Annual Report - Ascend Alliance

Annual Report - Ascend Alliance


Empower those in need to save their

children and ascend out of poverty.

ASCEND, A Humanitarian Alliance is a unique organization where caring

people make an individual impact at home and across the world. Our

Sustainable Development Programs transcend political, cultural, and language

barriers to answer requests for life-saving programs in education,

enterprise, health and simple technology.

ASCEND provides life-skills mentoring to those who need it most. We offer

a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.” We work side-by-side with some

of the most impoverished people of the world, helping them with education

programs and school construction; enterprise training and small

business development; health training, medical and dental services and

building health clinics; technology training, clean water systems, gardens,

greenhouses, food storage, stoves and other energy sources, latrines and

community bathrooms.

As a Service-Learning Participant—on an expedition, as an intern, as part

of a sister-school program, or other volunteer programs—you will have

opportunities to expand your own potential and become informed with

a rich, global perspective. We become partners in progress; sharing the

power within ourselves to help children and families in need


HOW Life-skills mentoring with sustainable solutions

in Education, Enterprise, Health and Simple


WHERE Africa and Latin America: currently Ethiopia,

Mozambique, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador; with

Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

WHO Volunteers (young and old)—including expedition

participants and interns—join permanent

staff to mentor children, families and communities

in need.

BACKGROUND ASCEND was organized in 1982

as the Andean Children’s Foundation by Timothy

S. Evans. This foundation was later reorganized

as Chasqui Humanitarian, led by Joel Madsen. In

2005, the Engage Now Foundation, organized by

Tim Evans and Carolyn Dailey, with origins dating

back to 1984, merged with Chasqui Humanitarian

and became known as ASCEND, a Humanitarian



ASCEND Mission Statement Page 2

Table of Contents Page 3

Leadership Message Page 5

The ASCEND Approach Page 6

What Sets Us Apart Page 7

Program Solutions Page 8

Program Results Page 9

Highlights from Ethiopia Page 11

Highlights from Mozambique Page 12

Highlights from Bolivia Page 13

Highlights from Peru Page 14

Highlights from Ecuador Page 15

Expedition Field Notes Page 16

Future Expeditions Page 19

2007 Silver Anniversary Goals Page 20

Opportunities to Help Page 21

Gala Celebration Page 23

Directors, Advisors & Staff Page 24

Financial Statement Page 26

Tax Benefits Page 26

Contact Information Back Cover



Spring 2007

Dear Friends,

Silver AnniverSAry

As we soon commemorate our 25th year as a humanitarian organization, we pause briefly to look back on the path we have blazed

before taking another deep breath and refocusing on the trail ahead.

Since its inception on December 17, 1982 as the Andean Children’s Foundation, ASCEND has extended its reach throughout the

world to help empower families with scarce resources increase their health, education and income.

One of management’s goals has been to ensure that ASCEND remains a sustainable institution. Attaining our 25th year of service is

an important milestone toward achieving that goal. We have grown each year, sometimes by leaps and bounds. Since 1982, ASCEND

organizers have enabled humanitarian programs in 15 countries. ASCEND is currently working in six countries on three continents

with offices or operations in the United States, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Ethiopia and Mozambique, and has alliances for projects in 6

additional countries.

SuStAinAble SucceSS

Our success is directly attributable to the tremendous support of thousands of dedicated donors, volunteers, interns and fellows who

assist a very talented team of staff members in each country. Every successful organization is built upon a foundation of good people.

This is surely the case at ASCEND.

We have all heard the saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Though true, something more is needed… the opportunity to fish. ASCEND fosters creative opportunities to teach people how to

fish—and then take them fishing. We call this life-skills mentoring. To witness this bootstrapping process in action is one of the most

empowering, rewarding outcomes we could ever hope for.

We look forward to continuing to expand our sustainable programs in the future as additional funding sources and partnerships are

developed to facilitate successful growth.

Our sincere gratitude goes out to all who support ASCEND’s mission. As citizens of the world, we feel a sense of urgency calling us

to accelerate and carry this work forward with integrity and sensitivity. ASCEND’s programs of empowerment do make a positive

difference in the lives of many thousands of people who otherwise may not have opportunities to succeed.


Joel Madsen Lynette Gay Carolyn Dailey Tim Evans Tim Layton

Co-Chair Co-Chair President Vice-President Treasurer

16 East Millrock Drive, Suite 17 Holladay, Utah 8 121

Phone: 801. 78.00 9 Fax: 801.7 6. 1



ASCEND provides “a hand-up,

not a hand-out.” Programs are

learner-centered. Staff, interns and

volunteers serve as life-skills mentors,

as resources and catalysts for social

progress. We listen to those we serve,

encourage discussion, and learn from

them, so that we are sensitive to their

culture, political systems and customs.

Action is timely using our Rapid

Action Mentoring Program (RAMP).

Assets are identified first, then the

gaps and solutions using Asset-Based

Community Development (ABCD).

Joint initiatives and funding are

accomplished in a collaborative effort

with local community leaders, government

agencies and other appropriate

partners where beneficiaries are active

participants and contributors.




Participants are able to understand, implement and replicate each proposal. Materials and

instructions are available in country so it is easy to replicate programs and projects and

also modify or repair them as necessary.


Appropriate, sustainable interventions are “education-based,” so they include training

to ensure local participants are able to continue efforts and teach others as part of their

stewardship. Initiatives are affordable, so while primary capital or resources may be beyond

the reach of recipients, ongoing maintenance or repayment costs are structured to remain

within their economic capacity. ASCEND does not focus on aid, gift-giving or

disaster relief.


Results are important. Completing projects and undertaking programs is just the

beginning. ASCEND helps beneficiaries share their success stories and measure their

progress regularly, comparing update reports to initial community information. This

enables all involved to see progress and challenges more clearly, and for us to report to

our partners and donors.



While the concept of “alliance” or “partnership” is not unusual, it is unusual for a charitable

organization to have the majority of its donors participate as “paying” active volunteer

partners. Such is the case with ASCEND, as donor expedition participants pay their own

way to go and work side by side in some of the poorest countries of the world.

Even more unusual is a successful strategy of ongoing, hands-on partnerships with

in-country governments and other like-minded non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

ASCEND has chosen to combine its strength as an international resource partner with its

experience as an on-the-ground implementing partner, working jointly on programs, as

opposed to typical “coordinating.” ASCEND has negotiated ground-breaking matching

fund agreements which enable a new level of teamwork with governments and other

partners, where careful controls avoid possible corruption, and strategies for joint capacity

building and utilization of government workers enables tremendous leveraging of resources

and opportunities for true sustainability.

Partnering is central to success in the communities we serve. Projects and programs

undertaken truly belong to the beneficiaries and communities. We are a supporting partner.

The community organizes themselves and the programs at hand, they contribute and work

very hard, then we help fill in the gaps. As part of its community development partnership

strategy, ASCEND also focuses on geographic cluster areas rather than single communities

here or there. In coordination with the government, ASCEND maps out geographic

strategies to help both poor rural areas and impoverished urban / suburban areas—where

economies-of-scale, teamwork, leadership development and networking enables greater

impact and better use of resources.

ASCEND has a track record of successful, active partnerships, including thousands of

donor participants, communities, various governments, and NGO’s who have come

together to offer experience and change lives.


ASCEND employs a capacity-building program, that is centered around life-skills

mentoring (functional literacy) for community, family and individual development.

Training and Solution areas are: 1) Education, 2) Enterprise, 3) Health, and 4) Simple

Technology. Practical application includes the involvement of community committees,

with equal numbers of men and women who are invited to identify the assets of their

community, including non-cash resources; and then look at ways they can leverage their

assets to solve community problems. We help when the discussion turns to the gaps and

possible solutions with which they need assistance. They nominate community workers,

who are trained and mentored in solution areas. These workers then mentor and survey

the families they teach. ASCEND holds itself accountable to donors and provides them

with specific information on the results of their contribution, including photos using

information gleaned from these workers.



