Posts tagged with “UNICEF”

Counting every child because every child counts

Monday, 17 February, 2014

UNICEF has released its 30th annual report on the State of the World’s Children, which tracks basic indicators down to the country level on the world’s 2.2 billion children.

While each year’s report typically comes with a deeper analysis on a specific issue, this report is focused on the meaning of data and how it influences the decisions we make.

There are a handful of basic behaviors and consequent data indicators that we know will give children a better chance at survival, health and economic success. This year’s report includes an interactive picture of how these indicators play out in real life.


The 30-year milestone provided UNICEF an opportunity to look back on the positive progress we’ve made since the report was published:

  • About 90 million children who would have died if mortality rates had stuck at their 1990 level have, instead, lived past the age of 5.
  • Deaths from measles among children under 5 years of age fell from 482,000 in 2000 to 86,000 in 2012, thanks in large part to increased immunization coverage.
  • Improvements in nutrition have led to a 37% drop in stunting since 1990.
  • Primary school enrolment has increased, even in the least developed countries, whereas in 1990 only 53% of children in those countries gained school admission, by 2011 the rate had improved to 81%.
  • Nearly 1.9 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation since 1990.

But the report also points out the data that calls for more action:

  • 6.6 million children under 5 years of age died in 2012, mostly from preventable causes.
  • 15% of the world’s children engage in child labor.
  • 11% of girls are married before they turn 15.
  • Children’s chances differ depending on whether their country is a rich or a poor one; whether they are born girls or boys, into families rich or poor; or whether they live in the countryside or the city – and there, too, whether they live in well-to-do areas or impoverished neighborhoods.

We are proud of the many initiatives Amway has around the world focused including healthcare, nutrition, immunizations, education, clean water, disaster relief, migrant populations and economic empowerment.

Yet the numbers remind us that there is much more to do, and we all play a role.

UNICEF Ambassadors in Kenya

Thursday, 16 May, 2013

This month, it’s all about our top Amway leaders from around the world called the Founders Council.

They met in our hometown this week and were recognized for all the work they have done for children over the last 10 years through Amway One by One.

Looking back, one of our earliest partnerships with to Amway leaders was through a pan-European alliance with UNICEF. Dating back to the early 2000s, this program helped to immunize more than 90,000 children who may not otherwise survive exposure to diseases that affect young children.

In 2007, we traveled with a group of Amway leaders who served as UNICEF ambassadors. Here is a video pulled from the archives that is still as powerful and inspiring today as it was six years ago.

1,000 days

Friday, 3 May, 2013

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are critical to his or her long-term health and physical development, particularly in regards to nutrition.

A recent report by UNICEF reveals that 1 in 4 children under five suffer from chronic undernutrition, and that damage caused by undernutrition is largely irreversible.

Through our expertise in nutrition through Amway’s Nutrilite vitamins and supplements, we continue to expand out Nutrilite Little Bits initiative to address this need, and to introduce our plant-based micronutrient through nonprofit partners in more countries in the near future.

The first step toward action is awareness. Today, we are more aware of the issue than ever. It will take many partners from the public and private sector working together to make sure children reach their potential, with a good nutritional foundation in their first 1,000 days.

Europe: A Patchwork of Play and Purpose

Monday, 14 January, 2013

In a tough economic year, Amway Europe showed both cross-border collaboration, and generous local support.

In Amway affiliates across Europe, there were runs, walks, bikes and swims to raise money for children’s causes. Many were focused on support of UNICEF, a partner that Amway has supported in big and small ways since the early 2000s. And in show of solidarity, Amway and its employees and business owners across Europe raised money to build a third preschool in a remote area of Turkey, in partnership with UNICEF.

Amway Russia continued to grow its Child’s Smile project to equip government hospitals with playrooms for children, adding 16 more this year, totaling more than 100 to date. Amway also expanded its support for children in orphanages and rehabilitation centers, by scaling up a therapy program with local circus troupes. Interactive circus programs helped to speed recovery from abuse and neglect for more than 1,100 children this year.


And play was on the mind of soccer athletes in six cities across Russia who took part in Equal in Sport. This innovative program pairs disabled children with their able-bodied peers to compete in soccer tournaments as equals. In partnership with Amway Russia, Amway Italy and the AC Milan professional soccer team, Equal in Sport tournament winners traveled to Italy for special treatment – and a very special game.


Finally, Amway employees from across Europe gave young refugees a chance at a better life, by spending time sharing helpful knowledge that would help ensure success in daily life in Germany. From woodworking to bike riding, more than 100 teenagers learned some great skills, and made some great friends.

There were many more activities across Europe in 2012 … and many more planned for the upcoming year!

Run ABOs Run!

Thursday, 8 November, 2012

Amway Business Owners are running all around Europe, and raising money for children: 

In the Netherlands, 100 Amway Business Owners and staff ran in the Dam to Dam Run to raise money for African schools through UNICEF. 

In honor of each Amway team participating in the Vienna Business Run, Amway made a donation to Children Cancer Relief in Austria. 

In the UK, Amway’s Team Nutrilite participated in the British 10K Run to raise money for Special Olympics Great Britain to help children with learning disabilities.

Amway sponsored the Bucharest International Marathon in Romania, where 80 Amway Business Owners and employees participated in the events. The marathon raises money for several charity partners, such as Little People, which helps families dealing with cancer.

Amway encouraged children to be the runners in the small town of Zbąszyń in Poland, where 12 runs were organized for children, with awards provided by Amway.

In Germany, Amway Business Owners raised money for children at the UNICEF Run to support water projects for families in need.

Four Amway staff in Denmark ran a half marathon to support the Danish Foundation, Julemærkefonden.

More than 50 Amway teams participated in a relay race in Sweden to support the Swedish foundation Friends, which helps children who are being bullied at school.

Cheers to running for better health and a better world for children!


Thanks to Sarah Wellner for sharing these stories.

Little Steps made possible by many

Monday, 1 October, 2012

In Turkish, “Küçük Adýmlar” means “Little Steps.”

Little steps can now be heard from 200 pairs of little feet, climbing the stairs to a new preschool in Turkey, through the efforts of Amway Business Owners across Europe and their partners.

The Little Steps Nursery School in Elazig is the third preschool to come together through a partnership between Amway, the Turkish Ministry for Education and UNICEF.

Responding to the challenge from UNICEF that, “Investment in preschool education commands significant returns in long-term and each child in the country should be able to reap the benefits of early education, “Amway made a commitment in 2008 to build preschools in remote, underserved areas of Turkey.

Amway Europe affiliates across 26 countries, along with Amway Business Owners and employees, supported have donated more than $900,000 for all three preschools, giving educational support to 2,000 children.

The newest preschool, which includes a technology laboratory, kitchen, cafeteria and playground, opened in September … to happy little claps and excited little steps.

Thanks to Karin Schmid, Sarah Wellner and Candan Corbacioglu for sharing this story.