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Newsletter No.25 Apr. 2010
is in the air! It started already
in February at the beginning of the Vietnamese New Year. Endless songs
have been written about this new beginning and everyone seems to be
energized. At Solar Serve we are also excited. First of all the shape
of our Center has been transformed and slowly we see the third floor
coming into existence. You will read more in this letter. Another
excitement will be our tenth anniversary. We would like to celebrate
this event. We are also happy to have some new workers. So we have
enough news to tell you in this letter.
The birth of a new floor
In our last letter we
told you about our desire to build
another floor on top of our center. We made the decision in January and
asked our staff to remove the roof tiles first. It was a hard job, but
it was our first visible step for us to be serious. We could not go
back anymore. The contractor started on Jan. 26. It was like a birthday
for us. We were so happy. It was very strange to see our center without
a head (roof), but very soon the first pillars were put into concrete
and walls were built.
In Vietnam it is a
special day when you finish the foundation
or another floor. On March 10th was our big day. All the iron bars for
the ceiling were fixed together and the electrical wires were laid
between.. Cement-trucks were backed up to a crane for carrying the
cement to the top. Almost 30 workers worked hard to get the job done.
It took them around four hours to finish the whole floor. The weather
was perfect and at the end of the day everyone was happy and satisfied.
We were amazed!
Coming and going
We often see workers
coming and going. Many times they can't
see our future goals and move on to another job. We would like to see a
change in this by having a stable group of people working for the same
goal. Another young man came to work for us last month. One of our deaf
workers came back after he had left six months ago. Also the department
of labor approved a work permit for three years for Hans. He is now
'officially' working as a technical advisor for Solar Serve.
Process of change
In our last newsletter we
have not told you so much about our
work in building and helping people with solar cookers. We are in a
process of change. We would like to move to another level of helping
people. It requires adjustments and rethinking our plans for the
future. We would like to develop our projects more but also establish
the business side of Solar Serve by selling solar heaters. solar panels
and even small wind mills for electricity. We also need to help and
train our staff better.
When you enter Danang by
plane and fly above the Marble
Mountains you can see our Center. This area was used as a place for
graves near a small village. In this village they are cutting and
shaping marble. Thousands of Buddha statues and other gods are created
there every day. There are also many temples and pagodas located in
this area. On our new floor you can overlook this whole area. A great
place to take your stand.
10 years Solar Serve
On May 22 it will be 10
years ago that we officially started
Solar Serve. With the backing of the Danang University we were able to
help many people throughout the country. During the Environment day in
June we would like to remember those good years by giving 10 parabolic
cookers away during a special display in Danang. We already contacted
the University and they also want to display their equipment. We hope
that local authorities will give us the right place for this
• We received the news
that Fred one of our handicapped
sponsors is not able to (sponsor) walk this year
because of problems with his legs.
• Another seminar will be
held for small entrepreneurs. This
will be part of a business course spread
over two years.
• In May we will have a Solar Serve display in Hong Kong
during the 50th anniversary of an organization
• We are trying to organize another celebration of 10 years
Solar Serve for friends like you in August. Please contact us for the
• Both of our Katu workers left, one for a course in building
ships and the other one for study in Saigon.
• In February all our workers had a two-week break for
meeting their families and friends during the New Year.
• At the moment we are building the roof on top of the third
floor again and also a new balcony.
• We often have contact with the parents of our deaf workers.
It is very important for them to know us.
• One mother told us that she was very happy because her son
changed so much.
• We already posted four updates of the new floor. Open our
That is all for now. Thanks for your interest. Please keep in
Solar Serve team
Called to Serve