Nothing evokes the holiday spirit more than a friendly competition, all in the name of serving others. ASEA corporate employees used the holidays as a perfect opportunity to participate in a food drive for local families, through teamwork and creativity.
The challenge was for each employee to bring in as much canned and non-perishable food as possible and then donate it to those in need. In order to serve those that need it the most, ASEA got together for a friendly competition by splitting into department teams.
Once the food was collected over the month of December, the teams then constructed elaborate and creative sculptures from canned goods and non-perishable boxes of food. Some teams chose a Christmas theme, such as an Elf boot or a Christmas tree, while others went with a clever ASEA themed sculpture to show off our famous ASEA molecule hexagon.
The winning teams were proud to display their achievements and partake in a feeling of office-wide joy. The department was able to collect 1,859 pounds of food, over 5,000 items, which was the equivalent of 2 truckloads all thanks to 8 amazing teams.
At the end of the day, ASEA employees were proud to deliver it all to the Community Action Services and Food Bank in Provo, who then later distributed it to those in need. At ASEA, we focus on ways we can Have an Impact, Make a Difference and the food drive allowed us to help others in some small way. We are proud to work together as a corporate team to aid our local community.
The difference between a struggling family and a flourishing family is often just a single opportunity. Paula Pavon is one of many enterprising women from the Mestizo community of Pucura working to improve the lives of their families through community initiatives. And with the charitable building of a new vocational school, these women are seeing success in their small businesses.
Years ago, Paula’s husband Fernando started working as a bricklayer to provide for their little family. When construction work was scarce, he also performed small electric jobs. Paula earned extra money for her family doing agricultural work, but the need to be at home to care for her children cut that short.
Life improved for Paula when she formed a group with the women in her community to boost rural tourism. It wasn’t until CHOICE Humanitarian helped them strengthen their rural tourism initiative that the business began to thrive. CHOICE helped the women’s association of Pucura improve its services of accommodation and attention to foreign and national tourists. Now Paula and her companions receive extra income to improve the quality of their family’s lives and the conditions of their homes.
Since then, Paula and Fernando have also been able to obtain a loan from a bank and have rented a store in the center of the parish to run a small bakery. Fernando is looking into ways to manage and improve the family business while Paula continues to strengthen her rural tourism enterprise and they are hopeful that these two small businesses will succeed. Paula can now afford to provide a better education for her children, something that was only a dream a few years ago.
With the decision to build the Ecuador vocational school, Choice Humanitarian and Advancing Life Foundation have contributed to an increase in the number of tourists to the community. This contribution is allowing the women who host the tourists in their homes to earn money, hone their hospitality skills, and provide needed updates to their homes to accommodate future guests.