Going through a long road in the heat of April, I finally met her. She is really brave; she dares to fight against her relatives’ immorality by accusing of their behavior though she knows that lots of rumor will come to her. She stands up for the sake of a teenage girl who wants to find the way for her own future.
When we come to pick up her for a visit to OBV’s house, it’s really interesting to hear to the conversation between her and her younger sister.
She: Do you study hard? Are there any days off?
Her sister: Yes, I study very hard, no days off.
She: But I heard that you have some days off. Dare you tell lies to me?
Her sister: Only Friday, because the teacher didn’t come to class…
She acts like a very powerful elder sister (though she is just a stepsister) when she asked and even threatened her sister with a very lovely voice. I believe that her great courage will help her grow up and be a good example for her sister to follow.
See you, the brave girl, in the happy house where you will be definitely happy!
Dr. Ehum and the OBV-Cambodia children
Only a few months out of every year do our kids recieve visitors who come and stay with them at the OBV house, not just donate money and toys. Dr. Ehum, Mr. And Mrs. Kingston stayed with the girls for several days and got to know their daily routines, as well as got to know them on a personal level by playing games with them and making them feel special.
Let's forget about all that happened before bringing the girls to their new home with OBV. "Van su khoi dau nan" where everything, including our house, was either borrowed or rented. These past three years, thanks the love and generosity of our supporters, our OBV children can finally say they have their own home. However, care for the house must be made every day, with additions and renovations being made, until finally...the management team are at ease knowing the that girls are safe and at peace.
Although the garden is not very large, the team at the house continue to develop it, not leaving any inch unused, to the point where Father Thong said 'Mother! You keep planting every thing to the point it makes my head spin when I look at it!'. But you know what Father? Despite your head spins, it provides lots of shade and the perfect environment for our girls and visitors alike. Many plants have produced flowers or fruits, and the fruits have readily been eaten. Our big failure would be the sugarcane plants your brought back from Lao Cai...they couldn't survive the Saigon environment.
But that's not all. Mother also now has a mini acquarium and bird enclosure where the kids can hang out and relax while watching the animals play. It is also healing, to the human soul.
As a child, she suffered alone, with no parents, no next of kin. When a couple adopted her, she dared to dream that my life would become brighter, but...who would ever imagine that the roof they supplied would become a life of pain and sorrow.
She was only allowed to study to 5th grade, when she was forced to drop school and take up the life of a street kid to earn money for her adoptive parents: through begging, selling lottery tickets, working in coffee shops....