Category “Malaysia”

Project Announcement: Malaysia

Wednesday, 13 November, 2013

Amway Malaysia has historically focused its efforts on helping children build self-esteem, and helping parents to learn how to better support their children. Happy Healthy Minds Workshops designed in partnership with psychology experts have helped hundreds of families.

Happy Healthy Wards put a touch of ocean blue tones on the walls of pediatric facilities at government hospitals that helped soothe children recovering from surgery.

More recently, Amway partnered with Hands Percussion to touch the lives of school children living in villages throughout the country, sharing with them the joy of music.

For November 20, Amway Malaysia will work with the Selangor State Welfare Department to host more than 80 children from four Tunas Harapan Homes accompanied by their foster parents. Amway Business Owners and employees will coordinate events where children can volunteer and do their bit for society.

For children who need – and receive – lots of help, this will be their chance to pay it forward, and learn the joy of giving, 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!

Let them play

Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Play encourages children to explore and discover the world around them.

Amway Malaysia launched “Balik Kampung” earlier this year to promote mental health for children in small towns and villages through arts and music.

Last month, Amway volunteers and members of Hands Percussion, a performing arts group transformed, 120 children from the village of Bukit Tinggi, Pahang into artists, dancers and musicians.

They taught them to make music using recycled materials, to perform traditional dance, and to decorate floats. None of the children had previous training.

After only three hours, they put on a spectacular parade of hand percussion, a lion dance and five giant floats for their school headmaster and villagers.    

Impressed by their performances, Mr. Thum Ven Keng, the school headmaster, said, “Amway has tapped the musical talent and potential of my students.” Later he announced that the school plans to form its own drum troupe.

According to Paul Yee, General Manager of Amway Malaysia, “Through arts and music, we help children gain self confidence and grow into healthier individuals.”

And that’s a rhythm we can follow.

Thanks to Joanne Yap and Sri Soekarmoen for sharing this story.

A percussion of hands in Malaysia

Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

Children in remote villages of Malaysia do not always have access to arts education, or even the opportunity to see large-scale musical performances.

Amway Malaysia is working with a musical troupe called Hands Percussion to offer the opportunity for those children to experience musical education, many for the first tiime.

Hands Percussion started the Balik Kampung (Homecoming) project three years ago as a way to support local communities. It is focused on teaching children about music and how to create musical instruments with recycled materials.

While successful, the Balik Kampung project was not able to scale up with outside help.

Amway Malaysia has committed to help meet that need by pledging RM270,000 ($86,000 USD) to bring music education to children in small towns, and also mobilize Amway distributor volunteers to help make the project successful. The partnership was announced to 3,000 cheering Amway distributors at a business meeting with top Amway leaders Leonard and Esther Kim.

The “Hands Percussion Balik Kampung with Amway” project will cover five states, culminating in a one-day event in Kuala Lumpur that will showcase the talents of children from 15 towns.

“For the past three years, we have been funding the project on our own and have covered ten locations,” said Eric Ch’ng, Co-Founder and Administrative Director of Hands Percussion Sdn Bhd. “This year, we are very happy that an organization like Amway is committed to helping us continue our project to bring the gift of music to children who may not otherwise have the opportunity.”

 

Photo of Eric Ch’ng receiving the Amway pledge from Amway Malaysia General Manager Paul Yee. Thanks to Joanne Yap for sharing this story.

Play Therapy

Friday, 21 October, 2011

We recently discussed how play can help the physical and intellectual development of children.

In Malaysia, play is also being used to support emotional health through a concept called Play Therapy.

Amway Malaysia recently hosted 41 children from four different children’s shelters. They took part in part in play therapy sessions, with play therapist Chris Ng.

Click here to read the full story from the Sun Daily.

An Amway homecoming

Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

From guest blogger Sri Soekarmoen.

Amway Malaysia recently invited 60 children and their foster parents to visit their headquarters. Why is this significant?

To understand the full story, allow me to teach you a few Malaysian words.

Rumah means home. Tunas means seeds. Harapan means hope.

When you put them together, you have Rumah Tunas Harapan, a home that nurtures the seeds of hope, also known as a home for orphaned and abandoned children who live with foster parents.

The Malaysian Social Welfare Department introduced this new approach with the hope to provide a “family system” to children. In 1986, Amway Malaysia pledged RM500,000 for the construction of six Rumah Tunas Harapan.

Since then, Amway’s employees and distributors have visited the children on regular basis. These volunteers have not forgotten about the welfare of the children even after the construction was completed. The company also provides annual grant for children’s activities. 

The children grow up in Rumah Tunas Harapan until they reach the age of 17. They leave “home” to pursue education and career and to have family of their own. The bond between the children and their foster parents remains strong and they often come back to visit.

The same is true with the relationship between Amway and Rumah Tunas Harapan, which remains strong. During an Amway Superweekend, the families visited Amway headquarters and toured its facilities.

Hajjah Saphiah Binti Romly has been a foster parent at Rumah Tunas Harapan and acquainted with Amway for more than 20 years. To her, the trip represents a culmination of a decades-old partnership. She says, “It’s like a home-coming of sorts for us.”