By purchasing at Amazon over the next few months, you will be able to contribute to quality training and education of the current 219 holders of AVAA’s Excellence Program scholarship.
The renowned online shopping platform, Amazon, has made its foundation AmazonSmile available to users so that they can simply and automatically support organizations with social purposes such as the Venezuelan American Friendship Association (AVAA) in Venezuela.
This website works the same as the traditional Amazon, since the user will find the exact same prices and products, but with the difference that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase amount to AVAA.
The donations do not represent an extra cost for the buyer, but it is a great contribution to the education of the AVAA scholars and, through them, to rebuilding our country, Venezuela.
The Venezuelan American Friendship Association (AVAA), is a Venezuelan NGO founded in 1942 with the mission of promoting and supporting the integral education and formation of young Venezuelan university students, so that they can contribute to the sustainable development of the country.
After more than 70 years of work at a national level, it has been proven that AVAA scholars and graduates become great professionals capable of changing their surroundings for the better, and for the common benefit.
The AVAA Excellence Program
It is AVAA’s flagship program, and it currently benefits 219 young, low-income college students.
These are outstanding students, who are characterized by maintaining high academic standards, demonstrating their social vocation by working on CSR projects with a transformative impact on the country, and developing multiple professional talents, such as leadership, solidarity, commitment, among others, in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.
How to start donating?
- Login to Amazon through amazon.com (not amazon.com) using the same username and password as your Amazon account. All previous settings will be kept: login data, preferences, wish list, shopping cart, etc.
- On your first visit to the website, you should select the Venezuelan American Friendship Association (AVAA) as the recipient of your eligible shopping donations before you begin shopping. You should only do this once, as the platform will keep your choice for future purchases. The direct selection can be made through this link.
- Once this process is completed, AmazonSmile will appear in the upper left corner of the page, and you will see the message “Supporting Venezuelan American Friendship Association” below the search
- Most products are eligible, and the platform will indicate this in the product details with the following message: “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation“.
Donations received by AVAA translate into:
- Training in 5 of the main competences for the professionals of the 21st century: citizenship, self-management, leadership, teamwork and handling of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
- Second language: AVAA scholars receive a complete English language course free of charge through an alliance with the Venezuelan American Centers (CVA) in
- Mentoring: AVAA has more than 120 multidisciplinary volunteers who advise and support the scholarship holders during their personal and professional
- Monthly financial stipend: ProExcellence scholarship holders receive a monthly financial aid for academic expenses.
- Volunteering: the scholarship holders are currently developing 5 self-managed institutional volunteering projects through which they have volunteered, in total, 26,776 hours in 2019 and 15,300 hours so far in
- Labor insertion: at the end of their career, scholarship holders can become employees of the companies that sponsored them during their years of undergraduate study, which means an active professional seedbed for the organizations that support this project. In addition, AVAA supports and promotes the entrepreneurship, talents and companies of its graduates, which benefits them as professionals. For other companies, this an efficient way to get interns or high-level employees with AVAA’s stamp of approval.