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As any other families, OBV children are expected to do the house chores.
October is one of the kid’s favorite months of the year for they are allowed to return home for a week during Pchum ben Festival – Cambodian has 15 days of the tenth month in the Khmer calendar to pay their respect to the ancestors up to seven generations by visiting to the pagoda saying prayers and dedicating food and offerings to the souls of their ancestors and relatives and others.
The schools closes for a week so we decided to let our kids return and visit their home for the week off. They were very excited and always asked me the same question a day before leaving “We are going to return our home this Friday afternoon right, Aunt?”. It seemed that they wanted to make sure that time tomorrow they would be picked up by their family.
Clothes are packed. Ready!
Children really enjoyed the weather on the full moon day of mid-autumn festival this year. Before that day, like other years, it rained so heavily that it caused floods in many roads of the city. Fortunately, the weather was totally beautiful on the special day, and this was completely convenient for celebrating mid autumn festival to children.
The OBV house this year has some interesting points:
$ 1. The Youth Organization took the children of OBV house to the areas in Binh Chanh, Binh Tan, District 12 to gift the lanterns to poor children here. This meaningful act of sharing reminds them that they should be willing to share with others when they can receive lots of nice things from generous people.
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