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Newsletter No.40 April 2014
welcomed the lunar New Year with fireworks, celebrations and many
displays. It was a wonderful time for families and friends to meet each
other. Most people work very hard during the year and often 7 days a
week. In Solar Serve we keep it to 6 days a week. A few days before the
New Year we had a wonderful celebration at our center. Everyone
received an extra bonus and we closed for two weeks. Now we are open
again and would like to share some exciting things. We hope you enjoy
Opportunity to get involved
We are a social
enterprise and our purpose is to have an impact in society. We do this
by making environmentally friendly equipment for people so that their
lives will be changed and improved. Last year we got the impression
that we should do more and came up with a plan which started on
February 11th and will last for one year. The exciting thing is that it
also gives you an opportunity to get involved. So we ask you to fasten
your seat belts when we share this with you.
According to Global
Alliance For Clean Cookstoves more than 58 million people in
Vietnam are affected by household air pollution which causes 23,800
deaths per year. The effect of cooking on traditional cooking stoves
and using wrong fuel are the main contributors of those deaths.
Therefore cooking with improved clean stoves can save thousands of
This year we are going to
make 7000 improved clean stoves and 500 parabolic cookers at our center
in order to help low income families in rural areas. We will choose the
families in need and will deliver the stoves and cookers during the
year. We also will give you the opportunity to sponsor one or more
clean stoves or cookers. The sponsored family will know your name and
country and we will send you a picture and name of the family.
So we want to give you
schools, clubs, churches, companies, organizations or NGO’s an
opportunity to help a poor family with one or more clean stoves or
parabolic cookers. It will save lives and improve health.
1. Help a family
with an improved clean
It can be used daily and produces less smoke. It only needs small
branches for fuel, so trees do not need to be cut down.
2. Help a family
with a parabolic cooker.
The cooker heats fast, without losing any fuel costs. Only sunshine is
needed and ideal for boiling water and cooking other food.
3. Help a family
with clean stove
cooker. The clean stove can be used during rainy or cloudy
days and the parabolic cooker can be used for free when there is
sunshine. An ideal combination!
What must you do?
If you live outside
Vietnam please enter our sponsorship page on our Website.
Fill out the
form, like you buy goods (shipping – transportation costs and tax in
Vietnam are already included) and we will deliver your choice to one or
more families. We will send you a picture and the name of the family.
If you are Vietnamese you should contact Solar
Serve for your local
sponsorship bank transfers. Again we are not asking for support but we
would like to give you an opportunity to get involved.
We needed more workers,
so the word went out and after a short time a young man of
a mountain tribe applied for a job. Later three others of the same
tribe followed. Now the 4H’s (Han, Hai, Hieu and Hao) live together at
a place near our center. Their mountain village is located a three
hour drive from Danang. Another young man with a hearing impairment
applied for a job too. He is full of joy and fun. We love to see more
workers like him.
Special school bags
A social entrepreneur in
Vietnam designed a special schoolbag that helps pupils to stay floating
when they fall into a river. Eleven years ago 18 pupils drowned in a
mountain village after an overcrowded ferry sank. The business club in
Danang decided to provided 80 bags to pupils of the school and showed
their respect to the ones who died. One of them had saved two others,
but drowned when he wanted to save another one. The whole event touched
the members deeply!
Korea, Belgium, Congo, N-Ireland and Australia
A Korean reporter visited
our center several times and became very enthusiastic. She invited 24
college students from Korea to visit us. After they arrived our
director and assistant gave them a short introduction. They were eager
to learn and asked lots of questions. In a similar way we had some
visitors from Belgium & Congo and a delegation who worked for
an organization in Northern Ireland. We also had a visitor
Australia who works for an NGO. All of them understood the need for
environmentally friendly equipment in order to sell, provide or help.
were very encouraged!
• We had
our second gathering in Saigon with people who are interested in using
their business to change society. Although some participants of the
first gathering could not come, we were still together with twelve
people. We used a guidebook for our meetings which was written
by a Swiss
consultant and published in Hanoi for Vietnamese readers. After
watching a video for ‘multiplication’, we finished the two days
gathering with several new ideas in order to make a social enterprise
• We also
worked together with SNV a development organization from the
Netherlands. Their purpose is to help people out of poverty and that
locals can follow their own sustainable development. For 50 years they
have been working in 38 countries and using their expertise in
agriculture, renewable energy and water, sanitation & hygiene.
They tested our new clean stove last month and it was accepted as an
effective cooker. We are very happy about this and it helps us to
promote it in Vietnam
Cookers International (SCI) invites solar cooking researchers,
promoters, advocates, designers, project directors, and manufacturers
with experience in the transfer of solar cooking technologies to attend
the SCI net Solar Cooking Convention from July 17-19, 2014 in
Sacramento, California, United States. For
more information and
registration click here. We also had two people from SCI
lately. They were very interested and very generous with a personal
donation for our work.
That is all for now.
We hope you are inspired. Remember us during this year, especially when
the workers have to make many clean stoves and parabolic cookers. Also
when some of our staff have to visit the villages for choosing the
families and to work with the local women unions to make this project
successful. And if you want to be involved in helping those poor
families please follow the information mentioned in this letter. Thanks
a lot !!.
Solar Serve team
Called to Serve