Sun Ovens for Afghanistan
Update from Greenstar
July 11, 2002
Below is an email message, with photos, from Walt Ratterman
of Knightsbridge (http://www.knightsbridge.org).
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
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,
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
Let us know how this tentative schedule fits into your plans.
Walt Ratterman, with Ed Artis, and Adrian Belic
July 11, 2002
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