Smith honors Daberkow on House floor

Courtesy/ Lauren Daberkow. Line installation in residential subdivision.

Courtesy/ Lauren Daberkow. Daberkow pictured on far right in back row.

Courtesy/ Lauren Daberkow. Interior room of modest home in new subdivision.

Courtesy/ Lauren Daberkow. A residential restroom of subdivision being developed.

Congressman Adrian Smith spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday to honor Lauren Daberkow of Lexington. Daberkow, a retired mechanic at Dawson Public Power District, has traveled to Caracol, Haiti as part of a rural electrification project for the past three years. The project is an outreach of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Smith said that "each year, Lauren transports the supplies necessary to service utility trucks, addresses maintenance concerns himself, and then offers hands-on training so local staff can address such issues in the future.

While only about 13 percent of the people in Haiti have regular access to electricity, when this project is linked to other electrification efforts, approximately 20,000 customers over the next three years will have access to electricity. Electricity can improve quality of life through access to vital services like healthcare, education, and clean water.

For this reason, I thank Mr. Daberkow and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association for their efforts to electrify communities around the world."

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