True sustainability requires what we

call “graduation.” ASCEND Programs

and Partnerships have a phased-in,

self-funding plan so that development

activities, communities, and even

in-country operations can become

self sufficient, use local resources,

and not be continually dependent on

headquarters. This enables ASCEND to

expand its reach and impact, without

taking on huge commitments for longterm

maintenance of programs.


ASCEND is set up with separate

charitable entities, and fund allocation

is openly disclosed: 1) ASCEND

Alliance is dedicated to project and

program funding. No headquarters

salaries or rent are paid from these

funds. 2) ASCEND Endowment Fund

is dedicated to perpetuate programs,

thus 10 percent of donations are set

aside into this Endowment. 3) ASCEND

Resource Center is dedicated to provide

the staff, resources and headquarters

costs needed to accomplish projects





AScenD’s in-country staff, advisors, facilitators and community workers provide

mentoring to communities and local citizens using curricula in the following

solution areas:


Capacity building and education is the foundation for all ASCEND initiatives. Life-skills

mentoring—particularly for mothers and girls—has tremendous positive impact on

child survival and quality of life. ASCEND utilizes a broad range of simple, life-skills

manuals (ranging from basic literacy to health, enterprise, environment, technology and

human rights). This learner-centered, interactive curriculum, developed in coordination

with ProLiteracy Worldwide, facilitates social change and learning to read and write

simultaneously. Education initiatives also include teacher training, library books and other

school supplies, as well as educational scholarships.


Business training and on-site mentoring help create self-employment opportunities

and make family business more profitable. ASCEND offers comprehensive training,

including on-site mentoring for existing small businesses and hands-on training for

first-time entrepreneurs. Successes include animal husbandry, granaries and agricultural

facilities, bee-keeping and honey production, stores, restaurants, brick-making, welding,

shoe manufacturing, handicrafts and sewing to name a few. ASCEND also works with

experienced partners to facilitate loans for small business, including micro-credit and

micro-franchising opportunities.


Community health programs, continuing medical education and treatment campaigns save

lives and improve the well-being of children and families. ASCEND health efforts focus in

three areas: 1) ongoing training of community workers and mother’s groups in preventive

measures and simple remedies, 2) limited treatment of medical and surgical problems,

and 3) Sustainable Orphan Advocacy and Rescue (SOAR), combining AIDS prevention

training and identifying and prioritizing the care of orphans. Linking with local medical

providers and facilities is the key for both initiating and sustaining change. (All aspects

of health intervention provide a unique training opportunity for health professionals and

students in-country and from the United States.


Effective technology initiatives are affordable, easy to construct with local materials and

inexpensive to maintain. ASCEND has significant expertise in developing innovative

simple technologies which change people’s lives. Hands-on training of Technology

Workers and community members enables replication, maintenance and sustainability.

Initiatives include, but are not limited to greenhouses, drip irrigation systems and food

storage facilities; wells, pumps, cisterns, spring and rainwater catchments, pipelines and

water filters; adobe stoves, latrines and community bathrooms; and solar energy systems.

Construction of community facilities—including Schools, Health Posts, Community

Centers, and various simple technologies—enhances Health, Enterprise and Education




Last year, 315 dedicated U.S.volunteers paid their own way to Africa and Latin America

under the direction of ASCEND to work side-by-side with local volunteers in impoverished

communities. In the past 25 years, ASCEND organizers have facilitated meaningful

overseas service for more than 6,000 American volunteers. These participants have

touched individual lives and have made priceless friendships. Here is a glimpse of some

of the things they were able help to accomplish as they teamed up with generous sponsors,

in-country staff, interns and thousands of local volunteers.


360 community workers were trained

12,283 hours were dedicated by in-country instructors

2,776 hours were dedicated by North American volunteers

6,325 people received literacy training

10 schools were furnished / supplied

68,388 people were served by education programs


205 community workers trained

7,378 hours dedicated by in-country instructors

5,280 hours dedicated by North American volunteers

3,210 participants attended enterprise classes

134% average increase in income for those completing business training


329 community workers trained

12,083 hours dedicated by in-country volunteers

8,210 hours dedicated by North American volunteers

54,685 participants in health campaigns and classes, including AIDS prevention

21,462 medical and dental exams and services administered

91,722 people served by health programs

100% loan repayment for those that have come due


180 community workers trained

2,225 participants trained in simple technology

15,850 hours dedicated by in-country volunteers

8,565 hours dedicated by North American volunteers

12 community buildings constructed or renovated,

including schools, libraries and health posts.

752 household latrines built

84 family gardens and 13 community agriculture projects completed

275 household water projects and

3 community water projects completed

391 adobe stoves constructed

69,560 people served by technology programs


During the past decade, over half

a million people in need have been

served through ASCEND education

programs, laying an important

foundation for the progress of children,

families and communities.


Over the past decade, ASCEND

organizers have enabled training for

over 5,000 entrepreneurs, helping them,

their families and employees ascend out

of poverty.


During the past decade, over half a

million people with medical needs have

been served through clinics and health

instruction facilitated by ASCEND




During the past decade, ASCEND

organizers have facilitated over

5,000 water projects, enabling access

to clean water, saving children and

improving lives.




When we think of Ethiopia, we may recall a time 20 years ago, when pictures of babies

with stick-skinny limbs and bulging tummies were spread across the media depicting

drought and famine. Ethiopia is indeed a country that has been ravaged by famine, disease

and twenty years of communism, still struggling with some of the same issues it did years

ago. Nowhere have we seen a greater need for solutions to address basic needs like clean

water, nutrition, education and enterprise. Villagers in Ethiopia are indeed, the poorest of

the poor.

But Ethiopia is also a beautiful country with rich culture, tradition and history. It is the

“roof of Africa,” with scenic highlands at 9-10,000 feet, with more endemic bird species

than nearly any other country, and with handsome people, who claim a direct lineage

to King Solomon, and have stunning monolithic churches in Lalibela, the “Jerusalem of

Africa.” Ethiopia still has ancient tribes whose lives are almost unchanged by advances in

the modern world.

ASCEND, ETHIOPIA is engaged in various capacity-building development activities. We

have seen lives change and communities improve as we focus on education (particularly

that of women and girls), enterprise solutions, health training and simple technologies.

ASCEND has focused its work in a geographic cluster area of Arsi Negelle, with about

250,000 people, located about three hours southeast of the capitol of Addis Ababa. During

2007, ASCEND will expand its work into Debre Zeit, an area about an hour from Addis,

enroute to Arsi Negelle. ASCEND is pleased to partner with the government and other

organizations, as we join together to improve education and health, and to train entrepreneurs

and help them get access to small loans so they can lift themselves out of poverty.

Orphans of Bombaso Rejji village who are participating in the ASCEND goat in-trust

program are learning to make money. Before the project, these orphans couldn’t pay their

school fees, having lost their parents at an early age. One orphan told her story as follows:

“I lost my Mom at the age of 4 when I didn’t even remember the color of my Mom. Two

years later I lost my Dad. What is this punishment committed upon me by God? But

thanks to God, ASCEND is helping me to rise from poverty now!”

“This year we have expanded our work

to the area of Debre Zeit. They are

very happy to see ASCEND working in

their region. Government offices have

signed matching grant agreements

with our organization and are ready to

participate in the implementation of our

development plan. I am so glad, really!!

I know that this way we will be able to

help even more people.”

–Nigatu Ayele,

Region Manager, Ethiopia

Top: A new system to catch rain water

enables better health.

Photo by Kirk Willey.

Above: Orphan girl cares for her new

goat, part of the ASCEND animal-in-trust

program: providing new opportunities for

income and positive change.

Left: Mothers and children learn from local

community workers trained by ASCEND.

Full Page Left: Photo taken by Matt Price

during an ASCEND expedition to Rafu

Hargisa, Ethiopia, April 2006.


