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.
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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.
“Try to the best of your ability, the results is up to God…”
Every Saturday, I have the chance to visit OBV house to share with OBV children some practical life lessons and survival skills. Each week, each lesson leaves me with a different impression and through that I am able to understand them and love them more. One of the lessons that was quite memorable was about “the value of cooperation”.
Every time I receive a phone call from my “colleagues”, these two lines are always the conversation starter, “how are you?” and “how are the kids?” As usual I always respond quickly with “I’m good, after 60 years and still running great”. But the response to the second question, I never seem to have a good answer; because it has never been smooth. That is the thing that I ponder the most.
‘Be’ has been in school a little more than an hour and I received an expected call from her teacher.
Bustling and busying! That is the atmosphere of the OBV house in preparation for a new school year.
Before entering the new school year, the first thing that the OBV pays attention to the most is stabilizing all of the children’s health. Uncle K., Aunt N along with Aunt L. took all of the kids to get full examinations carefully. It took two full days from morning to afternoon to finish; everyone has to eat lunch from street vendors while waiting for the exam results. The results showed that: a couple of the children are okay, one of the child’s mental health isn’t stable along with reduced vision. Another child suffers gynecological issues. There are also two children who have to take medicines constantly, so now after each meal, besides the desserts is the display of the medications in different forms and colors.
The past couple of days were filled with holiday celebrations, from Christmas to New Year. These are special days therefore the food dishes were also more special. According to their liking, I bought from whole chicken to whole ducks, even extra wings and drumsticks. So much of that stuff that the children said: “we’re sick of this food; we just want to eat fish sauce with pickled cucumber.” Of course, I pleased them.