A dance routine on Christmas Eve
Christmas – the season of love. The children this year had an extremely fun and meaningful Christmas. To welcome Baby Jesus, the children gathered to decorate the house, turning it into a festive and bright creation. Setting up the Nativity scene and Christmas tree was the highlight for the girls, which each girl admiring their handiwork to the point they forget about dinner time! This year, the children also put on a show with dances and skits for the local church. Eagerly they rehearsed their routines to perfection.
His work calendar is always maxed out, yet the Parish Priest was able to squeeze in Christmas dinner with the girls. This year has been a most memorable and meaningful year for the girls. The older girls went to confession and received the holy communion for the first time. One of the younger children, although only newly baptized was extremely eager to learn more about the Catholic teachings. This past November, she received second prize for a contest titled 'I study the bible' across the dioceses of Phnom Penh.
On December 12th, 2012, One Body Village Vietnam was very honor to welcome Sister Mary - sister of St. Francis of Assisi of Singapore and Sister Anna – who has worked in Malaysia. The difference in language was not able to hinder the interesting conversation in that day. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the interpreting of Sister Anna, Sister Mary shared and conversed enthusiastically and sentimentally with unfortunate children. Sisters not only deeply cared their habits and their dreams but also encouraged all children in studying and working hard for the promising future.
We appreciate Sister Mary and Sister Anna for your useful advice and for your visiting. We are looking forward to seeing Sistera again in the near future.
One Body Village Vietnam
Translated by Duyen Nguyễn. Original version in Vietnamese entitled "Chào Soeur, Soeur vừa đến"
An old article...
"Have you ever thought that both of you are Kinh people but you can't understand the other's language?". This question was asked to start a seminar about the topic love before marriage in the apartment area at Thanh Loc Ward, District 12 with the audience of about 200 workers. The seminar was held by The Worker Department-Ho Chi Minh City Communist Youth Union, cooperated with the Bridge to Happiness Center (Trung Tâm Nhịp Cầu Hạnh Phúc) on May 25th, 2012.The speakers were Ms. Pham Thi Thuy (National Academy of Public Administration) and Father. Nguyen Ba Thong.
Up to now so many volunteers have come to OBV family to help the children. However, the fact that they live in a very faraway location of a new district causes lots of inconveniences of time and place. That’s why many volunteers can’t go on and might give up.
Da Nang – The beautiful city welcomed us by a mild sunny day, took this chance, we had a short city tour to discover the people, the land here. We were surprised because of the well-organized city it is. And we had the same feeling when we arrived Tran Quang Khai secondary school, Hoa Vang, Da Nang.
The students in grade 8th and 9th have very good knowledge about the genders, general understanding about their body, and how to protect themselves, the students were interested with the information we provided. With some of them, we believed the stories we shared, they had heard, discussed before but they had not yet had a chance to meet in person with a specialist and listened to the sharing straight forward like this.
The boys and girls who are in the teenages have so many naughty tricks made us struggled sometimes, but once we started with the serious issues they listened very carefully, because they understood that kind of information is important for them.
On the 10th of November 2015, Investigative Police of Ho Chi Minh City laid down the decision to prosecute and arrest Mr. Nguyen Van Tu (born 1988 from city of Thanh Hoa) for the crime of Child Rape.
Mr Nguyen Van Tu, a laborer in the Thu Duc District, and neighbor to NTMN (a female child of 2 years old). At around 3pm on the 24th of October, after consuming alcohol, Mr Nguyen Van Tu returned to his dormitory to find baby NTMN playing in the front yard, and decided to carry her back to his room.
While the whole neighborhood went on a panicked search for the child, the family discovered baby NTMN was with Mr. Tu. A source from the neighborhood revealed the child was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries to her private areas. (Source: Pham Dung, Laborer).
(The way to her family's domitory)
It was around 9am on a Tuesday morning, after all our girls had gone to school, and only the carers were at home preparing lunch when the door bell rang. Strange, there were no appointments made for the day. A man on his motorbike peered through our gates. With a blank expression he asked:
"Has the mother of Child X come through?"
I told him no, but invited him in.
Save her, raise her, take care of her is still not enough, but give her chance to school, to grow up normally just like the others and to get bigger, stronger, stand still on her feet are what we want for her and that’s the goal the whole OBV family aims to.
Today, she – the youngest and slowest to catch up others went to school first time and will stay at a volunteer's house. She cried because she was afraid Mother Ngoc would abandoned her. The volunteer had to try many ways to make her stop crying.
Now she is no longer crying and asked to return to Mother Ngoc, and she sat with the volunteer to play with flowers and play with her. Try hard, my dear, we will take you home in the weekend.
Translated by Chuyện Người Trẻ. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"Bé Út đi học"
To assist with the missions to find and help victims of abuse -- such as sex slavery among both young boys and girls, the Psychology and education sector of Bridge to Happiness made a giant leap forward in organizing seminars covering topics such as 'improving education to prevent sexual abuse of children' in schools and churches across the Northern and Central provinces of Vietnam. Meetings were also organized with representatives from agencies from relevant departments at these local provinces, in order to provide contact and address information for victims in need, as well as provide an insight on the prevention of sexual abuse of children today.
I got a phone call at a very early time in the morning. A female voice from the other line called out “ Am I speaking to One Body Village?”-“ Yes, what can I do for you?”, I replied. She went on “ My friend from a foreign country had me contribute something to your organization”.
After taking notes of her contact, I made an appointment with her.
When talking with her at that appointment, I know that her friend is Ms Phuong Thao living in Canada now. She follows a series of article about the little girl in OBV’s house, feeling upset and sympathetic with this little one and asking her friend in Vietnam help this case. She wants to know more about physical and mental heath of this little child. She left her email and hopes to get more information about the positive changes in this child.
We would be grateful for your contribution, and also need more sharing like yours for children suffering from misfortunes. .
Translated by Phuong Do. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"Món Quà Từ Phương Xa"