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No Drop in the Ocean is Insignificant

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First of all, I have to thank Founder & CEO Michael Fallquist for his vision and leadership of this company. Thank you Cami, Hannah and Ashley for your hard work and dedication to Viridian and these sustainability trips.

Each one of the trips that I have been fortunate enough to attend has been as unique and different as the people and places we visited. Nicaragua was no exception. The adventure started with a caravan of SUVs from Managua to Boaco, then about a 30-minute drive up a mountainous dirt road. At the end of the dirt road there was about a mile hike up to the off-grid community of Platanal. We immediately started working on our task of installing individual solar systems on the homes. This is where Viridian shines. Thirty-two Associates, guests and corporate members, along with our supporting organization GRID Alternatives, working side by side toward a common goal. It began with a bit of chaos and confusion but we quickly started to see results. It was amazing to watch the local people, who have only had a handful of visitors ever in their community, warm up and interact with us. The feeling one gets from watching a person turn on a light bulb in their home for the first time is overwhelming!

I love these trips. I know that we have changed people’s lives and I want to do more. For anyone who feels that what they could do is too small or insignificant to make a difference, this is what Mother Teresa said “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

My name is Peter Walker 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.