Category “Taiwan”

From hopes to dreams

Thursday, 19 December, 2013

The Amway Hope Maker Foundation in Taiwan has launched a new campaign that helps children pursue their dreams.

The Pursue Your Dream Campaign asked children to share their dreams for what they want to be when they grow up. Some of the best applications covered a range that included sports competitions, education, art and culture

A 12-judge panel included government officials, celebrities, and the Foundation board and senior Amway Business Owners in Taiwan. The selected applicants were asked to give a presentation and answer questions in front of the judges. The general public was also asked to vote on their favorites.

 

Six final winners were awarded Dream Funds totaling NT$7,936,000 (US$ 271 K). They included the sponsorships to three sports teams, a young jazz band composed by several blind players, a college association for children in remote areas, and a canoeing tour around the island that hosted girls who had been abused.

 

The hope makers are now dream makers!

Project Announcement: Taiwan

Tuesday, 29 October, 2013

Amway Taiwan has a history of working with people with disabilities, and children in poor rural communities who need help with education resources.

Last year, the Hope Maker program became the Amway Hope Maker Charity Foundation, which formalized years of fundraising through Amway Business Owners and volunteering with great nonprofit partners.

This makes Amway Universal Children’s Day a great opportunity for Amway Taiwan to build on its success, launching a charity souvenir designed by an earthquake victim to raise funds for children in need.  

Amway leaders are encouraging ABOs and customers to visit the 12 Amway Service Centers islandwide to make donation and be recognized during the week of November 20. Funds raised will provide tutoring programs for children in remote communities.

We hope that this will be the most successful campaign yet in Taiwan!

The next blog post will announce November 20 projects in Russia.

Explore your potential at summer camp

Tuesday, 10 September, 2013

To inspire children’s desire and interest in exploring their own potential and future development, the newly established Amway Hope Maker Charity Foundation in Taiwan hosted a summer camp for 172 children from disadvantaged families.

 

More than 110 Amway Business Owners volunteered at the camp, participating in the educational challenges, musical performances, and cooking projects at the Kaohsiung Cheng-ching Lake Youth Activity Center. 

 

To kick off the camp, young blind pianist Huang Yu-Shang (renowned for his performance in the “Touch of Light biographical movie) performed with seven primary school children from remote, rural areas of the country.

 

While the children clearly enjoyed the activities that challenged them to think deeply, the volunteers were rewarded as well with an experience they will cherish … and hopefully repeat next year!

 

Thanks to Julie Wu for sharing this story.

A visit makes all the difference

Monday, 26 August, 2013

We often give money without really understanding where it goes and who it helps.

Last month, a group of Amway Business Owners in Taiwan decided to visit some of the children that had been helped through the Amway Hope Maker Charity Foundation.

More than 60 volunteers traveled to the Ark Classroom in the remote and impoverished region of Taitung, while they delivered a 100,000 NT ($3,000 USD) donation to support afterschool tutoring and meal programs.

Approximately 80 children from the villages of Tuban, Taiban and Xinhua welcomed the visitors, and spent the day with them.

Each child left with some new friends, and each volunteer left with more wisdom about the needs, and more motivation to make sure each of these children reaches his or her potential in life.

Thanks to Julie Wu for sharing this story. Learn more about Taitung by watching our short film about the Hope Maker project.

The stars shine at ARTISTRY on Ice

Thursday, 15 August, 2013

ARTISTRY on Ice is a star-studded event that is in its third year in Taiwan, sponsored by Amway. It features some of the best ice skaters in the world, as well as famous speakers and artists.

This year, Amway Taiwan made the event even more spectacular by inviting some special guests to enjoy the festivities. The Amway Hope Maker Charity Foundation, which serves children in need, provided tickets to 130 youth and their families.

By seeing the performances of world-famous skaters who are achieving their full potential in life, we hope that these young stars will be inspired to reach their potential too.

Thanks to Julie Wu for sharing this story, and to guest writer Bryleigh Loughlin.

