Recognition of Kentucky Volunteersby Representative Brett Guthrie
Posted on 2015-12-10
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Mr. GUTHRIE. Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize two constituents
from my district, Thomas Sullivan and Daniel Disselkamp, who spent
three weeks in northern Haiti building and upgrading powerlines to help
communities receive affordable, safe, and reliable electricity. The
power linemen from Nolin Electric Cooperative were the second group to
volunteer their services on this project.
The project is one to commercialize power from the Caracol Industrial Park generation station that is currently serving 8,000 consumers in Caracol and surrounding communities with electricity 24 hours a day. When the project is complete, a total of 10,000 consumers will have access to electricity. One of the major factors contributing to ending poverty and improving the quality of life for people around the world is access to affordable and reliable electricity.
Only about 13 percent of Haitians currently have access to electricity, so the services provided by these linemen will have a positive impact on thousands of lives. Obtaining electricity access is an important step toward achieving improvements in healthcare, education, and economic opportunity.
That is why today I would like to thank and recognize Thomas Sullivan and Daniel Disselkamp for their service.