Archive for October, 2012

A sampling from India

Tuesday, 30 October, 2012

India is a true demonstration of the Amway One by One model, where activities happen locally, driven by Amway Business Owners and employees. Here is a sampling from the last few weeks:

 

A day to celebrate the white cane …

In Delhi, 50 Amway volunteers celebrated International White Cane Day with 150 visually challenged students in partnership with Jantar Mantar. This public awareness walk took them by important government offices, led by the Delhi police. The event culminated with the presentation of 150 white canes to the students, and the kick-off of White Cane Week across India.

 

A life goal workshop for youth …

The first Personality Development Workshop was presented to 40 enthusiastic young men and women through partner organization Aadharna and Manchikalalu. Amway Business Owner Rajesh Murthy, a well-known corporate trainer, led a three-hour interactive on topics ranging from time management, goal setting, relationships and memory building.

 

A different way to spend the holiday …

The India Independence Day was celebrated by an Amway team in Hyderabad with children from partner agency Manchikalalu. Events included flag ceremonies and songs with high-level government officials and ended with a donation commitment to support children’s education.

 

A new partner in the heart of India …

Amway Project Sunrise, a national partnership with local organizations across India, established a new partnership in Lucknow with Asha Jyoti, an organization focused on helping children with mental disabilities. The partnership was christened with a donation to support the education of 25 children for an entire year.

 

A special delivery of healthcare service …

The Amway Opportunity Foundation organized two healthcare events for children. The first was in partnership with the Delhi Council for Child Welfare, where a group of eye doctors and specialists treated 300 children who may not be able to afford these services. The other was a broad-based “health camp” project, where Amway Business Owners who are doctors organized free treatment for children at Amway Project Sunrise partners in Chennai, Trichy, Hyderabad, Madurai, Cochin, Salem, Trivandrum, Faridabad and Aizawl.

 

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing all of these wonderful stories.

A Handsome Smile

Wednesday, 24 October, 2012

Quoc Cuong is a ten year old boy from Vietnam who joined an elite team to compete in Math and English subjects. Yet he was born with deformed lips and palate. So despite his accomplishments, Cuong couldn’t smile.

Coming from a poor family, the cost for a surgery to correct his deformity was simply too expensive. That is, until the Operation Smile mission in Hai Pong that provided him and 140 other children with free corrective surgery. The mission was sponsored by Amway Vietnam in partnership with Operation Smile Vietnam.   

Since its launch in 2008, Amway Vietnam has supported ten Operation Smiles missions. In addition to the financial contribution of more than US $160,000, Amway employees and distributors have volunteered their times to help 3,000 children get their smiles back.

After the surgery, Cuong said to his mother: “I will be the most handsome boy in the class, mommy.”

Today, he will smile for all of his achievements. And that makes us smile too.

Pictured here is Miss Vietnam Mai Phuong Thuy (center) and Amway Vietnam General Director How Kam Chiong (second on the left) with the patients at the Amway-sponsored Operation Smile mission in Hai Phong in August 2012.

Thanks to Ha Dang Ngoc Thu and Sri Soekarmoen for sharing this story.

Britain’s Top Real Role Model 2012

Monday, 22 October, 2012

Building on the success of last year, Amway UK has launched Britain’s Top Real Role Model 2012.

This year the initiative aims to uncover real role models in society who make a difference in their communities.

Judged by a high profile panel including Jo Fairley (Founder of Green and Blacks) and Melanie Bryan (BTRRM winner 2011), the winner will be awarded £10,000 by Amway UK to start their own social project, and get mentoring support from the Amway Academy.

Amway UK is calling for people to people who stand out from the crowd with a passion for social entrepreneurialism, a strong community/charitable vision and achievements in running a business/community project. 

If this sounds like someone you know, visit the website now to nominate.

Thanks to Sarah Wellner for sharing this story.

Employee Play Dates

Friday, 19 October, 2012

Children love to have play dates – a time for their friends to visit and spend time having fun together.

But for those in shelters following abuse,  neglect or abandonment, it can be a sad time when visitors are few and far between.

Amway employees in southern California have been taking time to make sure children at the Orangewood Children’s Home have regular visits from their friends.

Last month, a group of volunteers spent time with children at Orangewood. They even brought earthquake preparedness kits and held an earthquake drill to teach them emergency skills.

