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No.40
April 2010
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Danang 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....
 
No.39
Jan 2014
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First of all Happy New Year. We hope it will be a great year. Don’t give up doing good and expecting hard situations to change into wonderful opportunities. Enjoy and love your work so that you never have ‘to work’ again...
 
No.38
Oct 2013
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We just finished the Mid-Autumn Festival, with gifts, lanterns, drums, lion dances and special dishes to eat. A very special dish is the moon cake. Companies buy expensive moon cakes for their workers or customers...
 
No.37
July 2013
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The international fireworks competition in Danang is regarded by many as the biggest and best fireworks competition in the world. This year it drew more than 400,000 visitors. Again it became a spectacular display...
 
No.36
April 2013
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Climate change effected Vietnam a few weeks ago when over 10,000 houses were damaged and at least 26 people were injured during a hail storm in the northern Lao Cai province. Hail may fall during the transitional...
 
No.35
Jan 2013
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Thousands of visitors and local people gathered in Da Nang on December 31st for a New Year's Eve countdown celebration. They were treated to a spectacular fireworks display and a wonderful show of many artists...
 
No.34
Oct 2012
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How are you? Summer (or winter in certain parts of the world) has gone and we are waiting for a new season. Till now it has been a good year for us and we are excited for the new things to come. This letter is mainly about a new...
 
No.33
July 2012
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Last month many people in Vietnam were captivated by Euro 2012, but our workers had other things on their mind. Thuy Vy, our accountant, made preparations for her wedding and Vu, our worker, was waiting for the birth...
 
No.32
April 2012
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How are you? Maybe you have noticed but every three years we skipped one of our newsletters because of staff absence. Now we are ready for a new season and encourage you to watch our latest YouTube Solar Serve video....
 
No.31
Oct 2011
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When a grain of sand lodges itself inside an oyster, it causes great discomfort for the oyster. The oyster begins to defend itself from the discomfort. It creates a smooth, hard crystal substance around the grain of sand, layer after layer ...
 
No.30
July 2011
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The last three months has been very important for us. It was not only the 11th anniversary of Solar Serve but we also finished some major projects in the mountains, helped to install 32 solar panels on a school in Danang .....
 
No.29
April 2011
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The last few months it has been cold in Danang. In February during the Vietnamese new year it was so cold that many people tried to grow their flowers, trees and plants into plastic bags like small green houses. Only a ....
 
No.28
Jan 2011
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We at 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 .....
 
No.27
Oct 2010
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We 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 .....
 
No.26
July 2010
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During World Cup 2010 people were gathering at their homes, in the streets, cafes and restaurants, and even in the parks. Sometimes they were yelling 'VAOOOOO!!' - "GOAL!!" which echoes for seconds through the whole .....
 
No.25
April 2010
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Spring 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 .....
 
No.24
Jan 2010
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The sound of drums during a children's festival faded slowly away but a new sound was heard. It was the sound of an exciting new year. In this letter we would like to tell you some of the new sounds for 2010. But first .....
 
No.23
Oct 2009
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At the end of September typhoon Ketsana hit Danang with severe winds. 163 people died, 14 were missing and 616 were injured. Three ships stranded on the seashore, lots of trees fell and floods destroyed houses and .....
 
No.22
July 2009
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"Don't eat that fish," signed Mister Tuan with his hands to our deaf workers. They all worked hard to make this year's envi-ronment day very successful. All of our workers helped and finally the highlight of the day was eating .....
 
No.21
April 2009
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It 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 .....
 
No.20
Oct 2008
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Thanks for all of your encouragement. Many of you expressed excitement after the opening of the center. Yes, it was great. A day never to forget. Now it is good to hear the noise of hammers, welding, music and all kinds of .....
 
No.19
July 2008
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We would like to start with a funny story. Two young men came to visit our workshop near the airport. The deaf workers moved a few parabolic cookers for display outside the workplace. It was good weather for cooking .....
 
No.18
April 2008
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At the beginning of this year the weather has been very cold in parts of Vietnam. During the Lunar New Year celebrations very low temperatures kept many people at home. In the mountain region near the border of China .....
 
No.17
Jan 2008
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If we look back at 2007 we must say that through difficulties something beautiful came out. Nine months ago we were told to close down our factory in Tam Ky. We could never imagine that now, at the beginning of 2008, we .....
 
No.16
Oct 2007
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On the 15th day of the 8th month (Vietnamese lunar calendar), when the moon is full and round, children but also adults are celebrating their mid-autumn festival by banging the drums and performing lion dances .....
 
No.15
July 2007
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In our last letter we told you that we could feel the excitement of working again under the Sun. Well the excitement came through several challenges. First of all when we were told to close our factory and also to move .....
 
No.14
April 2007
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The mosquitoes, ants and gecko's are back again. Outside the birds are busy to make their nests and suddenly the sun breaks through the clouds. Nature announced the end of the raining season! Immediately we moved the .....
 
No.13
Jan 2007
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If you have visited our web site recently, you received our wishes already, if not: Happy New Year. We have been working hard to change and update our web site. You can find our last newsletters, including this .....
 
No.12
Oct 2006
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How are you? Did you have a good summer break? Sorry, but we want to keep this introduction short because there are lots of things to tell you. Take a cup of coffee or tea and come into the world of Solar Serve Vietnam. Enjoy it! .....
 
No.11
July 2006
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If you catch the excitement of using and building solar cookers, your life will be changed. It is a challenge to find creative ways to build new solar cookers. In the past we have made our own designs and now we are trying .....
 
No.10
April 2006
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Welcome to the solar family. In the coming dry and hot season we are expecting to increase our 'solar' growth. For us it is important that we keep our focus on 'simple' and 'affordable' devices for helping the poor and needy .....
 
No.09
Oct 2005
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We would like to thank you again for remembering us. It meant so much. We need to stay with both feet on the ground. Sometimes difficult because the media covering is a little bit overwhelming. We have not asked for it .....
 
No.08
July 2005
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Thank you for your encouragements. The last few months has been an amazing time and we are all in awe of it. There has been a significant breakthrough since the official start of our solar cooking project, five years ago .....
 
No.07
April 2005
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Here we are again. A new Solar Serve newsletter with news from Danang city. For us it is important to inform you, because we need people like you in backing and holding us up in what we are doing. It is not always easy, ....
 
No.06
Jan 2005
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A happy new 'solar' year to all of you! First of all we want to thank you for all your suggestions, ideas and en-couragements. We do not want to pretend that we have all the solar knowledge. Most of our information comes .....
 
No.05
Oct 2004
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Thank you so much for all your encouragements. It is always great to hear from you. Sometimes we need a few simple words to go on. Till now we do not know if there is any other organization or NGO in Vietnam doing the .....
 
No.04
July 2004
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It's wonderful to serve people with the Sun. During a conference in Thailand we experienced a lot of interest in solar cooking. Even Thai government officials were excited and asked questions like "why it was not established .....
 
No.03
April 2004
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Spring 2004 has been already in Vietnam since the end of January, when the new year started. For us, as Solar Serve, it is a time to serve the nation with the Sun again. This year we are working in several places in .....
 
No.02
Jan 2004
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Chuc Mung Nam Moi or Happy Vietnamese New Year. This will be the year of the monkey and starts on January the 22nd. Thank you very much for your positive reactions and encouragements after our first Solar Serve .....
 
No.01
Oct 2003
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This is our first Solar Serve newsletter. Welcome to our solar family. First of all we would like to tell you in brief what is happening in our solar cooker project, but we also want you to give an understanding of the region we ....