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No.48
July2016
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“Give a man a fish, and he will be hungry againtomorrow; teach him to catch a fish, and he will be richer all hislife.” Although the origin of this proverb is not clear, it helps us toexplain what we are doing as Solar Serve....
 
No.47
April2016
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What could be better than avisit by a beautiful white dove during the New Year? We have never seena dove around our building, but suddenly it appeared at our doorstepand for the whole day it was sitting on our roof. Everyone noticedit....
 
No.46
Jan2016
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The year 2016 is alreadyseveral days old. Our wish for you is that everything will turn out forgood. Don’t give up! Although the world is shaking, we have decided notto hold back. There are still many things to do.....
 
No.45
Oct2015
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The first storms have beenhitting the city,announcing a new season of typhoons. Our center is near the beach so wealways face the full strength of a typhoon. Our windows do not alwaysfit in their frames.....
 
No.44
July2015
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For 15 years we have been doingcharity work and since 2006 we are also running a social enterprise. Itwas not always easy to work with products depending on the environment.It was sometimes very hard to.....
 
No.43
April2015
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Here we are again. Sorry thatwe skipped our last letter, but one of our staff was absent for severalmonths. In Solar Serve we all have our responsibility and it is goodthat we can use our talents. Creativity is needed.....
 
No.42
Oct 2014
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Let’s start a little bitdifferent. A middle-agedman came to visit us. In the Vietnamese war he lost his arm during abomb explosion. It was hard for him to grow up especially when he wasyoung and full of energy....
 
No.41
July 2014
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Maybe you did not know butVietnam is a soccer country. We had very good teams in the past andcould be on the same level as Korea or Japan if we were more united.During this year’s World Cup, many people....
 
No.40
April 2014
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Danang welcomed the lunar NewYear with fireworks,celebrations and many displays. It was a wonderful time for familiesand friends to meet each other. Most people work very hard during theyear and often 7 days a week....
 
No.39
Jan2014
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First of all Happy New Year. Wehope it will be a great year. Don’t give up doing good and expectinghard situations to change into wonderful opportunities. Enjoy and loveyour work so that you never have ‘to work’ again...
 
No.38
Oct2013
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We just finished the Mid-AutumnFestival, with gifts, lanterns, drums, lion dances and special dishesto eat. A very special dish is the moon cake. Companies buy expensivemoon cakes for their workers or customers...
 
No.37
July2013
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The international fireworkscompetition in Danangis regarded by many as the biggest and best fireworks competition inthe world. This year it drew more than 400,000 visitors. Again itbecame a spectacular display...
 
No.36
April2013
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Climate change effected Vietnama few weeks ago when over 10,000 houses were damaged and at least 26people were injured during a hail storm in the northern Lao Caiprovince. Hail may fall during the transitional...
 
No.35
Jan2013
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Thousands of visitors and localpeople gathered in Da Nang on December 31st for a New Year's Evecountdown celebration. They were treated to a spectacular fireworksdisplay and a wonderful show of many artists...
 
No.34
Oct 2012
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How are you? Summer (orwinter in certain parts of the world) has gone and we are waiting for anew season. Till now it has been a good year for us and we are excitedfor the new things to come. This letter is mainly about a new...
 
No.33
July2012
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Last month manypeople inVietnam were captivatedby 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
April2012
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How are you? Maybeyouhave noticed but every three years we skipped one of our newslettersbecause of staff absence. Now we are ready for a new season andencourage you to watch our latest YouTube Solar Serve video....
 
No.31
Oct2011
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When a grain ofsandlodges itself inside an oyster, it causes great discomfort for theoyster. The oyster begins to defend itself from the discomfort. Itcreates a smooth, hard crystal substance around the grain of sand,layer after layer ...
 
No.30
July2011
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The last threemonths hasbeen very important for us. It was not only the 11th anniversary ofSolar Serve but we also finished some major projects in the mountains,helped to install 32 solar panels on a school in Danang .....
 
No.29
April2011
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The last few monthsithas been cold in Danang. In February during the Vietnamese new year itwas so cold that many people tried to grow their flowers, trees andplants into plastic bags like small green houses. Only a ....
 
No.28
Jan2011
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We at Solar Servewouldlike to wish you a happy new year. All our wishes are expressed on our2011 calendar which we will add at the end of this letter. You canprint, fold and put it on your desk or hang it on your wall .....
 
No.27
Oct2010
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We are excited tobe intouch with you again. We have lots of things to tell. We heldcelebrations of our tenth anniversary and opened a new floor at ourcenter. We were also able to display our project and products at an.....
 
No.26
July2010
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During World Cup2010people were gathering at their homes, in the streets, cafes andrestaurants, and even in the parks. Sometimes they were yelling'VAOOOOO!!' - "GOAL!!" which echoes for seconds through the whole .....
 
No.25
April2010
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Spring is in theair! Itstarted already in February at the beginning of the Vietnamese NewYear. Endless songs have been written about this new beginning andeveryone seems to be energized. At Solar Serve we are also .....
 
