Category “India”

Another Award in India

Monday, 30 June, 2014


The Amway Opportunity Foundation in India has been recognized with the 1st Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya Award for Best CSR Practices in Education. It was presented by the CSR Times in an effort to elevate the focus on education countrwide.

The award ceremony was held on June 6 in Delhi, with the recognition bestowed by the Honorable Justice M.S.A. Siddiqui, Chairman of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions.

We thank all of our employees, Amway Business Owners and partners for their commitment to improve education for the visually impaired in India.

A Commitment to Remember

Thursday, 5 June, 2014

Disaster stories pass in and out of our attention very quickly.

But for those who have experienced catastrophic loss, the rebuilding continues over a long period of time.

Last year, a monsoon devastated Uttarakhand in northern India, affecting thousands of people as well as their homes and livelihoods.

The Amway Opportunity Foundation team and Amway Business Owner leaders visited the site to understand the impact of the disaster, and found a way to channel relief efforts.

Last week, Amway announced a partnership with Paryavaran Jadi-Buti Agro Sansthan (JADDI) to build 36 homes in the affected area. The houses will be earthquake resistant, portable and able to accommodate up to ten people.

The Amway Opportunity Foundation has raised 51,00,000 INR ($99,000 USD) from the company, employees and Amway Business Owners to support this effort.

A memorandum of understanding was signed at the ceremony, and construction is expected to begin soon.

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing this story.

Raise Your Hand to Fight Global Childhood Malnutrition

Thursday, 8 May, 2014

This year, at events around the world we will be collecting handprints.

Why?

In an effort to educate others and bring awareness to the global epidemic of childhood malnutrition, each handprint collected represents a hand raised in support of the Nutrilite Power of 5 Campaign.

So what is the Power of 5?

Nutrilite Power of 5 is a campaign that brings attention to the critical first 5 years of life, the importance of nutrition for survival during these vulnerable years and the role nutrition plays in helping children get a healthier start into adulthood.

If we are successful in collecting more than 30,006 handprints, we could break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD® for the largest global collage of handprints.

And to encourage participation, we are donating $1 for each handprint, up to $400,000 to CARE, our global partner in the Nutrilite Power of 5 Campaign. 

Over the weekend, we collected handprints at the Orange County Marathon and Kids Run in California, where approximately 3,000 people participated.

We also collected handprints in India, where approximately 7,500 people added their handprint to our global collages.

 

And we’re just getting started.

In fact, you can raise your hand to fight global childhood malnutrition! Will you?

Look for an event in your country, and visit Nutrilite.com/LittleBits to learn more or make a donation to support these efforts.

And share your thoughts and photos with us using #powerof5. If you upload a photo to Instagram, you can watch your photo on a map at Nutrilite80PhotoMap.com.

Please join us!

Tying the Knot Together

Tuesday, 22 April, 2014

When you begin, you sometimes become part of their family, and they become part of yours.

Last week, Amway leaders in India attended the wedding ceremony of four couples in a traditional Hindu ceremony.

What made this wedding unique is that the couples were all visually impaired. They were also part of a program that had provided skills training to help them secure employment.

The Amway Opportunity Foundation has partnered with Bhartiya Netraheen Kalyan Parishad in Delhi to support the visually challenged since 1999.

Over the years, they have celebrated Louis Braille Day, Helen Keller Day and International White Cane Day.

But this day was especially personal for all involved. Because while visual challenges may have brought them together, love and friendship is now their bond for the future.

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing this story.

A month to remember

Thursday, 13 March, 2014

The month of March is shaping up to be a big one for our colleagues in India.

On the first day of the month, volunteers from our Distributor Relations and Training team in Dehli organized a drawing and painting competition for the children of the Deepalaya Sanjay Colony School.

Deepalaya is a local organization and longtime partner of Amway India that helps marginalized children.

While the competition winners received special prizes, all children who participated – more than 100 – received some kind of reward.

The Dr. Shroff Charitable Eye Hospital used this special day to perform free eye checks, and the Amway Opportunity Foundation delivered a donation to renew its 6-year partnership and help support education and healthcare for 22 children.

But the month doesn’t end there.

We just received word that Amway has been recognized for its CSR efforts at the Corporate Social Responsibility Award ceremony held by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The recognition acknowledged Amway’s strategic integration of corporate social responsibility throughout the company and integrated into its corporate strategy.

But there is still more happening this month.

On March 18, we will see the inaguration of a Handloom Weaving Centre. It will be run by TNT, another Amway partner that manages an orphanage for abandoned children. The centre will teach traditional handlooming skills and designs to the youth that they serve.

And finally, on March 29, Amway will host a “Mega Health Camp” near its new headquarters in Gurgaon, just outside Delhi.

Amway-sponsored health camps are always a fantastic opportunity for Amway to work with its partners to provide free services to children and families who may not be able to afford care on their own.

