Category “Thailand”

The Dreams of our Parents

Tuesday, 1 April, 2014

Every parent’s dream is to provide the best education for their children, see them graduate and find good jobs. 

But in many parts of the world, higher education is only for the privileged few. 

Students like Perd Benin and Panawut Promsri from Thailand are academically accomplished students who might not be able to pursue higher education if they do not get outside support.

  

For more than five years, Amway Thailand has stepped in to invest in higher education so finances don’t keep star students from attending the best colleges in the country.

Since 2007, more than 200 students have received scholarships to pursue degrees in education, engineering, science, aviation and human health through the Amway for Thai Society Foundation and with the support of Amway Business Owners.

How is it working?

Benin graduated with a degree in education and returned to his hometown to teach in a local high school. 

Despite a physical disability, Promsri graduated with a degree in science and is now pursuing a career as a researcher.

They are the pride of their communities, and the hope of a better future.

Thanks to Sri Soekarmoen for writing this story, and to Choomprin Yurayong, Woraya Maneewan, Laksana Jenananporn and Dalad Saknimitchok for their great leadership in Thailand.

One day in Thailand

Friday, 28 February, 2014

At Amway headquarters in West Michigan, USA, we know the importance of a winter jacket.

But on the other side of the world, in the remote corners of Thailand, children need protection too.

Amway leaders recognized that need, and built a massive program around our global volunteer day on November 20.

For several months leading up to the delivery date, Amway Business Owners and employees donated funds for winter jackets and sold tshirts to raise money.

Between their efforts and the support of Amway Thailand, more than 22,000 jackets were produced.

Then, on November 20, the fun began.

Approximately 768 Amway people got in busses, vans and cars along with the border police units and set out for schools in remote areas that were identified as places where help was needed.

In one day, Amway Business Owners and employees made deliveries to 177 schools in 39 provinces all across Thailand.

It was an incredible experience. Here’s a video that follows their journey:

While the numbers were big, the day was full of special moments where a volunteer connected with a child, and showed them how special they are – each one, one by one.

Thanks to Choomprin Yurayong, Laksana Jenanaporn and Ungkarb Akkarasaksuntorn for sharing this story. Watch out for more posts in the coming weeks that recap local stories of our global volunteer day.

CSR Excellence in Thailand

Wednesday, 4 December, 2013

Congratulations to our colleagues in Thailand!

Last week, Kristie Kenney, the US Ambassador to Thailand, presented 2013 AMCHAM Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Recognition to Choomprin Yurayong, Corporate Communications Director of Amway Thailand.

 

The award recognizes Amway’s commitment to transparency, good governance and sustainable business practices, and promotes the company as a model for others to follow.

Only one week earlier, Amway Business Owners and employees were delivering 22,000 winter jackets around the country to children in rural schools.

It’s been a big month!

Project Announcement: Thailand

Tuesday, 5 November, 2013

Over the years, Amway Thailand has engaged Amway Business Owners to support a range of issues. It has funded and provided volunteers for more than 2,000 cleft palate surgeries through Operation Smile, and sent books and mobile libraries to remote areas of the country where schools are under-resourced. These are just a few examples.

For Amway Universal Children’s Day, Amway Thailand and the Thai Society Foundation will create the “Amway Rak Nong” (Amway Loves Children) project in collaboration with the Border Patrol Police Bureau.

Through these efforts, Amway will donate more than 22,000 winter jackets to underprivileged students in remote schools. The project is already underway, raising money through tshirt donations and fundraising events.

On November 20, Amway Business Owners and corporate leaders will deliver the jackets to 177 schools in 39 provinces. More than 2,500 volunteers will take part.

For that special day, we will spread love and warmth across the country, which will be heard around the world!

Tomorrow’s project announcement will cover projects in India.

Simple concept, Simply expressed

Friday, 20 September, 2013

A colleague forwarded this simple video from Thailand. It’s message is vivid and values are universal. Maybe that’s why it has been watched 9 million times.

An Announcement in Thailand!

Wednesday, 7 August, 2013

Last week, Amway Thailand held a press conference announcing an exciting project for our global volunteer day on November 20.

Amway will work with the national border police to address the needs of children in remote schools, by providing warm jackets for the wintertime. The “Amway Rak Nong” (Amway Loves Children) project aims to donate 22,000 warm jackets, with help from Amway Business Owners and staff countrywide.

These jackets will be delivered by thousands of Amway Business Owners and employees on November 20, through 177 schools in 39 provinces.

This is only one of many projects happening on November 20. Watch for more updates, or sign up for email blog updates on the box at the top of this page.

More big announcements are coming!

Thanks to Choomprin Yurayong and Laksana Jenanaporn for sharing this story.

Celebration time becomes giving time

Friday, 5 April, 2013

Amway distributors from Australia and New Zealand shared their celebration with the local community at the annual Achievers incentive trip in Thailand last month. In addition to donating sports equipment, distributor leaders donated their time to help renovate a local school in Phuket. They volunteered more than 1,000 hours painting dormitories, restoring the sports field and building a new welcome garden.

 

As Michial Coldwell, General Manager of Amway Australia & New Zealand shared, “Hundreds of Amway distributors from across Australia & New Zealand have qualified and worked really hard to come to Phuket on a great business trip, yet they are here in a school in Phuket giving up their time in order to help paint and renovate this school which was affected by the tsunami. This is all about unifying people across cultures to accomplish one common goal: helping children.”

Click here to see the full photo album. Thanks to Antonia Krunes for sharing this story, and congratulations to all of our Achievers!

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!

“Flying Books” reaching children in remote areas

Monday, 27 February, 2012

In Thailand, the image of a bird released from a cage and flying away is considered a symbol of “merit making,” or granting freedom.

This image was the inspiration for a new program that supports childhood literacy.

Amway Thailand has been a longtime supporter of programs increase reading in children, from providing scholarships, to creating books for the visually impaired, to building school libraries in remote areas of the country where literacy levels are lowest.

In fact, the Amway for Thai Society Foundation learned that, on average, Thai children only read two books per year. The cause stems from a lack of available books.

A new initiative called The Flying Book hopes to elevate the issue, and get people involved in selecting the best books and “flying” them to children.

Through an iPhone application, website and Facebook page, anyone can vote on their favorite books.

Then, using the world’s first augmented reality and location-based book donation platform, they can follow their book in real time as it travels to the remote areas of Thailand.

Visit http://www.flyingbook.org/ or visit the Facebook page or download the app to take part in the journey.

Thanks to Laksana Jenananporn for sharing this story.