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'Words Cannot Describe the Impact'

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The journey to Nicaragua was my first 7 Continents in 7 Years trip and it was very memorable. I remember before the trip we had a webinar to find out what the project was going to be and what kind of work was ahead us. Once I realized that we would be helping families in a village that had never had electricity in a home, I said to myself “This is what I want to be part of, giving back and making an impact.” I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect, but once I reached the airport and saw my peers the nerves started to go away. When we finally arrived in Nicaragua I thought to myself, “Do something that you can be proud of.”

I have so many great memories from this journey. I especially remember the intense hike to Platanal. It was good to see our peers come together, moving along like a team and ready to take on the task that was at hand. Even though the hike was exhausting and intense for some, we made it fun and made the best of it by cracking little jokes, taking pictures, looking at cows and helping one other along the way. Once we arrived it felt so great to see the look on the families’ faces in the village from the time we arrived to the time we left. Life changing—words cannot describe the impact we left in that community. I want to thank Michael Fallquist for being a pioneer and having this vision of empowering others to make an impact in life, no matter what you do. I would like to also thank Cami and Hannah for putting together a great trip and thanks to my peers for making me feel so comfortable. I had great time with you all. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Now the second half part of the trip was breathtaking, from traveling around the cities in Nicaragua from Managua, Boaco, Granada and the amazing Mukul, all I have to say is WOW! You don’t want to miss the next trip; it’s amazing to me what this company has accomplished and the impact it’s making around the world.

My name is Gus Philemont and I am Generation V.

In March 2015, Viridian traveled to the breathtakingly beautiful and still mostly undeveloped “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.” To complete our most ambitious project to date, we hiked to the small agricultural community of Portrero Platanal, an off-the-grid village that’s inaccessible by car. With the help of the nonprofit organization GRID Alternatives, we were able to install clean, reliable solar systems on the homes of 40 families, bringing the opportunity for a better life to an entire community.