Day 8: Teaching The Trade

Day 8: Teaching The Trade

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 the time we’re done with breakfast they’re waiting by our trucks, ready for the day’s adventure.

I’ve been working with a group of teenage boys the last couple of days. They want to be as involved as they possibly can. I’ve been letting them run the hand line (the rope pulled to transport materials up and down the pole) and they really get a kick out of it.

Today I thought I’d offer them a new experience, and asked if they wanted to climb a pole. At first they were too shy and no one took me up on my offer, but by mid-day I had one brave taker. I helped him put on my climbing gear, and off he went. He was really hesitant at first, clinging to the pole for dear life, but after a little coaxing he got up enough courage to pull back his hands and lean into the belt. He loved it! Of course after that all the others wanted to try, too.

Two streetlights were constructed by the school today, so these kids will have a safe, well-lit schoolyard very soon. We also brought materials with us to build a basketball hoop on the backside of one of the streetlights, which should be a fun surprise.

-Contributed by Cherryland Electric lineworker, Tom U.

2018-07-10T11:33:59-05:00 November 11th, 2015|10 Comments


  1. Garrett November 11, 2015 at 1:15 pm - Reply


    I can’t wait to be there with you guys to produce the video. Your trip sounds like it has been awesome! See you soon. -Garrett

  2. Jacki Bailey November 11, 2015 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    That is so awesome. Look at the memories you are creating for both them and yourselves. The children will be so excited when they see the basketball hoop.

  3. Shannon Mattson November 11, 2015 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    What a great shot!

  4. Holly Matewicz November 11, 2015 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I am really enjoying the updates you all are providing to us!! I love the work you are doing and the interaction with the locals! What a blessing you are to each other. I will continue to pray for safety, progress and all that God wants to accomplish with this mission!! God bless!!

  5. Maureen Madrid-Wilson November 11, 2015 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    You guys are AWESOME!!! Love hearing the updates! What a great thing you are doing!

  6. Lorene November 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    So thoughtful, upbeat and downright awesome!

  7. Betty maciejewski November 11, 2015 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    It’s great that you have the teens involved in this project it will mean they have had a part in making this happen in their village.

  8. Korey LaTourneau November 11, 2015 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Im so happy to see so many appreciative people out there, and here at home. These boys are helping others and sometimes that just comes naturally. Way to go boys!!!! And all their families, thanks for giving them up!!!

  9. Brian Melvin November 12, 2015 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Great Job Guys ,Keep up the great work! It is a outstanding job you guys are doing !!!! Work Safe we want you back!!!!

  10. Hillary November 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    So proud of you guys (especially my awesome cuz Tom!). You are all providing such an awesome gift. And it really makes me stop and be thankful at how much we have that we take for granted. Be safe!

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