Posts tagged with “Amway”

Zumbathon helps children with disabilities in Puerto Rico

Wednesday, 12 March, 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.

November 20: Then and Now

Friday, 18 October, 2013

Why did we choose November 20 for the Amway Universal Children’s Day?

Amway was founded in November, 1959. That same month, on November 20, 1959, the United Nations issued the Declaration of the Rights of a Child, which said, “Mankind owes to the child the best it has to give.”

This was an extension of a challenge that the UN previously issued to every country to establish a Universal Children’s Day. Today, there are children’s days in nearly every country around the world, all on different days.

In our own attempt to provide children with the “best we have to give,” and in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Amway One by One Campaign for Children, we established our own Amway Universal Children’s Day, not on behalf of a single country, but on behalf of Amway and our global network of people who are dedicated to improving the lives of children everywhere, and helping them to reach their potential.

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.

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.

Action at our second home: Buena Park, California

Saturday, 5 January, 2013

We started our global review of activities at our world headquarters in Michigan. But Amway has another headquarters facility in Buena Park, California, where many of our Nutrilite products are made and where the Nutrilite Center for Optimal Health is located.

Employees in Buena Park make lasting commitments to their community partners, and find new ways to help every year.

At the Buena Park Boys & Girls Club, which was founded by Carl and Edith Rehnborg, the founders of Nutrilite, employees can often be found working with the Club members through mentoring, gardening, or helping with the board of directors.

This year, Amway employees in Buena Park gave Boys & Girls Club members the opportunity to participate in the Orange County Marathon, along with 4,100 students from local schools.

Several years ago, employees began to support the Orangewood Children’s Home, a foster care center and shelter for abused and neglected children. Employees regularly visit to provide fun activities and mentoring for children going through tough times. This year, they even helped teach about disaster response and deliver preparedness kits.

There are lots more fundraisers, holiday giving, volunteering and board service going on out west. The Nutrilite legacy of care means a shining light of generosity in the heart of Southern California.

A new year … and an anniversary

Thursday, 3 January, 2013

Happy New Year!

2013 will be a remarkable year for the Amway One by One Campaign for Children – it’s our anniversary!

Ten years of helping children, from global initiatives to grassroots volunteering. What started as a corporate initiative has become a grassroots movement.

We have some BIG plans for the upcoming year. But first, we’re going to take a look back at the best stories from 2012.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll take you to the four corners of the world, to see what Amway, our employees and our distributors are doing: what causes we are passionate about, what resources we are bringing to bear to the issues, and how little lives are being transformed.

Stay tuned. It’s going to be a great year!

Recognizing the beauty inside you

Wednesday, 29 February, 2012

In a society where girls are bombarded with varying images of “beauty,” they are often left wondering if they are pretty enough, smart enough, or good enough.

We wanted to remind girls in West Michigan that they are beautiful – inside and out.

So on the eve of Valentine’s Day, 114 junior high school girls from 7 schools took over the campus of Ferris State University Grand Rapids to participate in a day-long “Beautiful U” event.

This event is in its second year, through a partnership between the Amway One by One campaign and WOOD TV 8’s Maranda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The girls participating heard inspiring speeches, while taking part in activity-based workshops on health, beauty, relationships and careers. They also spent time learning about the difference between the images they see in the media, and the beauty inside of themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the words of one of the participants:

“Before I came here I thought really badly about myself.  I use to think I was fat and ugly. Now that I came here I don’t feel that way any more. I’m beautiful on the inside and people like me for me, and not someone I’m not!”

Thanks to all of our partners for making this another great year for some beautiful girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“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.

Annual work begins in Guatemala

Friday, 24 February, 2012

A group of Amway employees and Business Owners are making their annual journey to Zacapa, Guatemala, where they begin work on a new neighborhood of houses sponsored by Amway and Tim Foley.

This week, more than 120 Amway volunteers from the US and Central America - the largest Habitat for Humanity group ever in Guatemala – are working on the building of 10 homes alongside the homeowners and their families. It’s hard work, but great experiences for the volunteers and the families.

We will post an update next week!

 

Our own year end results

Thursday, 23 February, 2012

Today, Amway announced impressive sales results from 2011. We have our own results to announce, and believe they are equally impressive.

  • 1.5 million is the number of children helped through the efforts of our company, our distributors and our employees last year.
  • 200,000 is the number of volunteer hours invested in children’s programs.
  • $25 million is the value of contributions given to causes that help children in 2011.

And that’s in only one year. The Amway One by One Campaign for Children historical totals (since 2003) have gained significant momentum:

  • 9.5 million children helped
  • 2.3 million volunteer hours
  • $166 million contributions

Thanks to Amway distributors, employees and partners for making  meaningful change for children around the world. It’s been a great year!