Even though classes had already started two weeks ago, today was the official date for the national new school year ceremony 2013. Today, everyone woke up a little bit earlier than usual. Mom and sister prepared to lead all children to school in order to strengthen their academic motivation.
Nearly past two months, OBV Vietnam focused on residency document and school transferring. It is the work that we have done for three years in every summer.
Due to lack of money, OBV had to rent house for children. Then a benefactor lent us a house for children, so we processed to transfer to new house.
OBV family is celebrating Christmas
Sunday: The first day of a week, the day that children were waiting for as they could rest and play
According to our program, tonight Sunday, December 12th, we took children to watch performances at church. We walked around to see rock shelter in the parish. Our children were prior to seat in front where was only for Priest and Seour. During the performances, when every performance ended, priest looked at our children and clapped his hands proudly, people in the church were watching, but only Priest clapped most loudly, clap even the performance was good or not, he gave soft drink to them and said "Drink to have energy to clap your hands". M found him happy and cheerful; she touched him and sang "I ask u why you became a Priest?" He could not answer, Mother N helped. He said: I know, this song is Father Thong's, right? It turned out that he knew Father Thong! He also said: When our Parish has performances, Seour will let you perform some, OK!!! After the performances, we walked back, two youngest children felt weary in their legs, so her sisters carry on their backs. What a happy day.
“This house is our house, the hardship that our father have found”
With the ambition to rescue the youth that have been forced into sex slavery, at the same time create the conditions to bring happiness to the children. Although in the hands of its founder has nothing, but he is now ready to roll up his sleeves for action. First off is to rent a house for the children, set a requirement so the children will continue to arrive at school, give a small amount of money for food and neccessities in the beginning phase, then…slowly figure out. The founder (Father Thong) often say: "I am not rich, but I don’t want my children suffer, because they have suffered enough”. Because of that, the children that live here are more stable materially and spiritually.
Father Martino and OBV children
Although being back to work in Vietnam for 3 short days, Father Thong has held a BBQ feast for OBV children in a land mass of 1300m2 in Cu Chi. This is the feeling of G. and D., both have recently return to the home of OBV for a month.
Suddenly, it is finally time for the entire household members to visit Cu Chi to hang out at the house where the children would soon reside in the future.
"Em" and "Bé" were hanging out with OBV house
According to OBV news, our daughter, H.D (aka Bé), has passed the entrance exam and has been accepted into the College of Technology and Industrial Management. This is the story about our oldest daughters, Bé and her older sister (aka Em). They are reintegrating into the communities.
"Bé" is an average student with sociable temperament, innocence, and thoughtful. She does not know when to rest and relax. She is currently waiting to pass the second round of admission to Saigon University. If she does not pass the second round, she will go forward with the alternative university. At that time, we will help her financial assistance for her schooling.
One Body Village is pleased to announce great news of our daughter, H.D, who has passed the entrance exam and has been accepted into the College of Technology and Industrial Management, majoring in Foreign Language. Thank you to all benefactors who have supported her through this time. Please continue to keep her in your prayers and wish her success in the journey ahead.
One Body Village
She is the first child of OBV to entered college. Besides going to school, she spends her free time working as a receptionist for a little coffee shop. She also tutors children in kindergarten during her spare time.
During her “father’s” (Fr. Martino) last mission trip during New Year, he saw how unsafe it was for her to have to go to work after a long day at school and to come home late with an old electric bike.
Papa Thong visiting the OBV children in Vietnam
“Papa will be the wings that take me to far places…. Papa will be the leaf that protect you for the rest of my life”
Perhaps you are already on the plane flying back home; we started to sing the song because we miss you so much; our eyes are stinging from the tears. What destiny has allowed us to meet you? Maybe there is some good fortune in unfortunate things. We know we are truly blessed to have you in our lives; to care for us as your own and to build a bridge to happiness for us.
The 2nd of February is another day that our “father” and all of his volunteers came to re-visited us, the children of OBV, for the last time before returning back to the United States. Most of us was at school and only some of us are home. Thus, in the afternoon, we all finally made it home one after another and gathered inside our little house filled with love and laughter in the atmosphere.