Category “Employees”

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.

10 Years, 10 Million Children

Thursday, 24 January, 2013

We have reached an important milestone.

The Amway One by One Campaign for Children has been transforming lives for 10 years.

What started as a corporate initiative in 2003 has become a grassroots movement of Amway distributors and employees helping children around the world. While Amway affiliates build alliances with local partners, it is the 3 million distributors and 20,000 employees who have helped us to bring our efforts for children to scale.

At the end of 2012, we have counted 10 million children who have been positively impacted through Amway One by One.

Actions include building hospital playrooms in Russia, enabling better nutrition at schools in rural China, providing customized bikes for children with disabilities in Australia, constructing homes in Guatemala and mentoring urban youth in the United States. There are more examples in every region where Amway does business.

Amway One by One has always been about inspiring and encouraging individual actions for children in need. Now, looking back over ten years, we see a beautiful mosaic of hope, inspiration and generosity.

Thanks to everyone who has joined Amway to build better lives for children in our communities.

This year, we celebrate these accomplishments and recognize the work of so many Amway people. But we also challenge ourselves to deepen our efforts, and will close the year with a demonstration of collective support for children in need, around the world.

Southeast Asia: Diverse Region, Diverse Partnerships

Tuesday, 22 January, 2013

Our global review concludes in Southeast Asia, where the work for children is as diverse as the many Amway markets in that region.

Amway Australia continued to roll out the partnerships identified during its 40th anniversary celebration year, featuring programs like neonatal equipment donations, sports equipment for children with special needs (delivered by cricket superstar Adam Gilchrist), and therapy for children with Autism. Amway distributors on an incentive trip to Fiji also took time to help renovate a flood damaged school, with more than 300 participating.

 

A partnership in Indonesia that started six years ago was still going strong in 2012. After a devastating earthquake struck a remote area in 2006, Amway Indonesia partnered with local employees and distributors to focus on rebuilding two elementary schools. The partnership continues to last, as Amway employees and distributors support the ongoing education at these two schools, providing uniforms, books and shoes for the students, and visiting once each year.

 

In Malaysia, Amway leaders launched a new partnership to help children in remote areas learn through the act of play, using musical therapy. An organization called Hands Percussion started the Balik Kampung (Homecoming) as a way to support local communities. Amway distributors are taking part as both volunteers and contributors to make the program a success.

 

Amway Philippines celebrated its 15 year anniversary and marked the occasion by reading and telling stories to young students to improve their literacy skills, and to build a passion for reading. Over the past several years, Amway Philippines has donated books and mobilized volunteers to read and tell stories.

 

Amway Singapore continued its support of the Singapore Children’s Society to enhance self-esteem, improve math skills, explore personal interests and translate life values into daily values for young children.

 

Two innovative programs were launched in Thailand last year, both focused on literacy. The first utilized a phone app to allow users to send books to remote areas of the country. The second was a mobile library, 70 of them to be exact, that were sent to schools across the country by Amway.

 

In Vietnam, Amway extended its support for children with health care needs by partnering with the government to provide medical aid, educational support, vocational and agricultural training in the economically challenged Thanh Hoa province.

 

Expect to see more in 2013, with some big announcements coming later this week!

JAPAN AND KOREA: CSR TRAILBLAZERS

Monday, 21 January, 2013

Continuing our journey around the world to review the best programs of 2012, we look at two island countries that are among Amway’s top producing markets. Both are innovative in their approach to CSR and helping children.

In Japan, Amway continued to lead in advocacy efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect through the Orange Project during the holidays. Amway was one of the first companies to vocalize this issue, and continues to mobilize its distributors to action.

 

Amway Japan is also supporting two innovative projects that help children in the greatest need. The first uses a specially trained dog to offer therapeutic services to children in pediatric hospitals. The second is a specialized home for foster children – the first corporate partnership of its kind with the Japanese government and local charitable organizations.

   

In South Korea, Amway kicked off the Green Frogs Creative Thinker Project, an amazing collaboration between nonprofit, government and university partners, coordinated by Amway and supported by Amway distributors and employees with volunteering and donations. The program works with underprivileged youth and teaches them to solve problems in innovative ways.

