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Transcending to New Elevations

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One word comes to mind when reflecting on our trip to Nicaragua “Elevation!” Elevation of spirit, workmanship, teamwork, community, personal development and most importantly environmental stewardship. Over 30 of us traveled to an off-grid, inaccessible-by-car village in Nicaragua for a selfless mission to improve people’s lives. However, I believe we gained more than we gave while fulfilling our mission to install solar systems on the homes of 40 families in Platanal. Everyone worked together and as we learned our tasks we were able to create more efficient processes by the minute with smiles on our faces.

I had the unique opportunity to ride a donkey down a mountain that was so steep I had to hold on for dear life. It was one of the most thrilling and terrifying experiences of my life! I ascribe to a quote of Eleanor Roosevelt: “Do something every day that scares you”! Check!

The most rewarding part of the journey was working together with the homeowners to improve their lives by giving them clean, reliable solar power that will replace dirty and expensive kerosene lanterns. When you can help others, in a way that will be sustainable, you transcend from successful to significant!

We have just so many days that we spend on this Earth and it’s what we fill that space with that counts. Thank you Viridian and thank you Michael Fallquist for helping me elevate to become a better person and fill my space with this opportunity to help others.

My name is Terrie 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.