Newsletter No.51 April 2017
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 interested in our
work and asked if he could send some workers to Danang so we could
teach them how to make our products. Although one of his workers could
not come, the man himself arrived with his family and two workers in
April and we were able to teach them for one week. They are great
people and eager to learn. First there was a day of teaching the
principles of all instruments and after that the practical aspects and
making the instruments (parabol & clean cooker) with our
workers. It worked out very well!
A change of workers
Unexpectedly one of our deaf workers
decided to leave Solar Serve for another job. Sometimes it is a test
for us, but we cannot force a person to stay. Although we made a work
contract and provided insurance, there is no guaranty that we can keep
a person. We and other organizations and companies have to face this
many times. But another man, Quan (30 yrs) became interested in what we
were doing and applied for a job. We asked him to oversee the
construction of our new building and help us in our factory. Probably
it will be temporary because he has other plans in the future.
New hope and dreams for the
Our Family Business
Training staff were invited to help people in a Rescue & Drug
Detox Center in Thai Binh (North-East of Vietnam). It was founded by
one man who was a drug addict before and later was called to help
others. He has rescued hundreds of people. Now they are strong people
both spiritually and physically, but they needed hands and feet to go
back to society. They heard about our Family Business training (FBT)
program and they became very excited when they participated in the
first seminars in March. Now they have hope and dreams for their future.
We are not asking any
support for our programs or even for building our new center. Although
we are a social enterprise, the kinds of products we make are not
always profitable enough to keep us going. But in the past we had
friends who wanted to support us by organizing all kinds of events. For
example: There is a lady who made a slide presentation of birds during
her holiday. Now she is going around showing her presentation for a
small fee in order to help us. In this way we can do our work and if
you are inspired, please contact us.
New construction started
It’s incredible what has
been accomplished since February 13th when we began building our new
research center. Last year the contractor could not start immediately,
but finally the day came. Although we plan to build only one floor, we
made the foundation strong enough in case we want to build more floors
in the near future. Around 15 men and women are working now to make our
dream real. Lots of sand, gravel, iron and stones were bought. The
foundation is 14 x 17.5m and 1.70m deep and contains tons of gravel,
cement and concrete iron-rods. Here is a photo report of the last two
months. We hope it will inspire you!
Two small excavators
started to dig
about 1.70m deep for the construction of the foundation.
The workers constructed
the wooden frame molds and filled them with gravel and layers of
The next step was filling
the molds with concrete iron bars
Hard work but very
rewarding. Making the foundation ready to be filled with concrete
Nine beton mixer trucks
were needed to fill the frame molds with the help of a modern concrete
After one week the
foundation was laid.
Not long after that the
septic tank was constructed. Also the wall surrounding the foundation
was built. Many visitors and neighbors showed their interest. We are
all very pleased with the workers. They are eager to build more floors,
but we have to keep it to one. The determination of the Vietnamese
people has always been an example for many foreigners and all the
neighboring countries. Here are the rest of the photos:
The foundation was filled
up with sand, making it ready for the 24 pillars to be constructed
The pillars were built and
also the outer walls.
After one month the wooden
molds of the ceiling were built.
Tons of iron has been
used for the ceiling. It took a while before it was ready to be filled
The canopy would
too heavy if it was filled with solid concrete. Blocks of foam
were used to make it lighter.
Again we hired a truck
with a concrete pump to fill the ceiling frame molds.
Heavy work but it was
very rewarding and after three hours the job was done.
The sun helped it to dry
but we still kept it wet so it would dry equally (in and outside).
Here are the workers
building a fence around the roof and making the roof smooth.
Inside the building with
the wooden stilts keeping the ceiling till it is dry and the stairway
to the roof.
After two months we are
very pleased with the progress and next letter we will show you the
That’s all for now. Have
a wonderful Spring!!
Solar Serve team
Called to Serve