Posts tagged with “China”

One Day in China

Thursday, 3 April, 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.

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.

Project Announcement: China

Monday, 4 November, 2013

Amway China has a tradition of creating partnerships that leverage donations, volunteering and advocacy to address critical needs for children across the country, with a special focus on children of migrant families.

Amway has the largest volunteer network in China – more than 70,000 people. It was also the first multinational company to receive permission to register a charitable foundation.

On November 20, Amway China will launch a project called, “Care for the Children,” focused on health, safety and sanitation for children in rural areas, left behind while their parents move away to find work.

The Amway Charity Foundation will partner with local youth league committees, education administration authorities, fire departments and women’s federations. Through education and training programs on that day, approximately 1,000 Amway volunteers will help 10,000 children across mainland China.

Amway China will put years of experience to work, to make a big difference on November 20.

Check the blog tomorrow for a project announcement in Thailand.

Project Announcement: Taiwan

Tuesday, 29 October, 2013

Amway Taiwan has a history of working with people with disabilities, and children in poor rural communities who need help with education resources.

Last year, the Hope Maker program became the Amway Hope Maker Charity Foundation, which formalized years of fundraising through Amway Business Owners and volunteering with great nonprofit partners.

This makes Amway Universal Children’s Day a great opportunity for Amway Taiwan to build on its success, launching a charity souvenir designed by an earthquake victim to raise funds for children in need.  

Amway leaders are encouraging ABOs and customers to visit the 12 Amway Service Centers islandwide to make donation and be recognized during the week of November 20. Funds raised will provide tutoring programs for children in remote communities.

We hope that this will be the most successful campaign yet in Taiwan!

The next blog post will announce November 20 projects in Russia.

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.

Check out our flash mob in China

Friday, 2 August, 2013

Young Amway distributors are finding their own way to get involved in pressing local issues.

To celebrate World Environment Day last month, more than 200 members of the Amway Young Achievers Club joined in flash mobs in over 10 cities in Guangdong Province to advocate for environmental protection.

You can read full story on the Amway Insider blog.

Thanks to Trista Xie for sharing this story.

No gates, no walls for orphans

Thursday, 1 August, 2013

May 3 may be one of the happiest days in Xiaoping’s life.

She attended a flag raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, her dream since childhood. She also went to the Great Wall, and received guidance from peers and elders at Tsinghua University, all through “The Orphanage Without Gate and Wall” project.

Xiaoping became an orphan after her grandparents died when she was in primary school. Her caregiver was too poor to afford her schooling. Thanks to the support of this project, she could continue studies in high school, and then earn her Bachelor Degree and even her Master Degree.

Today, Xiaoping helps her classmates with their studies and helps to raise funds for classmates with the same difficulties she had.

The Orphanage Without Gate and Wall Project was set up in 2002 by the China Charity Federation and the China Children and Teenager’s Fund. Amway President Audie Wong and his wife, Teresa Wong, have been advocates and supporters of this project for 11 years. Together, more than 1.25 million RMB ($200,000 USD) has been raised for the project.

This means that more than 450 orphans like Xiaoping have a brighter future through education, and can fulfill their dreams.

Thanks to guest blogger Summer Wen for sharing this story.

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.