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Newsletter No.27 Oct. 2010
are excited to be in touch with you
again. We have lots of things to tell. We held celebrations of our
tenth anniversary and opened a new floor at our center. We were also
able to display our project and products at an exhibition and later at
a local government meeting. And further more our staff installed
several solar water heaters on the roof of a school and a hotel and
they are also researching the use of wind power. During this time
several reports were made by local newspapers and a TV station. Please
read it for yourself as we take you into our solar and wind power world.
Still a new concept
were invited by the
department of Trade & Industry to join anexhibition in Quy
Nhon, a city 320 km south ofDanang. A few other enterprises from
Danang, who are also making energy saving products, were invited. The
exhibition was a success. Many people visited our stand and were
interested in what we were doing. The concept of solar cookers and
using solar energy was still new for them. We were able to show the
solar cookers in the open air and cooked with them. Our staff were so
encouraged that they stayed one day longer.
Hot water for disabled children
new school was built for
disabled children near the beach. The director asked us if we could
help her to supply and install 6 solar water heaters. The heaters we
sell are made in Hanoi with German technology. Water can reach a high
temperature by means of a new system where tubes are filled with oil.
Because the tank is specially insulated, hot water can be stored and
used for later times. We were all amazed by the results after we
installed the heaers. A local TV station took several shots and made a
short program in our center.
Using their talents
the moment we are very happy with our workers. After Trung decided to
come back and work with us again, Vu also asked if he could return. For
us it is also important that they are encouraged by their family.
Sometimes we have to turn down new workers if this is not clear; a
common rule in Vietnam. Not all the workers are talented at building
solar cookers. We found out that Vu, our youngest worker, loves to
clean and cook. We needed help with this after we built the third
floor. It is great to see Vu using his talent in a different way. He
No bribes for extension
Bich had forgotten to
extend his driver's license. He was
required to answer 400 questions during a test. Most people fail and
lose their license. When he was on his way to his village he met (to
his surprise) the landlord of Hans in a local bus. When he told his
story, the landlord started to phone and mentioned a name. After a few
days he did the test, but failed without pardon. But when he mentioned
the name told by the landlord, the atmosphere changed and in a very
short time he stood outside the building with an extension in his hand.
In 1996 during the
international solar cooking conference in
Spain, a man from India was showing his wind generator beside our
stand. We did not pay so much attention to it, but now after four years
we are also excited about using wind power for free energy. After
careful research on the internet we bought a small generator and
attached three handmade wings to it. It turned slowly but after some
adjustment we got the right speed. Now we are still testing and
changing the turbine in order to produce the power we need for helping
households. We are very excited about it.
The final touch before the opening
building the third floor, we asked a local carpenter to build 10 wooden
bunk beds for the small bedrooms. Also a framework for our living room
was constructed by a few other carpenters. We were not able to build
the walls with stone because of their weight. A wooden wall was the
only alternative. Building the living room is still in process and will
be sponsored by some of our solar friends. After we set up the bunk
beds, Bich and his family moved to the third floor. After that we could
rearrange the second floor in order to prepare ourselves for the grand
10th Year Celebration
On August 28 we invited
friends and sponsors to join us at
our 10th anniversary celebration. We felt that we should hold a joyful
gathering in one of the hotels in the middle of Danang. Not only guests
from all over Vietnam joined us but also several sponsors and friends
from overseas. It was a time of amazement and thankfulness for what has
been accomplished in all those years. It inspired the 100 guests when
they heard that everything was possible. At the end one of our foreign
sponsors shared some encouraging words to keep on doing the good work.
Opening the third floor
We drove with several
buses to the center for the opening
ceremony of the third floor. Two foreigners, who were representatives
of the many sponsors, were honored to cut the ribbon. It was graciously
done with the help of several deaf people and the daughter of Bich.
Loud applause followed and the third floor was officially opened.
People loved the new space. They told this during a special meal which
was served We were very thank- ful for the past ten years and being
to open a new floor in order to do our work for the coming ten years.
That is all for now. Please stay
excited and stand with us in the coming years. We cannot do it alone!!
Greetings with lots of Wind and
Solar Serve team
Called to Serve