Young German Entrepreneurs Thrive, Thanks to New Partnership

Nov 24, 2014

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Entrepreneurs around the world look to the Amway business opportunity as a way to change their lives and enhance the lives of others.

In Germany, that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the hearts and hands of young adults selected in a contest to participate in the Entrepreneurship Summit of 2014 held this past October in Berlin.

The excited finalists made one-minute pitches, and topped off their experience with a tour of the Amway Business Center.

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Amway Germany kicked off the program the evening before with new partner, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), which initiated the contest. NFTE focuses on young adults ages 13-20 who tend to be socially disadvantaged, and yet crave the opportunity to engage the business world.

“In conversations with these potential entrepreneurs, it became clear that learning opportunities like this one help promote corporate practical experience and provide an economic knowledge base,” said Andrea Miller, spokeswoman for Amway Germany.

Indeed, partnerships like the one resulting in Germany’s Entrepreneurship Summit 2014 only reinforce what the Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report discovered: That some of the most important factors in starting a business can be traced to education and mentorship programs.

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Thanks to  Julia Lutter-Müller and Andrea Miller for sharing this story.

Raise Your Hand in Africa!

Nov 21, 2014

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Raise Your Hand events have extended into Africa through the Nutrilite Power of 5 Campaign.

Amway Business Owners and employees are adding their handprints to a global collage to raise funds and raise awareness of the problem of global childhood malnutrition.

While we have been distributing Nutrilite Little Bits micronutrients in Zambia in partnership with the Alliance for Children for a few years now, this is the first time that the Nutrilite Power of 5 Campaign has been formally kicked off in South Africa.

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Thanks to Sarah Wellner for sharing this story.

 

One Year Ago Today: Amway Universal Children’s Day

Nov 20, 2014

Where were you one year ago today?

I was assembling bicycles for urban youth at Amway headquarters in Ada, Michigan, USA, along with thousands of other employees.

More than 15,000 Amway people from 57 countries joined volunteer projects in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Amway One by One Campaign for Children on November 20, 2013.

It is amazing to think that in one day, we helped 100,000 children. Even more amazing is what we have accomplished together since the campaign was launched in 2003 – more than 11 million children worldwide.

Thank you to Amway Business Owners, employees, nonprofit and government partners, and our own corporate leaders for your ongoing dedication to mobilizing people and improving communities wherever Amway does business.

In honor of Universal Children’s Day, here is a gallery from last year’s events:

 

From Hurting to Healing

Nov 19, 2014

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When children hurt, they need a place to heal.

Enter the Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF), which has partnered with the Muskan Social Welfare Trust to launch a Physiotherapy Center for children with special needs and abilities in Ludhiana, India.

As the corporate social responsibility arm of Amway India, the AOF has been collaborating with the Muskan Trust since 2008.

This latest initiative not only provides for a physiotherapy center, but a vocational educational unit as part of the effort.

The endeavor was jointly inaugurated this past September by G.S. Cheema, Regional Manager – North, Amway India; and Saranjeet Singh Dhillon, Cabinet Minister, Irrigation, State Government of Punjab.

The physiotherapy center – which will offer movement and exercise strategies to children affected by illness, injury or disability – features medicine balls, stationary bicycles, treadmills and other equipment designed to assist youngsters on the mend.

The vocational component – which serves as a training ground for children interested in specific careers – boasts a copy machine, laminator, computer equipment and other office-based equipment.

Gulshan Kumar, president of the Muskan Trust, praised the joint effort, noting that the vocational option “will help in building confidence for select individuals as they learn and imbibe from daily chores while becoming self-abled.”

Added Chemma, “The endeavor of the Amway Opportunity Foundation is to help people improve their lives. We’re honored and humbled to be associated with the Muskan Trust in this noble cause.”

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing this story.

Fighting Malnutrition in Lusaka, Zambia

Nov 17, 2014

Join us in visiting Lusaka, Zambia, where Amway is working with local partners to address malnutrition in young children.

In this video you will see the difference that Nutrilite Little Bits is making for one family in Zambia, told by the father, Jonathan.

For more, visit powerof5.nutrilite.com.

CECP Publishes Giving in Numbers 2014 Report

Nov 12, 2014

CECP Giving in Numbers InfographicFocused investment. Shared value. Aligned giving.

These were some of the themes of this year’s Giving in Numbers report published by the CECP. Other findings include:

  • Giving increased for 64% of companies since 2010, and the companies that increased their giving by more than 10% also increased median revenues by 11%.
  • At the same time, companies seem to be focusing their efforts in ways that are more tightly aligned with the business. This means fewer, larger grants, on average 43% larger but to fewer nonprofit partners.
  • Non-cash giving, especially among service companies, has increased, as has pro bono service. Today half of companies surveyed are offering pro-bono service programs.

