The Advancing Life Foundation, the charitable giving entity of ASEA LLC, has announced plans to host volunteer expeditions later this year to rural Ecuador, where they will partner with CHOICE Humanitarian to build a vocational school. Two separate groups of volunteers will travel self-funded in July and August to begin work on the structure, the first of its kind in the area.

The building site has been secured in the Intag region, a remote farming and mining community in the Andes in northern Ecuador. Its roughly 17,000 inhabitants sparsely populate mountainous agricultural lands. Most college-age youth in the region, as high as 90 percent, are not attending college because the area simply does not have educational institutions.

Councilman Marcello Vergara of Gad Apuela confirmed that education in that part of Ecuador is one of the more challenging obstacles they face. “Most of the young people have migrated to other places because we do not have sufficient educational opportunities in our town,” he said.

This need coincides with Advancing Life’s elected focus for its next major project. “We felt strongly about doing something dealing with education this year,” explained Advancing Life Chair KimMarie Larsen.

The Ecuador construction project will be the second major expedition for the Advancing Life Foundation since its inception in 2015. The first mission was to central Mexico in early 2016, with 35 volunteers working alongside the residents of La Concepcion, a village of 400. Together they built ten water cisterns, eight indoor stoves, eight outdoor ovens, and five chicken coops in a matter of days.

“The Advancing Life Foundation is something that we’re very humbled by, that we have the opportunity to reach out to so many people in so many different parts of the world,” said ASEA CEO Charles Funke, adding that the foundation was specifically created to allow not only the company, but individuals, to serve others.

After the first mission’s success, interest increased. Now, for the Ecuador project, expeditions will facilitate roughly twice the manpower to build this vocational center.

The vocational school will not only provide immediate opportunities for higher learning; it will create greater long-term self-sufficiency as students learn valuable skills. Graduates are expected to be able to significantly increase their contributions to their communities as well as increase their income, some by as much as two or three times.

Funds are still being raised to complete this initiative. To date, $86,698 of the needed $100,000 is in place. All overhead and expenses for this project are paid by ASEA so that 100% of the donations raised can go toward the project.

ASEA welcomes anyone who is interested in supporting this effort to do so, whether by participating in the expedition or through donation. Further information about this expedition can be found in a video of the initial site visit, and donations can be made at

About the Advancing Life Foundation
The ASEA Advancing Life Foundation is a Salt Lake City-based 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides both funding and manpower to support humanitarian efforts around the world. With a mission of breaking cycles of poverty, abuse, and suffering, Advancing Life partners with organizations that address issues related to extreme poverty or who partner with those in communities affected by it to develop clean water, infrastructure, and ongoing education. In other parts of the world where poverty is less of an issue, Advancing Life seeks partners that support the needs and relief of children and families in need.

About ASEA
Redox signaling molecules, vital to sustaining life, are naturally occurring and are created to support crucial immune system functioning and cellular healing. ASEA is the first and only company to replicate redox signaling molecules in a sustainable form outside of the body and include them in first-to-market products that help support and replenish cellular healing and replenishment. Based in Utah, ASEA LLC is privately held, and its proprietary products and business opportunity are marketed to consumers via a global network of independent distributors. ASEA is a recognized category creator as the first company to market its patented redox signaling molecule technology in consumable and topical products to customers worldwide.