“It has been rewarding to help those in need

to develop their businesses. We’re excited

to do more as a result of our new association

with ASCEND.”

–Efigenia Almirante,

Region Manager, Mozambique

Participants in the ASCEND Business

Training Program share ideas on how

to improve their business.

“We appreciate this new relationship

with ASCEND. With the experience

and organization that ASCEND brings

to the table, many more individuals

and families in Mozambique will be

able to participate in vocational skill

training and micro-credit opportunities.”

–Dean Curtis

Founder Self Reliance Foundation,

ASCEND Board of Directors



The beautiful white-sand beaches of Mozambique provide a stark contrast to the realities of

urban blight and rual poverty. This is a picturesque country still suffering from it’s war-torn

history with current unemployment at almost 90%.

In December 2006, the Self Reliance Foundation in Mozambique became part of

ASCEND, in order to provide expanded growth and opportunities to the people of


Under the support and direction of Dean and Ryan Curtis, and Region Manager Efigenia

Almirante, the Self Reliance Foundation has been providing micro-credit loans and training

to entrepreneurs since 2003.

Among the small businesses visited in Mozambique was a growing popsicle factory. The

owner, Angelina Albano Gumbana started her business as a sole proprietor. As a result

of her enterprise training and access to credit, she now has seven employees, has repaid

her loan in full and is building a new home so she can dedicate her current house to her

growing business operations.

ASCEND Integrated Development programs will be phased in to Mozambique during

2007, including enhanced micro-enterprise training. The first ASCEND water pumps are

being installed and several interns have traveled from the US to assist with projects and

growth. The first ASCEND expedition to Mozambique is scheduled for August 2007.

“In the summer the lines never end! I want to better serve my customers by reducing their wait time.

With the training I am getting from ASCEND, I am reaching my business goals and I’m building

my new home” –Angelina Albano Gumbana, Business Owner


ASCEND’s team in Santa Cruz, Bolivia facilitated excellent progress in 2006. In the past,

the team was known for providing business training to students who lived in the city.

During 2006, they not only maintained their record of helping small businesses grow in

the city, they also expanded this training to poor rural areas, and worked hard to improve

other programs in education and health.

Ariel Rojas is a perfect example of what the business training in rural areas can do. He is

a husband and the father of a two-year old girl. Ariel learned the trade of bread making

when he was just a child. When we started to work in the villiages of 26 de Septiemebre,

we found Ariel and saw that he had great desires to progress, but he didn’t have any of the

necessary understanding to help move his little bakery forward.

One of the things that impressed him most about the course was learning to keep strict

records of his daily sales. Thanks to this understanding, Ariel has learned to identify high

sales times and his best customers. With improved record keeping and separating his

business expenses from his personal expenses, he has increased his profits and is able to

invest money back into his business. Ariel told us, “I don’t know where I’d be if I didn’t

participate in ASCEND Business Training. Now, thanks to this course, I can dream of

having a larger bakery and in this way provide a home that is safer for my daughter and my


Health campaigns, along with construction of latrines and stoves to improve sanitation

and child health were also successful in 2006. When a Cholera and Dengue outbreak hit

Bolivia at the end of the year, our team responded by quickly putting together an educational

campaign and providing fumigation for villages to help stop the spread of the disease.

Expedition participants also helped with health and education initiatives. Pastora

Gutierres, the mother of Maria Nilda, a child deaf since birth, approached in a timid

but determined way to ask for help. Bob Sorenson, an ASCEND expedition participant,

volunteering with his family to repair a school in impoverished Luz de Esperanza, greated

Pastora and Maria. With tears in her eyes, Pastora told Bob of the suffering, anguish and

sadness that came from knowing her daughter couldn’t hear. Her words moved Bob and all

of his family to action. Several months after the expedition, Maria Nilda was able to hear

for the first time thanks to the Sorenson’s generosity.

“Special thanks to ASCEND for letting

me serve the less fortunate and for being

able to feel the love and hope of these

people. Thanks also to the efforts of the

wonderful staff, doners and volunteers

who make all that happens possible.”

–Luis Rossel

Region Manager, Bolivia

The results of Enterprise Training in

Bolivia during 2006 continue to exceed

expectations. Participants in ASCEND

programs are seeing tremendous

results: average business earnings have

increased 176%, sales 111%, number

of employees 102%, savings 487%,

investment in business equipment 745%,

with a reduction in debt of 22%.

Above: Enterprise Training changes

lives and impacts communities for good.

Bottom Left: ASCEND Vision Clinics

give the gift of sight by utilizing expedition

volunteers, donated equipment and

donated perscription glasses.

Below: Fresh greens just picked from

the community garden bring added

nutrition to Bolivian families.


“After many years working in the

corporate world, it is very satisfying

for me to work with ASCEND,

assisting our poor brothers and sisters

to leave poverty by fostering their

abilities. They have great ability; they

only lack guidance and resources.

Seeing the faces of our children, dirty

and desperate waiting for our support,

is what motivates me to keep going

every day.”

–Jessica DeMontreuil

Region Manager, Peru

Above: Expedition participant, Troy

Curnutt takes vital signs at a clinic.

Below: Peruvian and American doctors

work side by side sharing knowledge

and providing the best health care to the

needy of Peru.



The year 2006 has been full of innovation, progress and partnership in Peru. This year

we have expanded our reach and improved our programs. In Lima, where we have not

worked previously, we have started working in a very poor suburban area called Huaycan.

The need there is so great. We have started ASCEND Business Training classes and are

conducting health campaigns monthly with local volunteers and doctors. We truly have an

all-star team of volunteers who are dedicated, skilled and anxious to make a difference in

their community. Huaycan is opening our eyes to the great need and the great potential

for helping the populations of urban poor who often lack appropriate support systems. In

Huaycan we are working closely with the government and other agencies who have been

wonderful partners and associates. We can see our efforts making a difference in the lives of

the poor.

In Cusco we’ve seen huge success this year as we’ve focused our efforts and worked hard

to partner with governments and other agencies. In the past, we’ve worked all over the

countryside that surrounds Cusco. This year we focused our efforts and started working

in what we call clusters or nucleos in Spanish. Clusters are geographic areas where several

communities in need are located within a short distance of one another. This has helped

us better use our time and resources and better utilize the enthusiasm of villagers, who

after receiving help themselves are anxious to help their friends and neighbors. Currently

in Cusco we’re working in the clusters of Quencco and Santiago. We’ve been blessed to be

able to work closely with the Rotary Club and the local governments who have helped with

funding and collaboration, making the money we put into projects go even further and

help even more people.

One of the great results of gathering together so many partners and volunteers is our ability

to affect not only the lives of those we serve, but also those who offer their service. Perhaps

our volunteer Olger Lopez Sandoval put it best when he said, “I would like to thank

ASCEND for the opportunity that it gives me to serve in health campaigns that go forth

among the most needy and contribute to the laudable mission of development in Peru.

The mission in the life of every human being should be to serve without any thought of

their own interest, and this is the perspective and orientation of every ASCEND volunteer.

For this, thank you ASCEND, for permitting me to work in these projects with the poorest

of the poor in Peru.”


The landscape outside the city of Cuenca Ecuador is spectacular. In the rural villages in the

area of Quingeo, the Andes roll as far as you can see in the patchwork checkered green of

small fields carved into the sides of the mountains by families and farmers. The landscape

is stunning, but it is nothing compared to the potential and value of the people who live in

the highlands of Ecuador. This year our team has worked hard to better serve these people

and we have seen them truly excel.

Ruth Delgado from the community of Punta Hacienda, is pleased with the literacy

program and wants to keep participating in ASCEND’s programs. Ruth is an active woman

as an educational promoter in her community; she has developed her talents and improved

her family income with the help of ASCEND’s programs. She feels motivated, since she

not only improved her skills, but also helped people in her community to improve. She

tells us that at the beginning she was afraid to be a teacher, but as the program advanced,

she gained confidence and was able to succeed. She says she is surprised and happy to have

become a leader in her community.

