Mapping Great Causes

Apr 09, 2014

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Check out the big hearts of Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs).

They shared their stories on how they’re making a difference in their communities at Achievers 2013, the largest Amway business conference in North America.

IBOs were given the opportunity to share their causes with story illustrators.

   

Artists then created pictures of each cause and placed them on a huge map … a community of good.

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Amway North America is holding a contest to recognize IBOs who donate time, energy and skills in their local communities.

Seven winners will receive $500. Submit your story at the Achieve Magazine website.

Thanks to Marsha Champion for sharing this story.

One Day in China

Apr 03, 2014

 

Today, we take a look back at a project in China that took place during the Amway Universal Children’s Day.

On November 20, Amway China launched “Care for the Children,” a project that is focused on children in rural areas whose parents left them behind to look for work.

 

The project focuses on health, sanitation, education, safety and parental relationships.

Amway will partner with local youth league committees, education administration authorities, fire departments and women’s federations – and draw on the generosity of Amway Business Owners.

 

1,952 Amway Business Owners and employees across the country volunteered more than 3,000 hours to kick off the program.

They provided books, health training, physical exercise and personal hygiene products among other things.

But it wasn’t all instruction. The children enjoyed games of tug-a-war alongside Amway volunteers.

Friendly competitions using flashcards also brought education to life and allowed volunteers and students to connect.

 

Amway China is not new to the issue of helping children of migrant families.

They are building thousands of Spring Sprout Nutrition Kitchens in rural areas, in partnership with local and national government agencies.

But each year brings a new chapter, and a fresh look at how we can help improve the world, one child at a time, one by one.

 

Thanks to Rowley Luo for sharing this story.

The Dreams of our Parents

Apr 01, 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 South Korea

Mar 28, 2014

We have been looking back on our Amway Universal Children’s Day to capture some of the stories and images from around the world.

In South Korea, Amway volunteers helped to serve meals to foster children at government child welfare centers.

They also took time to color, draw and play together while other volunteers worked on renovations to the buildings.

This was not the first time we have worked with Child Welfare Centers. In fact, Amway and volunteers have supported 63 centers around the country, and can often be found lending a hand – one child at a time, one by one.

Thanks to Yong-Bom Lee, Sang-Doo Kim and Hye-Sun Kim for sharing this story.

Travel with us to South Africa

Mar 24, 2014

Late last year, we introduced you to the Tutudesk Foundation, which provides innovative desk solutions for schools in South Africa.

The video below takes you on our journey to a small school in Queenstown, where children are learning about their value through a simple – but effective - gift.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube. Thanks to Karin Schmid for coordinating this partnership, and to Anja Schwarz and the Schwarz organization for their leadership in raising funds from Amway Business Owners across Europe.

On a Mission to Tacloban

Mar 20, 2014

It is almost gone from the media now, but the effects of Typhoon Haiyan are still very real.

Amway leaders made the 700-mile trek to Tacloban and Ormoc to visit some of our partner schools in that area, and deliver supplies to Amway Business Owners that were affected.

Families lined up in the rain to receive supplies that would help them stay healthy and clean as they worked to rebuild their communities.

Michelle Ochoa and Christine Sarmiento-Tria from our corporate office in Manila, Jom Diaz from our distribution center and Helen Espedido from our warehouse distributed 600 hygiene kits to 300 Amway Business Owners.

Another 400 were given to teachers at our partner schools, and families still living in an evacuation center.

The larger bulk of 10,000 kits that were packed by US employees on our Amway Universal Children’s Day will be distributed by International Aid and Convoy of Hope.

While in Tacloban, Amway continued its commitment to improving literacy by extending its reach to 11 schools in the area, which serve 15,000 children.

To deliver on a partner pledge made to the Department of Education in February, volunteers delivered books to all 11 school libraries in Tacloban City.

Our commitment to disaster affected communities cannot end after the initial wave of aid. Families need help rebuilding, and Amway leaders across the Philippines have shown outstanding support in keeping the cause alive.

We will try to share more stories as we see the hardest hit areas restored and energized, one person at a time, one by one.

Thanks to Michelle Ochoa for sharing these stories, and for all her organizing and advocacy efforts.

Join Us to Remember Hope

Mar 18, 2014

Last week, Amway Japan announced the location of a second community house it will build in the Fukushima prefecture. Their words are a stirring tribute to the victims of disaster who are easily forgotten if we do not take steps to help …

Today is March 11th.

Three years.

Already three years. Still three years.

Where you are, what you are doing, what your position is, or what you see. Time should be objective, but sometimes it is not the case.

You cannot avoid seeing in the news that time is stealing the spotlight from the disaster areas. However, recovery is still ongoing and it will take a long time.

REMEMBER: The events of that day can never be forgotten.

