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A Shared Language of Action and Effort

The Nicaraguan people we worked with taught me that anything is possible. The men, women and children we worked alongside of opened their homes, they fed us their food and most importantly they shared their stories while we observed the daily struggles they face doing simple tasks such as getting clean water–daily struggles that so many of us can’t even image.

The Nicaraguan people were so hospitable. Even though we may not have understood each other’s language, our actions and combined efforts spoke volumes amongst each other and I now have friends in Nicaragua.

Being a part of Viridian’s global and local sustainability mission and helping other people makes me want to get out bed and go to work every day. Thank you to the Nicaraguan families who reassured me once again, we can all learn from each other and leave the environment a little better off.

My name is Sean Ahearn 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.