Category “India”

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.

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.

Back to the stories: INDIA

Tuesday, 26 February, 2013

We’ve been talking a lot about CSR strategy in light of the 10 year anniversary of Amway One by One. In the meantime, activities continue to flourish at the local level …

Amway leaders in India are leveraging our expertise in entrepreneurship to help visually impaired girls.

Through a partnership between the Amway Opportunity Foundation and Andh Kanya Prakash Gruh (AKPG), girls with visual impairments will establish a shop to sell items that they make and procure – everything from jewelry to handicrafts to sweets in Ahmedabad.

 

Amway will provide monetary support, technical assistance and help with advertising, while AKPG will provide education and vocational guidance to these budding entrepreneurs.

In honor of this and other innovative programs, Amway India was recognized with the Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award this week by the World CSR Congress, in partnership with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.


Big thanks to Amway leaders, employees and business owners in India for their commitment to meaningful investments in the lives of children.

Thank you to Raj Narain 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.

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!