Posts tagged with “Amway Opportunity Foundation”

A month to remember

Thursday, 13 March, 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.

Competitive Generosity in India

Friday, 14 February, 2014

How do you keep your people engaged in their local communities, when they are spread out over multiple geographies representing many different needs?

In a word: competition.

Ten years ago, leaders of the Amway Opportunity Foundation in India set up two awards, or “Rolling Shields” to recognize the best efforts at the local and regional level.

They were looking for the programs that generated the most volunteering, most giving and the greatest impact on the local communities.

The plan worked. Each year, we see bigger and better partnerships across India. This year, the Southern Region took both prizes.

The regional prize recognized partnerships among 12 organizations focused on orphanages and helping the visually impaired. Efforts included hiring visually impaired staff to work as telephone customer service representatives; building computer centers to encourage skills-based learning; fundraising events that involved fashion shows and cricket competitions; and skills workshops involving Amway Business Owners and staff.

Within that same region, the Hyderabad office won the local prize. This means they will get to keep the trophy for the year, and were recognized at a national Amway Business Owner form last month.

Congratulations to the winners, and to everyone who is a part of this positive competition!

 

Thanks to Yoginder Singh and Raj Narain for sharing this story.

Project Announcement: India

Sunday, 17 November, 2013

In the vast country of India, Amway Business Owners have organized regional volunteer groups near regional Amway hubs to initiate projects to help children.

Through the Amway Opportunity Foundation, we have partnered with more than 50 orphanages in an initiative called Project Sunshine. We’ve also had a focus on helping the visually impaired, providing 80,000 children with Braille textbooks and funding centers that teach job skills to those with visual impairments, among other projects.

For Amway Universal Children’s Day, Amway India will host an entire week of events through the Amway Opportunity Foundation, in association with its 40 partner NGOs, and across the country including cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hubli and Guwahati among others.

Some of the highlights of children’s week include a large Health Camp in Delhi to benefit approximately 1,500 children. In Kolkata will be a Children’s Fair with activities, competitions and seminars for visually challenged children. In Mumbai, celebrations will include a workshops and puppet shows, and a fundraiser for underprivileged children.

In India, we have much to celebrate, and much to do to help more children … one by one.

Job opportunities for visually impaired

Friday, 11 October, 2013

Consider these statistics:

285,000,000 = the number of visually challenged people worldwide

14%  = those who are completely blind

20% = the blind population that lives in India

5% = the number of visually impaired that receive any education

Without vision and without education, the opportunities for the blind and visually impaired are extremely limited. The Indian government and local NGOs have recognized this challenge and have been working on ways to help.

The Amway Opportunity Foundation is (AOF) partnering with the Indian Association of the Blind (IAB) to launch a Business Process Outsourcing unit exclusively for the visually challenged to work as customer service telephone representatives in Madurai.  

The unit will initially support 60 people at a time, with plans to expand to 200 seats in the coming years.

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing this story.

India: Long-Term Commitment and Grassroots Mobilization

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013

Amway India has long invested in programs that help the visually challenged, in partnership with some of the best partners across the country. Several advocacy events helped to raise awareness and support for those with special needs, including White Cane Day, the birthday of Helen Keller and an event that recognizes the achievement of women with visual impairments. Amway even sponsors a chess tournament for visually impaired children from 13 states across India, and a dance competition with visually impaired competitors from 20 educational institutions.

In another long-term commitment, Amway continued to mobilize its distributors in support of 64 orphanages around the country through Project Sunrise. They held festivities at partner organizations on India Independence Day, dedicated a day of volunteer service on the anniversary of Amway India, and welcomed children to Amway headquarters in Delhi to learn more about how a corporation works.

Many Amway distributors in India are doctors or medical professionals, and they offer their services to children from Project Sunrise partners during Health Camps, where free medical checkups and minor treatments are offered to hundreds of children who may not have access to healthcare services.

In honor of these long-term investments and many more, Amway India was honored with three awards this year: a Care Award from Aaj Tak News Channel, Asia’s Best CSR Practices Award from CMO Asia and the Asian CSR Leadership Award from the Asian Confederation of Businesses.

It’s been a good year!

