Category “Distributors”

Creative approaches to science education

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013

Scientists and laboratories are easy to find in big cities across China. But how do rural schools get exposure to the latest equipment and teachers?

By bringing it to them.

With 20 small lab equipment devices, Amway volunteers are being trained to demonstrate fun science experiments for under-served children in rural areas.

 

A temporary science and technology center is set up at schools in several provinces throughout China, and children are being trained to pass along the knowledge to their peers.

 

By changing the way we look at education and access to technology, Amway and its partners are reducing the costs – and increasing the popularity – of science education.

 

Thanks to Trista Xie for sharing this story.

Heroes in Italy

Monday, 17 June, 2013

On a beautiful evening in Florence, Italy, the stories of three groups of Amway heroes were told:

Maria Romagnoli and Mauro Iacoangeli have worked for many years to raise funds for UNICEF, a little at a time. They promote the cause and volunteer in many fun and creative ways, such as organizing soccer matches between Amway Business Owners and customers.

Grazia and Alessio Nocentini are part of a group of Amway Business Owners who raise funds for a children’s hospital in Florence. This year alone, they raised 30,000 euros ($40,000 USD) for the Meyer Foundation to purchase special medical equipment.

Lucia Rampelotto was quick to respond after an earthquake struck the Emilia region last year. She organized a fundraising initiative that raised 10,000 euros ($13,000 USD) to help rebuild a kindergarten named Scuola dell’Infanzia S. Vincenzo dé Paoli in the city of Cavezzo.

Each of these heroes was recognized at the Avedisco National Awards by the Italian Direct Selling Association in an effort to inspire other everyday leaders to help improve their communities.

Amway Business Owners in Italy have made a significant contribution to 10 years of helping children through Amway One by One. We applaud their heroic efforts!

Thanks to Sarah Wellner and Riccardo Gastoni for sharing this story.

A Growing Network of Caring

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013

Last year, we introduced you to Jim and Nancy Dornan, and their son Eric. They’ve helped to make Power Soccer an opportunity and an inspiration for hundreds of people in power wheelchairs.

But that’s not the only thing they do.

They built Network of Caring, an organization that supports many projects for children around the world, led by Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs). We recently received an update on their latest projects.

The Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games are coming to Australia next December, and Network of Caring is already there with a $100,000 sponsorship, led by local IBOs who will help provide medals to the athletes.

The woman in this photo, taken in South Africa, was helped out of a wheelbarrow and into a new wheelchair through Free Wheelchair Mission, one of nearly 5,000 provided by Network of Caring. This month, they shipped another 550 to Odessa, Ukraine for people in the Kiev area.

Finally, Network of Caring was established in a new country. After years of working in India with the Karuna Sharan Orphans Home and Ambassador High School as well as sponsoring children through World Vision, Network of Caring will finally exist as an officially organized indigenous charity in India.

The Power Soccer story was just one of many examples of how Amway people are identifying the greatest needs for children, and responding with generosity and creativity.

Thanks to Jim and Nancy Dornan, who set a vision and lead by example.

Rewarding volunteerism

Thursday, 25 April, 2013

For our readers in the United States, April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize and honor those of you who donate your time, energy and skills in the community because you have a sincere desire to make a difference.

Amway North America is recognizing and rewarding one volunteer each day, with a $500 donation to the charity of the winner’s choice, for a total of seven winners throughout the week.

It’s not too late! The contest is open to Amway Independent Business Owners over the age of 18 and no purchase is necessary. Please see Official Rules for details and visit the Website to make a submission.

Gearing up for kids

Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Amway Independent Business Owner Wil Loewer has been a motorcyclist for most of his life.

“When we got married, he threw me on the back of a motorcycle and said, ‘Let’s go!’” laughs his wife and fellow IBO, Suzanne Loewer.

The Loewers channeled their passion for motorcycling into the Louisiana Ride for Kids, a motorcycling event held in support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Last year, 150 people hopped onto motorcycles and into sidecars to enjoy an hour-long ride through scenic central Louisiana. The official stars of the event – four children diagnosed with cancer – were given VIP treatment for the ride. The ride raised nearly $23,000.

“These kids’ lives change after a brain tumor diagnosis,” says Will. “When they ride, they get to forget all that and just have fun. Their smiles make everything worthwhile.”

Read more here at Amway.net. Thanks to Marsha Champion for sharing this story.

Celebration time becomes giving time

Friday, 5 April, 2013

Amway distributors from Australia and New Zealand shared their celebration with the local community at the annual Achievers incentive trip in Thailand last month. In addition to donating sports equipment, distributor leaders donated their time to help renovate a local school in Phuket. They volunteered more than 1,000 hours painting dormitories, restoring the sports field and building a new welcome garden.

