Archive for March, 2012

A site visit for Nutrilite Little Bits

Friday, 30 March, 2012

Last year, we introduced the Nutrilite Little Bits program to Amway Business Owners and employees in Mexico, in partnership with Un Kilo de Ayuda.

Victor and Eli Estrada, Victoria Cervantes and Francisco Medina were our Star Sponsors recognized for their outstanding participation in the program. They were recently invited to make a delivery of Nutrilite Little Bits in Villa Victoria.

 

That day, children received check ups from Un Kilo de Ayuda health staff, monitoring the children’s weight, size and hemoglobin content in blood.

 

Currently, 357 children participate in the program, and we plan to expand our reach when the sponsorship program is renewed this summer.

Thanks to all of the dedicated Amway employees and business owners who are making a profound difference in the lives of these children.

 

Thanks to Nancy Cortez for sharing this story.

Out to see Founders Council leaders in Atlanta

Thursday, 29 March, 2012

We’re out of the office today!

Jim and Nancy Dornan are some of our top Amway distributors, reaching the Founders Crown Ambassador level, and serving as part of the Amway Founders Council.

This week, we will visit one of the projects the Dornans and other distributors in the US are supporting called Power Soccer. It provides opportunities for those who are in power wheelchairs to participate in organized sports competition. We will do interviews and take photos, and create a video to tell the story.

This is part of a broader initiative to partner with Amway distributor leaders through the Amway One by One campaign. We’ve already visited programs in Taiwan and Guatemala, and look forward to seeing this program in the US.

Stay tuned for more.

Experiencing the corporate world in Delhi

Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

Amway employees in India spend a lot of time out of the office volunteering for children at local schools and orphanages through the Sunrise Project. But rarely do those children get a chance to visit the volunteers.

Recently, the Amway Opportunity Foundation invited 22 children from Deepalaya School to Amway headquarters in Delhi.

They were hosted by Anshu Budhraja, Amway CFO and Senior Managing Committee Member of the Amway Opportunity Foundation.

 

The students took part in an interactive session meant to expose them to the working world, and motivate them to work hard to achieve their goals.

And they were inspired. In fact, a few children made commitments to pursue careers in information technology after seeing the Amway server and equipment room.

 

For many of the students, this was their first time visiting a corporation … but we know it won’t be their last.

An update on rebuilding efforts in Haiti

Monday, 26 March, 2012

It has been two years since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. At that time, Amway and its employees and distributors rose to the occasion with an outpouring of generosity for several causes, including the building of a new SOS Children’s Village Home. Following is an update from SOS on the recovery efforts.

Dear Jesse and All Amway Employees and IBOs,

Two years after the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, killing over 200,000 and deeply impacting the lives of nearly 10 million survivors, SOS Children’s Villages staff remain dedicated to helping build a stronger Haiti. The generosity of Amway employees and Amway IBOs has helped us to develop programs to improve the lives of thousands of Haitian children and families. This report provides an update on the impact of these programs.

You have, no doubt, read the sad reports about the 500,000+ people still living in tent camps rife with violence, about the thousands of children who do not attend school, and about basic infrastructure projects that have not yet begun. Now I want to share with you some positive news…news about SOS Children’s Villages in Haiti.

I recently visited the Port-au-Prince SOS Children’s Village known as Santo on the second anniversary of the earthquake. At SOS Santo, almost 200 children are growing-up in safe, happy, family homes nurtured by very dedicated SOS Mothers. The true affection shown for these children by their SOS Mothers reminded me how the SOS model, developed over 60 years, raises orphaned children to be secure, responsible adults who value family and work to strengthen their communities.

Again and again, I witnessed scenes that reminded me of my childhood and could have taken place in any neighborhood in the world. I saw mothers serving wonderful meals to their hungry children who had just returned from school. They encouraged the children to concentrate on homework and monitored chores like laundry and bedroom cleaning. In their free time, the boys and girls played soccer and tag and interacted like any other brothers and sisters.

