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"Have you ever thought that both of you are Kinh people but you can't understand the other's language?". This question was asked to start a seminar about the topic love before marriage in the apartment area at Thanh Loc Ward, District 12 with the audience of about 200 workers. The seminar was held by The Worker Department-Ho Chi Minh City Communist Youth Union, cooperated with the Bridge to Happiness Center (Trung Tâm Nhịp Cầu Hạnh Phúc) on May 25th, 2012.The speakers were Ms. Pham Thi Thuy (National Academy of Public Administration) and Father. Nguyen Ba Thong.
On the morning of March 21, 2015, Trung Tâm Nhịp Cầu Hạnh Phúc (Bridge to Happiness Center) held two workshops with the topic of "The Prevention of Sexual Exploitation in Children" with the students attending the "Classes of Love" at the La Salle school in 7th district in Ho Chi Minh City. These students – ranging from ages of 6 to 16, and ranging from first graders to fifth graders – come from less fortunate families in the area.
Picture date taken 2-9-2015
This morning, our office has a meeting after the completion of our program, which is a propagation of anti-child sexual exploitation for students in 50 schools of District 12, Hoc Mon District and District 9, Ho Chi Minh City. These districts, far away from the city center, are areas of poor workers from other provinces. In these districts, there have been numerous cases of sexual abuse of young boys and girls over the years. Thus, OBV Vietnam has given the students basic knowledge so they can protect themselves and their friends before the risk of child sexual exploitation.
Picture date taken 2-4-2015
We had an opportunity to visit Long Binh and Long Thanh My district 9 elementary school to organize a special education life skills lesson in three days for student in the age of 9 and 10. The lesson was included in our program, in which we operated 50 classes with the main topic of "Prevent sexual exploitation of children".
An invitation from Ms Loan – missionary leader at Soc Trang Province, was a friendly and enthusiasm collaborator. On 24th and 25th of April 2014, the Bridge to Happiness Center had organized a two-day seminar with Soc Trang residents in regular training program "Parenting skills". Each session had lasted in one day.
Training Workshop is kicked off in the morning, everyone are acquainting with each other.
As scheduled at 5PM on March 21, 2014, the delegation departed to Can Tho for the two-day training of "Parenting Skills". The training location will take place at 'Our Lady Mary' Parish with 50 participants including Catholics and non-Catholics.
The parish had been led by Father Vincent Tho Van Vo - a priest who came from poverty chose the path to God and committed his lifetime to serving others, serving the poor with practical deeds, his own life and in the lyrics, in singing. Yes, he has usually known under the musician Priest nickname Thai Nguyen.
To learn about the course, many attendees left home to the missionary station to attend Mass and the training of "Parenting Skills" at 4 AM on Sunday.
"To meet again", our group departed for the "Parenting Skills" training camp. The destination is Long Xuan Thoi, Can Tho - a missionary station. This trip was very special for me. Before I went, I was informed that people at the travel site are very poor with very limited literacy. After interacting with the local people, my mind had opened to experience a lot more things. In my opinion, local people are not "poor", even "very rich" on the other.
Leaving Soc Trang, we headed to Phu Thu, Cai Rang District, Can Tho city to continue "parenting skills" training workshop.
Coincidentally, when we came, the local town also implemented Decree 704 - project of "Educating 5 million mothers to be good parents" in year 2010-2015. So many people had come.
Two day of parenting skill training on Dec 9th and 10th, 2014 at Dai Ngai, Long Phu district, Soc Trang province has been ended with the love of group memebers and attendees.
We were impressed upon arrival by the walm and attentive welcome of local staff, the full participation, punctuality and enthusiasm of the attendees. They attended this traing program not only for their own knowledge, but they also want to share them to other families in their local town and villages.
Got the invitation from the chair of Women Union in Long Phu district - Soc Trang, OBV Vietnam has organized parenting skill courses at Dai Ngai.
Through that training, OBV Vietnam hopes that the attendees - also trainers - will impart the knowlegde received from those courses to other families; with the purposes of working together to bring happiness to each family, to prevent evils happen to their children, especially trafficking and child sex slavery.