Category “Hong Kong”

The Difference is Love

Friday, 3 January, 2014

Dyslexia is the most common type of special learning difficulty in Hong Kong, experienced by approximately 10% of students.

Amway believes that children can develop their full potential with appropriate guidance and support even when they encounter learning disabilities. Since 2008, Amway Hong Kong has been collaborating with the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA).

In 2013, Amway launched two-year partnership called the “Love Difference.” This community education project will provide multisensory learning support, while raising awareness and understanding of dyslexia among the general public.

Since its launch in June, Amway Hong Kong has held six activities including volunteer training, community awareness days, experiential learning and more. The program is supported by more than 330 Amway “Happy Learning Ambassador” volunteers who have helped 2,820 children this year alone.

Here’s how it works:

 

Art creation inspires children to develop their art talents.

Children visit elderly homes to improve social skills while showing love and care.

Children realize their strength through different extracurriculuar activities.

Children are accompanied by Happy Learning Ambassadors to explore nature.

With our many partners, will make a difference!

 

Thanks to Yvonne So and Cynthia Chin for sharing this story.

Project Announcement: Hong Kong

Friday, 25 October, 2013

Amway Hong Kong has developed initiatives that encourage volunteer ambassadors to lead projects that help with foster care, mentoring and education programs for underserved children.

The most recent multiyear campaign focused on one-on-one mentor programs between Amway Business Owners and at-risk youth.

For November 20, Amway Hong Kong is organizing two projects. One includes environmental education projects with local partners. Another will conduct health tests and exercises with young children to promote healthy lifestyles.

A dedicated website has been set up to sign up participants, and encourage more action, one by one!

Check back next Monday to hear the next project announcement from Vietnam.

Learning with Joy

Monday, 8 April, 2013

In 2012, Amway Hong Kong collaborated with The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong to create a positive learning experience for children diagnosed with dyslexia through games and a multi-sensory learning approach.

The program was brought to a successful close in March, when all participants came together for a Talent Show. The event included a series of occupational therapy, parent-child support groups, multi-sensory learning and art training to help children overcome learning difficulties.

With the support from Amway Learning Ambassadors, more than 1,100 volunteer hours were generated and nearly 3,400 children and family participants benefited from the program.

 

Guests of honor, Amway Learning Ambassadors, children and their families show their support at the talent show.

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Children demonstrated their talents by confidently performing a shadow puppet show for the closing ceremonies.

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Children learn English through a multi-sensory learning approach.

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Thanks to Yvonne So 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.

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.

Growing to Learn

Friday, 6 July, 2012

High above the skyline of Hong Kong, something is growing. In fact, lots of things are growing – including young plants, and young minds.

 

The Amway Organic Farming Program teaches organic farming to primary school students, while promoting the importance of environmental stewardship.

 

Organized by the Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre and sponsored by Amway Hong Kong, the program has made a large impact since its launch in November 2011, with more than 20 training sessions, organic farming workshops and organic farm open days.

 

In February, a kickoff ceremony involved primary students pledging to be responsible organic farmers and to protect the environment. All the while, Amway distributors pledge to be “Green Ambassadors” for the program, working hand in hand with junior farmers in hopes of building a greener world.

 

Green Ambassadors and students alike go through a series of workshops to promote the organic message and learn how to organically farm. It’s a green cycle that they hope to pass on for generations to come.

Thanks to Cynthia Chin and Kyle Van Andel for sharing this story.

Every end is a new beginning

Wednesday, 23 November, 2011

It’s important to stop and celebrate our successes as we move from one program to the next.

Last month, the Amway Happy Angels – Children’s Mental Health Nurturing Project came to a successful close with a celebration in Hong Kong.

Through this important collaboration with the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Amway provided customized learning opportunities for the participants. The one-year program engaged 100 Amway volunteers who contributed 1,200 voluntary hours for the benefit of more than 1,500 people.

On October 8, volunteers met with children and their families, and Anna Mak, Deputy Director of Social Welfare Services for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, officiated a special ceremony.

The project aimed to share a positive and optimistic attitude towards life, and create a healthy, happy growing environment in which children can grow. What better way to close out the program than to celebrate together.

 

Thanks to Cynthia Chin and Yvonne So for sharing this story.

Finding common ground

Wednesday, 17 August, 2011

Many mothers find it challenging to share common interests and communicate with their grow-up children.

But Lily Ma from Hong Kong has found her own way to establish a friendly and close relationship with her daughter, Quvan.

Lily is an Amway distributor who joined as an Amway Caring Ambassador (Amway’s volunteer team) in 2006. She invited Quvan to join her for a project that offers care and guidance to children suffering from psychological and emotional challenges. Soon, the mother and daughter found that they had a shared interest … in bringing happiness to others.

Quvan recalled, “We had little time to spend together before, because both of us were busy with our own lives. Volunteer activities brought us together and I learned a lot from my mother.”

According to Lily, “Participating volunteer activities makes me feel younger. The shared experience brings the two of us closer, as we have more in common.”

Since 2010, Amway distributors have volunteered more than 33,000 hours for scores of activities organized by Amway Hong Kong. Their passion has rubbed off on their children, and many youngsters now joined their parents.

One by one, we make a difference of others, but for ourselves as well.

Thank you to Rowley Luo for submitting this story.

Defining a caring company

Friday, 15 April, 2011

What does it take to be called a Caring Company?

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, with support from the HKSAR government, has defined exactly what that means through its Caring Company mark of approval.

The mission of the program is to build a caring community spirit through cultivating corporate citizenship and strategic partnerships among business, public and social service sectors. To qualify as a Caring Company, organizations must meet select criteria.

For the sixth straight year, Amway Hong Kong was recognized for its efforts as a Caring Company, and awarded the mark of approval.

Amway Hong Kong supported more than 50 community programs last year, with 800 volunteers devoting 3,500 hours of service.