OBV Cambodia has just received letters of thanks and gratitude from two young Vietnamese ladies being home-schooled. They had been on scholarships from OBV for the past 3 years, and have never betrayed the love, trust and support from their benefactors. Just recently, they graduated after 2 years in college with high scores in English.
"To my dearest sponsors,
On my graduation day, I would like to say thank you for your kindness and your generous help throughout the years. I would not have today without your warm support. Please accept my sincere gratitude for your thoughtfulness and contributions through various means. I'm extremely humbled and grateful. May God bless you, always!"
On behalf of our children, we at OBV are sincerely grateful to all of our supports, in giving a hand on this rough journey against child sex trafficking, and abuse against children. The journey is not only to rescue and provide psychological counselling and/or treatment, but to also fight the illiteracy rates, one of the leading factors that result in the child being sold by their families. We hope that providing them with the means to an education will save many young girls from ever seeing the inside of a brothel in the future.
OBV News December 13th 2017
Translated by Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung. The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Thành Quả Mong Chờ"
Follow the spiritutality of Father Martino Nguyen Ba Thong, the children of OBV Vietnam and Campuchia won't receive or give gifts. Instead, as an offering to Jesus on his birthday, they will do some good deeds and make sacrifices for their families, relatives, friends, and neighbours.
In this picture, the children of OBV Cambodia list down the good deeds that they will do this Christmas, and hang them on their tree. In Vietnam, the children will save a part of the December allowance to donate to the homeless on January 12th, 2018, as Father Martino has done every year for his birthday (Jan 13).
OBV News December 9th 2017
Translated by Mr. Phung and Jacqueline Huynh. The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Ý Nghĩa Mùa Giáng Sinh"
an old article...
The OBV Cambodia family
Our OBV family in Cambodia only became a more joyful place when two cute princesses joined. They were sisters, V and T.
At first both V and T cried and longed to go home. But the other sisters rallied behind them and gave encouraging words. "Don't cry, it's better here. We're all sisters here."
an old article...
Mr. Pham Sy, who holds a Master's degree in Psychology, visited our girls in Cambodia to speak to the girls on a vast number of topics, through interesting games and activities.
By engaging in conversation with the girls, he soon learnt about their lives, their backstories, the goals and dreams for the future. He taught his lessons through song and play, and helped the children draw self portraits.
an old article...
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.
An old article...
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.
An old article...
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.