CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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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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Wednesday, 08 June 2016 08:12

Family Indoor Game

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.

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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…

5/2016

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

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