No.24
Jan2010
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The sound of drumsduringa children's festival faded slowly away but a new sound was heard. Itwas the sound of an exciting new year. In this letter we would like totell you some of the new sounds for 2010. But first .....
 
No.23
Oct2009
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At the end ofSeptembertyphoon Ketsana hit Danang with severe winds. 163 people died, 14 weremissing and 616 were injured. Three ships stranded on the seashore,lots of trees fell and floods destroyed houses and .....
 
No.22
July2009
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"Don't eat thatfish,"signed Mister Tuan with his hands to our deaf workers. They all workedhard to make this year's envi-ronment day very successful. All of ourworkers helped and finally the highlight of the day was eating .....
 
No.21
April2009
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It has been awhilesincewe posted our last newsletter. The only excuse is that some of us havebeen away. Hans left for three months to his home country and Bichjoined a 6 week business course in Thailand. So we had .....
 
No.20
Oct2008
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Thanks for all ofyourencouragement. Many of you expressed excitement after the opening ofthe center. Yes, it was great. A day never to forget. Now it is good tohear the noise of hammers, welding, music and all kinds of .....
 
No.19
July2008
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We would like tostartwith a funny story. Two young men came to visit our workshop near theairport. The deaf workers moved a few parabolic cookers for displayoutside the workplace. It was good weather for cooking .....
 
No.18
April2008
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At the beginning ofthisyear the weather has been very cold in parts of Vietnam. During theLunar New Year celebrations very low temperatures kept many people athome. In the mountain region near the border of China .....
 
No.17
Jan2008
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If we look back at2007we must say that through difficulties something beautiful came out.Nine months ago we were told to close down our factory in Tam Ky. Wecould never imagine that now, at the beginning of 2008, we .....
 
No.16
Oct2007
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On the 15th day ofthe8th month (Vietnamese lunar calendar), when the moon is full and round,children but also adults are celebrating their mid-autumn festival bybanging the drums and performing lion dances .....
 
No.15
July2007
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In our last letterwetold you that we could feel the excitement of working again under theSun. Well the excitement came through several challenges. First of allwhen we were told to close our factory and also to move .....
 
No.14
April2007
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The mosquitoes,ants andgecko's are back again. Outside the birds are busy to make their nestsand suddenly the sun breaks through the clouds. Nature announced theend of the raining season! Immediately we moved the .....
 
No.13
Jan2007
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If you have visitedourweb site recently, you received our wishes already, if not: Happy NewYear. We have been working hard to change and update our web site. Youcan find our last newsletters, including this .....
 
No.12
Oct2006
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How are you? Didyou havea good summer break? Sorry, but we want to keep this introduction shortbecause there are lots of things to tell you. Take a cup of coffee ortea and come into the world of Solar Serve Vietnam. Enjoy it! .....
 
No.11
July2006
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If you catch theexcitement of using and building solar cookers, your life will bechanged. It is a challenge to find creative ways to build new solarcookers. In the past we have made our own designs and now we are trying.....
 
No.10
April2006
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Welcome to thesolarfamily. In the coming dry and hot season we are expecting to increaseour '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
Oct2005
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We would like tothankyou again for remembering us. It meant so much. We need to stay withboth feet on the ground. Sometimes difficult because the media coveringis a little bit overwhelming. We have not asked for it .....
 
No.08
July2005
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Thank you for yourencouragements. The last few months has been an amazing time and we areall in awe of it. There has been a significant breakthrough since theofficial start of our solar cooking project, five years ago .....
 
No.07
April2005
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Here we are again.A newSolar Serve newsletter with news from Danang city. For us it isimportant to inform you, because we need people like you in backing andholding us up in what we are doing. It is not always easy, ....
 
No.06
Jan2005
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A happy new 'solar'yearto all of you! First of all we want to thank you for all yoursuggestions, ideas and en-couragements. We do not want to pretend thatwe have all the solar knowledge. Most of our information comes .....
 
No.05
Oct2004
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Thank you so muchfor allyour encouragements. It is always great to hear from you. Sometimes weneed a few simple words to go on. Till now we do not know if there isany other organization or NGO in Vietnam doing the .....
 
No.04
July2004
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It's wonderful toservepeople with the Sun. During a conference in Thailand we experienced alot of interest in solar cooking. Even Thai government officials wereexcited and asked questions like "why it was not established .....
 
No.03
April2004
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Spring 2004 hasbeenalready 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 Sunagain. This year we are working in several places in .....
 
No.02
Jan2004
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Chuc Mung Nam MoiorHappy Vietnamese New Year. This will be the year of the monkey andstarts on January the 22nd. Thank you very much for your positivereactions and encouragements after our first Solar Serve .....
 
No.01
Oct2003
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This is our firstSolarServe newsletter. Welcome to our solar family. First of all we wouldlike to tell you in brief what is happening in our solar cookerproject, but we also want you to give an understanding of the region we....