People from Quingeo communities now actively participate in programs which were

previously not available, such as health, education, enterprise and agriculture, and they

are gaining new knowledge. They express their gratitude often. Rosa Yunga, from the

Community of Conferencia has learned to knit and sew, and she says, “I like to attend the

micro-enterprise classes and the workshops on Saturdays very much. We are learning new

techniques to knit and sew. Now I can do things for my little child and also sell some and

earn money.”

People from these communities are committed to improve their lives and their families

through ASCEND’s programs, and they hope that volunteers will continue to join staff in

supporting with their time and other resources.

“The work of ASCEND in Ecuador has

been very productive. We have the

support of the City of Cuenca, Mayor

Marcelo Cabrera and young volunteers

with whom we have accomplished the

challenging work of development in

the communities of Quingeo, obtaining

positive changes in the population.”

–Silvia Peña

Region Manager, Cuenca, Ecuador

Top: in Quingeo, villagers short on

stature but big in heart help on their

community construction project.

Left: Community members gather at the

school built with the help of ASCEND to

discuss community goals.

Below: Men in the community work on

their sewing skills to use in their own

microenterpise ventures.


“My field experience with ASCEND was

exceptional and incredibly valuable!”

–John Piccolo, Intern to Bolivia

Business Student

Above: Expedition participants teach

basic health and hygiene concepts as

villagers in Peru wait to see a health

care worker.

Below: Teri Peterson greets girls waiting

to see a health care worker in Ethiopia

during the June Expedition.

“The progress in Ethiopia is really

exciting! The expedition was great and

I feel fortunate to have the opportunity

to stay on as an intern for four months

to continue to work with these wonderful,

humble people.”

–Aaron Felix,

Expedition Participant and Intern




Two excursions to Peru kicked off the expeditions of 2006. During these two weeks of

medical service, volunteers from both the U.S. and Peru saw hundreds of patients in

Huaycan near Lima, Cusco, Anta, Huayacocha and Santiago near Cusco. Volunteers

performed multiple life-altering surgeries, diagnosed infections and diseases, restored

healthy smiles to those in need of dental care, and also worked with children teaching

personal hygiene. Volunteers visited orphanages to serve the medical needs of the children,

and even a large farm where a veterinarian was able to provide needed service to the

animals. Participants shared similar feelings: Our hearts ached seeing the need of the

people. We were very humbled. However, we were joyful all the while through seeing the

hope and thanksgiving on the faces of the Peruvians we were able to serve.

eXPeDitiOn leADer: Chad Fugate PArticiPAntS, GrOuP 1: Darcy Anderson;

Mark, Carolyn, Mark, Liza & Paul Baker; Peter, Alison & Graham Bippart; Helena &

Lane Callister; Linette Chaviz; Rose Davis; Luke Devoe; Ronna Dueling; Kelesi Felt;

Shawn Figueroa; Emily Foster; Grace & Lance Jacobsen; Steven & Mary Klingler; Kami

Lentz; Stuart Marshall; Charles, Elaine, Janet, Audrena & Shannon Merrell, Rodney &

Craig Parrish; Elyse Peterson; Luanne Red; Sarah Schneider; Kristen & Tausha Scott;

Jemela Snarr; Michealla Solomon; John Williams; Barbara Woods; Shad Johnson; Linda,

Isaac & Jessica Bramwell; Gary & Georgia Griffin; Natalie Haskell; Elizabeth Nielson.

PArticiPAntS, GrOuP 2: Loralyn Christensen; Matt London; Deanne Long;

Melanie Morgan; Jim & Lynley Rowan; Tina Dietz; Ronald, Rhonda & Ron Gardner;

Spencer & Steven McClellan; Emilee Miles; Gordon Simpson; Carole Stevens; Abbie

Wolfley; Stephen & Katheryn Schmid; Linda, Isaac & Jessica Bramwell; Gary & Georgia

Griffin; Natalie Haskell; Elizabeth Nielson.


During the April Ethiopia expedition, participants trained 120 community workers from

20 villages. Motivated by the expedition’s arrival, villagers had already begun work on the

Ethiopia Regional Training and Health Center being constructed in Wayo. Community

members, workers and staff prepared a garden plot, built a VIP latrine and set up field tents

for the medical clinic and training sessions. Over 5500 villagers were treated and trained in

basic health, hygiene and nutrition. Many villagers were fitted with glasses, and the surgical

team with U.S. and Ethiopian surgeons addressed vital surgeries. Community workers

fine-tuned their skills in drip irrigation gardening, enterprise training, savings groups and

micro-credit programs, health issues, health practicums, and human rights education.

eXPeDitiOn leADerS: Carolyn Dailey & Ray Price PArticiPAntS: Jack Williams,

Leah Maestro, Steve Wiscomb, Aaron Felix, Graig Moffat, Tres & Karen Romney, Rachel

Dailey, Jeff & Kathy Anderson, Jay Bosshardt, Ben Bradley, Gordon & Geoff Glade; Tim,

Nancy & Emily Layton; Kathy Moffat, Ann Orton, Matt Price, Diane Simmons; Shyanne



We began our expedition by teaching over 130 community workers and seeing villagers

in the medical and health/teaching tents. We held English and accounting courses for

community members as well. Our nurses, along with a few local Ethiopian

doctors, worked together to see many families. The teaching/health tent was a great

success. All villagers came to this tent to receive instruction on the importance of clean

water, vitamins, good nutrition, prevention of HIV and personal hygiene. The Ethiopian

community workers did all the teaching. There were fun competitive soccer and volleyball

games played almost every night.

eXPeDitiOn leADerS: Joan Burdett & Terese Cracroft PArticiPAntS: Frederick

Allen; Larry & Diana Bingham; Rachel Butler; Jill & Abraham Carter; Nicole Collett;

Nicholas Cowan; Parker Cracroft; Christopher, Daniel & Kelly Gay; Joshua Greer; Gary

Kolman, Traci Ostler; Pete Paulos; Teri Peterson; Janene Sobotka; Chelsea Steinberg; Erin

Marie De Fulvio; Kimberly Woods.


The 36 participants who went to Hata Borso, Ethiopia in mid-June 2006 included families,

lifelong friends, grandparents, and students, including six dedicated high school students

from ASCEND’s YEP (Youth Empowerment Project). Projects included extensive teaching

of regional community workers in health promotion, principles of entrepreneurship, and

communication skills. We teamed up with Ethiopian doctors to provide primary health

care to local families in need in our “field clinic” while other participants got involved with

“Engineers Without Borders”, a faculty and student group from Princeton University that

had been collaborating with ASCEND to design and construct a small, low-tech earthen

dam. No doubt, we benefited as much as our hosts from our week together, but none so

much as our YEP students when they discovered common ground with their Ethiopian


eXPeDitiOn leADerS: Heather Archuleta & Amy Cutting PArticiPAntS:

Michael & Matthew Allen; Holden Archuleta; Lesley & Lauren Benson; Laurie Christie;

Alex & Melvin Du Buclet; Riley Huber; Teri Jackson; Gary Kolman; Dustin Matinkhah;

Vanessa McDonough; Samantha & Heidi McMillan; Marta Petersen; Laurie Rice; Madeleine

Sears; Taralyn Sowby; John, Benjamin, Joseph, Daniel & Jacob Ure; Shelia Willson;

Kirk Willey.


The July Peru expedition worked project sites in Cusco, Mosollacta, Quenco and Aguas

Calientes, Peru. The field group had medical professionals from the U.S. and Peru, as well

as many family and friends. We saw about 800 patients over three days in Mosollacta. Part

of our group painted the nearby school and refurbished the latrine. To show their appreciation,

the villagers made us a special snack of potatoes baked in the ground and goat cheese.

