Posts tagged with “Mexico”

Population: 305

Tuesday, 31 December, 2013

Tonight, millions will crowd Times Square, where earlier this year we announced the Amway Universal Children’s Day on a jumbotron. It will be loud!

But travel with us to a quieter place. It’s in the state of Jalisco in southwest Mexico – a farming community with a total population of 305.

There you will find Rancho El Petecal, a 1,400-acre certified organic farm that has the perfect climate of sunshine and rain to grow things like spinach, kale, broccoli, watercress, parsley, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, oregano, sage and asparagus.

The farm is owned by Amway, and the plants are used to make Nutrilite vitamins and supplements sold by Amway Business Owners in more than 100 countries and territories around the world.

Our farm managers tell us that when you work in a village that small, you become part of the community, and your vitality is intricately tied to the success of the families that live and work there.

But there are great needs to address. Local familieis struggle with education, health care, nutrition, literacy, dental health, access to technology and more.

As the history of Rancho El Petecal has deepened, so has its leaders’ commitment to helping our neighbors and their children to reach their potential.

It starts with providing our company’s products, because we want to share the best health and nutrition products available.

So there are regular distributions of things like Nutrilite nutritional supplements and Glister toothpaste to children and adults. In addition, Amway employees have hosted educational programs that promote healthy habits and teach people how best to care for themselves.

Amway also contributes directly toward healthcare, including the support of a local physician, Dr. Sandra Romo, who has lived and worked in the village for more than a decade.

Amway partners with local governments and nonprofits to ensure there is adequate medical care, dental care and immunizations.

Education can be a crucial element in moving out of poverty for children and adults.

There are programs that support local schools, scholarships for local children going to college, and literacy and computer programs for adult workers.

A community shares its celebrations, and Rancho El Petecal is no exception. We celebrate our holidays, graduations, the birth of children and more.

Why? Because we know our futures are tied together in this small world, as well as the bigger one.

Thanks to Gerardo Gordillo for sharing these stories, and to the passion and compassion of our Nutrilite staff in Rancho El Petecal.

Project Announcements: Latin America

Saturday, 16 November, 2013

Amway Latin America has focused much of its historical efforts on orphanages and native populations, but the flagship programs that cross all borders are micronutrient interventions for malnourished children and home building through Habitat for Humanity.

With so many countries and so many projects, November 20 will reveal a mosaic of Amway Business Owner (ABO) and employee stories across Latin America:

ARGENTINA: During ABO events happening the week of November 20, Amway leaders will deliver donations to Fundación Camino, an organization that works to fight child malnutrition.

BRAZIL: Amway volunteers will plant two family gardens in partnership with Cidades sem Fome (Cities without Hunger), made possible by donations collected throughout the year.

COLOMBIA: ABO volunteers in Colombia will help to build a Habitat for Humanity home. Volunteers will also be at the Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, a cancer hospital, in the morning. Others will volunteer at Fundación Niños de los Andes, an organization that helps street kids in the afternoon.

COSTA RICA: ABOs and employees will help to build a family home through Habitat for Humanity.

EL SALVADOR: ABOs and employees will help to build a family home through Habitat for Humanity.

GUATEMALA: Amway volunteers will host activities for children and help with painting facilities at the San Jerónimo Emiliani home for children.

HONDURAS: Amway volunteers will paint the Escuela Pública Oscar R. Tablas public school in the Fortaleza community, as well as deliver product donations.

MEXICO: ABOs will deliver Nutrilite Little Bits to children in Mexico City, and help measure and weigh children for health testing. In Tijuana, 3 homes will be built on that day by Amway volunteers through Habitat for Humanity. ABOs and employees will host activities for village children near our Nutrilite farm in El Petecal. And near our Mexico headquarters in Monterey, employees will host projects for children with special needs, working with partner EFFETA.

PANAMA: Amway volunteers will deliver product donations and help paint facilities at Nutre Hogar (Nourish Home), a partner that helps children who are extremely malnourished to be restored back to health.

VENEZUELA: ABOs will deliver a check to Fundación Amigos del Niño con Cáncer, an organization that helps children with cancer. Amway will also host the renowned national orchestra and choir, Orquesta Infantil de Campanas, at their annual Free Enterprise event, where they will collect donations of baby food and first aid items.

Amway Mexico awarded again (and again and again …)

Monday, 12 August, 2013

Amway Mexico has received the Socially Responsible Company award for the eighth consecutive year.

The award recognizes companies for “incorporating corporate citizenship into business practices to promote a positive impact on Mexican society.” 

The recognition comes from the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) and the Alliance for Entrepreneurial Social Responsibility in Mexico (ALIARSE).

Amway Mexico was also recognized by the American Chamber Mexico this year for its social responsibility work in 2012.

From improving the nutrition of children to building homes for families, we congratulate our colleagues in Mexico for their consistent generosity!

Thanks to Nancy Cortez for sharing this story, and for guest writer Bryleigh Loughlin.

Latin America: Focusing for Greater Results

Wednesday, 9 January, 2013

In recent years, Amway Latin America focused its efforts through Amway One by One.