You can find the full report at www.cecp.co.

The Power of 5 Makes it to Ten

Nov 10, 2014

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Ten more countries across the European region joined the Nutrilite Power of 5 Campaign at conventions, carnivals, expos and races.

At Raise Your Hand meeting spots, Amway Business Owners, employees and friends added their handprints to a global collage that is raising awareness about the problem of global childhood malnutrition.

With Amway making donations for each handprint, this year will be a critical milestone for the launch of Nutrilite Power of 5, bringing help to children in Mexico, Zambia and around the world.

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Thanks to Sarah Wellner for sharing this story.

 

 

 

Fighting Malnutrition in Villa Victoria, Mexico

Nov 06, 2014

Around the world, millions of children die from malnutrition. As a global leader in nutrition, Amway leaders find this unacceptable.

The Nutrilite Power of 5 Campaign was created to bring awareness to this growing issue and provide a solution through a micronutrient powder, distributed in partnership with some fantastic organizations on the ground.

This video shows the campaign at work in Villa Victoria, Mexico.

One Story of Hope Born from Tragedy

Nov 05, 2014

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It was a parent’s worst nightmare.

Alicia Wood learned that her unborn baby had a serious congenital anomaly called diaphragmatic hernia, a life-threatening condition restricting lung development. She found herself in a world of confusing diagnoses, strange life support machines and unclear outcomes. Tragically, her son Lachlan did not survive his illness.

In her grief, Alicia determined to help other families faced with heart disease, the biggest killer of children under age one in Australia. Her focus was improving equipment and services in hospitals to help care for other children with neonatal conditions, and to help their families as well.

Alicia has worked closely with staff at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, located just outside Sydney. They work to find the best ways to treat babies, to raise much-needed funds and to heighten awareness of the needs of children and families.

A collaboration with parent advisory groups and private supporters has resulted in a partnership that transformed the way babies would receive critical care in Australia. One of those partners was Alicia’s employer, Amway.

To learn about the partnership firsthand, we visited the Grace Centre for Newborn Care at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. At the Grace Centre, lifesaving care is provided for babies who are born with serious conditions. They need specialised care in the earliest days, along with a support infrastructure for their worried parents and families.

The first thing we saw was an area that Amway employees helped to renovate, which allowed parents a respite from their time in the Intensive Care Unit. We were surprised to meet a married couple there, who were also staff members of the hospital. The couple had been on leave to spend time with their newborn baby, when she suddenly needed medical attention. Their baby had collapsed and was unable to breathe without the aid of a ventilator and intensive care. The parents soon found themselves as recipients of the same services they normally provide to others.

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The Children’s Hospital at Westmead provides innovative and award-winning care that is driving advances in medical science and technology, along with an integrated system of parent and volunteer engagement through advisory councils and best practice research. The care at Westmead helps to save the lives of children from across Australia and the Pacific with the help of supporters like Amway.

Amway is not a medical services provider, so we may have never become connected to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead if it were not for our Amway Business Owner and employee volunteers, and advocates like Alicia Wood.

In Australia, as in other parts of the world, Amway and its employees identify the greatest needs in our local communities and draw on every resource to respond. Every day, one person at a time, one by one.

Thanks to Kevin Lowe and Antonia Krunes for sharing this story.

A Chance Meeting That Changed Lives

Oct 28, 2014

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“Hi, do I know you?”

A chance meeting of future Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) would change the lives of the many for the better.

Shivaram Kumar was pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at Drexler University when he met his future wife, Anjali, at a business seminar. She was in the United States on business, traveling for American Express.

The couple would come to learn that they grew up mere miles apart on the other side of the planet. Mumbai, India to be exact.

Together, the couple has been successful in growing a global Amway business, while displaying leadership and caring along the way. The family’s success in the Amway business has allowed them the freedom and opportunity help others.

The family strongly supports Easter Seals, and participate in Walk With Me events and fundraisers in the greater New York area each year.

Kumar is a founding member of the New Jersey-based We Live to Give Foundation, which supports developmentally-challenged children such as those with Autism. The couple also support the US Dream Academy, which mentors at-risk youth in America’s inner cities.

In addition to his family’s work in the United States, Kumar is active in his native country of India. He sits on the Board of Advisors for the Global Success Foundation. The foundation works to improve and create employment opportunities for young and old.

With three daughters, Kumar and Anjali are now inspiring a future generation that will carry on their work to improve the lives of others at home and around the world.

Thanks to Marsha Champion for sharing this story. Excerpted from Amway.net.