Our five surgeons and other assistants spent Monday-Thursday at the Antonio Lorena

Hospital. We were able to share techniques and came back with a list of equipment and

supplies to donate to the hospital. We dispensed multiple hearing aids, and all enjoyed tears

of the miracle of returned hearing. Our last medical clinic was in Aguas Calientes, where

medical services and work projects benefited numerous people.

eXPeDitiOn leADerS: Brent Thomas & Sherman Doll PArticiPAntS: Michael

& Jessica Breland; Maria Cam; Carol Capener; Victoria Christophe; Terry Davis; Randall

Dieterle; Stephen Doll; David Hanscom; Robert Kadas; Debra Levinsky; Bonni Maxson;

Alene McCrimmon; John Morrow; Andrew & Mary Moyce; Susan Signaigo; Nirali Singh;

William & Alex Vizzolini; Kent, Susan & Andrea Wiser; Barbara Yohai & Jasmine Yohai-

Rifkin; San, Neal, Wendy & Sandy Yuan; Elise Unice; Robert Brooks.

“Serving the community comes from my

heart; the happiness that radiates from

the children every time I visit them, the

welcome they give and the love they

make us feel. It is a daily lesson. Because

of the children’s tenderness and how they

are, they teach us.”

–Gabriela Orellana

Intern to Ecuador

Nutrition Student

“As medical personnel from the US

participate in ASCEND expeditions, we

are able to pass on skills so the work that

we do will continue by local in-country

doctors and dentists. They learn from us

and we learn from them as we work side

by side.”

–Dr. Mark Baker

Expedition Participant to Peru


“I was very impressed in Peru with the

in-country ASCEND staff as well as

the Peruvian volunteer doctors and

dentists. These young people were so

professional, kind and selfless as they

helped and educated their people. All

that while they showed endless patience

with us.”

–Janiel Paris

Expedition Participant to Peru


Please visit and

go to the “Expeditions” page. Click on the

calendar to find more detailed information

including a preview of cultural tour




Participants and villagers worked side by side in finishing the building of the school in the

humble villiage of 26th de Septiembre. The school will benefit over 500 children who did

not have a school building. Participants served in a village “vision fair”. At this fair over 300

individuals needing eyeglasses where fitted with prescription eye glasses. Many marveled

at being able to see things clearly for the first time in their lives. Local newspaper and

television stations covered the vision fair. Participants planted over 200 trees in the village,

several of which were fruit bearing, providing the village with nutritious fruit which will

last for many years and helping combat deforestation which has crippled the community

and affected agricultural production. Finally, a micro-enterprise conference was held for

small business owners who learned basic “best practices” principles of good business.

eXPeDitiOn leADer: Bob Sorensen PArticiPAntS: Robbi Ann, Jeff, Alicia,

Kara & Mariane Sorensen, Mark, Sam, Jacob & McKay Coffey, Megan & Drew Sparks,

Brandon Lopez , Andrew Dransfield, Katie Gallagher.


While the expedition to Peru in September was small, the volunteers from both the U.S.

and Peru were able to work with numerous people in the Cusco area to provide medical

and dental care to many who desperately needed it, while non-medical volunteers worked

with children on lessons in hygiene and personal care. Relationships continued to grow

with contacts in-country, allowing for even greater possibilities for care on future expeditions.

eXPeDitiOn leADer: Chad Fugate PArticiPAntS: Stephen & Erleane Blaser;

Rachel Emery; Mark & Janiel Paris; Troy Curnutt.



The 12 expedition participants that joined the September Bolivia expedition with Dave

Barnett, worked in the areas of Montero, Bolivia and Q’enqo and Aguas Calientes, Peru. In

Montero, participants worked to construct a pediatric emergency room, as well as hold a

teaching and training day which was organized by the local health minister and ASCEND

in-country staff. The experience was well accepted by all and was very rewarding for the

participants. The participants also served in medical and dental clinics in Q’enqo and

Aguas Calientes. An additional eye clinic was organized in Aguas Calientes.

eXPeDitiOn leADer: Dave Barnett PArticiPAntS: Michael & Nathaniel Wilson,

Debrah, Haley & Charles Barnett; Bryan, Shanna & Dillon Alger, Heide & Haley Bedingfield,

Arleen Tolman, Matt Phillips.


The small size of this expedition allowed us to focus on a variety of projects providing us

with lots of work and wonderful interactions with locals. We enjoyed working on a water

catchment system for a village school and building latrines and stoves. We were able to visit

several mother’s groups who were repaying their loans. We met orphans and participated in

a program that provides them with a goat or a sheep which can serve as an income generator.

Perhaps our most successful and enjoyable day was the day we spent in community

worker training. Community workers had no idea that they were going to spend the day

learning how to jump-rope and learn words in Japanese, but they did. They also learned

how to work together, set goals and stay motivated (what we like to call GANBATE!!).

Additionally, we held lessons on HIV prevention.

eXPeDitiOn leADer: Sallee Reynolds PArticiPAntS: John & David Ishiyama,

Abigail Reynolds, Nellene Howard.


AScenD eXPeDitiOnS are an

important part of it’s mission and provide

the opportunity for volunteers to give

meaningful service to impoverished

communities in Africa and Latin America.

ASCEND is able to combine its expeditions

with ongoing sustainable programs.

With professional staff in country yearround,

ASCEND expeditions serve as a

great catalyst for communities, families

and individuals to set and achieve development

goals in a short period of time.

u.S. team expeditions: Comprised of




Bolivia Ecuador

Pilot Mission

Summer 2007 Fall 2007 Winter 2007 Spring 2008

July 30-August 4 - CLOSED

U.S. Team

June 9-17 - CLOSED

U.S. Team

June 18-22 - CLOSED

U.S. Team

June 25-July 1 - CLOSED

U.S. Team

July 9-13 - CLOSED

U.S. Team

July 2-4 - CLOSED

Ecuador Team

July 6-8 - CLOSED

Ecuador Team

July 23-27 - CLOSED

U.S. Team

August 6-10 - CLOSED

U.S. Team

leaders and volunteers from the U.S. and

other developed nations. Participants

work with ASCEND’s in-country staff

and volunteers in impoverished countries.

ASCEND U.S. Team “takes the lead.”

These expeditions are generally five to six

days plus travel and cultural touring.

in-country team expeditions: Comprised

of leaders and volunteers from Peru,

Bolivia, Ecuador, Ethiopia or Mozambique,

in-country participants work with

in-country staff to serve their own people.

November 2-4 - OPEN

Mozambique Team

August 31-

September 2 - OPEN

Ethiopia Team

November - OPEN

Peru Team

October 19-21 - OPEN

Ecuador Team

November - OPEN

Bolivia Team

October 29 -

November 2 - CLOSED

Paraguay Team

December 31 -

January 4, 2008 - OPEN

U.S. Team

December 24-28 - OPEN

U.S. Team

January 4-6 - OPEN

Bolivia Team

December 27-30 - OPEN

Chiapas, Mexico Team

These expeditions are generally two or

three days on a weekend. U.S. volunteers,

with previous expedition experience are

encouraged to join. New volunteers may

also join by special arrangement with

ASCEND Headquarters for an “Executive

Oversight” opportunity.

Note: Schedule is subject to change. Dates

listed are for the project. Travel and

cultural touring time is additional.

April or May 2008 - OPEN

U.S. Team

April or May 2008 - OPEN

U.S. Team

March 2008 - OPEN

U.S. Team

April 2008 - OPEN

Ecuador Team

April or May 2008 - OPEN

U.S. Team


“I am pleased with all the good AS-

CEND and its thousands of

volunteers have accomplished over

the past 25 years. Thousands upon

thousands of lives have been blessed

because of this dedicated service and

support; and not for just a fleeting

moment, but for a lifetime.”

