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As any other families, OBV children are expected to do the house chores.
Last Saturday and Sunday, our beloveds had many interesting trips on their weekend. OBV Vietnam associated with Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City to host a Mid-Autumn event bringing to children of workers who are working and boarding at HCM city.
“I miss them so much”, a simple expression but heartwarming implied such a great motivation to make uncle D return to Vietnam and visit the kids in OBV family.
Uncle D spent just few days for his relatives, the rest of the trip he stays with the children: take them out, eat good foods, pick them up for school and take them home everyday.
Reading is one of the active programs for OBV children to develop their minds. To have more fine and necessary books for the children, today we went to a bookstore in Phnom-Penh to find and choose books.
The children is sitting on the tuk-tuk from home to the bookstore.
The children have many chances to go church camping in September according to their respective age groups. This year I thought they were too busy with reintegration into new school so they probably did not even pay attention to the camp announcement given in the Parish. Conversely, they were not only “pay attention” but they were also thinking of the camp the whole time.
Afraid of not being allowed to go camping, they all gathered in my office and spun a long yarn about the happy camps last year and about their sadness because already started the new school year on the first of September while their friends at their old school are in summer vacation and have full time to go the church camping, not like them. (public schools in Cambodia end the school year in September and return to new one in early of November).
Trying to keep a straight face, I made them promise me to try harder to keep pace with their new friends at their new school and I said a big “YES” to them. They were jumping for this joy and this made me happy too.
Circle for Gaming of Children under 12
On June 1st, 2015, the children had a day to traditional games. Due to a scorching sunny day, it was hard to find a suitable place for outdoor activity, so they enjoyed at home.
After forming teams and getting everything ready, they were getting to play.
Lately, the children had been so busy studying that they did not have time for a trip. Since today was a day off, I seized the chance to take them out and have some fun.
First, they visited the Statue of the Virgin Mary of Mekong River.
The children were getting off Aray Sath dock.
Our OBV family has a new member today. There are her mother and sister with her when She arrived. Her name is VTKH, and she is 15 years old, She just finished grade 9, but because she did not achieve required scored to attend high school. Her family is financial difficult and complicated. She was abused by her father many times. The father was caught in jail now, her mother left with the other guy, She stayed home with a handicap brother, because OBV cannot afford to take care of her brother, we arranged to send him to the disable center for children.
First of all, I wish you all have a good day- Uncles and Aunties . Let me introduce myself to you - my name is Nguyen Bao N, I am studying at grade 4th . My family has 4 people: my parents, my older sister and me. My father sales lottery for living, and my mother has just worked as a house-working person. My older sister is very good at school, but I’ve just got an average score.
We had just celebrated the end of a school year, but are already hastening to start the new school year. Our summer breaks are shorter, because we have many long holidays during the school year. Typically, we receive one week of summer break before beginning the new year. However, this year we are switching to a new school, and their summer break had already ended! Feeling rushed without summer vacation, we didn't have the chance to say goodbye to our friends and teachers. Even though it had been only two years at that school, there were many fond memories and strong friendships.
It was bittersweet when we found out we were switching to a new school. We were sad to leave our friends, but couldn't help but be excited and eager to pack our schoolbags. It's like that every year; it is such a joy for us to return to school and begin a new school year. Even though we missed our week of summer vacation, we look forward to attending a new school with better facilities, teachers, standards, and curricula.
Two pretty new bicycles Mother Phuong has just bought for us
It has been three days since she began attending a new school. Certainly there will be many new and exciting things to experience! The Khmer language has been replaced with Vietnamese so that she can learn and communicate with her friends. "There will be obstacles, but just do your best!"
For a long time, Uncle Tran Ai and Auntie Lan Hanh have been taking care of the OBV's children; especially have been interested in the childrens’ education and wanted them to gain knowledge in many different fields. Sometimes they brought their own children with them when visiting OBV. The purpose of that was to allow their children to spend time with the OBV's children and encourage the pursuit of education.