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As any other families, OBV children are expected to do the house chores.
The Mekong River divided abject poverty and relatively more advanced life. Yet, in deprived circumstances, liquor is still man's friend. How do children learn and live?
Last night, when OBV Cam family was out for dinner at 8pm, there were 2 kids selling merchandises. A sister - 12 year old and a brother - 8 year old who have been selling on street for last 4 years with mom to support each other & 5 year old sibling. Father is an alcoholic that left family to live with another women. They have to make 5000 riels (4000= $1) a night, but mom does not beat them if not making the quota. However, last night, their mom went home early to rest because she had a headache. I offered them something to eat which they took readily. However, they kept looking outside the door because they had to make sure their ride didn't leave them alone.
One needs to believe their story with a grain of salt ...! One may not know the real truth.
The children have to go around to sell merchandises at night to earn a living for him/herself & families.
Dr. Thanh-Tam Nguyen
Affirmations at our second location (OBV Cambodia.) Just to remind them how much we love them.
They are smart, brave, beautiful...and just a little bit cheeky
Presented at a church in Hai Phong - read, interact, & spend quality time with children ... to optimize brain growth and enhance child's development which would maximize learning skills, life skills, and future outcome.
Had morning coffee in downtown Hai Phong then drove 1 1/2 hour into the rural area to see a 4 years old child with facial & eye problems.
The first training day of OBV staff
Preparing to meet the OBV children in Vietnam
Early morning lecture with Dr. Thanh Tam. Relevant for the prevention of abuse/trafficking of children with special needs.
Dr. Thanh Tam is OBV Chair of the board! She is doing her annual trip to south East Asia to check on and work with OBV Staff - She is currently in VN - and also teaching a few class with Project Vietnam Headed by Dr. Quynh Kieu!
We are always giving thanks to the Lord for sending to OBV family such an amazing, kind heart Doctor! we are proud of you Dr. Thanh Tam
Seminar on child development. This is important for doctors of Vietnam to understand, so they may pass this knowledge to parents with children with disabilities. This in turn can prevent the abuse and/or trafficking of our most vulnerable.
If you have or know someone with a child of special needs (autism/ADHD etc), please feel free to ask our doctors. They can guide you on methods on how to continue to be a positive influence for your child.
An old article...
At 12:30 Pm on January 1st, 2011, we departed HCM city on our "Love Connection Journey" to Phuoc Lam parish, Ba Ria, Vung Tau. Journey participants include Father Nguyen Ba Thong, the psychologists, the educators, the medical doctors, and the collaborators of the Bridge to Happiness Center. Our journey departed from HCM city to Phuoc Lam parish, Our Lady of Bai Dau, and our final destination was Lai On parish, Ho Nai, Dong Nai.
An old article...
OBV family praying to Virgin Mary
It was the 1st of January, 2013. It marked the beginning of another year and reminded of the commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. The OBV Vietnam home went picking New Year's luck. Before going, we gathered at the altar of Virgin Mary and saints for a prayer. Mother N, then, said "not until today that people start this tradition, Eva was the first ever of men to 'pick new year's luck'. God has blessed Eva and Adam, and given them authority over His creations that they rejoiced in. Though, for disobeying God, the fruits from Eden were ridded of them; the two hid away from God's love. It was such a sad tale of a woman 'picking new year's luck'. But have men learned what 'luck' they've been lacking? I'm telling this story not for the sake of superstition, rather than reminding you to be better aware that as the new year is an important time for all of us we only wish the best for each other, and try to stay clear of mistakes for a good and peaceful year throughout." She quoted a prayer from the readings this morning, O Lord, turn Thy face toward us and give us peace.
As usual, Ms N., the voluntary teacher comes to teach primary children after the dinner. It’s 30 minutes late now and she hasn’t come yet; the children are still waiting for her.
Suddenly the doorbell rings; all the children come out to see her. There appear lots of cakes and candies on her bike; she wants to meet the manager sister right away instead of coming to class. She said “ Could you please allow us to have a party to night because I have prepared everything?”
Then all members of the house gather together to celebrate the party. There’s no ice available in the fridge, so some children takes bikes to go out for buying it. However, Ms N. would like to take care of everything; she immediately rides her bike, buys necessary things and comes back with lots of sweat on her face.
Tomorrow is Papa'birthday, and the children of OBV competed to see who could write the most loving tribute to their beloved father. (Some extracts from letters the girls wrote to Father Martino)
"Thank you father, for allowing me to go back to school. I heard mother say that the 13th of January is your birthday. I don't have any presents to give you. During the last exams, I was given a certificate of high achievements. I want to send you my certificate as my birthday present to you. I wish you a happy birthday. I wish you success in all of your work and good health. I promise to always be a good student, to pay off on all the sacrifices that you made for us."
T. lives with her mother and her 89 year old grandmother. Her father passed away, and her sister got married but didn’t keep in touch with her family. T.’s mother works as an assistant bricklayer to make ends meet. She used to be a very healthy child with 50 kilos in weight. Since the terrible incident happened to her, she has lost a lot of weight and now only 25kilos. Even worse, she turns pale, couldn’t sleep and suffers from diabetes. Doctors and nurses instructed her family to inject her with insulin, so they can do this when she is allowed to leave the hospital and back home.