CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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Monday, 06 June 2016 04:01

Begin again…

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…

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Saturday, 04 June 2016 04:55

International Children's Day

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.

Friday, 27 May 2016 08:01

A new library for OBV

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!

Her name is Van, her roots are from North Vietnam. After hearing about the children, she contacted us said she wanted to donate books for them to enrich themselves. Just a few months earlier she had sent 100 brand new exercise books for the girls' schooling needs, and today we've recieved this box of goodies. To make it extra special, she had carefully branded each book with the words 'OBV library'. 
 
And so the girls have new books for their summertime reading, with Ms. Van promising to update the books every 6 months, which will ensure they always have something new to read.

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Thank you Ms. Van, for your unwaivering support, despite living so far away. We hope you will come visit us one day, so that we, and the children, can thank you personally for your kind and generous gifts.
 
Summer 2016
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Translated by Jacqueline Huynh. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"TỦ SÁCH OBV"
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 04:00

The Journey to find a Lost Child

It took a lot of work and time to be able to bring a certain child home to OBV, because once the media released the details of her horrific story, the donations come pouring in, and suddenly the child was used as a source of income for her family. At the time, the local authorities as well as representives from the the Women's Association came to help us talk with the family, and eventually, the family reluctantly let her go. She was 6 years old at 15kg. She couldn't speak. She was clearly depressed. She was mentally delayed. She stepped into our house for the first time with curious and scared eyes
 
After two years, with the endless love and support from endless number of people, she knows how to speak. She smiles. She's starting to write. She knows the basic chores around the house. She's polite and she engages with people around her.....and then we let her go home to visit her elderly grandparents for Tet, where they decided to keep her. Her grandmother sprouted out many reasons, from 'she wants to stay here', to 'she needs to stay here to look after her 5 year old sister', and many other excuses to stop her coming with us.

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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.  

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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…

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Translated by Phuong Do. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"Khó đó, nhưng chúng tôi vẫn tiếp tục hành trình"

Friday, 13 May 2016 00:20

It takes a village to raise a child

There is a really famous saying that 'it takes a village to raise a child'.
 
This can be seen at OBV, where our team of carers, nurses, therapists, and many others all come together to be parents to our girls.
 
Over the Tet holidays, we let the girls go home to their families (if conditions allow) so that they may still have bonds with their parents/grandparents. It was quite unfortunate that in the case of Little Miss C, her grandparents decided to keep her after Tet, and not let her come back to OBV.

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Little Miss C's story is probably the worst you'll ever hear. It's a tale of perverted depravity, that left her dying in a pool of her own blood, until her grandfather found her.
When the mother found out, she used Little Miss C's story to gain sympathy from the neighbours and other village folk, who donated money out of the kindness of their hearts. Little Miss C never saw a cent. Instead, the mother took it all for her ownn selfish needs.

After a few hard weeks of preparing for the end of year examination, our girls got to spend a weekend letting go of their stress with Jesse, an American volunteer, after 2 years of being apart.

With the stifling hot and humid Saigon weather, the girls were more than happy and enthusiastic to let Uncle Jesse take them to Dam Sen water park to cool off.

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The first lesson in my life is Love and Giving. I was born in a love filled catholic family so maybe I do not deeply understand what the kids have gone through before they stepped in the OBV house. Because when I looked back all their psychological and physical traumas I found that they have the common point is that living in families lacking the warm of love. However; to my astonishment, the kids are now gradually learning the way to give their love and their care for the others.

           

A girl fell as playing on the river bank. All of them stopped the game and gathered to console the weeping girl. One of them put the hand to cover her eyes so she could not see the grazed knee that was cleaning by Ms. Ha (our child care staff)

Everyone has his home to come back. And at least one period of life is worth recollecting; that’s childhood. The childhood of every child should be the time living without worry or illness, with only happiness beside their family, friends and others. However, there have recently come more and more cases of child sexual abuse that mainly involve children from 2 to 14 years old in their schools; for example, 23 children in Lao Cai primary school, 3 children in Sapa primary school, 3 children in Lam Dong and others unknown cases that haven’t been invoked in newspapers.    

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