 

We also had an incredible opportunity to visit Leonard and Esther Kim, who are among the most successful Amway distributors in the world. Their success in the Amway business inspired them to form the World Wide Children’s Charity, which mobilizes Amway distributors from across South Korea to help locally, and around the world.

GREATER CHINA: GREATER IMPACT

Friday, 18 January, 2013

We saw tremendous growth in the impact of programs helping children in Greater China, including Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The Amway Charity Foundation ramped up its support of nutrition programs to help children in rural areas, where parents have moved to the big cities to find work. The Foundation reached a milestone of 700 kitchens renovated through the Spring Sprout program, and was recognized by the Chinese government for these accomplishments.

In urban communities, Amway continued to support educational programs for migrant children in the big cities, where kids don’t always get the same services as their peers. Amway now supports libraries and mentoring programs in 35 cities across China through Project Sunshine.

We even had a chance to visit a couple of these programs and visit some of the top Amway distributors in China, who are actively supporting initiatives for migrant children, giving their time and resources to help.

In Taiwan, Amway launched the Amway Hope Maker Charity Foundation to formalize their longtime support of people with disabilities, and education and nutrition programs for children in remote areas of the country. The Foundation launched nutrition program in 62 primary schools this year.

And in Hong Kong, students took to the roof to increase their exposure to organic gardening. The Amway Organic Farming Program came to 18 primary school districts in Hong Kong. Amway distributors led by example as well, with more than 400 pledging to become volunteer Green Organic Ambassadors and work alongside junior famers as they tend their school-based organic farms.

From the mainland to the islands, Amway is working alongside distributors, employees, and many partners in Greater China to transform the lives of children.

India: Long-Term Commitment and Grassroots Mobilization

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013

Amway India has long invested in programs that help the visually challenged, in partnership with some of the best partners across the country. Several advocacy events helped to raise awareness and support for those with special needs, including White Cane Day, the birthday of Helen Keller and an event that recognizes the achievement of women with visual impairments. Amway even sponsors a chess tournament for visually impaired children from 13 states across India, and a dance competition with visually impaired competitors from 20 educational institutions.

In another long-term commitment, Amway continued to mobilize its distributors in support of 64 orphanages around the country through Project Sunrise. They held festivities at partner organizations on India Independence Day, dedicated a day of volunteer service on the anniversary of Amway India, and welcomed children to Amway headquarters in Delhi to learn more about how a corporation works.

Many Amway distributors in India are doctors or medical professionals, and they offer their services to children from Project Sunrise partners during Health Camps, where free medical checkups and minor treatments are offered to hundreds of children who may not have access to healthcare services.

In honor of these long-term investments and many more, Amway India was honored with three awards this year: a Care Award from Aaj Tak News Channel, Asia’s Best CSR Practices Award from CMO Asia and the Asian CSR Leadership Award from the Asian Confederation of Businesses.

It’s been a good year!

Europe: A Patchwork of Play and Purpose

Monday, 14 January, 2013

In a tough economic year, Amway Europe showed both cross-border collaboration, and generous local support.

In Amway affiliates across Europe, there were runs, walks, bikes and swims to raise money for children’s causes. Many were focused on support of UNICEF, a partner that Amway has supported in big and small ways since the early 2000s. And in show of solidarity, Amway and its employees and business owners across Europe raised money to build a third preschool in a remote area of Turkey, in partnership with UNICEF.

Amway Russia continued to grow its Child’s Smile project to equip government hospitals with playrooms for children, adding 16 more this year, totaling more than 100 to date. Amway also expanded its support for children in orphanages and rehabilitation centers, by scaling up a therapy program with local circus troupes. Interactive circus programs helped to speed recovery from abuse and neglect for more than 1,100 children this year.

