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As any other families, OBV children are expected to do the house chores.
6AM in the morning, I waked up but didn’t still get out of the bed, and suddenly the phone rang; that’s from the OBV helpline. I took the call “ Good morning, OBV Vietnam, how may I help you?”
A man on the other line hesitated for a while… “ Is this Bridge of Happiness (another name of OBV Vietnam) that particularly help sexual abuse children?
I could see a feeling of confusion in his voice, so I immediately responded “ Yes definitely, what can I do for you?”
According to lawers, the crime type of child sexual abuse is now increasing considerably and the threat is all around: from subjective circumstances like having concupiscence people hire our home to stay… to unexpected situations, or the case of a 8-year-old girl abused by her teacher’s husband at teacher’s own house, although her mother still took her to school as usual.
Recently, after the case of T.D.H. (2010) at Tan Thanh district, Long An who was abused by 14-year-old boy next door, I met and exchanged view with Ms. Yen Thao – Director of Nhip Cau Hanh Phuc (Bridge of Happiness) Chapter of Psychology Education Science. Maybe this is the only model applied sciences of psycology and education to take care of sexual abused children in Vietnam.
The house of Nhip Cau Hanh Phuc, which is located at a coastal area of Ho Chi Minh City and sponsored by Father Martino Nguyen Ba Thong (Georgia, USA), nurtures more than 20 children and takes care many children at their home, and supports school fee and medicines.
Most of the children are sent by their family to set apart from haunting living environment. When they initially came, they mostly had the first expression like stress, scare or scream. Some of them even sneaked underneath the table or the bed. About two weeks later, they got accustomed to the house and had general examination, imagery diagnosis and ultrasound. Those suspected of HIV infection would be examined to seek the solution. Clinical psycologists and therapists, including foreigners, who are working voluntarily at Nhip Cau Hanh Phuc also take part in treating the children psychologically and physically.
Nhip Cau Hanh Phuc fosters and helps sexually abused children to intergrate and change their future by studying at school and learning vocation skills. Everyone will be supported as far as they can learn, and their parents can bring them home at any time!
Note the hotline number below, so you can consult and help the children (0949754294).
PS. About T.D.H, after news buzzed on Facebook and newspapers, the attitude of government at To Van Thua’s home (Tan Lap commune, Tan Thanh district, Long An) had little changed. Reporters also found and listened to D.’s confession of abuse. However, because D. was too young to have criminal liability, there was only civil liability between two families. After discharged from Childen Hospital 2 to go to Long An, H. had to come back to Ho Chi Minh City and now she is being treated at another hospital. According to the doctor, the wound below is healed so it is hard to examine. H. continues to bleed, however, and the wound is too deep to be treated.
Lê Nguyễn Hương Trà
Starting the new life with OBV, she has encountered some difficulties to adapt to the new environment, lifestyle, and the new daily routines that is more organized than before. This year is also her first year in secondary school, and she has so many new things to learn.
The first few days of school, she had trouble with her learning skills, she was afraid to ask her teachers about what she couldn't understand. And she got some bad grades on her first exams then.
With encouragement from Mom and Aunties, she is getting on well with others and her exam grades are better, too.
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.