Posts tagged with “India”

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.

One day in India

Thursday, 26 December, 2013

One day was not enough for all of the activities that Amway India would host for the first Amway Universal Children’s Day.

Across India, the Amway Opportunity Foundation partnered with 40 organizations to help more than 3,000 children. From health care to children’s fairs to workshops, Amway people were out volunteering.

One great story came from the Amway offices in Andhari. Employees set up displays for partner organizations including the National Association for the Blind, Creative Handicrafts, the Smile Foundation, Brahamanand Parishthan and Mahila Mandal Samiti. Each organization was able to tell their story, and each had games or activities meant to engage visitors and invite them to make donations, or purchase handicrafts that raised money for each cause.

In a single day, the activities raised more than 55,000 INR (nearly $1,000 USD). Perhaps more important, the organizations found new friends and advocates who will continue to help further their missions.

Thanks to Raj Narain and Anju Prasad for organizing these successful events and sharing their stories. Watch out for more global Children’s Day stories from guest blogger Bryleigh Loughlin in the upcoming weeks.

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.

National day of service for children in India

Wednesday, 21 August, 2013

November 20 will mark the first global volunteer day for the Amway One by One Campaign for Children. But what will it look like?

Amway India gives us a good example.

To mark the 15th anniversary of Amway in India, the Amway Opportunity Foundation coordinated a day of action for Amway Business Owners and employees at its partner NGOs across the country.

While support is focused on health and education needs throughout the year, this day was an opportunity for volunteers and children to have fun together, with gift giving, entertainment and laughter.

In Hubli, volunteers helped out at the Channels of Love partner to teach children about the environment and the role of trees in supporting ecological balance.

 

In Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata, Amway provided support to refurbish computer centers for its partners, Palli Unnayan Seva Samiti and the Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boy’s Academy.

 

In Nasik, children of partner Aadharasham were taken to a fair, for food and activities.

 

In Coimbatore, a health camp was organized by Amway Business Owner doctors.

 

These are just a few examples of how people rise to the occasion when challenged with a good cause. We can’t wait to see what happens next!

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!

Kudos to Amway India!

Wednesday, 17 October, 2012

Congrats to the employees and business owners of Amway India!

They were recognized for their support of the improvement of education with an award at the Asian CSR Leadership Award ceremony in Dubai last month. 

Amway India has traditionally supported many programs for the blind and visually impaired, with a focus on job skill development and providing Braille textbooks.

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

Charting a new path for children in India

Friday, 20 January, 2012

Children tend to follow the patterns of their parents, even if those paths are not the best for their future.

The New Initiatives program in India is introducing a new path for children whose parents are incarcerated, or who have been in trouble with the law themselves.

Working through the Amway Opportunity Foundation and partner Kishore Greh, Amway and its Business Owners established a new Computer & Technical Center in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

The Center is set up inside the premises of a juvenile home. There, children are trained in the use of computer technology and other mechanical and electrical skills.

 

This training will provide new opportunities when the children are released from juvenile court, and will provide a new path for a better life.

 

 

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing this story.