Posts tagged with “Amway Charity Foundation”

Making a Dream Work for the Planet

Wednesday, 5 March, 2014

At Guangzhou Nansha Wetland Park in China, several students from South China Normal University earnestly demonstrate exquisite hand-made soaps to guests.

Surprisingly, these soaps were made from used oils collected from small restaurants near the university, transformed from trash into treasure in a few simple steps.

The students were a prize-winning team in the Amway Green Dream Works Competition. It took them only four months to turn their creative idea into a final product.

The competition was a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection of Guangdong Province, Amway China and the Amway Charity Foundation, open to all university students in the Guangdong Province.

Amway China offered a 100,000 yuan award for 10 winning projects, and hired high-caliber instructors and evaluation experts. Contestants were required to come up with creative ideas to promote energy conservation and emission reduction, as well as green lifestyle. 

Eighty environmental protection groups from 30 universities in Guangdong Province took part in the competition. The 10 winning teams will receive 10,000 yuan from Amway China and professional mentoring provided by the instructor team, ensuring that new dreams are turned into reality for a better world.

Thanks to Rowley Luo for sharing this story.

Measuring outputs and impacts in China

Friday, 21 February, 2014

The Amway Charity Foundation in China has reached a major milestone.

They now count more than 1,700 Spring Sprout Kitchens built in 13 provinces and autonomous regions from 2011-2013, which far exceeds the 1,000 kitchens that were originally pledged.

But how do we know if it is making a difference? Our colleagues have shared recent data that makes a compelling case.

Let’s start with measurements of the program itself.

In the last three years, 97% of the new and upgraded kitchen equipment operated normally, while 96% students approved of food quality.

The overall satisfaction rate of the project reached 96%. 

They also looked at the current health of the children.

The Institute of Child and Adolescent Health at Peking University studied the progress of the students.

The report found that in schools with Spring Sprout Kitchens, students improved health in their muscles, bones, fat, internal organs and chest as indicated by BMI, the height and bustline index, and Rhorer’s Index.

Finally, they compared the students to the broader population.

The students’ growth retardation rate, rate of thinness and two-week prevalence rate at Spring Sprout schools were lower than those of students in non-project schools or regions.

The Raven’s Standard Progressive Matrices (SPM) showed that the intelligence of 51% of students in these schools were “excellent”, which was higher than the average 42% in non-project schools. 

The answer is clearly yes – the program is making a difference, both in outputs and in impacts.

And it is giving children a chance to reach their full potential.

Thanks to Rowley Luo for sharing this story. To learn more about the program, check out a video we made after recently visiting one of the projects near Nanning.

In his own words

Monday, 30 September, 2013

Following up on last week’s announcement by Amway China President Audie Wong that the company will commit to building 2,000 new Spring Sprouts Kitchens, he penned a blog post of his own on the Clinton Global Initiative website:

http://www.clintonfoundation.org/blog/2013/09/25/spring-sprouts-kitchens-nutrition-rural-china

1 Million: Substance Meets Scale

Wednesday, 25 September, 2013

Zoom in. Way in.

A child in rural China sets off for school. Grandparents and cousins live in a one-room house with no heat and little to eat.

Her parents set off for the big city six months ago to trade the farm for the factory. But they haven’t made enough money to send home yet, so she scrapes by.

But this girl’s school offers hope. In addition to an education that can lift her out of poverty, she receives a hot, nutritious meal every day from clean facilities managed by trained staff. The menu changes each day and is full of meat, vegetables and rice.

Zoom out. Way out.

Amway China President Audie Wong stands on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative. His team has built partnerships that have resulted in 754 “Nutrition Kitchens” built through the Spring Sprouts project.

It is no longer a pilot program, but an effective model supported by the Amway Charity Foundation and Amway Business Owners and employees across China … and even from other countries. The Chinese government believes in the program, investing up to 6 dollars for every 1 dollar Amway invests.

To bring the program to scale, President Wong makes a public commitment to build 2,000 more kitchens in the next two years, which will reach 1 million students.

The story of children with migrant parents happens every day. The story of our commitment does not. It happened yesterday, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for educated, well nourished children in China.

Here’s a link to more.

