The Mekong River divided abject poverty and relatively more advanced life. Yet, in deprived circumstances, liquor is still man's friend. How do children learn and live?
Last night, when OBV Cam family was out for dinner at 8pm, there were 2 kids selling merchandises. A sister - 12 year old and a brother - 8 year old who have been selling on street for last 4 years with mom to support each other & 5 year old sibling. Father is an alcoholic that left family to live with another women. They have to make 5000 riels (4000= $1) a night, but mom does not beat them if not making the quota. However, last night, their mom went home early to rest because she had a headache. I offered them something to eat which they took readily. However, they kept looking outside the door because they had to make sure their ride didn't leave them alone.
One needs to believe their story with a grain of salt ...! One may not know the real truth.
The children have to go around to sell merchandises at night to earn a living for him/herself & families.
Dr. Thanh-Tam Nguyen
On those busy days at the end of the year, besides taking care of the kids who are living and studying at OBV, our thoughts are in home kids. We want all of them to be happy and enjoy Tet as other children do.
All of OBV children were taken to shop for new clothes; they also received lucky money for the Lunar New Year.
Affirmations at our second location (OBV Cambodia.) Just to remind them how much we love them.
They are smart, brave, beautiful...and just a little bit cheeky
Presented at a church in Hai Phong - read, interact, & spend quality time with children ... to optimize brain growth and enhance child's development which would maximize learning skills, life skills, and future outcome.
Had morning coffee in downtown Hai Phong then drove 1 1/2 hour into the rural area to see a 4 years old child with facial & eye problems.
The first training day of OBV staff
Preparing to meet the OBV children in Vietnam
Early morning lecture with Dr. Thanh Tam. Relevant for the prevention of abuse/trafficking of children with special needs.
Dr. Thanh Tam is OBV Chair of the board! She is doing her annual trip to south East Asia to check on and work with OBV Staff - She is currently in VN - and also teaching a few class with Project Vietnam Headed by Dr. Quynh Kieu!
We are always giving thanks to the Lord for sending to OBV family such an amazing, kind heart Doctor! we are proud of you Dr. Thanh Tam
Seminar on child development. This is important for doctors of Vietnam to understand, so they may pass this knowledge to parents with children with disabilities. This in turn can prevent the abuse and/or trafficking of our most vulnerable.
If you have or know someone with a child of special needs (autism/ADHD etc), please feel free to ask our doctors. They can guide you on methods on how to continue to be a positive influence for your child.
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!"
As usual, Ms N., the voluntary teacher comes to teach primary children after the dinner. It’s 30 minutes late now and she hasn’t come yet; the children are still waiting for her.
Suddenly the doorbell rings; all the children come out to see her. There appear lots of cakes and candies on her bike; she wants to meet the manager sister right away instead of coming to class. She said “ Could you please allow us to have a party to night because I have prepared everything?”
Then all members of the house gather together to celebrate the party. There’s no ice available in the fridge, so some children takes bikes to go out for buying it. However, Ms N. would like to take care of everything; she immediately rides her bike, buys necessary things and comes back with lots of sweat on her face.