November 2017

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2017-11-13T16:50:41+00:00 November 13th, 2017|

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November 2015

Day 1: Leaving On A Jet Plane

2017-11-13T10:07:51+00:00 November 4th, 2015|

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 [...]

Day 2: Welcome To Guatemala

2017-11-13T10:04:55+00:00 November 5th, 2015|

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 [...]

Day 3: Setting Up Camp

2017-11-13T10:07:44+00:00 November 6th, 2015|

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 [...]

Day 4: A Warm Welcome

2017-11-13T10:04:46+00:00 November 7th, 2015|

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 [...]

Day 5: Getting Into The Groove

2017-11-13T10:04:36+00:00 November 8th, 2015|

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 [...]

Day 7: A Band Of Brothers

2017-11-13T09:56:47+00:00 November 10th, 2015|

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 [...]

Day 8: Teaching The Trade

2017-11-13T09:56:41+00:00 November 11th, 2015|

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 [...]

Day 10: Yeah, That’s How We Roll

2017-11-13T09:56:26+00:00 November 13th, 2015|

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 [...]

Day 12: Shine On Buena Vista

2017-11-13T09:56:04+00:00 November 15th, 2015|

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 [...]

Day 13: Suitcases Packed With Purpose

2017-11-13T09:55:52+00:00 November 16th, 2015|

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, [...]

Day 14: A Heartfelt Token Of Gratitude

2017-11-13T09:55:46+00:00 November 17th, 2015|

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 [...]

Homecoming

2017-11-13T09:55:27+00:00 November 19th, 2015|

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 [...]

January 2016

Telling The Story

2017-11-13T09:54:52+00:00 January 11th, 2016|

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. [...]

June 2017

Back to Buena Vista

2017-11-13T09:54:30+00:00 June 8th, 2017|

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 [...]

September 2015

Wolverine Ships Supplies For Guatemala Project

2017-11-13T10:12:28+00:00 September 10th, 2015|

Pictured (L-R) above are Hydaker-Wheatlake employees who played a lead role in gathering materials for Michigan’s “Partners for Power” project in Guatemala: Craig Felos, Kevin Hills, Dan Nelson, Steve Hooker, and Rich [...]

July 2015

Co-op Team Returns From Guatemala

2017-06-09T10:17:34+00:00 July 16th, 2015|

A six-day project scouting trip has brought a team of Michigan electric co-op employees home with details they’ll need to help bring electricity to a remote area of Guatemala. Jim Carpenter, Cherryland [...]

June 2015

Michigan Co-ops Join NRECA Guatemala Project

2015-09-09T20:47:55+00:00 June 24th, 2015|

More than 1.6 billion people in the world remain without electricity. We know that clean water, improved healthcare, better education, safer streets and economic growth all start with power. That’s why Michigan’s [...]