While there are still many grassroots outreach taking place in orphanages and schools, the primary focus has been building homes across the region through Habitat for Humanity, and developing a nutrition program that will soon grow into other surrounding countries.

Here’s what happened in 2012:

In Mexico, 400 children were nourished with Nutrilite Little Bits products and other health services with partner Un Kilo de Ayuda:

120 Amway volunteers continued the annual tradition of traveling to Guatemala. This year, 10 homes were built in Usumatlán:

One special family moved into a new home with support from 29 volunteers in Zambrano, Honduras:

In Tijuana, Mexico, 40 Amway volunteers built 2 homes alongside the families who would live there:

One new home was completed by 10 Amway volunteers in San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica:

Another home in La Libertad, El Salvador, was completed by 20 Amway volunteers:

Finally, 15 houses were built by 45 Amway volunteers in São Paulo, Brazil, and a donation was made to build 35 more homes affected by recent flooding:

… which means the tradition will continue in 2013!

Collective Impact for Children

Monday, 24 September, 2012

As the Amway One by One campaign matures in each of our markets, we find ourselves looking for threads of innovation and impact that we can learn from and export to other areas of the world. We’re also constantly looking at models to plan and measure against.

One of the most interesting pieces we’ve seen recently was published by Stanford Social Innovation Review. Called “Collective Impact,” authors John Kania and Mark Kramer propose a framework of organized thinking around bringing many different players together to move the needle on social causes at the macro level.

We can’t help but compare this to the most successful Amway One by One partnerships, and the campaign as a whole. The Collective Impact framework proposes five conditions of success for large-scale social change through cross-sector collaboration:

  1. A common agenda
  2. Shared measurement systems
  3. Mutually reinforcing activities
  4. Conscious communication
  5. A backbone support organization

As a global program with grassroots mobilization, the Amway One by One campaign, while broad reaching and organic, is successful because of the way it supports these basic principles. More specifically, we are seeing exciting examples of Collective Impact models in countries where Amway One by One is the most mature:

A Common Agenda in Russia: A hospital experience can be scary for children, and often hinders the recovery process. Amway has worked with the government, NGOs, community hospitals and local Amway distributors across a vast geography to create a common agenda around creating great play spaces for children in government hospitals. To date, they have built more than 100 hospitals accessible by more than 130,000 children across the country.

Shared Measurement Systems in Mexico: As the Amway business grew around the world and Nutrilite products became a key part of our marketing strategies and scientific expertise, we knew we could use our expertise and influence to help with the issue of chronic malnutrition in children around the world. But we also knew that the scale could only be achieved through proven success and partnerships with on-the-ground agencies. In Mexico, we used global recommendations from the World Health Organization, partnered with a trusted organization called Un Kilo de Ayuda, and measured results through the Mexico Department of Health and Sciences. The results were outstanding, but made more significant because of the shared measurement during the clinical studies.

Mutually reinforcing activities in the United States: Inspired by an academic study around the phytonutrient gap in American diets and a subsequent campaign through our Nutrilite nutrition brand, Amway built a partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of America to teach urban youth about nutrition through hands-on gardening. While Nutrilite continues to provide thought leadership and research at the health and policy level, Amway distributors have plugged into Boys and Girls Clubs locally to mentor and provide expertise.

Conscious Communication in Korea: Collective impact programs can be difficult to coordinate, and even more so when a program is new and innovative. In South Korea, Amway is partnering with a number of stakeholders – the government, academia, NGOs and Amway distributors – to provide innovative education for underserved children. How is that accomplished? Constant, consistent, conscious communication from all parties. Not only do the programs include measurement and reporting, but program plans also include events that showcase learnings to all parties and reinforce the value of the partnership.

A Backbone Support Organization in China: Children of migrating families are often underserved when it comes to education and nutrition. To build sustainable solutions, Amway has used its local understanding of children’s issues, its national partnership experience with the government, and its ability to mobilize people to serve. The Amway Charity Foundation in China was created for that purpose, and has been successful because of a dedicated history of collaboration and support of children’s causes.

A Feliz Navidad for children

Thursday, 12 January, 2012

Our friends in Central America were busy over the holidays.

In Guatemala, Amway employees held a celebration for 39 children at the Hogar San Jerónimo Emiliani children’s home in the capital city. They delivered groceries and medicine, and celebrated the holidays with Santa Claus.

In El Salvador, our employees spread holiday cheer for 100 families at San Luis la Herradura in La Paz. The families received groceries hand delivered by smiling faces on Christmas Eve during a holiday celebration.

 

Employees in Mexico continued an eight-year tradition of collecting rice, beans, milk, cereal and other food items to send to children and their families that live in the Sierra Tarahumara. The team worked through the Fundacion Tarahumara Jose A. Llaguno to deliver the supplies high in the mountain areas of Mexico.

Another eight-year tradition near our headquarters office in Monterrey, Mexico, employees prepared a “Posada” (Christmas party) for 100 children at the Casa Imperio de Amor. The festivities included a holiday meal, piñata and, candy, and of course gifts given by Santa Claus and Amway volunteers.

 Thanks to Nancy Cortez for sharing these stories and photos.