Picture date taken 2-13-2015
(Mother N. and the parents)
As usual, at the end of each year, we have a meeting with parents in order to provide information about their children's life in OBV. This year, after receiving the notification from OBV, all parents attended the meeting with us. Even though there were many disadvantages, they still arrived on time. For instance, some of them who live far away had arrived one day before and stayed overnight in OBV, or some drove during midnight to OBV. However, there were still some who couldn't make it due to personal circumstances.
Extracurricular activities for the children of OBV have been finished, but the images of them running, jumping, laughing, somehow are still in my heart. What impressed me most was the moments when in the end of the day, the children were sitting in a circle to think about themselves.
In the circle, the silence, the melody, the heartfelt spoken words... all of that made the children and me think. To help us forget all about the world outside uncle Sy told us to close our eyes, relax and reminded us to think about our families, about our beloved ones, about the time that we made the others sad and disappointed. And just like that, the melody, the silence, the sentiments, the questions were repeated over and over again in our heads, and stuck in our mind.
October 1 St.Therese as a Feast Day of aunt T and 3 kids in the house.
Unlike previous times, this time mother N wanted to make a surprise so she scratched at herself -from buying flowers, gifts even cooking.
Ms.T: let me give aunt T a present.
Ms.H: Mom, have you brought any things yet? I have got the perfect gift to give to ...
The OBV children planting trees
The OBV-VN family members regularly carry out weekend work projects. At times we work in the garden, at others we do house-cleaning. Generally we work for two hours. Afterwards, we can rest, entertain ourselves or read books. During the weekend, in the evening, we watch the movies or take part in karaoke sessions.
New school year 2014
During the summer, although the children only got 1 month off and then resumed again in summer school and the new school year. But every year, on Semtemper 5th, all school across the country are opening and their school is no exception.
A ceremony to welcome the new school year
Unlike the other days, today, mother N woke up early because the house assistants were busy in Cambodia. Mother made breakfast and reminded the kids to dress up in order to attend start of the school year.
The children of OBV House are equipped with weapons
1. Mommy, help us
Sitting in the office, looking at the clock sometimes, I was waiting for the children for dinner. I suddenly heard someone scream: "Mommy, open the gate, help me." I didn't have time to wear flip flop, rushed out the gate, 3 children took the bicycles into the house, panted and pointed to the street "Mommy, two sisters are still out there." I asked, "What happened?" – "A pervert guy keeps following us". I rushed into the house and told Aunt T to take motobike to find other children. But when we just got out of the house, we saw "him" standing there. At that time, our 2 children panic-stricken rushed home with pale faces. Danger was over to them. I was also scared, but took all the courage to "face".
- Hey you, why did you follow my children and make them scared?
Since some of our children from Cambodia come to Vietnam for the periodic health and dental examinations - OBV organized one day meaningful and fun camp in order for the children from two countries have chance to get to know, share, and understand other in the love of OBV family.
The young and older children from Vietnam and Cambodia were divided into 4 teams.
Mother Ngoc counting the little soldiers before departure!
"I gave D a pencil, I gave Linh some bread..."
"I received toys from Mother, love from Mother and Aunt, clothes from the older sisters..."
"I gave the younger sisters food and clothes, shared sad and happy times with them; gave Mother, Aunt and Uncle my loud and earnest laughter..."
"I received material as well as spiritual gifts from the OBV family..."
During a round of "Give and Receive", some girls are simple and innocent, some are mature and sincere.
The teacher and all the kids in elementary
So gone are those hot, humid sweltering summer days with continuous rain in July. There was a time for beginning and also time for an end, as we reached the end of our English semester. Today is the day of our farewell party with our beloved teacher Ms. Diem Van – a volunteer who came all the way from the U.S to help teach us English.
She came and stay with us at the beginning of June. The initial moment of surprise and shyness quickly went away because your teacher is a young lady who quickly blended in and adapted with the group easily. The class were divided into two, the older kids study on the odd days while the younger kids study on the even days.
You are a kind, beautiful girl with a nice warm smile that will light up any room you walk into.....But many years ago, there was no smile on your face. Life was so cruel when it took your own mother away and leaving you behind all alone in this cruel world. You lived in a house with 4 men, they are heartless and barbaric men, who abused you and took advantage of you, didn't matter if you are a stranger or family member.
You came to OBV when you were almost 16 with an immense pain that no words can describe. Because you are too kind hearted, you seemed gullible, naïve and weak but just because you were merely looking for some understanding, some protection and some tender loving care from the people that you know as well as strangers.