If you have visited our Solar
Serve center recently, maybe ‘full house’ came to your mind. It is not
that we are fully occupied with staff or workers, but our place is
filled with thousands of cooking stoves. We are recently not able...
First of all, greetings from
Danang. We wish you a wonderful year where impossible things will be
possible. We as Solar Serve have seen a breakthrough in the last few
months, and we’d love to see that happen with you too...
Our staff needs to be in good
shape. Physical exercises will help them to keep going. Now they are
playing football after work in front of our center and some of them are
going to a gym. We and other neighbors have been asking for years...
There has been a demand for
more clean stoves in Vietnam and across the borders. In our last letter
we told you that we were not able to make the covers of our stoves
anymore. After being mistreated by a dishonest company...
Yes you are right, we skipped
one newsletter. One of our staff, who is in charge of putting this
letter together, was absent for three months. But here we are again and
would like to share with you the latest developments and....
There was an exciting
atmosphere during the
traditional boat race on the Han River. The 200 competitors had to use
more energy than previous years because of the heat. The competition
was fierce but after 7.5 km for men and 5 km for ...
It has been very hot in Danang
temperatures between 35 - 38°C (95°F-101°F. Our new building has a flat
roof so temperatures are rising during the day inside the building, but
not too bad with a fan....
The last two months we have
been building our new research center. We’ll give you a photo update
but first some other news: Myanmar - Vietnam. During a social
enterprise conference in Singapore one man from Myanmar became....
When you receive this
newsletter it is already 2017, but we are still preparing ourselves for
the Vietnamese New Year at the end of January. You can compare this
preparation with the excitement and expectations of Christmas....
We all want to be recognized as
a person, company or country. For example Hoang Xuan Vinh, a Vietnamese
athlete, won for the first time in the history of Vietnam, a gold medal
at the Olympic games in Rio....
“Give a man a fish, and he will
be hungry again
tomorrow; teach him to catch a fish, and he will be richer all his
life.” Although the origin of this proverb is not clear, it helps us to
explain what we are doing as Solar Serve....
What could be better than a
visit by a beautiful white dove during the New Year? We have never seen
a dove around our building, but suddenly it appeared at our doorstep
and for the whole day it was sitting on our roof. Everyone noticed
The year 2016 is already
several days old. Our wish for you is that everything will turn out for
good. Don’t give up! Although the world is shaking, we have decided not
to hold back. There are still many things to do.....
The first storms have been
hitting the city,
announcing a new season of typhoons. Our center is near the beach so we
always face the full strength of a typhoon. Our windows do not always
fit in their frames.....
For 15 years we have been doing
charity work and since 2006 we are also running a social enterprise. It
was not always easy to work with products depending on the environment.
It was sometimes very hard to.....
Here we are again. Sorry that
we skipped our last letter, but one of our staff was absent for several
months. In Solar Serve we all have our responsibility and it is good
that we can use our talents. Creativity is needed.....
Let’s start a little bit
different. A middle-aged
man came to visit us. In the Vietnamese war he lost his arm during a
bomb explosion. It was hard for him to grow up especially when he was
young and full of energy....
Maybe you did not know but
Vietnam is a soccer country. We had very good teams in the past and
could be on the same level as Korea or Japan if we were more united.
During this year’s World Cup, many people....
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Last month many
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...
How are you? Maybe
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....
When a grain of
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 ...
The last three
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 .....
The last few months
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 ....
We at Solar Serve
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 are excited to
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
During World Cup
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 .....
Spring is in the
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 .....
The sound of drums
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 .....
At the end of
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 .....
"Don't eat that
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 .....
It has been awhile
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 .....
Thanks for all of
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 .....
We would like to
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 .....
At the beginning of
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 .....
If we look back at
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 .....
On the 15th day of
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 .....
In our last letter
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 .....
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 .....
If you have visited
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 .....
How are you? Did
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! .....
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
Welcome to the
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 .....
We would like to
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 .....
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 .....
Here we are again.
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, ....
A happy new 'solar'
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 .....
Thank you so much
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 .....
It's wonderful to
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 .....
Spring 2004 has
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 .....
Chuc Mung Nam Moi
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 .....
This is our first
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