A roundup of leader stories

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013

The last story in our leadership series on this blog is a roundup of activities from some of our top leaders that we have not yet visited.

While their stories are no less compelling, we have not captured them in photos and videos … yet.

Foo Howe Kean was recognized for reaching an impressive Founders Council milestone this year. Perhaps even more impressive, he continues to quietly give to a number of organizations, including those that help children in Taiwan and China.

Kauro Nakajima is a longtime supporter of the visually impaired in Japan. He supports Seeing Eye dogs to help out children and adults, and he recently partnered with Amway to sponsor a program that trains a “therapy dog” to help out in hospitals.

Bill and Peggy Britt from the United States have been longtime supporters of Easter Seals. Bill Britt passed away this year, but his legacy of generosity continues through Peggy and top leaders of the Britt organization, who continue support, from fundraising walks to black tie galas.

After Max Schwarz’s wife passed away from cancer, he and his daughter, Anja Schwarz, started a foundation to help children with cancer in their home country of Germany and across Europe. Anja has also been a longtime supporter of UNICEF.

Sunny & Debra Hsu from Taiwan are actively supporting children’s causes, both through programs led by Amway, and programs they find on their own. From helping youth with enrichment classes to supporting the launch of the Amway Hope Maker Foundation, Sunny & Debra are leaders in generosity.

We hope to profile more of these leaders’ stories this year and beyond. We’re also building an online storytelling portal at www.amwayonebyone.com. Check it out!

Top leaders, top givers

Thursday, 30 May, 2013

This month, we’ve been profiling the stories of some of our top Amway leaders. Each has a unique story about how they have identified the most compelling issues for children in their communities, and found ways to respond.

Among the top Amway achievers of all time is Holly Chen and Barry Chi. Based in Taiwan, but with Amway businesses growing around the world, they don’t forget their roots, and share their success with children who need help to reach their own potential.

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.

GREATER CHINA: GREATER IMPACT

Friday, 18 January, 2013

We saw tremendous growth in the impact of programs helping children in Greater China, including Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The Amway Charity Foundation ramped up its support of nutrition programs to help children in rural areas, where parents have moved to the big cities to find work. The Foundation reached a milestone of 700 kitchens renovated through the Spring Sprout program, and was recognized by the Chinese government for these accomplishments.

In urban communities, Amway continued to support educational programs for migrant children in the big cities, where kids don’t always get the same services as their peers. Amway now supports libraries and mentoring programs in 35 cities across China through Project Sunshine.

We even had a chance to visit a couple of these programs and visit some of the top Amway distributors in China, who are actively supporting initiatives for migrant children, giving their time and resources to help.

In Taiwan, Amway launched the Amway Hope Maker Charity Foundation to formalize their longtime support of people with disabilities, and education and nutrition programs for children in remote areas of the country. The Foundation launched nutrition program in 62 primary schools this year.

And in Hong Kong, students took to the roof to increase their exposure to organic gardening. The Amway Organic Farming Program came to 18 primary school districts in Hong Kong. Amway distributors led by example as well, with more than 400 pledging to become volunteer Green Organic Ambassadors and work alongside junior famers as they tend their school-based organic farms.

From the mainland to the islands, Amway is working alongside distributors, employees, and many partners in Greater China to transform the lives of children.

A bike ride of dreams

Tuesday, 21 August, 2012

Nineteen mentally disabled high school students in Taiwan recently showed the world what they can achieve, with a little help from their friends and families.

The students pedaled 519 miles (835 km) across the island of Taiwan in twelve days, accompanied by over fifty teachers and a support team from the National Hua-Lien Special School.

Amway Taiwan was inspired by their journey, and did what they could to help – providing Amway products like Double X and Cal Mag nutritional supplements, protein drinks and Peter Island sun lotion.

They also provided advice on health and training as the student athletes made their “Dream Adventure” come true.

Thanks to Julie Wu for sharing this story. See more photos and updates on the Amway Taiwan Facebook page.