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Lineman to serve in Guatemala electrification project

Boone REMC lineworker, Michael Bowman will join 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” will bring electricity to a part of the Central American country where none is available. The crew will spend time electrifying the village of San Jacinto in east-central Guatemala. When completed, approximately 110 homes, a school, and a clinic will have electricity for the first time. The village will receive electric power generated at a hydroelectric facility in the region.  Bowman joined Boone REMC in 2006 as a lineworker. He became a line foreman in 2018. This is Bowman’s second trip to Guatemala with Project Indiana.

Project Indiana is about helping change families and villages,” Bowman said. “It is a chance to, not only better their lives, but their children’s lives, too. To have the opportunity to go back there is incredible, and I would like to thank Boone REMC for it. It will definitely be hard work, but a great chance to meet some other lineman from across the state of Indiana.”

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 endured temperature extremes to power 68 homes, a school, a church and a health clinic.