Category “Caribbean”

Mapping Great Causes

Wednesday, 9 April, 2014

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Check out the big hearts of Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs).

They shared their stories on how they’re making a difference in their communities at Achievers 2013, the largest Amway business conference in North America.

IBOs were given the opportunity to share their causes with story illustrators.

   

Artists then created pictures of each cause and placed them on a huge map … a community of good.

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Amway North America is holding a contest to recognize IBOs who donate time, energy and skills in their local communities.

Seven winners will receive $500. Submit your story at the Achieve Magazine website.

Thanks to Marsha Champion for sharing this story.

One day in the Dominican Republic

Thursday, 13 February, 2014

Over the next few weeks, we are recapping some of the stories that happened on our Amway Universal Children’s Day.

In the Dominican Republic, we often work with Amway Independent Business Owners who are physicians. This helps us to serve populations that do not have regular access to healthcare.

On November 22, our volunteers heard a mix of laughs and cries. The physicians were administering critical vaccinations to fight preventable diseases.

While the shots sometimes caused tears, volunteers joined the doctors to make sure there were gifts, food and hugs to speed the children along to good health.

 

Thanks to Rut Amaro for sharing this story.

Project Announcement: Caribbean

Thursday, 14 November, 2013

Amway Dominican Republic has had two major partnerships that stretch out over many years. The first is an organization that provides lifesaving heart surgeries for children who cannot afford them. The other is a preschool that serves an impoverished area that has been “adopted” by Amway and Amway Business Owners, who provide food, medical services and other support to children and families.

Nearby, in Puerto Rico, Amway IBOs support an affiliate of Easter Seals called SER, which helps children with disabilities.

For November 20, Amway leaders in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico are calling Amway IBOs to volunteer in their local communities, with a particular focus on existing partners.

We look forward to great work across the islands! 

Adjusting your strategy when disaster strikes

Friday, 22 February, 2013

Last week, we received an update from SOS Children’s Villages on the groundbreaking of a village of homes for orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti. This news comes nearly three years since a massive earthquake killed 200,000 and displaced millions of Haitians.

For some, three years is just too long to wait. But major disasters call for a different strategic approach to humanitarian support, particularly from companies.

Ever since the Southeast Asian Tsunami in 2004, we have put systems in place to monitor and respond to major disasters, especially in communities where we have employees and distributors. We were among the first companies to respond to the Sichuan earthquake in China, the tsunami in Japan, and the recent storms in the US.

Haiti is no exception. Amway and its people raised more than $1 million for relief efforts, primarily through the American Red Cross, and we used our corporate planes to transport medical and humanitarian aid professionals immediately to the affected areas. But we also set aside funds for long-term rebuilding through Amway One by One.

It’s easy to walk away once the emotion settles and the cameras go away. But that is often when our help and long-term commitment is needed the most. Few may realize that the effects of the earthquake in Haiti are still felt, and more than 350,000 still live in tent camps.

SOS Children’s Village has done amazing work in building partnerships to establish an additional village in Haiti, a place already known for difficult land ownership rights and in additional bureaucratic turmoil when the earthquake took away many staff and records.

Today, we see the investment pay off, and we see a foundation that will serve many children into the future, providing a family environment and a future for those who need it most.

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.

Heart to Heart in the DR

Friday, 9 November, 2012

More than a decade ago, Amway co-founder Rich DeVos received a heart transplant that dramatically improved his health and vitality.

Today, Amway Business Owners and employees in the Dominican Republic work with Amway One by One Campaign for Children to provide life-changing heart surgeries for kids.

A new video on the Amway Dominica Facebook page docuents the stories of two youth in their own words. Click here to check it out.

Thanks to Rut Amaro and Ruben Familia for sharing this story.

Celebration of a longtime partnership

Wednesday, 12 September, 2012

One of the longest-standing partnerships – which even predates the Amway One by One campaign – is the 30-year partnership between Amway and Easter Seals. Easter Seals provides services for those with disabilities or special needs – services that are often beyond the financial means of families that struggle to care for their children.

Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) and employees across North America have made this cause their own, and continue to find creative ways to raise funds – and visibility – for Easter Seals. Recently, several IBOs who have been top contributors and fundraisers over the years were recognized at an event hosted by the New York Yankees baseball team’s “Yankee Stadium Legends Suite Club” – the event itself raising $500,000 for Easter Seals.

The event set the pace for the largest Easter Seals Walk With Me events in the country, this year led by Miss America Laura Kaeppeler.

 

 

Miss America not only led the procession to Yankee Stadium on behalf of Amway, but also spent time with IBOs at a local Easter Seals center, meeting with the children and families who benefit from the services.

    

Click here for a video that shares more about the activities. Thanks to Marsha Champion for sharing this story. 

School is in … for shoes

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012

School is out for many children, including those in the Dominican Republic.

That didn’t keep Amway Independent Business Owners and employees from gathering children together at school to distribute much needed shoes.

 

Earlier this month, an Amway team visited Batey 16 in La Romana to deliver shoes to the children who attend school there. Batey 16 is made up of very poor families who do not have the financial resources to meet some basic needs of their kids.

 

Amway Dominican Republic regularly helps families through the Amway One by One campaign, including the provision of education, toys and clothing.

The children in Batey 16 had a reason to attend school … and were now equipped to run home.

Thanks to Rut Amaro for sharing this story. See more photos on our Facebook site.

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

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.