The Partnership between Nu Skin Malaysia and IJN Foundation
In June 2008, the Nu Skin Malaysia-IJN Foundation Heart Surgery Project for Children was formed with the aim of funding corrective heart surgeries of needy children from impoverished families. Nu Skin Malaysia’s commitment is to aid 1 child per quarter, by contributing up to a maximum of RM25,000 per corrective heart surgery, starting with an initial sponsorship of RM100,000 to IJN Foundation.
Funding for this project comes from grants from Nu Skin’s Force for Good Foundation as well as sale of Force For Good premiums, and contributions from employees and distributors of Nu Skin Malaysia.
Introduction of IJN Foundation
Institut Jantung Negara (IJN), also known as the National Heart Institute, is Malaysia’s premier heart centre. Established in September 1992, IJN provides cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery services for both adult and pediatric cases. The IJN Foundation was established in 1995 to raise philanthropic support for IJN, helping to raise funds for patients needing financial aid for the heart surgery.
Through the Southeast Asia Children’s Heart Fund, a total of 133 children from the Child Health in Life and Development (CHILD) Foundation of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) have been provided funding for surgery since the start of the partnership. In year 2010, 43 children with congenital heart disease were operated on through this Force for Good initiative, and in 2011 alone, 61 more lives were saved. Apart from the donations for surgery, Nu Skin was able to provide a 2D Echo Machine (worth P1.6 Million) and an i-STAT Analyzer (worth P 600,000) to CHILD in 2010, which were much-needed by PGH’s Department of Pediatric Cardiology.
This 2012, SEACHF through Nu Skin Philippines renewed its partnership with the CHILD Foundation. In the first half of the year, SEACH provided a portable cardiac monitor worth P650,000 and a donation of P 2.5 Million for the funding of 50 surgeries. Other FFG programs such as 1% Commission Contribution, “A Life A Day”, FFG commemorative item-selling and the Back-to-School program are ongoing, to further support CHILD Foundation. The target for 2012 is to sponsor surgeries of 75 children and provide other vital medical equipment to the foundation.
Experiencing first hand the ever increasing financial need of the Department of Pediatrics in taking care of the pediatric patients of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), a dynamic group of senior consultants and alumni of the Department of Pediatrics and University of the Philippines College of Medicine banded together and established the Child Health in Life and Development (CHILD) Foundation, Inc. in 1988. They have heard and seen patients admitted in their units who expired because of severity of disease condition coupled with dearth of resources to procure needed medicines and to undergo needed procedures. This was compounded by increasing number of pediatric patients brought to PGH for much needed tertiary care.
Nu Skin Philippines has formed a partnership with Child Health in Life and Development (CHILD) Foundation in 2008 to help raise funds and alleviate the growing number of indigent pediatric patients in need of corrective heart surgery.
Indonesia's Children Heart Foundation (Yayasan Jantung Anak Indonesia - YJAI), Indonesia
Officially named Yayasan Jantung Anak Indonesia (YJAI) since 2002, the organization was established by the parents of children suffering from heart diseases who were once the patients at the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM). Together with a team of RSCM’s doctors as technical advisor, the organization seeks help to fund the patients from poor family that need funds for their medical treatment, including surgery.
Under cooperation with YJAI, Nu Skin Indonesia’s Children Heart Fund kicked off the program to help impoverished children needing heart surgeries in July 2010.
The Partnership between Nu Skin Singapore and Club Rainbow
Nu Skin Singapore established a partnership with Club Rainbow (Singapore) since 2009 and helped to sponsor various programs benefiting more than 300 children suffering from chronic illness such as congenital heart diseases and their families. In 2010, Nu Skin Singapore funded the building of the Rainbow Care and Resources Centre at KKH to extend direct and immediate help to more children.
Introduction of Club Rainbow (Singapore)
Club Rainbow (Singapore) is a registered charity committed to helping children and youths suffering from a range of chronic and potentially life-threatening illnesses.
They provide a range of free services including a volunteer-based befriender network and counselling, free tuition at home, at Rainbow Family Care Centre on weekends and for children warded at the KK Women's and Children's Hospital, as well as bedside tuition.
The charity currently supports more than 470 children, youths and their families.