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Newsletter No.28 Jan. 2011
Solar Serve would like to wish you
a happy new year. All our wishes are expressed on our 2011 calendar
which we will add at the end of this letter. You can print, fold and
put it on your desk or hang it on your wall. We hope it will remind you
of our work and your commitment to stand with us during the new year.
Please let us know your needs, so we can stand behind you too.
came in contact with Quan, a young man who studied electronics. He is
an engineer and was interested in our work. Now he is working fulltime
in our office. He introduced us to Thuy Vy, a young woman who had
experience in accounting. After being interviewed she was accepted and
is now working in the office too. We are very happy with both of them.
Also Vu, who worked for us before, was unhappy with his former job. We
are also happy with him again.
An article appeared in a
national newspaper saying that
Vietnam expects a severe energy shortage by the year 2013. The water
levels of some power plants are very low. Drastic measures had to be
taken in speeding up the construction of several new plants. Only if
China or Laos are willing to help, energy demands can be met
temporarily. If there is a delay in the construction of the plants
dangerous shortages will occur. Only five of the 51 new plants are on
track. Therefore finding new sources of green energy will be a new
Help for special school
In our last letter we
wrote about a special school. We
installed six hot water heaters on their roof. The staff told us again
that the boilers were working well, even during overcast weather when
they could be switched to local electricity. The school also made plans
to install solar panels. They asked us for our assistance. A new
challenge in 2011. We are happy to serve.
Visit of young people
group of young people from Hong Kong visited us. They came to explore
Vietnam. It was great to see young people from different countries
sharing their culture, language, food, music, dances and dramas.
Climbing the Marble Mountains was almost a must. They could not only
see the beach, sea, city and mountains from the top but also our
center. They also could share their dreams, passions and visions with
other young people and inspired them to do the same.
Huge market without roof
In Hanoi our staff wanted
to visit Cho Troi, a famous and
huge market without a roof. You can buy almost everything from the
smallest goods like nails, batteries, and meters, to the largest as
motors, electronics and refrigerators. We wanted to buy special magnets
for our wind turbines. We finally found them and also a small
generator. This will be very helpful for our research.
Connection with Liberia
Mambu and Anneke have
been working in Liberia for many years.
They installed many water pumps for people who are not able to access
clean water. By doing so they saved hundreds of lives. They heard about
our solar cooker project and ordered the same solar cooker we started
with more than ten years ago. They want to help the local people in
Liberia by using the solar cookers. A great challenge for them.
We got involved with a
Finnish company who installed heavy
solar equipment in the mountains. The company held a seminar in Hanoi
and invited our staff to join. It was well done and they learned a lot.
They organized a practical application at a minority village near the
mountains. Our staff admired the Finnish company because it was not
easy to face a lot of restrictions. But the job was finished in time
and now the locals are responsible to maintain the equipment.
A remarkable woman
Our staff also wanted to
meet Mrs. Dau. She is a remarkable
woman who was once the translator of the former leader of Vietnam. She
is almost 80 years old and helped us during our time in Phan Rang
several years ago, setting up projects with minorities. She worked
diligently and became a mother for our staff. It was good to meet her
again in Hanoi and she decided to visit us again during the Christmas
season in Danang. We had a great time with her and loved her company.
Not to give up
Hung, one of our deaf workers is researching a new type of solar cooker
by using the tubes of the water boilers. We found an example on the
internet. Hung made several attempts but his highest temperature was
130 degrees, not enough for baking anything. But he knows that he
should not give up and is trying again. The same can be said for our
wind turbines, even after a storm caused the mill to collapse. That's
the way it goes when you research.
Thief, thief, thief ...!
Two foreigners rushed
into our quiet neighborhood. At first
we thought they were chasing each other on their bikes. When they
appeared in front of our center, we heard them shouting "Thief, thief,
a thief !!!!!" They drove so fast that we had no time to do anything.
Probably their bags had been sitting in front of their baskets and were
stolen. The thieves moved fast and disappeared. We felt very sorry for
We had a young deaf man
working for us several years ago. He
moved to another job but is still visiting us. Lately he changed his
purpose of life. This was not appreciated by his friends. One night he
was beaten up badly by them. Our deaf friend did not curse them. One
week later, one of them got involved in a traffic accident and broke
his collarbone and arm. But our deaf friend still showed
'unconditional' love and visited him in the hospital. We were very
proud of him!
We had several
celebrations. After sharing the reason for
Christmas we had an exchanging game with our staff and friends. It was
a lot of fun. A few days later Thuy Vy cooked a special meal for us. We
all enjoyed it. Streets and churches were overcrowded on Christmas Eve.
Bich found a farmer who raised turkeys. He followed a video on the
internet in how to cook a turkey and on Christmas day most of us ate
and enjoyed it for the first time.
We are excited about the
coming year. While the world's
economy is shaking we keep our eyes on other things. We love to develop
our work so that we can help others. It needs insight, favor, new ideas
and especially wisdom how to go on. We would like to send you our news
regularly. Please stay with us and be our friends even from afar.
That is all for now.
Greetings with lots of blessings for 2011
Solar Serve team
Called to Serve