Across Haiti, we are providing long-term, family-based homes to children with no biological family to care for them. We have two established SOS Children’s Villages in Port-au-Prince and in Cap Haitien in the north. A third Village will be constructed beginning this year in Les Cayes, with help from our friends from Amway. A fourth Village in Port-au-Prince is in the planning stages.

Thank you again for your support.

Lisa Vogt

SOS Children’s Villages – USA

Help for newborn twins in Brisbane

Friday, 23 March, 2012

Thanks to a referral by Amway distributors, two new twin neonatal beds will be installed at Mater Mothers’ Hospital Brisbane with a donation from Amway of Australia.

The beds will be used for twin babies who are premature or critically ill, giving them the best possible medical support and helping the twins to ‘stay in touch’ after so many weeks together in the womb.

Dr. David Knight, Mater Director of Neonatology, said twin babies are generally born at least two weeks premature and sometimes need intensive medical care.

“Twins seem to settle better in twin cots and it’s also much nicer for the parents to know their babies are together,” Dr. Knight said.

Mater’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit cares for approximately 2,000 critically ill babies every year.

Thanks to Kevin Lowe for sharing this story.

Helping clear the path to self-sufficiency

Tuesday, 20 March, 2012

Equipment and services for children with special needs can be very expensive - often cost prohibitive for families that most need the help.

Amway employees and distributors in Romania are helping to bridge the gap by providing funds to the Association for Support of Disabled Children in Romania. Last month, they donated $11,000 to the cause. The funds will go toward special equipment for children that require permanent care, as well as programs that help children with special needs to function in mainstream society.

Amway Romania has been supporting the Association since 2009 through support of summer and winter camps for children with special needs, providing Christmas gifts for children in the Association’s care, and promoting fundraising activities among Amway Business Owners and employees.

Thanks to Didem Balcioglu for sharing this story.

A story of our leaders in Taiwan

Friday, 16 March, 2012

Holly Chen and Barry Chi have achieved the highest levels of success with Amway, and along the way they have helped many children in difficult situations acheive success in their own lives.

We visted Holly and Barry in December. This video tells their story.

Volunteering in China gets a boost

Thursday, 15 March, 2012

Volunteering is on the rise in China, and it’s about to get a boost.

Amway is partnering with the Ministry of Civil Affairs to identify volunteer projects, train volunteers and conduct research to grow volunteer support for social causes around the country.

Working through the Amway Charity Foundation, and the China Volunteers Association, a national nonprofit organization under the Ministry of Civil Affairs, a special fund has been set up to advance these efforts.

Amway is no stranger to mobilizing volunteers. Its group of 68,000 Amway volunteers across the country has contributed 1.54 million volunteer hours over the last fifteen years.

What makes a hero?

Monday, 12 March, 2012

Amway will once again recognize four of its Independent Business Owners from across the US, Canada and the Caribbean through the 2012 Amway Hero Awards.

Through May 31, 2012, you can share your stories of inspiring IBO heroes that fit one or more of these categories:

DETERMINATION: Recognizing personal responsibility, work ethic, and dedication to self-improvement despite difficult circumstances.

GENEROSITY: Recognizing commitment to improving the world through extraordinary volunteerism or philanthropy.

LEADERSHIP: Recognizing a positive focus on mentoring, teaching, and helping others succeed without personal gain.

PATRIOTISM: Recognizing noteworthy service to community or country through civilian or military endeavors.

Click here for the nomination form.

The stories of last year’s winners are on the Achieve Magazine website. We will be sure to share the stories of this year’s winners after they are announced.

Shaking up our approach to nutrition

Friday, 9 March, 2012

Young students in the village of Reeds Ciawi-Bogor in Indonesia are blending learning with play, while they blend up some nutritious drinks.

Amway staff and Independent Business Owners brought a supply of fruit, milk, protein powder and drink mixes to school for a fun day of experimenting with different tastes and textures.

 

Like any new food, the children were reluctant at first, but the flavors won them over, and brought milky smiles to their faces.

 

Working through the Amway Care Foundation, the volunteers and students agreed to make this a regular event at the school.

 

Thanks to Riana Nurwulan for sharing this story.