SECO Energy is partnering with NRECA International to help Haiti operate its distribution system at the Caracol Community Electrification Program (CCEP). SECO donated a late-model service truck, a late-model four-wheel drive pick-up truck, and a reel stand to aid the CCEP’s mission to offer electricity to homes and businesses in Haiti.
The donation effort was spearheaded by SECO’s Manager of Substation and Transmission Design Services Kenny Rodrigue. Kenny was inspired to help the people of Hispaniola Island after completing his first mission trip to the Dominican Republic and a second trip to Haiti in 2012. While in Haiti, Kenny learned that the majority of people living there don’t have access to non-stop, all-day electricity. In fact, electricity is only available about eight hours a day.
Without continuous electricity, the majority of the island’s people are left without clean water. Volunteers and missionaries have helped dig and build wells, but electricity is needed to pump and filter water for clean drinking.
Concern for Community is a key cooperative principle and SECO engages in charitable endeavors across its service territory. Partnering with NRECA International allows SECO to broaden its community support internationally.
NRECA International’s goal is to build an electric cooperative in Haiti and expand electricity across the island. SECO is pleased to lend a hand. The trucks and reel donated were slated to be retired from SECO’s fleet and sent to auction. The equipment had reached the end of its useful life on SECO’s system, but still has value and usability in Haiti.
Kenny is excited for the opportunity to further help Haiti and stated, “I’ve been looking for ways that SECO could help Haiti and NRECA International, and I was happy to learn that we had supplies available. I am thankful for the generous spirit of SECO’s executive management and Board of Trustees. As Americans, we are fortunate and blessed – easy access to electricity is a way of life, which is not the case in all parts of the world.”
Jim Duncan, CEO, stated, “Concern for Community is very important to SECO employees and our Board members. It is extremely satisfying for me personally that SECO is able to join with NRECA International and help a foreign country build an electric cooperative and improve quality of life for those less fortunate. Thank you to the Board for being very supportive of the International Program that helps others help themselves and to all of the SECO employees who generously give their time to make a difference in the lives of others.”