Partners for Power International ProgramMECA2016-11-17T16:47:35-05:00
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 electric cooperatives are partnering with the NRECA International Foundation to bring safe, reliable and affordable electricity to remote villages in Guatemala. This work is supported solely through voluntary donations of time, skills, money and materials.
The project goal is to build an electric line extension in Guatemala that will benefit about 130 homes in the small communities of La Soledad and Buena Vista. This area is located near the Mexico boarder, about seven hours from Guatemala City by vehicle. These communities produce mainly corn and beans, as well as some cattle and timber. Some villagers own properties in lower lands where coffee is grown. Access to electricity will provide improved healthcare, better education, safer streets and economic growth.
Unfortunately, we are not equipped to handle the logistics and distribution of clothing, toys or other personal items, and would be subject to duties and fees for these donated goods. There are many other non-profits, including churches, that are able to accept and effectively distribute these types of items.