April Spotlight

Alabama Living Magazine

Ala., Tenn. co-ops to send volunteers to Guatemala

A coffee grower in the area of Las Penas, Guatemala, talks to a survey team from the U.S., which visited the country last fall to scout a project to bring electricity to more than 40 rural homes. Photo by Michael Kelley

Volunteers from three of Alabama’s rural electric co-ops will go to Guatemala from April 8-26 to participate in a project to bring electricity to more than 40 households in the community of Las Penas, located in the department of Jalapa. The project is coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) International.

Crews from Covington EC, Central Alabama EC and Coosa Valley EC will be joined by volunteers from Middle Tennessee Electric, a cooperative headquartered in Murfreesboro. The linemen will build primary line and secondary line, install transformers and do the service drops for the homes. They will also do the basic internal house wiring for the homes. 

The local community will provide poles and some labor, and the linemen from the U.S. will provide skilled labor and materials for construction. 

Since 1962, NRECA International has empowered more than 160 million people worldwide to improve their quality of life by providing them access to safe, reliable and affordable electricity.

Whereville, Alabama

Identify and place this Alabama landmark and you could win $25! Winner is chosen at random from all correct entries. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified. Send your answer with your name, address and the name of your rural electric cooperative, if applicable. The winner and answer will be announced in the May issue.

Submit by email:, or by mail: Whereville, P.O. Box 244014, Montgomery, AL 36124.

Do you like finding interesting or unusual landmarks? Contribute a photo you took for an upcoming issue! Remember, all readers whose photos are chosen also win $25!

March’s answer: This sculpture is in the courtyard of the German POW camp in Aliceville, which has exhibits that chronicle the camp that existed from 1942 to 1945. The annual Camp Aliceville World War II re-enactment commemorates the arrival of the first POWs 80 years ago and celebrates Aliceville’s major contribution to the war effort; re-enactors portraying POWs, American MPs and Alabama State Troopers present a re-creation of the camp. For more info, visit, and see related story, Page 20. (Photo by Jim Plott) The randomly drawn correct guess winner is David Younce of Baldwin EMC.


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