Audie Wong photo credit: @Clinton Global Initiative / Clinton Global Initiative CGI Annual Meeting 2013 Plenary Session Healthier Futures: Prioritizing Prevention

Looking back, looking forward

Wednesday, 18 September, 2013

It’s been almost a year since we visited Long Ma Village in China’s Guangxi Province. 

There, we found a small rural school that had struggled to provide adequate nutrition to children of poor farming families. Many of the children’s parents had left for the urban areas to find jobs to help support their children.

Amway and its leaders stepped up to help, both for the children who were left behind in the countryside, and for those who traveled with their parents to the big cities.

In fact, helping migrant children has been a focus for Amway for many years, and the impetus for creating the Amway Charity Foundation – only possible because of a long-term commitment to generosity and partnerships.

Today, 754 schools now serve nutritious meals to 350,000 children through “Nutrition Kitchens,” which come with equipment, staff support and training in partnership with Amway and local and national governments. 

And we’re just getting started.

Approximately 58 million children in rural areas need access to nutritious meals. Our goal is to make sure every child gets one.

Creative approaches to science education

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013

Scientists and laboratories are easy to find in big cities across China. But how do rural schools get exposure to the latest equipment and teachers?

By bringing it to them.

With 20 small lab equipment devices, Amway volunteers are being trained to demonstrate fun science experiments for under-served children in rural areas.

 

A temporary science and technology center is set up at schools in several provinces throughout China, and children are being trained to pass along the knowledge to their peers.

 

By changing the way we look at education and access to technology, Amway and its partners are reducing the costs – and increasing the popularity – of science education.

 

Thanks to Trista Xie for sharing this story.

Leaders in China helping migrant families

Thursday, 6 June, 2013

In December, we visited two programs in China: a nutrition program in a remote village, and an education program in the heart of Beijing.

Both programs are focused on helping children of migrant families who struggle to make a living as they move from farms to urban areas to find work. Both programs were established by the Amway Charity Foundation, and have great support from our top leaders from around the country.

This video documents the stories we found, and the impact that meals and books are having on the future generations of China.

Hi Mom!

Tuesday, 30 April, 2013

“Sweetie, are you behaving well? Mommy is coming home to see you soon.”

When the 9-year-old girl Shiyi saw her mother through the video camera on a computer, she was so surprised, she could barely speak.

Shiyi is a “left-behind” girl in a remote village in Guangdong Province. Her parents had to leave her and her brother with grandparents when they set off to find work in the big city. Their story is not unique to Chinese migrant families, which number in the tens of millions.

Yet thanks to the Friendly Community Project for Rural Children initiated by Guangdong Women’s Federation and the Amway Charity Foundation, Shiyi can see and talk with her parents online in the Children’s Center.

 

This is one of the 26 village communities that the project is to cover. Approximately 100,000 children will benefit from this project.

And the help doesn’t stop with technology. Social workers and Amway volunteers will mentor children as they adjust to being away from their parents, and special assistance will be offered during the holidays.

 

Through these efforts, the world will be a little more comforting and hopeful for children like Shiyi.

 

Thanks to Rowley Luo and Zining Wang for sharing this story.

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.

On location: Long Ma Village, Nanning, China, Day 2

Thursday, 29 November, 2012

We returned to the Long Ma Primary School, another three-hour drive out of the city, across the great fields of sugarcane, and through winding mountain passes.

We stopped along the way for a birds-eye view of the villages, and watched the many people going back and forth with their harvests and produce, each working hard to secure a better life.

Two married couples visited the village today and volunteered – Jack Zheng & Lucy Zhou, as well as Wang Cheng An & Yin Jianping. Both are Founders Council level Amway distributors and significant supporters of the Spring Sprout program. They toured classrooms, served meals, played games and distributed toys.

We had a chance conduct interviews of those in charge of the school, including the county mayor, as well as the Amway leaders. We even talked to some students who were “left behind” by parents that sought work in the cities.

There are some amazing partnerships happening in China through the leadership of Amway in the rural areas. This is only a glimpse, which we will expand into the full story in the weeks to come.

Tomorrow, we visit the city and learn what is being done to help children who join their parents in leaving remote village.