 

As Michial Coldwell, General Manager of Amway Australia & New Zealand shared, “Hundreds of Amway distributors from across Australia & New Zealand have qualified and worked really hard to come to Phuket on a great business trip, yet they are here in a school in Phuket giving up their time in order to help paint and renovate this school which was affected by the tsunami. This is all about unifying people across cultures to accomplish one common goal: helping children.”

Click here to see the full photo album. Thanks to Antonia Krunes for sharing this story, and congratulations to all of our Achievers!

Portable desks clear the path to a brighter future

Tuesday, 2 April, 2013

All over the world, children dream of becoming doctors, lawyers, pilots and government leaders. The children of Johannesburg, have these aspirations too, but they also have many obstacles along the way.
One of the chief obstacles is a basic one: they have no desks or tables at school or in their homes where they can do their studies. This means many students do their writing on hard, uneven, and often dirty floors.

Amway leaders in Europe and South Africa recognized this need and are responding in partnership with the Tutudesk Campaign. Named after Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the project aims to help 20 million South African and African children by providing portable school desks by 2015.

Tutudesks provide a stable work surface for impoverished schools which have little or no permanent facilities. The hand-held desks display mathematics signs and can be carried to the next classroom or at home for homework. Teachers report a 69% improvement in handwriting skills and 77% reported improved levels of concentration and motivation among students with Tutudesks.

From Scandinavia to South Africa and from Portugal to Russia, Amway, its distributors and employees have been raising funds to support this simple but impactful idea. The first 3,500 Tutudesks were presented in the townships of Orange Farm, Tembisa, Daveyton and Mamelodi in March, and another delivery is expected in April.

Thanks to Karin Schmid for sharing this story.

We Day

Thursday, 28 March, 2013

Over the past ten years, we’ve learned how a child’s future can change if you just provide a little help.

Yesterday, Amway leaders in the United States took the next step to empowering our youth, by giving them the opportunity, and the inspiration to make a difference themselves.

It’s called We Day, and you can’t buy a ticket for it. Teens can only earn admission to this amazing event by mobilizing civic change in their local communities, and through global projects.

 

Amway helped to bring We Day to the United States for the first time, in partnership with Free the Children, an organization started by the actions of a twelve-year-old boy from Canada who, now an adult, champions this initiative with celebrities, companies, and most importantly, our youth.

 

Amway Independent Business Owners and their children attended the event yesterday, which was an overwhelming inspiration that is sure to drive more action, and more positive change, at home and around the world.

Amway also used this opportunity to issue its own challenge to youth in the US to share their own projects with us for a chance to win some great prizes, including a trip to the next We Day.

Supporting children with terminal illnesses in Slovenia

Friday, 22 March, 2013

For parents of a child with a terminal illness or long-term special needs, life takes on a whole new set of prorities. It also can mean a tangled web of doctor visits, medicines, insurance companies and expenses – all of which  overwhem parents who just want the best for thier child.

Twelve years ago, two parents in Slovenia struggled through a terminal illness with their child, and emerged with a determination to help other families like themselves. They created the Foundation to Help Children (Ustanova Fundacija za Pomoc Otrokom Foundation), which provides financial support for medical treatment, as well as mentoring, financial counseling and even legal advice for families who have a child with a terminal illness or extreme special needs.

Amway and its employees and business owners in Slovenia have embraced the Foundation, and each year raise more than US$10,000 for the cause. They also use their voices to advocate for more support and more awareness for struggling families.

At a beautiful event at the Slovenia National Gallery this month, Amway Slovenia General Manager Hedi Kovacs Resnik took the stage with the President of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, to invite other partners to support the Foundation.

The leaders encouraged the attendees to purchase beautiful art pieces and Swaroski crystals to raise funds for the cause, and Amway Slovenia became the proud owner of a colorful painting appropriately titled, The Energy of Love.

 

 Thanks to Sarah Wellner for sharing this story.

A future of their own making

Friday, 8 March, 2013

For orphaned teenagers in the Ukraine, the future is uncertain.

Recent surveys in five cities across the country revealed that, while teenagers at boarding schools for orphaned youth are equipped with basic education, they have no clear vision of what they will do after school. Those surveyed expressed low initiative for shaping their own futures, and high expectations for receiving ongoing support from public institutions.

Amway and Amway Business Owners (ABOs) in the Ukraine are stepping up to help. Through a project organized by the Association of New Economic Education, and supported by Amway Ukraine, Erste Bank Ukraine and the Alexander Feldman Charity Foundation, a group of 16 ABOs were recently trained to teach a course on Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship.

Upon completion, these Amway volunteers become “Ambassadors” of useful new knowledge and life skills for children and teenagers in social and educational institutions across the country – with the program aimed at serving 5,000 youth.

The courses focus on practical assignments rather than lectures. Children learn personal money management, family budgets, and financial and consumer safety. The courses are designed to develop an entrepreneurial mindset among the students, and a clear vision of the opportunities that await them as they become responsible, empowered adults.

Thanks to Elena Yakymchuk and Sarah Wellner for sharing this story.