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San Jacinto, Guatemala
March 24-April 9
Second WWVREMC Lineman Travels to Guatemala for ProjectIndiana.org
WWVREMC line foreman Clay Smith joined a crew of 13 other Indiana electric cooperative lineworkers traveling to Guatemala in late March as part of an international initiative to bring electricity to a developing area in Guatemala.
“Project Indiana: Empowering Global Communities for a Better Tomorrow” works to bring electricity to a part of the Central American country where none is available. The crew spent over two weeks electrifying the village of San Jacinto in east central Guatemala. After this trip, approximately 110 homes, a school and a clinic had electricity for the first time. The village will receive their electric power generated at a hydroelectric facility in the region.
Smith joined Whitewater Valley REMC in 2008 as an apprentice lineman. He became a lineman in 2012 and was promoted to line foreman in 2015.
This is the Indiana electric cooperatives’ fourth trip to Guatemala. In August 2012, 28 Hoosier lineworkers from 17 of Indiana’s electric cooperatives, spent four weeks working across the mountainous terrain to bring electricity to184 homes, a church and a school in three villages. In April 2015, 14 lineworkers battled extreme heat and the rugged land to bring electricity to 164 homes, a school and a church. And, on the last trip in 2017, 14 lineworkers, including WWVREMC lineman Derrick Mullins, endured temperature extremes to power 68 homes, a school, a church and a health clinic.