Thanks to everyone who are making extraordinary efforts to help in their local communities across India, and special thanks to Raj Narain for sharing these stories.

Competitive Generosity in India

Friday, 14 February, 2014

How do you keep your people engaged in their local communities, when they are spread out over multiple geographies representing many different needs?

In a word: competition.

Ten years ago, leaders of the Amway Opportunity Foundation in India set up two awards, or “Rolling Shields” to recognize the best efforts at the local and regional level.

They were looking for the programs that generated the most volunteering, most giving and the greatest impact on the local communities.

The plan worked. Each year, we see bigger and better partnerships across India. This year, the Southern Region took both prizes.

The regional prize recognized partnerships among 12 organizations focused on orphanages and helping the visually impaired. Efforts included hiring visually impaired staff to work as telephone customer service representatives; building computer centers to encourage skills-based learning; fundraising events that involved fashion shows and cricket competitions; and skills workshops involving Amway Business Owners and staff.

Within that same region, the Hyderabad office won the local prize. This means they will get to keep the trophy for the year, and were recognized at a national Amway Business Owner form last month.

Congratulations to the winners, and to everyone who is a part of this positive competition!

 

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

One day in India

Thursday, 26 December, 2013

One day was not enough for all of the activities that Amway India would host for the first Amway Universal Children’s Day.

Across India, the Amway Opportunity Foundation partnered with 40 organizations to help more than 3,000 children. From health care to children’s fairs to workshops, Amway people were out volunteering.

One great story came from the Amway offices in Andhari. Employees set up displays for partner organizations including the National Association for the Blind, Creative Handicrafts, the Smile Foundation, Brahamanand Parishthan and Mahila Mandal Samiti. Each organization was able to tell their story, and each had games or activities meant to engage visitors and invite them to make donations, or purchase handicrafts that raised money for each cause.

In a single day, the activities raised more than 55,000 INR (nearly $1,000 USD). Perhaps more important, the organizations found new friends and advocates who will continue to help further their missions.

Thanks to Raj Narain and Anju Prasad for organizing these successful events and sharing their stories. Watch out for more global Children’s Day stories from guest blogger Bryleigh Loughlin in the upcoming weeks.

Project Announcement: India

Sunday, 17 November, 2013

In the vast country of India, Amway Business Owners have organized regional volunteer groups near regional Amway hubs to initiate projects to help children.

Through the Amway Opportunity Foundation, we have partnered with more than 50 orphanages in an initiative called Project Sunshine. We’ve also had a focus on helping the visually impaired, providing 80,000 children with Braille textbooks and funding centers that teach job skills to those with visual impairments, among other projects.

For Amway Universal Children’s Day, Amway India will host an entire week of events through the Amway Opportunity Foundation, in association with its 40 partner NGOs, and across the country including cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hubli and Guwahati among others.

Some of the highlights of children’s week include a large Health Camp in Delhi to benefit approximately 1,500 children. In Kolkata will be a Children’s Fair with activities, competitions and seminars for visually challenged children. In Mumbai, celebrations will include a workshops and puppet shows, and a fundraiser for underprivileged children.

In India, we have much to celebrate, and much to do to help more children … one by one.

Job opportunities for visually impaired

Friday, 11 October, 2013

Consider these statistics:

285,000,000 = the number of visually challenged people worldwide

14%  = those who are completely blind

20% = the blind population that lives in India

5% = the number of visually impaired that receive any education

Without vision and without education, the opportunities for the blind and visually impaired are extremely limited. The Indian government and local NGOs have recognized this challenge and have been working on ways to help.

The Amway Opportunity Foundation is (AOF) partnering with the Indian Association of the Blind (IAB) to launch a Business Process Outsourcing unit exclusively for the visually challenged to work as customer service telephone representatives in Madurai.  

The unit will initially support 60 people at a time, with plans to expand to 200 seats in the coming years.

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing this story.

National day of service for children in India

Wednesday, 21 August, 2013

November 20 will mark the first global volunteer day for the Amway One by One Campaign for Children. But what will it look like?

Amway India gives us a good example.

To mark the 15th anniversary of Amway in India, the Amway Opportunity Foundation coordinated a day of action for Amway Business Owners and employees at its partner NGOs across the country.

While support is focused on health and education needs throughout the year, this day was an opportunity for volunteers and children to have fun together, with gift giving, entertainment and laughter.

In Hubli, volunteers helped out at the Channels of Love partner to teach children about the environment and the role of trees in supporting ecological balance.

 

In Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata, Amway provided support to refurbish computer centers for its partners, Palli Unnayan Seva Samiti and the Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boy’s Academy.

 

In Nasik, children of partner Aadharasham were taken to a fair, for food and activities.

 

In Coimbatore, a health camp was organized by Amway Business Owner doctors.

 

These are just a few examples of how people rise to the occasion when challenged with a good cause. We can’t wait to see what happens next!

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing this story.