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2015 Guatemala 2017-11-13T16:54:24+00:00

Our First International Project

In 2015 Michigan’s electric cooperatives sent 10 linemen to Buena Vista, Guatemala. They worked side-by-side with local residents to bring electricity to the remote, mountainous village. When work was completed on Nov. 12, the community celebrated together as electric lights came on for the very first time. This moment marked the beginning of new opportunities and a new future for the 54 families that call Buena Vista home.

Experience The Journey Yourself

Scroll through the postcards below to experience the journey through the eyes of the linemen.

Day 1: Leaving On A Jet Plane

November 4th, 2015|2 Comments

All bags were packed and ready to go by 4:15 a.m. this morning. And boy, were there a lot of them! In addition to a personal suitcase, each lineman is traveling with a “drag [...]

Day 2: Welcome To Guatemala

November 5th, 2015|5 Comments

The flight yesterday went well and we were all thankful to land safely in Guatemala City. My first impression of Guatemala City was that it’s a very busy, active place with extreme contrasts of [...]

Day 3: Setting Up Camp

November 6th, 2015|0 Comments

We got confirmation that the team arrived safely in Buena Vista at 7:30 p.m. last night. Upon their arrival they had dinner and then set-up their home-sweet-home for the next couple of weeks (pictured). [...]

Day 4: A Warm Welcome

November 7th, 2015|2 Comments

Pulling up to the village of Buena Vista was a spectacular moment that I will never forget. As soon as the schoolyard came into view, we realized that all of the villagers – men, [...]

Day 5: Getting Into The Groove

November 8th, 2015|7 Comments

After two full-days of work, we are slightly ahead of schedule. Almost all of the primary poles are now completely framed. But it hasn’t been easy- we had a pretty big learning curve to [...]

Day 6: Working With Your Head In The Clouds

November 9th, 2015|6 Comments

We’re up so high on this mountain that we’re literally working with our heads in the clouds. It’s like trying to work in a really dense fog where you can only see a few [...]

Day 7: A Band Of Brothers

November 10th, 2015|7 Comments

The way our team has clicked is unbelievable. Honestly, it was like a brotherhood right off the bat. Out here there are plenty of stressful conditions, and 10 different ways to do everything. Instead [...]

Day 8: Teaching The Trade

November 11th, 2015|10 Comments

We’re continuing to make good progress and are still slightly ahead of schedule. We wouldn’t be nearly as far along as we are now without the unwavering support of the locals. Every morning by [...]

Day 9: Sweaty Chicken And Missing Clothes

November 12th, 2015|5 Comments

Last night for dinner we had “sweaty” chicken. Our cook, Urbano, told us they call it that because you have to chase the chicken around to catch it, and by the time the chase [...]

Day 10: Yeah, That’s How We Roll

November 13th, 2015|9 Comments

Getting from place to place in Guatemala is a trip in itself. In the city, we saw lots of “chicken buses.” They’re actually old American school buses, painted with colorful murals and tricked out [...]

Day 11: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

November 14th, 2015|4 Comments

Sometimes when you are in a moment, you know it’s one that you will remember for the rest of your life. That happened to me today, and I was lucky enough to have it [...]

Day 12: Shine On Buena Vista

November 15th, 2015|6 Comments

Yesterday was the day that we’ve all been working towards — the lights came on in Buena Vista! One of the locals, Ofelia De Leon, invited several of us to be with his family [...]

Day 13: Suitcases Packed With Purpose

November 16th, 2015|4 Comments

The lights are on in Buena Vista, but our team’s work didn’t end there. Yesterday the linemen distributed over 450 pounds of donated goods to the villagers, including school supplies, backpacks, toothbrushes, stuffed animals, [...]

Day 14: A Heartfelt Token Of Gratitude

November 17th, 2015|5 Comments

Festivities for the inauguration celebration kicked off early yesterday morning with a band playing live music. The entire village came together to celebrate the arrival of electricity in their community, and to formally thank [...]

Homecoming

November 19th, 2015|5 Comments

There was a general spirit of gratitude as our linemen reunited with their families at the Grand Rapids airport this evening — gratitude for a job well done, and gratitude for a safe return [...]

Telling The Story

January 11th, 2016|10 Comments

People can’t stop talking about the Partners For Power project. It’s a story with heart. A story about people coming together for a cause bigger than themselves. It’s a story worth telling. We’ve partnered [...]

Back to Buena Vista

June 8th, 2017|0 Comments

About a year and a half ago, Michigan’s electric cooperatives sent 10 linemen to Buena Vista, Guatemala. They worked side-by-side with local residents to bring electricity to the remote, mountainous village. When work was [...]