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By the Vietnamese New Year, one of the children in our large family named TV often seemed bored when she had to go to school and when she played with other girls. However, she talked a lot and was happy when she had free time and when she was in the family meals.
She said, "I want to go home and take care of my baby sister (or brother) but my parents argue all the time about me." I talked to her, comforted her and understood why she was so sad. My solution was creating content for her in this period. I did not expect her to study well, nor work on her duties even though they were just sweeping the house, washing dishes or preparing the dinner table. The only thing important was that she could smile and get along with others. Then it became true, I did not see her bored any longer. She was more joyful, laughed more, talked more, and wanted to study with T and Y. She studied as hard as other older girls, and she said, "I want to be a teacher when I grow up."
Feb 17, 2013
Translated by Phuong Pham. The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Cho Em Tiếng Cười"
There were only eight kids of all ages at our home when Professor Jesse came to teach us how to self-defense. How about the new-coming kids? Who would teach them the martial arts as the other of OBV family members?
All parents felt happy to see we were practicing the moves when they visited their children. One day, Y's father came and uttered surprisingly when he saw his daughter practicing her lesson: "Do you know how to self-defense? Great! Take a fight to see how strong you are (he knows the martial arts well.) He held a mattress and asked Y to take her action. After a couple of minutes, he stopped Y and said proudly "You are so strong!"
Dr. Ehum and the OBV-Cambodia children
Only a few months out of every year do our kids recieve visitors who come and stay with them at the OBV house, not just donate money and toys. Dr. Ehum, Mr. And Mrs. Kingston stayed with the girls for several days and got to know their daily routines, as well as got to know them on a personal level by playing games with them and making them feel special.
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OBV children and the group had a visit in November 2012
Time flew! The Cambodian-based OBV home had been renovated and re-established. Three children had left, each with a different circumstance and yet, having lived under the same roof. Let's come and live a regular day with the children.
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Father Thong and a member of mission trip cooked seafood for the OBV children
The group's trip visiting OBV Cambodia of Father Thong ended after a seafood meal that was sponsored and cooked by Father Thong.
That afternoon, when doing grocery with OBV children, we saw some seafood on the market and asked the kids if they knew any of those. None of them knew any kind of seafood because they had never eaten them before. So Father bought some of the seafood, in the hope of making a fun and interesting meal for the kids.
On June 1st, 2015, the children had a day to traditional games. Due to a scorching sunny day, it was hard to find a suitable place for outdoor activity, so they enjoyed at home.
After forming teams and getting everything ready, they were getting to play.
Lately, the children had been so busy studying that they did not have time for a trip. Since today was a day off, I seized the chance to take them out and have some fun.
First, they visited the Statue of the Virgin Mary of Mekong River.
The children were getting off Aray Sath dock.
People says that "Living with kids is inherently chaotic" or "Children are messy". So when these words "household chaos" are mentioned in the family with 12 kids from various circumstances, it is very normal. However, it is not to me for our 12 kids, in my opinion, are very good girls, at least since I put my first step in this family.
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