–Joel Madsen



During 2007, ASCEND celebrates 25

years of international outreach which

empowers those in need to save their

children and ascend out of poverty! We

invite you to help us meet our objectives

this year. We hope you will choose one

of more of the following ways to help:

• Be a contributing member

• Support the annual gala

• Sponsor programs

• Go on an expedition

• Serve as an intern or fellow

• Sponsor a “sister school” or

“sister community” project

• Offer in-kind goods or services

• Volunteer your time

• Become an ambassador






Enable Ascend Business Training & Mentoring (ABT) participants to increase income

100% within 6 months of graduation. Establish full ABT programs in all five countries.

Identify best options and enhance partnerships for ABT graduate capital needs, refinancing

or new loans. Prepare and look for micro-franchising and macro-business opportunities.


Graduate 90% of those in literacy programs within 1 year. Enhance FAMA curriculum

with lesson goal sheets and supplemental literacy materials; tracking lessons taught, goals

completed, and recognizing graduation.


Decrease infant mortality by 50% within 1 year in participating communities. Specifically

incorporate “16 Key Family Practices” into measurements, helping trainers to help families

set and accomplish goals, recognizing progress.


Enable all five countries to be proficient in appropriate simple technology construction,

transfer and maintenance. Encourage innovation and improvement. Seek opportunities to

turn technology development into income-generating activities.


Enhance annual fulfillment efforts to all donors, with email thank you’s and electronic

photos for $50+, printed photo(s), letter and thank you from in country for $1,000+ prior

to gala. Trimester progress reports to donors over $10,000. Gather and post more success

stories on website and through newsletter. Simplify and standardize program documentation.


Increase contributions by 25%. Enhance in-country partnerships and funding to 50% of

project expenses. Actively engage board members and advisors (U.S. and in-country) in

helping achieve goals. Develop the website into an effective fundraising tool.


Increase leadership pool by 20%, enhance leadership training (semi-annual) for U.S. Teams

and In-Country Teams. Schedule leaders to participate in coordination meetings with

in-country staff. Simplify forms for participants.


Enhance government partnerships on all programs with written agreements to ensure joint

efforts, sustainability, expand reach and impact. Enhance leadership development and goal

setting—use scheduled coordination meetings effectively for training & communications.

Seek, innovate, share and employ best practices at HQ and in all countries, including

process, curriculum, documentation and recognition.




Whether you are in Utah or across the

country, you can help through your

membership and support of project

activities and special events. We encourage

you to renew your membership each

year. Members receive our Annual Report

publication, electronic newsletter, project

updates, and invitations to participate in

expeditions, events and meetings.



This is an event well worth coming to,

held yearly in the fall. If you can’t attend,

sponsor a table for others to attend or offer

a non-participant donation. We also have

significant committee and volunteer needs

for the gala each year.



Help continue progress in-country by

sponsoring projects or programs which are

life-changing. Please see the form entitled

“Participate With” included with this annual



Experience the difference you can make as

part of an ASCEND expedition to Latin

America or Africa! It is life changing for

those served and for those who participate.

Thirteen expeditions are planned for 2007.

Visit for more




Mature university students, volunteer

professionals and retirees with experience,

education, self motivation, and patience

are invited to consider an internship or

fellowship. Students should be at a masters

program level or undergraduate junior or

senior with career interests, which will be

significantly enhanced by cross-cultural

training. Those selected will work full time

with ASCEND Alliance Headquarters

in Salt Lake City, Utah, or with field

operations in Latin America or Africa.




Give local schools and other organizations

the opportunity to help inmeaningful

humanitarian outreach through our “Sister

School Program.” Every teacher, parent and

student who has ties to a school, whether

in Utah or across the country, is invited to

help. Youth, ages 12-24, who complete an

expedition or internship are invited to serve

on the YEP Advisory Council and help at

their school.



In-kind donations are greatly appreciated,

including various humanitarian supplies,

medical supplies and equipment, computer

equipment, office supplies and equipment,

vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles. Check

with ASCEND Headquarters for specific

current needs.




For those who live near our headquarters,

we greatly appreciate volunteers who set up

a regular time to come to the ASCEND

office. Others volunteers help on specific

projects like our gala. Let us know how you

would like to help.



Share your experience with others. Invite

your family, friends and associates to

participate with ASCEND. Let them know

the various ways they can help: going on an

expedition, volunteering at headquarters or

for special projects, assisting with in-kind

resources or with financial contributions.

Host a meeting or get-together in your

neighborhood, at your business, school or

other community organization to share

the opportunity and your experiences.

Materials, including our ASCEND DVD

and mission overview flyer, are available to

assist you.



1) Help us build our endowment fund

to perpetuate ASCEND endeavors; 2)

For those over 65, take advantage of our

Charitable Income and Endowment Plan;

3) Include ASCEND in your will; 4)

Increase disposable income and pass your

estate to heirs through charitable trusts

that also help ASCEND; 5) Enjoy your

assets and receive a tax deduction while

helping ASCEND.

“I want to thank God who brought our

friends at ASCEND to Huaycan. We

are very grateful for the development of

the programs, especially the enterprise

education program. This training is very

important to benefit our families and the

community in general.”

–Alcides Flores


Industrial Park of Huaycan, Peru





The 2006 ASCEND Gala was an outstanding, memorable event.

Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Downtown Marriott in Salt Lake City on October 20,

2006, more than 700 humanitarians and over 150 gala volunteers gathered for an evening

of education and generous giving all wrapped in fun.

Celebrity emcees Sharlene Wells Hawkes and Kurt Bestor were delightful. Auctioneer

extraordinaire Richard O’Keef was hilarious. And LaVell Edwards and Frank Layden were,

well, Lavell Edwards and Frank Layden at their comedic, athletic best.

The banquet was sumptuous, the entertainment lively, and the live auction bidding was

non-stop on recreational getaway packages and humanitarian program items. We were

honored by so many celebrity guests, who did their part in helping the live auction be the

most successful yet! Thanks (in addition to those already mentioned) to Henry Marsh,

Michelle King, Derek Parra, Chad Lewis, Amy Davis and Ron Williams. Thanks also to

Steve Young, Dale Murphy, Richard and Linda Eyre, and Kimberly Perkins Klintworth

who joined us by video.

The Silent auction bidding was swift and generous, with a friendly air of competition.

The spirit of humanitarian outreach and generosity was evident at every turn. Not to be

overlooked, were the individually written thank you notes, for each attendee from children

in the villages served.

Entertainment for the night included Luis Calquin in his native flair with guitar and vocals;

“Folklorico Boliviano” thrilled the crowd with their lively music, costumes, and dance;

Robbie Britt and Gabe Redondo’s vocal renditions were exceptional; and a hush fell over

the audience when Kurt Bestor sang ASCEND’s theme song - his moving, “Prayer of the


Displays and video presentations highlighted ASCEND program accomplishments in

health, education, enterprise and technologies which benefit disadvantaged people in

Bolivia, Ecuador, Ethiopia and Peru.

Sincere “Thank You’s” go to our generous sponsors and donors, to the ASCEND staff and

directors, the Gala Committee, the Marriott Hotel staff and more than 100 volunteers who

made this extraordinary evening truly spectacular.


Full Page Photo: 2006 Photo Contest Winner “Sillouettes” by Nickie Collett taken during the

June 2006 Expedition to Ethiopia. Photos for this annual contest can be submitted up to one

week prior to the annual gala for prizes and recognition. For details, please contact ASCEND

at 801.478.0059 or by email at

2007 GALA

Join us for an extraordinary

Silver Anniversary Gala Evening

celebrating 25 years of international

outreach which empowers those in need

to save their children and ascend out of


Friday, September 28, 2007, 6 p.m.

Grand America Hotel,

Salt Lake City, Utah

For advance reservations call


Table Sponsorships, Couples and Single

participation available.

Above: Sharlene Hawkes and

Coach LaVell Edwards share a fun

moment on stage at the

2006 Latin Annual American Gala. music and dance

added a festive flair to the





entertainment adds

a festive flair to the night.




