A crew from the Conway Corporation spent a week in the Navajo Nation to help bring electricity to households on the reservation without it as part of the Light Up Navajo campaign.

“We sent a crew of four from our electric department,” Conway Corp Chief Marketing Officer Crystal Kemp said. “They worked with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) in the area assigned to them.”

The crew worked 12-hour shifts for six days before spending the last day helping a family in New Mexico.

“[The crew] ended the week energizing a home in Shiprock, New Mexico where Pauline Yazzie was raising her six children in darkness,” Kemp said. “Her son just graduated from high school having completed all of his homework by propane lamp or by sitting in the vehicle with the dome light on. More than 15,000 Navajo homes still do not have electricity, but tonight a handful of families are enjoying the soft glow of lightbulbs thanks to these four men.” 

Navajo Nation is the largest Native American territory in the U.S. with a population of around 300,000.

“Among the 55,000 homes located on the 27,000 square mile reservation, about 15,000 do not have electricity. They make up 75% of all unelectrified households in the United States,” NTUA officials said.

“These partnerships will improve the standard of life for Navajo families, many that will be connected to the electric grid for the very first time. The hope is that Light up Navajo will serve as a successful model for continued efforts to turn on the lights for all Navajo homes that hope to connect to the grid.”

The Navajo Nation extends across northern Arizona, southeastern Utah and northwest New Mexico.

Families in the area whose lives were improved by the efforts of the Conway Corp crew posted thank you messages to them on the company’s social media pages,

“Thank you for helping our Diné families,” Valerie Begoody wrote. “God bless you for your kindness and hard work.”

“Blessings to Conway Corporation for helping the Navajo Nation,” Navajo Nation resident Vangie Dennison said. “Ahéhee,” which means thank you in Navajo.

For more information about the project including ways to help, visit https://www.publicpower.org/LightUpNavajo.