The Minister of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia), Diego Mesa, was present at the connection of new users of energy services in the department of La Guajira.
The entity announced the connection of user number 50,000 to energy services, thus reaching 50% compliance with the goal set in August 2018 of bringing this service to 100,000 new users.
Reyes María Lindao Uriana, teacher and rector for La Paz Rural Ethnoeducative Institution, who is the 50,000th user connected to energy, highlighted that the arrival of this service changed the quality of life of the Wayúu community in La Paz.
“We are fulfilling the promise to pay off that historic debt with 100,000 families, who in the XXI century, do not have energy service in their homes,” Mesa said.
Lindao leads the educational process for 450 children and young people, who, in addition to educating themselves to preserve the traditions, identity and language of the Wayuu culture, now have the benefits of technology, computers and internet connection.
“The arrival of energy is a great and beautiful blessing. Life changed us all. Families are experiencing a special moment because now they can connect to the world, refrigerate their food or be entertained by light,” Lindao said.
This project benefits 350 families in the rural area of Manaure as well.
“The initiative for the expansion of medium and low voltage electrical networks in eight indigenous communities had an investment of CoP$3.8B, and was financed with royalties’ resources,” MinEnergia highlighted.
In addition, the entity highlighted that 15,000 families throughout the country receive ‘the new energy that comes from the sun’, thanks to the installation of solar panels in the rural area of 28 municipalities in departments such as Putumayo, Córdoba, Arauca, Vichada, and La Guajira.
Bottom-Line: These projects demonstrate that the proper use of royalties drives the growth and development of the most vulnerable communities in the country.