After nearly two full weeks of long days, hot temperatures, and great deal of hard teamwork, the Texas team completed all of the clean up work on Friday morning, 11/17. After that, we all headed back to Puerto Rico to take the afternoon to relax before the big inauguration ceremony in San Antonio del Matty.
The inauguration ceremony, was a traditional Bolivian celebration with many traditional dances by the children of the villages. Members from all three villages, Batraja, Jerico, and San Antonio del Matty attended, all extremely thankful for the work we completed for them, and for the opportunities that will open up for them and their family, friends, and communities.
After the sun was down, Mid-South’s Bo Williams, had the honor of flipping the breaker switch at a home, turning the lights on for the very first time!
The entire team agreed that this was a spectacular celebration and a memory that will last a lifetime. Seeing the hundreds of smiles on everyone’s face, the hugs, hand shakes, and “thank you’s” in the end was what this was all about for us!
Electrify Bolivia 11/17/2017
After nearly two full weeks of long days, hot temperatures, and great deal of hard teamwork, the Texas team completed all of the clean up work on Friday morning, 11/17. After that, we all headed back to Puerto Rico to take the afternoon to relax before the big inauguration ceremony in San Antonio del Matty. […]
On Thursday, 11/16, our team headed back out to San Antonio del Matty for our final full day of work. We finished building all of the meter loops for all of the homes, and began cleaning up some odds and ends around the village. From there, one crew headed back to Jerico to finish some […]
On Wednesday, 11/15, the team headed back to Jerico to finish building the last few meter loops in the village. By mid-morning we completed every meter loop in the village and made our way to the third and final village, San Antonio del Matty. We started building meter loops in San Antonio and by the […]
On Tuesday, 11/14, the team was back in Batraja to finish building meter loops. We were met with a scorcher – barely any cloud cover, and our afternoon showers have gone elsewhere, leaving us with extremely hot and humid conditions. By early afternoon, every single meter loop was completed in the village, which will eventually bring […]
After a long first week of travel and hard work, the team took Sunday, 11/12, off to relax. One of our translators, Angie, surprised the group with a fishing trip up the local river, courtesy of the Bolivian River Navy. On the way back, the motor suddenly gave out, and the group had to paddle […]
On Saturday, 11/12, our team began work in the 3rd village of San Antonio del Matty. Similar to the village of Jerico, the village is smaller, however, the people of San Antonio were extremely friendly and welcoming of our team. Before we were able to step off the bus, many locals were already on their […]
On Friday, 11/10, our crew was back at work again in the village of Batraja. There was heavy rain early on, but thankfully, it let up right as we arrived and began preparing for the day. The team was able to finish hanging all of the secondary electric wire throughout the town before calling it […]
On Thursday, 11/9, our team headed back to Batraja to begin work in the village. Batraja is the largest of the three villages we will be working in on this trip. Today we were met by one of the directors of the government run electric utility, who was very grateful for the work we will […]
After a good breakfast, the Mayor of Puerto Rico, Bolivia arrived to greet us and thank us for all of the work we will be doing here for his people. Our team was off to a great start today as we embarked on our first full day of work. We arrived in the village of […]
Earlier today, Mid-South Synergy sent a group of 5 to the Department of Pando, Bolivia for an electrification project in rural villages in this region. We are extremely proud of our men who volunteered to to lead this project, partnering with 5 other electric cooperatives from Texas. All together, the Bolivia team is made up […]