Lynette Gay, Co-Chair; Joel Madsen,

Co-Chair; Carolyn Dailey, President/CEO;

Tim Evans, Vice President; Tim Layton,



Diana Bingham, Sally Brinton, Dean

Curtis, Lynn Curtis, Sherman Doll, Chad

Fugate, Kirk Magleby, Craig Marsden,

Kirk Willey, Jack Williams, Robert




Steve Blaser, Katherine Boswell, Jill Carter,

Jose Marquez.



Gary Kolman, David Moon, Craig Taft.


Robert Gay, Chair; Kurt & Petrina

Bestor, Lavell & Patti Edwards, Richard &

Linda Eyre, Martin Frey, Sharlene & Bob

Hawkes, Peter & Sharon Lupus, Henry

& Rozanne Marsh, Bronco & Holly

Mendenhall, Dale & Nancy Murphy, Steve



J. Keith Adams, Bob Alsop, Jeff & Kathy

Anderson, Heather Archuleta, Crystal

Ashton, Renee Athay, Kenneth Banks,

Kevin Bardsley, Jason & Kathy Barton,

Larry Bingham, B.J. & Christie Blaser,

Steve & Linda Bown, Gregory Brinton,

Jason Buck, Joan Burdett, Gary Burnett,

Jean Burnett, Chris Burton, Kevin

Calderwood, Christopher Cannon, Mary

Cannon, Diane Card, Melissa Chappell,

Don & Marie Ann Clarke, Kevin Clawson,

Schipper Clawson, William & Jo Clawson,

Mark Coffey, Nickie Collett, Marian Connelly,

Ron Coston, Geoff & Morgan Cotti,

Rebecca Cowden, Dave & Terese Cracroft,

Ryan & Katie Curtis, Bill & Amy Cutting,

Ken Dailey, Scott Daniels, Amy Davis,


Marco & Yvette Diaz, Nathan Diviney,

Joan Dixon, Jeff and Shirley Duncan, Joyce

Evans, Rick & Allison Evans, Melissa

Evans, Keith & Sherlynn Fenstermaker,

Farrell & Vicky Forsberg, John Forte,

Bryan & Marianne Foulger, Martin

Frey, Kevin Gallagher, Chris Gay, Robert

Christopher Gay, Bill & Rose Gay, Duane

Gines, Dale Gledhill, David Goates, Terry

Green, Rob & Cheri Greenburg, Jim &

Robyn Gulbrandsen, Amy Gutting, John

Hanrahan, Paul & Ann Marie Harmon,

Brad & Marjorie Helsten, Valerie Holt,

Mike Huntsman, Michelle Inkley, Scott

& Sandy Jenkins, Lee Johnson, Wynn &

Pam Johnson, David & Bonnie Kenison,

Kimi Kier-Noar, Dave & Athena Labrum,

Nancy Layton, Jeff Lund, Hyrum Madsen,

Sheila Madsen, Todd Manwaring, Linda

Meyer, David & Lana Mills, Craig &

Kathy Moffat, Kathleen Nielsen, Richard

O’Keef, Dean Olsen, Larry & Sherrel

Olsen, Bruce & Judy Olson, Lee Padron,

Pete & Summer Paulos, Norm & Ruthann

Perdue, David Plummer, David & Shawni

Pothier, Edward & Julie Pratt, Gino and

Teri Rich, Dave & Sharon Richards, Mark

& Brenda Rindlesbach, David & Christi

Romney, Tres & Karen Romney, Lynley

Rowan, Ezekiel Sanchez, Timothy Savage,

Gina Schwendiman, Margo Silvester, Jeff

& Diane Simmons, Dale & Lily Simpson,

Benjamin Snarr, Lee & Sydney Snarr,

Robert Sorensen, Craig & Taralyn Sowby,

Bob & Marni Stadel, Dave Stapley, John &

Colleen Starley, Meg Taft, David & Natalie

Tanner, Dennis & Sandy Tenney, Denton

& Sydney Thiede, Brent Thomas, Isabella-

May Thomson, David & Jenelle Thueson,

Ruth Todd, Darrel & Kris Trost, John Ure,

William Vizzolini, David Webb, Dennis &

Martsie Webb, Shannon Webb, David &

Annette Wells, Joseph Williams, Michael &

Judith Wilson, Donald & Julie Wiscomb,

Warner Woodworth, Ange Workman.


Michael & Kelly Allen, Holden Archuleta,

Kelsey Atkins, Cameron, Courtney, Heidi

& Jared Bardsley, Lauren Benson, Breanna

Bingham, Lindsey, Sam & Stephanie

Brinton, Jana Burton, Aaron & Dave

Campbell, Abraham & Zachary Carter,

Lindsey & Parker Cracroft, Ellie Cutting,

Ben & Rachael Dailey, Jane Downes, Ely

Eyre, Ashley, Levi & Zachary Forsberg,

Candace, Douglas, Katherine, Meagan

& Scott Foulger, Stewart Grow III, Sarah

Hecht, Jeffrey Helsten, Riley Huber, Dallin

Jolley, Matthew & Sarah Kenison, Emily

Layton, William Leavitt, Mike & Liz

Madsen, Leah Maesato, Dustin Matinkhah,

Vanessa McDonough, Samantha

McMillan, Adrienne Pinceti, Valery Pozo,

Matthew Price, Brittany, Morgan & Ryan

Rindlesbach, Elysha Rindlesbach-Black,

Rachel Saalsaa, Madeleine Sears, Rebecca

Shim, Karla Smith, Ed Stevenson, Ben,

Daniel, Jacob, Jessica, Joseph & Sarah Ure,

Rebecca White, Cara, Dan & Michael

Whiting, Sheila Wilson, Elissa, Emmy, &

Katherine Wiscomb, John & Julia Zolman.


Bob Brooks, Expedition Coordinator;

Rachel Emery, Donor Development;

Rocio Martinez, Secretary/Receptionist;

Nancy Padron, Office Coordinator; Sallee

Reynolds, Assistant to the President; Rani

Villarreal, Accountant; Marco Eguino,

Spanish Translation Specialist.



Administrative Interns: Bob Brooks, Karla

White Smith, Emily Smoot. IT Intern:

Drew Ingebretsen



Ethiopia: Aaron Felix, Lindsay Johnson,

Leah Maesato, Rachel Whitaker, Steve

Wiscombe. Bolivia: Chris Burton, Nathan

Diviney, Chelsea Kaelin, Michael Lewis,

Peter Mantell, Marc Sunderland. Peru:

Dave Romney



Susanne Allen, Jack Williams




Semalign Belay, Berouk Mesfin, Tesfaye

Degefa , Abiy Befekadu, Gosaye Yoyannes.


Teshome Assefa, Tulu Bulo, Tesfahun

Gebre, Tesema Gebremedhin, Megersa

Geletu, Mengistu Gonsamo, Damo Hawia,

Kebede Kuma, Samuel Mola, Kidist

Mulgeta, Meseret Nigussie, Gebisa Rago,

Abiyu Tesema, Feyisa Temam, Megersa

Teklu, Daniel Yohannes, Nigatu Yohannes.


Nigatu Ayele, Region Manager; Addis

Bekele, Accountant & Documentation

Specialist; Almaz Merga, Secretary &

Cashier; Abebe Yoseph, Translation Specialist,

Kidane Moreda, Program Coordinator,

Genet Bekele, Secretary.


Yussuf Mamad Bagasse Costa, Gilbero Josè

Faria, Gimo Manuel, Gimo Tomo Antonio

Mapenda, Calissua Saquina Alberto Simoco.


