Once a year Kelly comes back to Vietnam to make charity trips in South and North of Vietnam. This year Kelly with her mates also come to see children at OBV’s house with their compassion.
5th & Last Working day in Malaysia.
Shared information about sexually transmitted infections, alcoholism, smoking, and work violence with the Vietnamese laborers/workers that currently work in Malaysia. Most of them are here illegally and have much challenges with language, culture difference, transportation, attending Vietnamese Mass, and missing families and Vietnam. We celebrated together with deliciously simple dishes prepared by the workers. Talked to the VN priest and the Malaysian priest who are assisting workers.
Thank you for all your hospitality and yet still find joy and hope in difficult circumstances.
Goodbye OBV Malaysia for now. Thank you for your hard work, perseverance and hospitality.
4th Working Day in Malaysia
Presented the new research on Adverse Childhood Events - how ACE's affect brain growth and development, & how we can optimize brain development. Also shared ideas for self-care to avoid compassion fatigue.
The Community Leaders were from the 14 ethnic groups of Myanmar. They, themselves are refuges waiting for re-settlement. Some have waited for 11 years.
Some refugees were exploited prior to arrival in Malaysia. They are living with poverty, unemployment, family separation, depression, and unknown future.
Third Working Day in Malaysia - a long day.
Visited and talked to the refugees children. They came from Myanmar, Syria, Pakistan, ... & have waited years to re-settle in another country.
Second day in Malaysia...
The VN undocumented workers in Malaysia.
There was one lady who was exhausted from constant work without rest. When she asked to stop work, her wage was forfeited.
Taught survivors of human trafficking (sex & domestic servitude) basic principles of healthy lifestyle, hygiene maintenance, and signs/symptoms of sexually transmitted infections. A large number of survivors are from VietNam and Thailand. A smaller number are from Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, and China.
Dr. John and I saw a number of ladies with complaints of gastritis, abdominal pain, constipation, sleeping problems, headaches, dizziness ....
(photo by Angela Ng)
Shared the principles of Informed Trauma Care to over 30 staff members - caretakers, case managers, social workers and security force, at a shelter for survivors of human trafficking (sex & organs trafficked.) The main idea: "treat survivors with compassion and respect", build genuine relationship.
Dr. John examined many young ladies. His first prescription for treatment: compassionate & caring hearts.
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