The work begins
After a good night’s rest at Hacienda Tijax, the Project Indiana team loaded back up for the rest of the trip up the mountain. After a couple-hour drive, they arrived at their home for the next two weeks: Hotel Villa Santa Elena.
And, then the team headed to a stop near the project site to visit a small hydroelectric generating facility on a stream that’s not far above the area’s natural attraction: a wide picturesque waterfall.
After lunch, they finished the trip to San Jacinto. The first order of business was to check through the supplies stored in a small warehouse near the village Church and to organize the tools and hardware.
The project team attended a town hall meeting with the village residents so they could officially meet one another and everyone could learn a little more about the work planned for the next couple of weeks.
In addition bringing electricity to the village, the project team will be wiring the inside of homes. In exchange for this, those who receive inside wiring have committed to purchase a small wood stove with a chimney to adequately vent the smoke outside of the home. This small step will greatly improve the overall health and eyesight of the village residents.
Following the meeting, the Project Indiana team inspected the poles that were set before their arrival and set the pole anchors the villagers had dug.
Tuesday, March 26, marks the first full day on the project site and line stringing will begin.
A cellular phone signal is not available at the project site. A signal is available at the hotel in the evenings, but an internet connection is not.