Efigenia Almirante, Region Manager


María Luisa Arano, Marco Guthrie, Gina



Vargas Addy, Javier Alvestegui, Carmen

Arauz, Adrian Artunduaga, Maria Rosa

Becerra, Jorge Becerra, Alberto Blanco,

Juan Carlos Cruz Ortiz, Antonio Delgado,

Franco Dhelma, Marco Eguino, Juan

Carlos Enrique, Douglas Franco, Flores

Franklin, Edgar García, Luis García,

Rosario García, Rosangela Goncalves, Luis

González, Verónica Guardia Mercado,

Roler Ibañez, Méndez Johnny, Cuéllar

Luis Alex, Mario Ovando, Jorge Piñeiro,

Rita Salvatierra, Mirtha Tapia, Carlos Vaca

Guzmán, Dulce Vaca Guzmán, Jane Vaca

Pinto, Oscar Villareal, Carolina Villareal,

Marcelo Yarvi.


Santa Cruz: Luis Rossel, Region Manager;

Jhon Acuña, Program Coordinator; Maria

del Carmen Aranz, Program Coordinator;

Brigam Barrientos; Giovanna Nava, Accountant;

John Riley Piccolo, Intern; Brady

Radmall, Intern.


José Guzmán, Jorge Ochoa, Diana Peña,

Vicky Pulla, Marcelo Valencia.


Sebastián Arteaga, Paúl Fernández, Priscila

Garate, Leonardo Loja, Oscar Ludeña,

Guido Medina, Marcos Molina, Diana

Moscoso, Rosa Neira, Angélica Ochoa,

Gabriela Orellana, Lenin Orellana, Adriana

Peralta, Jorge Pulla, Mariela Rivadeneira,

Karla Sarmiento. Ivan Valladolid.


Cuenca: Silvia Peña, Project Manager;

Elsa Peña, Program Coordinator; Maria

Eugenia Lopez, Accountant & Secretary;

Fernando Narvaez, Translation Specialist;

Jed Stephensen, Intern. Riobamba: Luisa

Loza, Region Manager; Adrián Zabala,

Program Coordinator.


Jorge Ramos, Ricardo Solis, Luis Zegarra.


Tom Calame, Margarita Marchino, Manuel

Perez Ocampo.


Jessica De Montreuil, Region Manager;

Victor Campos, Accountant; Erasmo

Cardenas, Program Coordinator. Cusco:

Nancy Paco, Program Coordinator; Elvira

Sardon, Program Coordinator.

“Working for ASCEND brings me

the opportunity to grow as a person

every time I have the opportunity to

help those in need, see their progress,

the unconditional love they show me

and it gives me energy to work even

harder. Thanks to ASCEND I have the

opportunity to understand their lives,

their history and to bring them the hope

of a better future. “

–Maria del Carmen Araúz

Bolivia Program Coordinator

“I love ASCEND! I have been a volunteer

during an expedition and at headquarters

and see the impact that ASCEND

makes in the lives of those wonderful

people served! I couldn’t think of a

better organization with which to be


–Andrés Calderón,

Headquarters Volunteer



Summary of Consolidated Activities

and Changes in Net Assets

For the Year Ended December 1, 2006.


Full Audited Financial Statement

available upon request.





Restricted Total

IncReases In neT asseTs

contributions $ 1,514,230 $ 107,300 $ 0 $ 1,621,530

Investment earnings 3,793 75,563 79,356

In-kind donations 441,880 441,880

net assets released from restrictions 162,028 (162,028) 0

Total increases in net assets 2,121,931 107,300 75,563 2,142,766

DecReases In neT asseTs

Program expenses 1,648,917 0 1,648,917

support services:

Management and general 99,584 99,584

Fund raising 57,910 57,910

Total decreases in net assets 1,806,411 75,563 1,806,411

IncRease (DecRease) In neT asseTs 315,520 (54,728) 75,563 336,355

Transfers to endowment (56,187) 56,187 0

PRIOR PeRIOD aDJUsTMenT (57,715) 0 (57,715)

neT asseTs, BegInnIng 478,375 77,450 549,840 1,105,665

neT asseTs, enDIng $ 679,993 $ 22,722 $ 681,590 $ 1,384,305



Most taxpayers understand the tax benefits of

charitable giving. Subject to limits of as high

as 50% of income, charitable contributions

are fully deductible as itemized deductions.

However, many taxpayers don’t realize

there’s even more tax savings to be achieved

from charitable contributions. Where

possible, contributions should be made of

appreciated property – stocks, mutual funds,

real estate, etc. – rather than cash. Why?

Contributions of appreciated property have a

double tax benefit:

• First, you enjoy a full tax deduction, and the

deductible amount is equal to the fair market

value of the appreciated property (rather

than the cost / book value).

• Second, the donated property escapes the

income tax that would be imposed if the

property were sold. Two tax benefits with the

same charitable contribution.

Ascend Expenses in 2006


91. %


. %



ASCEND is fortunate to have board members

and advisors who are skilled professionals

in optimizing tax benefits associated

with charitable contributions. For more

information, call ASCEND Headquarters at


“As a coach, I understand the importance of training. It takes patience and eff ort to help people put

correct principles into action. I’ve seen the results on the football fi eld and in life. That’s what I like

about Ascend. They take time to do it right. They help those in need to ascend out of poverty by

giving them the tools to make more money and save their kids’ lives.”

LAVELL EDWARDS, ASCEND National Advisor, College Football Hall of Fame Inductee & Former BYU Head Coach

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with ASCEND in meeting the needs of impoverished

communities in the Beira region. Our needs in Mozambique are many, so our partnership with

ASCEND helps us leverage scarce resources to do more for those who need it most.”

Antônia Simão Paulo Charre, Director of Social Services, Beira, Mozambique

“I am pleased to be part of ASCEND and to have them adopt my song, “Prayer of the Children,”

as their theme. Nothing is more meaningful than saving a child. ASCEND makes it possible

for each of us to share in projects which literally change and save the lives of some

of the poorest children and families in the world.”

KURT BESTOR, ASCEND National Advisor, Grammy Award Winning Composer and Musician

“ASCEND is remarkable not just because of the economic help, but also because of the

team of people who give service as their vocation with all their strength and dedication.

We give thanks to them.”

DR. JULIO VACA, Director of Alfonso Gumucio Reyes Hospital, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

“ASCEND is eff ective because it focuses on life skills mentoring. That’s a grand slam.”

DALE MURPHY, ASCEND National Advisor, NL Baseball MVP

“We are very happy with what you are doing. We like the fact that you build capacity and help us

construct schools in our communities. We are especially impressed that you have provided our

schools with water tanks that were so badly needed in our arid area.”

KENO SHUNO, Education Offi ce President, Arsi Negelle District, Ethiopia

“I am pleased to be a National Advisor for ASCEND. This is an organization which empowers

some of the poorest people in Africa and Latin America to save their children and ascend out

of poverty. With strong leaders and supporters, ASCEND joins volunteers and interns from all

walks of life with permanent staff to make an eff ective diff erence at the grassroots level.”

STEVE YOUNG, ASCEND National Advisor, NFL Two-Time MVP and NFL Hall of Fame Inductee

“Infi nite thanks to the labor performed by ASCEND volunteers! Each time they visit our city we

lengthen the bonds of friendship that unites us. Our alliance is important because it helps to promote

union with the villagers. They feel like an important part of every project.”

MARCELO CABRERA, Mayor of Cuenca, Ecuador

“I have had the opportunity to see fi rst-hand the life-changing work of ASCEND. Our family

participated on an expedition to Peru, working side-by-side with those less fortunate. Because

of our experience, we understand the great need and how blessed we are. Thanks to ASCEND,

we made a meaningful diff erence in the lives of those who need it most.”







SHARLENE HAWKES, ASCEND National Advisor, ESPN Sportscaster,

Former Miss America and Executive Vice President, StoryRock Publishing

“The best humanitarian health program in our region is directed by ASCEND. We are

pleased to have continued health campaigns planned with ASCEND in the coming years.”

MARCO FARFÁN VALENCIA, Director, Offi ce of Civic Participation, Cusco, Peru

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