And earlier this summer, they helped to host a family picnic and carnival over the weekend for Orangewood foster families, which included more than 600 kids and adults with food, games prizes and fun activities.

When is the last time you offered your time to play?

Thanks to Machelle Cox for sharing this story.  

Kudos to Amway India!

Wednesday, 17 October, 2012

Congrats to the employees and business owners of Amway India!

They were recognized for their support of the improvement of education with an award at the Asian CSR Leadership Award ceremony in Dubai last month. 

Amway India has traditionally supported many programs for the blind and visually impaired, with a focus on job skill development and providing Braille textbooks.

Thanks to Yoginder Singh and Raj Narain for sharing this story.

The volunteering “triple bottom line”

Monday, 15 October, 2012

Amway employees in Denmark demonstrated a new take on the triple bottom line: environmental, social and financial performance.

They recently closed down the office and all staff members, along with local Amway business owners, set off to the site of a recent music festival near Copenhagen.

They first helped the environment by collecting and sorting recyclables: everything from tin cans to glass bottles to batteries and furniture.

Volunteers also made a social contribution, by partnering with Julemærkefonden, a Danish organization that teaches children about healthy living and self-esteem.

Finally, the financial return on the recyclables could raise as much as 70,000 DNK for children served by Julemærkefonden.

All in a good day’s work!

Thanks to Karin Schmid and Sarah Wellner for sharing this story.

A new understanding of urban and rural

Wednesday, 10 October, 2012

When 10-year-old Liu Hongyu from a small village in China entered the home of her new friend Qi Tingshan in the city, the first thing she exclaimed was, “Wow, your home looks like a library.”

Qi Tingshan never realized how lucky she was before, and immediately gave Liu Hongyu some of her favorite books as gifts. But Qi Tingshan would also learn about the joys of living in the countryside, when she visited Liu Hongyu.

This summer, Amway partnered with the Zhuzhou Evening Post to organize a project called Urban and Rural Children Forming Pairs. This is the third project of its kind, where 25 urban children and 25 rural children are paired up to spend five days together, and to stay at each other’s homes.

In the city, they visited the zoo and a City Planning Exhibition. In the country, they caught crabs and picked peanuts in the fields. The rural children took a high-speed train and watched a 4D movie for the first time. The urban children did farm work and washed clothes by themselves, also for the first time.

Through the program, increasing understanding is leading to acceptance, empathy and friendship. And all it takes is a little trip outside our world.

Thanks to Vivian Yuan Yuan and Rowley Luo for sharing this story.

Wheels up for Charlotte

Monday, 8 October, 2012

We’re en route to visit another group of our top Amway Independent Business Owners: the Yager family.

Dexter and Birdie Yager have built one of the largest Amway businesses in the world, and along the way have inspired countless people to invest in Easter Seals.

The Yagers just joined in a partnership with the Amway One by One Campaign for Children, and we’re visiting to capture their story of years of investment in children with disibilities.

Stay tuned for more!

Getting in the zone

Friday, 5 October, 2012

Three of our Amway colleagues stepped up – way up – to join Amway Independent Business Owners in this year’s Drop Zone event in London, Ontario.

Drop Zone is an event where everyday people get the chance to be superheroes for kids with physical disabilities through Easter Seals. Participants raise a minimum of $1,500 in pledges in exchange for the opportunity to challenge themselves and rappel down side of a downtown high rise building while astonished onlookers gaze up into the sky from the ground below.

Congratulations to Angela Abdallah, Kim Fletcher and Adriane Land (a.k.a. – The Amway Golden Avengers), pictured below as they prepare for their drop with Angela’s nephew, Steven.

Moving Libraries

Wednesday, 3 October, 2012

What better way to celebrate your birthday than to give presents to others?

Amway Thailand is commemorating its 25th anniversary by giving away 70 “Mobile Libraries” to schools in remote areas of the country to ensure that 300,000 students have access to resources for them to learn.

Through a partnership with the Office of the Basic Education Commission, each Mobile Library will be equipped with essential books and more than 100 encyclopedias.

Nurturing a love of reading is not new for Amway in Thailand and its distributors and employees. They have recorded audio stories for visually impaired children, and they created Flying Book, the first app of its kind to incentivize and track book donations.

The Mobile Libraries will move into communities in December, with more stories and learning to spark the imagination of young minds in the far corners of Thailand.

Thanks to Sri Soekarmoen and Laksana Jenananporn for sharing this story.