Sun Ovens for Afghanistan

Update from Greenstar

July 11, 2002

Below is an email message, with photos, from Walt Ratterman of Knightsbridge ( Walt is part of the team, headed by Sir Edward A. Artis, that has patiently moved two large Sun Ovens from Houston to Tashkent, Uzbekistan; we received this report from him today. "Judy and Anita," to whom the email is addressed, are two aid workers based in Kabul, one working for Mercy Corps and the other for USAID.

One of the ovens will go to Aibak, a remote spot in the foothills northwest of Kabul, accompanied by a large shipment of relief supplies. It will be used to bake bread on an ongoing basis for an orphanage, a hospital and school.

The other Sun Oven will go through to Kabul, and will be deployed by Mercy Corps and the World Food Programme to a village on the outskirts of the city, where the women will bake bread daily for several hundred children in the school. This system was donated by Rotary International.

More updates to follow...

Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2002 11:59 PM
Subject: Sun Oven Delivery Update

Judy and Anita,

Good morning.

On Wednesday, July 10th,we loaded your Sun Oven onto a truck bound for Kabul. It will be going to one of a several orphanges there to whom we are delivering supplies.

The truck is expected to clear customs today (Thursday) and possibly leave by tomorrow. It can be estimated that it would arrive into Kabul sometime between the 18th and 21st of July. We will be there to meet the trucks and distribute the goods provided we are not prevented from doing so by the continuing red tape, and "tolls".

This will save you the need to travel to Mazar or Aibak to get the oven. However, please be aware that you will need a truck and lots of help. The oven is on a pallet, and it weighs over 1500 pounds. We will break it down into all of the smallest pieces possible, but the main section will still be at least 1000 pounds.

Attached is a picture of it being loaded into the truck in Tashkent.

Let us know how this tentative schedule fits into your plans.


Walt Ratterman, with Ed Artis, and Adrian Belic
Knightsbridge International
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
July 11, 2002



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