HOPE: Delivering hope is one of the fundamentals of Amway.

These two ideas are embodied in the Remember HOPE initiatives.

The Amway Japan One by One Foundation proudly announces that the second Amway House will be built in the Fukushima prefecture.

The building will be completed by the end of November in Soma City, where there are many places damaged by the earthquake – not only material, but also human.

Amway will continuously help the community to recover by offering several programs, just as we did with the first house in Minamisanriku.

We also need support from as many of you as possible.

You can visit and volunteer in the communities, and you can contribute wherever you live.

It is simple. Like or Share our Facebook post.

The Amway Japan One by One Foundation will donate 10 Yen for each like or share. We will count likes and shares until April 11th.

We prefer one step for 100 people, instead of 100 steps by a single person, so many more people will not forget the day.

Click here for the Facebook post, or visit http://csr.amway.co.jp for more ways to help (Japanese).

Thanks to Kafuu Toh and Takashi Aoki for sharing this story.

One Day In Malaysia

Mar 14, 2014

One day in Malaysia saw the bright colors of paint, heard the deep sound of drums and smelled the freshness of green plants.

It was the Amway Universal Children’s Day, when activities were happening in 57 countries around the world.

Amway Malaysia teamed up with the State Welfare Agency and longtime partner Rumah Tunas Harapan Homes to celebrate with foster children and their parents.

The day started by teaching children about helping others.

They were given paint and ceramics to decorate, which would later be sold to raise money for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

While the paint dried, Amway invited expert musicians from Hands Percussion to teach the children how to play the drums.

Hands Percussion sends music teachers to remote areas of the country to spread the joy and learning of music, rhythm and dance.

Later that day, children, volunteers and parents put fresh plants in the 200 decorated pots, and put them up for sale, raising money for disaster relief.

Amway also delivered its own donation to Rumah Tunas Harapan, which will provide support for four of the homes that serve children who participated in the day’s events.

A new year of partnership has already begun, but for these new friends, the memories are still fresh.

Thanks to Joanne Yap and Russell Tan for sharing this story. Watch out for more posts on the Amway Universal Children’s Day in the upcoming weeks.

A month to remember

Mar 13, 2014

The month of March is shaping up to be a big one for our colleagues in India.

On the first day of the month, volunteers from our Distributor Relations and Training team in Dehli organized a drawing and painting competition for the children of the Deepalaya Sanjay Colony School.

Deepalaya is a local organization and longtime partner of Amway India that helps marginalized children.

While the competition winners received special prizes, all children who participated – more than 100 – received some kind of reward.

The Dr. Shroff Charitable Eye Hospital used this special day to perform free eye checks, and the Amway Opportunity Foundation delivered a donation to renew its 6-year partnership and help support education and healthcare for 22 children.

But the month doesn’t end there.

We just received word that Amway has been recognized for its CSR efforts at the Corporate Social Responsibility Award ceremony held by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The recognition acknowledged Amway’s strategic integration of corporate social responsibility throughout the company and integrated into its corporate strategy.

But there is still more happening this month.

On March 18, we will see the inaguration of a Handloom Weaving Centre. It will be run by TNT, another Amway partner that manages an orphanage for abandoned children. The centre will teach traditional handlooming skills and designs to the youth that they serve.

And finally, on March 29, Amway will host a “Mega Health Camp” near its new headquarters in Gurgaon, just outside Delhi.

Amway-sponsored health camps are always a fantastic opportunity for Amway to work with its partners to provide free services to children and families who may not be able to afford care on their own.

Thanks to everyone who are making extraordinary efforts to help in their local communities across India, and special thanks to Raj Narain for sharing these stories.

Zumbathon helps children with disabilities in Puerto Rico

Mar 12, 2014

How can you get some exercise, learn some dance moves, meet new people and raise money to help others?

In a word: ZUMBA.

Last week, hundreds of people in Puerto Rico came together in a two-hour Zumbathon, led by 11 professional trainers.

An eclectic crowd danced to choreographed moves and lively music as they raised money for a good cause.

The event was organized by Amway, and Amway matched every $10-$15 entry fee to raise money for the Society for Education and Rehabilitation (SER).

SER is a nonprofit organization specializing in the needs of children with disabilities, through therapy services and preschool education that blends children with and without disabilities.

SER is also a partner of Easter Seals, another organization that helps children and people with disabilities through advocacy and direct services.

Easter Seals has been a decades-long partner of Amway in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Throughout the crowd, you could find people of all ages and fitness levels, as well as children with Spina Bifida, Autisim, Hirschsrpung and other disabilities.

But despite their differences, the crowd was connected by a common activity for a common cause … and for two hours, they showed their spirit lively and loudly!

Thanks to Ruben Familia and Rut Amaro for sharing this story.