Category “Latin America”

Cold Winter, Warm Story

Monday, 3 February, 2014

While those of us at Amway headquarters battle snow and ice, Amway Business Owners and employees in Guatemala are working under the heat of the Zacapa sunshine.

Each year, teams from the US, Central America, South America and the Caribbean descend on Guatemala to build homes alongside families who need them.

This Habitat for Humanity project goes back nearly a decade, and is responsible for funding and building entire neighborhoods of homes in remote areas of the country.

Last week, volunteers carried on the tradition. People of all ages and backgrounds put on their boots and gloves and worked all day – cutting steel rebar, mixing cement, digging trenches and performing the hundreds of other tasks that will prepare the foundations for new family homes.

Habitat for Humanity helps families establish clear land ownership and learn how to maintain their homes. The future owners work with volunteers, doing all of the manual labor required to finish their homes. For many, it will be the first home they ever know.

Most volunteers come back year after year, falling in love with the people, the land, and the experience.

It’s not easy work, but it just may be the best way to spend a week in the winter.

Click here for the photo gallery on Facebook, or click here to watch video updates from each day.

Population: 305

Tuesday, 31 December, 2013

Tonight, millions will crowd Times Square, where earlier this year we announced the Amway Universal Children’s Day on a jumbotron. It will be loud!

But travel with us to a quieter place. It’s in the state of Jalisco in southwest Mexico – a farming community with a total population of 305.

There you will find Rancho El Petecal, a 1,400-acre certified organic farm that has the perfect climate of sunshine and rain to grow things like spinach, kale, broccoli, watercress, parsley, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, oregano, sage and asparagus.

The farm is owned by Amway, and the plants are used to make Nutrilite vitamins and supplements sold by Amway Business Owners in more than 100 countries and territories around the world.

Our farm managers tell us that when you work in a village that small, you become part of the community, and your vitality is intricately tied to the success of the families that live and work there.

But there are great needs to address. Local familieis struggle with education, health care, nutrition, literacy, dental health, access to technology and more.

As the history of Rancho El Petecal has deepened, so has its leaders’ commitment to helping our neighbors and their children to reach their potential.

It starts with providing our company’s products, because we want to share the best health and nutrition products available.

So there are regular distributions of things like Nutrilite nutritional supplements and Glister toothpaste to children and adults. In addition, Amway employees have hosted educational programs that promote healthy habits and teach people how best to care for themselves.

Amway also contributes directly toward healthcare, including the support of a local physician, Dr. Sandra Romo, who has lived and worked in the village for more than a decade.

Amway partners with local governments and nonprofits to ensure there is adequate medical care, dental care and immunizations.

Education can be a crucial element in moving out of poverty for children and adults.

There are programs that support local schools, scholarships for local children going to college, and literacy and computer programs for adult workers.

A community shares its celebrations, and Rancho El Petecal is no exception. We celebrate our holidays, graduations, the birth of children and more.

Why? Because we know our futures are tied together in this small world, as well as the bigger one.

Thanks to Gerardo Gordillo for sharing these stories, and to the passion and compassion of our Nutrilite staff in Rancho El Petecal.

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 Announcements: Latin America

Saturday, 16 November, 2013

Amway Latin America has focused much of its historical efforts on orphanages and native populations, but the flagship programs that cross all borders are micronutrient interventions for malnourished children and home building through Habitat for Humanity.

With so many countries and so many projects, November 20 will reveal a mosaic of Amway Business Owner (ABO) and employee stories across Latin America:

ARGENTINA: During ABO events happening the week of November 20, Amway leaders will deliver donations to Fundación Camino, an organization that works to fight child malnutrition.

BRAZIL: Amway volunteers will plant two family gardens in partnership with Cidades sem Fome (Cities without Hunger), made possible by donations collected throughout the year.

COLOMBIA: ABO volunteers in Colombia will help to build a Habitat for Humanity home. Volunteers will also be at the Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, a cancer hospital, in the morning. Others will volunteer at Fundación Niños de los Andes, an organization that helps street kids in the afternoon.

COSTA RICA: ABOs and employees will help to build a family home through Habitat for Humanity.

EL SALVADOR: ABOs and employees will help to build a family home through Habitat for Humanity.

GUATEMALA: Amway volunteers will host activities for children and help with painting facilities at the San Jerónimo Emiliani home for children.

HONDURAS: Amway volunteers will paint the Escuela Pública Oscar R. Tablas public school in the Fortaleza community, as well as deliver product donations.

MEXICO: ABOs will deliver Nutrilite Little Bits to children in Mexico City, and help measure and weigh children for health testing. In Tijuana, 3 homes will be built on that day by Amway volunteers through Habitat for Humanity. ABOs and employees will host activities for village children near our Nutrilite farm in El Petecal. And near our Mexico headquarters in Monterey, employees will host projects for children with special needs, working with partner EFFETA.

PANAMA: Amway volunteers will deliver product donations and help paint facilities at Nutre Hogar (Nourish Home), a partner that helps children who are extremely malnourished to be restored back to health.

