CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 03:13

A Visit by Special Guests from Thailand

Last week our girl had an honor to welcome special guests - The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Bangkok, Thailand leading by Father Chatsirey. I was not home at that time and I absolutely amazed when got back and read the comments they left in our visit log book that they had a very good time to come to visit our girls at OBV and thanked the girls for their warmest welcome with a good preparation for greeting and especially for the dancing was meaningful.

The girls are changing, from being introverts, they are reaching out now, they laugh a lot, they are more friendly and actually ready for engaging with another, not just like before, only sat in a stony figure and mumbled "Yes" or "No" to adult's questions. 

Thank you for visiting us and wishing our girls a beautiful life granted by our Loving God, thank you for your prayers always to encourage us to keep moving and keep changing to become good members of the Church and of community. 

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June 2016

 

Friday, 01 July 2016 00:01

First day of school

For the past two weeks, we've been working hard to make sure all the official paperwork and documentation for our two youngest children. Up to now, everything has been going smoothly, and today, we took our three kiddies to school for the first time, including Little Miss C. Although already 7 years old, she has never been to school and according to the law, she won't be accepted into any formal educational institution without preliminary education. But, we've been back and forth with the principal of this kindergarten to let her join so she at least has something, and finally, after being accepted, she was able to start today.

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On Sunday morning, the 12th of June, our social work from One Body Village gave some rather exciting seminars to the youth group of the diocese of Mai Khoi in Saigon, covering topics of how to prevent child sex abuse.

It was a particularly special event, as not one did the children partake, but parents of the children came along, and if there were any younger sinblings, they too joined in on the session.

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Monday, 27 June 2016 02:14

A seminar in Ba-Ria and Binh Duong

On the night of April 14th, and the morning of April 15th, 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.

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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.

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Translated by Jacqueline Huynh. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"Nói chuyện chuyên đề ở Bà Rịa- Bình Dương"

Thursday, 23 June 2016 01:59

A seminar in Vung Tau

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.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 03:07

Mindfulness Exercises

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.

OBV Cambodia 

June 2016

 

Friday, 17 June 2016 17:49

Study English_Play Performance

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

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:07

Charity in action

On the 12th of June 2016, the pastoral sectors within the Apostolic Vicariate of Phnom Penh carried out charity in action as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy initiatives in order to put into practice the social doctrines of the Church. While many youth groups visited the sick and the disable, younger ones gathered in Boeung Tumpun Church to be taught about the role of charity practicing in Catholic life. 

 

Our OBV teenagers attented the meeting and learned that charity is one of critical part of our catholic missions. So we should do charitable works as putting our Love of Jesus in Action. 

 

It was precious gift for us the child carers to see their eager faces when they participated in such activities and other charitible works such as blood giving and donating food and rice etc. We have great hope that the girls could grow up and brought this spirit along wherever the future lead them to.

 

 
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 08:01

A HAPPY CHILDREN'S DAY

This year on Children's Day, the 1st of June, our OBV house in Vietnam was one long continuous celebration, as the girls brought in all their awards and achievements throughout the year, a result of all their hard work and endless nights of studying. The girls continue to grow and mature, with the continual love and support of their new adopted family.

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Thank you always to all our supporters and extended family in providing for the children to have a chance at an education where they can excel in life. 
 
We love our OBV children and wish you a happy Children's Day!
 
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Translated by Jacqueline Huynh. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"Chúc mừng ngày quốc tế thiếu nhi"
Monday, 13 June 2016 04:12

END OF YEAR ACHIEVEMENTS

Everybody in our house beamed with pride when our games came home with certificates of merit from their school. Our girls tried their hardest this year, is it beause Father Martino promised a summer vacation for those with high scores? Or did you try your hardest so Mother N would not be overstressed? It seems as the girls grow older, they are more self aware of what their futures hold, and how to work to achieve them. 

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