 

And play was on the mind of soccer athletes in six cities across Russia who took part in Equal in Sport. This innovative program pairs disabled children with their able-bodied peers to compete in soccer tournaments as equals. In partnership with Amway Russia, Amway Italy and the AC Milan professional soccer team, Equal in Sport tournament winners traveled to Italy for special treatment – and a very special game.

 

Finally, Amway employees from across Europe gave young refugees a chance at a better life, by spending time sharing helpful knowledge that would help ensure success in daily life in Germany. From woodworking to bike riding, more than 100 teenagers learned some great skills, and made some great friends.

There were many more activities across Europe in 2012 … and many more planned for the upcoming year!

Latin America: Focusing for Greater Results

Wednesday, 9 January, 2013

In recent years, Amway Latin America focused its efforts through Amway One by One.

While there are still many grassroots outreach taking place in orphanages and schools, the primary focus has been building homes across the region through Habitat for Humanity, and developing a nutrition program that will soon grow into other surrounding countries.

Here’s what happened in 2012:

In Mexico, 400 children were nourished with Nutrilite Little Bits products and other health services with partner Un Kilo de Ayuda:

120 Amway volunteers continued the annual tradition of traveling to Guatemala. This year, 10 homes were built in Usumatlán:

One special family moved into a new home with support from 29 volunteers in Zambrano, Honduras:

In Tijuana, Mexico, 40 Amway volunteers built 2 homes alongside the families who would live there:

One new home was completed by 10 Amway volunteers in San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica:

Another home in La Libertad, El Salvador, was completed by 20 Amway volunteers:

Finally, 15 houses were built by 45 Amway volunteers in São Paulo, Brazil, and a donation was made to build 35 more homes affected by recent flooding:

… which means the tradition will continue in 2013!

Disaster relief … years later

Tuesday, 11 December, 2012

Each year, we experience overwhelming disasters: a massive storm system in the US this year, a destructive tsunami in Japan last year, a devastating earthquake in Haiti the year before … the list goes on.

We hear a lot about immediate relief efforts, but what happens over the long term?

In 2006, an earthquake in Yogyakarta, Indonesia destroyed 50,000 homes and 650 schools. Amway immediately responded.

 

Amway Indonesia partnered with local employees and distributors, raising a combined 1.6 billion rupiahs (around $166,000 USD) to focus on rebuilding efforts for elementary schools.

 

In 2007, two new elementary schools were presented to the government, and local communities.

 

But the work didn’t stop there. In 2008, Amway employees and distributors committed to contribute 100,000 rupiahs each month (approximately $11 USD) to support the ongoing education at these two schools, which is used to provide uniforms, books and shoes for the students.

 

And once each year during the school break, Amway employees and distributors visit the students for a day of activities, local tours, performances and friendship.

 

It often takes a lifetime to recover from a disaster. Amway people everywhere are showing that we are there to help.

 Thanks to Riana Nurwulen for sharing this story.

Run ABOs Run!

Thursday, 8 November, 2012

Amway Business Owners are running all around Europe, and raising money for children: 

In the Netherlands, 100 Amway Business Owners and staff ran in the Dam to Dam Run to raise money for African schools through UNICEF. 

In honor of each Amway team participating in the Vienna Business Run, Amway made a donation to Children Cancer Relief in Austria. 

In the UK, Amway’s Team Nutrilite participated in the British 10K Run to raise money for Special Olympics Great Britain to help children with learning disabilities.

Amway sponsored the Bucharest International Marathon in Romania, where 80 Amway Business Owners and employees participated in the events. The marathon raises money for several charity partners, such as Little People, which helps families dealing with cancer.

Amway encouraged children to be the runners in the small town of Zbąszyń in Poland, where 12 runs were organized for children, with awards provided by Amway.

In Germany, Amway Business Owners raised money for children at the UNICEF Run to support water projects for families in need.

Four Amway staff in Denmark ran a half marathon to support the Danish Foundation, Julemærkefonden.

More than 50 Amway teams participated in a relay race in Sweden to support the Swedish foundation Friends, which helps children who are being bullied at school.

Cheers to running for better health and a better world for children!

 

Thanks to Sarah Wellner for sharing these stories.