VENEZUELA: ABOs will deliver a check to Fundación Amigos del Niño con Cáncer, an organization that helps children with cancer. Amway will also host the renowned national orchestra and choir, Orquesta Infantil de Campanas, at their annual Free Enterprise event, where they will collect donations of baby food and first aid items.

Amway Mexico awarded again (and again and again …)

Monday, 12 August, 2013

Amway Mexico has received the Socially Responsible Company award for the eighth consecutive year.

The award recognizes companies for “incorporating corporate citizenship into business practices to promote a positive impact on Mexican society.” 

The recognition comes from the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) and the Alliance for Entrepreneurial Social Responsibility in Mexico (ALIARSE).

Amway Mexico was also recognized by the American Chamber Mexico this year for its social responsibility work in 2012.

From improving the nutrition of children to building homes for families, we congratulate our colleagues in Mexico for their consistent generosity!

Thanks to Nancy Cortez for sharing this story, and for guest writer Bryleigh Loughlin.

The Guiterrez family goes home

Friday, 31 May, 2013

For the last few years, new houses have been popping up around Latin America, built by Amway volunteers and given to families in need.

One week ago today, a home for the Gutierrez family went up in Colombia, constructed by the hands of Amway Business Owners, Habitat for Humanity employees and volunteers from the police department.

While the Guiterrez family previously lived in a one-room house made of cardboard and discarded materials, today they have a permanent cement home with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and separate bedrooms.

This partnership was sparked by Amway Founders Council member Tim Foley, who introduced Amway to Habitat for Humanity.

This video tells the story of how things got started.

Thanks to Nancy Cortez for sharing this update.

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.

Latin America: Focusing for Greater Results

Wednesday, 9 January, 2013

In recent years, Amway Latin America focused its efforts through Amway One by One.

While there are still many grassroots outreach taking place in orphanages and schools, the primary focus has been building homes across the region through Habitat for Humanity, and developing a nutrition program that will soon grow into other surrounding countries.

Here’s what happened in 2012:

In Mexico, 400 children were nourished with Nutrilite Little Bits products and other health services with partner Un Kilo de Ayuda:

120 Amway volunteers continued the annual tradition of traveling to Guatemala. This year, 10 homes were built in Usumatlán:

One special family moved into a new home with support from 29 volunteers in Zambrano, Honduras:

In Tijuana, Mexico, 40 Amway volunteers built 2 homes alongside the families who would live there:

One new home was completed by 10 Amway volunteers in San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica:

Another home in La Libertad, El Salvador, was completed by 20 Amway volunteers:

Finally, 15 houses were built by 45 Amway volunteers in São Paulo, Brazil, and a donation was made to build 35 more homes affected by recent flooding:

… which means the tradition will continue in 2013!

A house and a home

Tuesday, 28 August, 2012

Some children need a house.

They may have loving parents or caregivers, but they face barriers: poverty … illiteracy … lack of access to credit … unclear laws or pervasive corruption. They often resort to living in unsafe, overcrowded slums. According to UN-Habitat, One out of every three city dwellers – nearly a billion people – lives in a slum and that number is expected to double in the next 25 years. They need a place of their own.

Some children need a home.

They may be orphaned or abused, living in shelters or on the street. According to UNICEF, there are more than 150 million orphans in the world, many of which do not have consistent, caring adults to look after them. They need people to care for them and a place to call their home.

Fortunately, there are great organizations that are working to provide houses and homes for children around the world.

Amway partners with Habitat for Humanity in ten countries across Latin America, including a multi-country partnership to build an entire neighborhood of homes in Guatemala, working with Amway distributors and employees.

Habitat for Humanity works with local governments to establish clear property ownership for underserved families, many who live in poverty and don’t read well enough to fill out an application for a home loan. Through Habitat, volunteers build homes alongside the families that will live there. The new homeowners are trained on maintenance, finances and build equity to ensure they will have a house for their family for the long term.

For children who have no families, or who have to be removed from their families, Amway works with local governments and nonprofit agencies to help. In Japan, Amway helped to establish a Crop Home for abused children. In South Korea, Amway employees and distributors regularly help out at Child Welfare Centers that care for children. In the Amway hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, we provide financial and volunteer support to foster care and adoption agencies that help to provide homes for children.

Amway has also been a longtime supporter of SOS Children’s Villages, which provides a permanent home for orphaned children, which includes a series of homes that make up a village, with each home run by a caring adult. Amway and our employees and distributors have supported and volunteered for SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa, Haiti, South Korea, the United States and China over the years.

A house and a home – many needs, and many ways to help.

Contributing to a success story

Monday, 14 May, 2012

Heliópolis is located in the southeast part of São Paulo, in Brazil. The community is divided into 14 plots called “glebas,” where tens of thousands of people live in crowded spaces. It was considered one of the largest slums, or “favelas” in Brazil, but through a process of urbanization, it is improving and now has the status of a neighborhood district.

Amway volunteers have been helping to speed up the development of Heliópolis by remodeling homes for families in need, working with Habitat for Humanity. Last month, 36 Amway Business Owners, employees and suppliers joined Habitat to remodel 15 homes, working alongside the home owners.

Here is a short video documenting their efforts:

Thanks to Nancy Cortez for sharing this story.