Newsletter No.21 Apr. 2009
has been awhile since we posted our
last newsletter. The only excuse is that some of us have been away.
Hans left for three months to his home country and Bich joined a 6 week
business course in Thailand. So we had to make priorities and decided
to postpone this letter till the end of March. Only one of you asked us
about this delay, so we believe that the rest of you could live with
it. Thanks for your patience.
A special wedding
and Kim were our first deaf couple who got married. They invited more
than 200 guests to their wedding party. They came on stage with lots of
confetti and bangs. The father of the groom gave a short speech and
after a photo session they walked around to welcome the guests at the
tables. Meanwhile, the wedding meal was served and some people
entertained the guests with singing. After the meal, everyone stood up
and said good-bye. It was a wonderful day for Trung and Kim.
Bookmarks and round mobiles
printed three-dimensional bookmarks and round mobiles. We asked our
staff to cut and glue them. First it was difficult, but after a few
days the result was great. We have two different kinds of bookmarks
which have a picture of the center at the back. The three-dimensional
mobiles are made of round paper coasters. In front are pictures of the
box cooker, the center and the parabolic cooker, and at the back some
information. Also a limited number of mini- cookers have been made. The
bookmarks, round mobiles and mini-cookers are made for support and will
be available for tourists visiting our Solar Serve Center.
Last year we had several
tour groups visiting our center. The
first 21 tourists were retired and middle-aged people. We met them at
Marble Mountains and drove them to our center. After an introduction we
gave them a tour at our factory. They found it very interesting and
took lots of pictures. We also sold some bookmarks and after one hour
they moved on to Hoi An. We were all encouraged by this first visit.
Two weeks later another group came to visit us and showed the same
Bich and Hans traveled to
Hanoi to attend a short
introduction course. A businessman from Europe gave lots of information
on how to establish an enterprise. It was based on good and right
principles. It was very instructive and many new ideas came up during
these two days. After that Bich decided to attend a six week business
course in Thailand with many lectures in class and in the marketplace.
It was a short but intensive course. Bich learned a lot and received
his diploma last month.
dancers and volunteers
We had several groups
from Brazil, Korea and San Francisco
visiting us. They all showed their excitement after seeing our center.
Some of them were circus artists and dancers. It was great to see the
joy appearing on the faces of children and adults when they performed.
Even our deaf workers enjoyed it. Another group performed a drama based
on a Vietnamese legend. The locals loved it and it was really
The seven deaf workers
did not show up for their work at the
center. We found out that they were very confused about their work and
had taken wrong conclusions. Our hearing staff is not yet able to do
the sign language well. Eventually Bich spoke with their parents. He
had several meetings with them. They came up with some good ideas. The
next day all deaf workers came back. It was good to be open with them
and to show forgiveness and understanding. After that the peace
Other visitors from
Holland, Switzerland, Finland, Singapore,
USA and Vietnam visited us. Three Vietnamese professors wanted to see
the solar village near our center. Several newspapers had written
articles about this village which we supplied with solar cookers last
year. Several people came to visit this village already. Also the
professors wanted to know if it worked. Later they came to our center
and were very pleased with the results.
Do you still remember
Lien? He was working with us a few
years ago? See our web site (Solar Serve News No.6). He came back to
Danang with his son Hiep. They received financial support from an
organization for Hiep to have heart surgery. After Hiep was born they
discovered a hole in his little heart. Two months ago some foreign
surgeons did the operation. It lasted 4 hours. The operation was
successful and Hiep is now recovering at his home.
Fred has been
handicapped since he was young, but has been
sponsoring our work for years. During a sport gala he was nominated.
After 20 years of hard work, courage and pressing on, he received his
award from his local mayor. His sponsor walks (160 km in 4 days – every
year) have been an example for many people (photo: Fred right).
• During this Summer we will
be working in Ouang Tri province (north of Hue city) to help the poor
with solar cookers. We will also check up the cookers we supplied last
year in the same province.
• We are still working in the solar
village Hoa Quy near our center. An article was published in a major
Vietnamese newspaper and was translated for several other English
newspapers. Please click: Villagers
• We have also been asked to provide
20 parabols and 30 box-cookers in Kon Tum, a province located in the
Central Highlands near the border of Laos and Cambodia. We are waiting
for a confirmation.
• We have closed our information room
near the airport. Since
we opened the center near Marble Mountains there is no need for this
room anymore. We will consider other ways of making our work known.
• The kitchen parabol cooker still
needs improvement but it works. It can burn newspapers like the Olympic
Well, this is all the news we have for
now. Thanks for your friendship
solar greetings from Danang,
Called to Serve