A sampling from India

Tuesday, 30 October, 2012

India is a true demonstration of the Amway One by One model, where activities happen locally, driven by Amway Business Owners and employees. Here is a sampling from the last few weeks:

 

A day to celebrate the white cane …

In Delhi, 50 Amway volunteers celebrated International White Cane Day with 150 visually challenged students in partnership with Jantar Mantar. This public awareness walk took them by important government offices, led by the Delhi police. The event culminated with the presentation of 150 white canes to the students, and the kick-off of White Cane Week across India.

 

A life goal workshop for youth …

The first Personality Development Workshop was presented to 40 enthusiastic young men and women through partner organization Aadharna and Manchikalalu. Amway Business Owner Rajesh Murthy, a well-known corporate trainer, led a three-hour interactive on topics ranging from time management, goal setting, relationships and memory building.

 

A different way to spend the holiday …

The India Independence Day was celebrated by an Amway team in Hyderabad with children from partner agency Manchikalalu. Events included flag ceremonies and songs with high-level government officials and ended with a donation commitment to support children’s education.

 

A new partner in the heart of India …

Amway Project Sunrise, a national partnership with local organizations across India, established a new partnership in Lucknow with Asha Jyoti, an organization focused on helping children with mental disabilities. The partnership was christened with a donation to support the education of 25 children for an entire year.

 

A special delivery of healthcare service …

The Amway Opportunity Foundation organized two healthcare events for children. The first was in partnership with the Delhi Council for Child Welfare, where a group of eye doctors and specialists treated 300 children who may not be able to afford these services. The other was a broad-based “health camp” project, where Amway Business Owners who are doctors organized free treatment for children at Amway Project Sunrise partners in Chennai, Trichy, Hyderabad, Madurai, Cochin, Salem, Trivandrum, Faridabad and Aizawl.

 

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing all of these wonderful stories.

A time of service and celebration in India

Thursday, 26 July, 2012

From the stage to the streets, the past several weeks have been full of activity and celebration for Amway and its distributors and employees in India.

In May, we celebrated the 14th anniversary of the Amway business in India with a day of volunteer service in 63 Amway locations across the country. Activities were focused on health and education, with Amway Business Owner doctors organizing health checkups, while also dedicating time for gift giving, entertainment and laughter.

  

And June, we honored the 133rd birthday of Helen Keller by supporting projects with 16 partners across India through the National Project for the Blind. They included everything from walk-a-thons to debates to reading and singing.

 

To top things off, in July Amway India received international recognition for its work in supporting and improving the quality of education through their national projects for children and for the blind, with Asia’s Best CSR Practices Award. The awards were hosted by CMO Asia, and endorsed by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, an autonomous body under Ministry of Corporate Affairs. 

 

A hearty thanks and congratulations to our friends and colleagues in India for their inspiring work for children, and their prestigious recognition.

Thank you to Raj Narain for sharing these stories.

It’s all fun and games

Monday, 25 June, 2012

We spend a lot of time on this blog discussing serious children’s issues.

Yet one of our four focal areas is PLAY, because we recognize that sometimes you just need to give children a chance to experience games and celebrations.

Last month, 109 visually impaired children from 13 states across India participated in a chess tournament designed just for them through the All India Chess Federation for the Blind.

In addition to a fun and challenging event, the top layers qualified to be formally rated, which gives them the opportunity to play at the international level.

Amway Business Owners and employees in India also used their local fundraisers as an opportunity for children to have fun.

Events in Pune, Vizag and Coimbatore featured demonstrations of dance, music and magic to the delight of young spectators.

Addressing the needs of children is serious business. But it helps to remember the delights of childhood, and to ensure that each child we help has an extra reason to smile.

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing theses stories.

A real example of return on investment

Monday, 9 April, 2012

We often talk about actions in terms of new programs, buildings and numbers. But we don’t always get to follow the people who benefit from investments of Amway and our distributors and employees.

Today is an exception.

Meet Priyanka Agarwal, a student with 90 percent vision loss, who was seeking meaningful work. She was shortlisted for advanced training at Tata Consultancy Services, but had to decline the training when her grandfather passed away.

Priyanka did not lose hope. She came to the AOF-NAB Centre for Excellence in Kolkata, looking for help, and help was given.

Following her training, Priyanka was found an excellent job with IBM in Bangalore, making a competitive salary using her new skills.

The hard work and dedication of Priyanka is a shining example of what is possible when we invest in the potential of people.

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing this story.