Category “Indonesia”

One day in Indonesia

Monday, 6 January, 2014

For Amway leaders in Indonesia, the Amway Universal Children’s Day on November 20 was all about books: collecting books, delivering books, upgrading school libraries, and encouraging children to read.

According to a UNESCO report, interest in reading is low in Indonesia compared to other countries in Asia and Europe, says Amway Indonesia President Koen Verheyen. He says that a big part of the reason is that there are not enough books, which can be expensive to purchase.

Amway called on its people to help. Amway Indonesia headquarters in Jakarta became a collection point for books that would be given to two schools: SD Sompok and SD Kedungmiri. Both schools were chosen because they were destroyed in an earthquake in 2007, and were still in stages of rebuilding.

 

More than 650 books were collected. And to ensure that the books don’t stay on the shelves, the schools are developing a point system, where there will be prizes for every ten books that are checked out and read by a student.

While volunteers donated books, Amway donated computers and printers to round out the learning experience. Amway Business Owners and employees also created a “Wall of Support” and each signed it with words of encouragement for the students.

A ceremony was held a few weeks after the November 20 book collection, to launch the new libraries and reading award programs. They signify a new start, and a full community of supporters that will wrap their arms around the students, one by one.

Thanks to Riana Nurwulan and Ike Yulianti for sharing this story.

A little help from our friends

Tuesday, 19 November, 2013

When your job is to mobilize people to help children, you end up with some great friends willing to walk alongside you.

Here are some friends of Amway One by One with their own perspectives and words of encouragement. Enjoy!

AUSTRALIA: Teresa Palmer, Movie Actress, Artistry Global Face

LATIN AMERICA: Torre Nelson, Habitat for Humanity

PHILIPPINES: Enchong Dee, Actor, Amway Spokesperson, IBO

USA: Kurt Warner, Former NFL Football Pro, Nutrilite Spokesperson

USA: Liz Bracken, Elves and More

AUSTRIA: Dr. Patricia Ogilvie, Artistry Scientific Advisory Board

KOREA: Choi Ju-Hwan, Korean Association of Welfare Centers

USA: Bridget Clark-Whitney, Kids Food Basket

INDONESIA: Amway Business Owner Leaders

AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND: Michial Coldwell, Amway General Manager

USA: Special Tribute from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

Project Announcement: Indonesia

Sunday, 10 November, 2013

Amway Indonesia has focused its historical efforts on both disaster relief, and helping children with cancer at local hospitals. Disaster relief has included direct cash donations, product donations and volunteer projects to help communities recover from earthquakes and flooding. Hospital partnerships have helped speed the recovery of children by beautifying pediatric wards and holding fun events for kids and their parents.

For the Amway Universal Children’s Day, Amway Indonesia will focus on education, and providing access to books for children by renovating libraries. In fact, Amway will begin collecting book donations from Amway Business Owners across Indonesia well before November 20.

The libraries that will receive books from Amway will also get computers and printers to enhance the learning experience. And after the launch of the new libraries, Amway volunteers will take children on a “study tour” to encourage learning and appreciation of education and reading.

Before, during and after November 20 … Amway Indonesia will be working hard to help children, one by one.

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!

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.

Creating better lives from the veranda

Friday, 20 July, 2012

No classroom.  No chairs.  No desks.  No problem.

Many underprivileged children in small villages in Indonesia do not have access to classrooms. Lack of education has kept many of them from achieving their full potential. Ibu (mother) Yanti who lives in Ciputat, Jakarta, saw the need to help children in her neighborhood.

In 2005, she transformed her large veranda into a classroom for 80 children to teach them how to read and write. She founded the Pendidikan Anak Usia Dini (PAUD) Budi Mulia, an early childhood education center, all on her own, with no financial assistance from public institutions or private charities.

The lack of a formal classroom doesn’t seem to bother the students.  They are just eager to learn.

To recognize Ibu Yanti’s contribution, a group of Amway volunteers visited her veranda on National Education Day. They spent time reading books, playing games and teaching English to the students. At the end of the day, each child received a back pack and school supplies.

Love, dedication and a small veranda may be all that is needed to ignite a passion for learning in some ambitious young children.

Thanks to Sri Soekarmoen for sharing this story.

Shaking up our approach to nutrition

Friday, 9 March, 2012

Young students in the village of Reeds Ciawi-Bogor in Indonesia are blending learning with play, while they blend up some nutritious drinks.

Amway staff and Independent Business Owners brought a supply of fruit, milk, protein powder and drink mixes to school for a fun day of experimenting with different tastes and textures.

 

Like any new food, the children were reluctant at first, but the flavors won them over, and brought milky smiles to their faces.

 

Working through the Amway Care Foundation, the volunteers and students agreed to make this a regular event at the school.

 

Thanks to Riana Nurwulan for sharing this story.

Amway One by One on a talk show near you

Monday, 12 September, 2011

Amway Indonesia partners with the Yellow Ribbon Foundation and Dharmais Hospital to fight against childhood cancer. An ambulance donation, renovation of children’s wards and other activities involving Amway volunteers help children with cancer and their families.

Because of these programs and public awareness initiatives supported by Amway, our general manager of Amway Indonesia was recently invited to an hour-long interview on the afternoon daytime talk show called the Yellow Ribbon.

Koen talked about the issue of childhood cancer and Amway’s efforts in helping children through its partnership with the cancer foundation and the hospital.

As a result of the interview, Amway was asked to conduct some of its programs at the Binus TV studios.

Now, every Wednesday afternoon, Amway staff and distributors host groups of children who learn new skills like interviewing, television production, singing reading and creating crafts.

All activities will be aired live on Binus TV, making these kids the superstars that they already are.

Thanks to Sri Soekarmoen and Riana Nurwalen for sharing this story.

Rebuilding a village with a flock of sheep

Friday, 22 July, 2011

Singlar village is located in the foot of Mt. Merapi in Central Java, Indonesia. Late last year, its peaceful life was disrupted by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Merapi. Many homes and lives were lost.

Even though nature has slowly healed itself, the economic activities have not returned because hundreds of acres of farmland were destroyed. When a group of Amway employees and distributors visited Singlar village, they asked, ”How can we make a difference when the needs are so great?”

Through its foundation, Yayasan Amway Peduli, Amway presented nearly 150 flocks of sheep to the leader of Singlar village. These flocks were given to more than 220 households to raise, breed and hopefully increase the size of the flock.

Amway worked with the local government to provide lessons and rewards that encourage the villagers to make a profit and earn money from the flock.

 

Through animal husbandry, we hope to create a brighter economic future. Amway Indonesia General Manager Koen Verheyen said, “Making a difference to a community is more than just writing a check. We want to help the people of Singlar rebuild a prosperous village for themselves.”

Thanks to Sri Soekarmoen and Riana Nurwulan for sharing this story.