On the night of , and the morning of , where, with the collaboration of volunteers, workers and associates, we held two seminars for the Vietnamese Scouts and their parents About 30 children and parents attended the first session in Ba Ria, and a further 40 participants joined us at Chanh Phu Hoa to learn more about the prevention of abuse to children.
Despite the long distance travelled, and despite only a small number of participants, we were all still very willing to take the time to share stories and experiences with these youths and their parents, so that they may protect themselves. Thank you to the enthusiasm of all our volunteers and collborators who helped us organize and run these events.
Translated by Jacqueline Huynh. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"Nói chuyện chuyên đề ở Bà Rịa- Bình Dương"
Over the last few days of May, while the kids are eagerly preparing for their summer holidays after months and months of studying and cramming for exams, our team from One Body Village took a journey out to host a seminar for 100 year 8 students in Vung Tau, focusing on ways to self protect themselves from being at risk of child abuse.
Because the kids were patient and had been ready to partake in this seminar from the wee early hours, they actively joined in on the conversation presented by trained psychologist Duy Nguyen, resulting in positive results. The message about protecting one self was able to be passed on successfully.
Recently, we has just taught the children about mindfulness exercises and how to practice. The first step seemed difficult to them since they hardly focused on the meditation. At first, some said that the ringing bell we rang to start practising gave them a headache, some complained that they felt asleep when sat down and closed their eyes in nearly 2 minutes.
The girls slowly came around and enjoy this kind of practice now. We hope that the exercises will soon show its benefits to the children and help them to improve their attention, develop their skills to regulate emotions and to have positive outlook.
Lord, please give us enough patience and open mind to guide the little girls growing up to maturity in Your Love.
For our girls, English is so hard to learn however learning English is interesting as well. At first, it is an awful bore for them to sit an hour to study English even though we let them watch the English subtitled cartoon. But now, the girls are really excited to learn English with a different way that is doing narration of the English stories and play performace in groups.
Learning by heart the conversations in a English story and role-play
And this is rehearsal by an another group
June was coming with sultry morning as usual, yet come also some showery rains in the afternoon that break the morning heat. Such sudden change of weather on the same day was getting the kids sick easily, so they have to stay inside the house for playing after finishing their homework.
Lining up for martial moves (punching practice)
Playing the game "catching ball with small wash-tub''
Watching our 16 girls absorbed in playing in such cramped space and never complain about that make us wish we could do better and could afford them a really playground.
After nearly two years being carefully brought up at OBV’s house, this little girl started to learn many things including memorizing letters and numbers; and the whole family was happy and less worried when everything for her seemed to be less hard. However, within three months staying at her own family, every difficulty has now come back. Namely, she forgets almost all the numbers, letter and even the good habits she used to gain before. So everything has to begin again…
The girls spent an International children’s day off in a simple way, not going out for getting tired and worn out by outdoor game as usual. In the morning, the older girls were heading into the kitchen and learning how to cook Vietnamese crab noodle soup with Grandma Ut, the rest ones "explored" the electric mosquito trap which did not work and was forgotten a year ago.
To prepare for summertime reading, OBV already had intentions to re-stock the library. All the current books in the library, the girls have almost finished reading! Before we could make it happen, a special package arrived from one of our beloved supporters: a box of new books!
She, at the age of puberty, lives in a remote area near the border.
Her father died when she was just a couple of month old. She lives with her mother and her sister since then. One day, a strange woman came to her village and planned out a very bright dreamy future to her family that she can go with her to work abroad in another country. This job seems to be satisfying because it is light work and can bring her family lots of money. Then, she fell into the trap of human smugglers. They took her across the border and sold her to others. And her life of sex slavery began.
Undergoing the dark days of life, she managed to contact her family for urgent help; and eventually the police recued her. Thanks to the great assistance from collaborators and local police, OBV can contact her. She is still scared that these human traffickers might find out her, so she hasn’t shown her face yet. However, we have promised to be with her and do all best for protecting her as well as helping her get back to her normal life. Please wait, we will come to you soon…
Translated by Phuong Do. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"Khó đó, nhưng chúng tôi vẫn tiếp tục hành trình"