanks to all of our readers for giving feedback and sharing stories about the projects around the world.

Most of all, thanks to the countless Amway givers and volunteers who make the world a better place because of their devotion to helping children!

It all adds up to a beautiful world

Monday, 13 February, 2012

Here are a few numbers to tell this story:

20

That’s the number of years Amway has been operating in Hungary, and the reason for celebrating an anniversary last year.

250

That’s the number of Amway Business Owners and employees who designed an anniversary project to teach children about the environment, while beautifying their country.

1991

That’s the year Amway started in Hungary. It’s also the number of trees planted across the country in a single year, all donated by Amway Business Owners.

7000

That’s the number of children that participated in the tree planting program, and learned something new about how to take care of their planet.