From January 2015 – OBV will post some of our DAILY activities (especially our children) on our website! Please follow them – to see how they grow! Thank you for being part of our children’s lives!
As any other families, OBV children are expected to do the house chores.
This summer, beyond the usual activities and picnics, the children had other plans at home.
Some on them, in highschool, started studying their new subjects, while the rest of them reviewed what they had learnt the previous year. OBV'S House Mother created a schedule for them to include learning cross stitch, musical instruments, painting and other handicrafts. They had opportunities to bake a variety of cakes as well as create their own new dishes. All this happened while the skies were dark with rain clouds, and Saigon went under water a few times from the storms.
It wasn't an easy trip: a bus ride, a motorbike taxi, a short trek....we were still able to reach Miss T. A child of 13 years old, porcelain features with a slight developmental delay that had recently become victim of sexual abuse...an easy target to the predators of her neighborhood.
Children stated in own words reasons for having dolls:
Breakfast is served : steamed corn & milk
Art Therapy is used to process emotions, reduce stress & anxiety, alleviate frustration, reduce heart rate, improve physical health, and maximize creativity.
Children color and sing together so beautifully.
Teen ladies go to school 7am-11am on Saturday morning.
Subjects: Language arts in Cambodian and English.
Learn well young ladies!
3/3/17 Morning at home.
Chores, Breakfast then off to school.
Amazing brains at work!
Again, Dr. Thanh-Tam has spent time to work with OBV in South East Asia almost every year.
First, to visit the OBV children in Vietnam (of course!)
Working for One Body Village, having a day off was a luxury that we couldn't afford. Regardless of the circumstances, date, or time, Father Martino and Mother Ngoc were there whenever the children needed help.
Mother Ngoc was sick. She had had a high fever and displayed other symptoms of the flu for over a month. She was pale, her voice was hoarse. But when I reported of a child in desperate need of help from One Body Village, she was the first to spring into action.
It was a very early morning start, yet we -- a child, her family and myself -- would not arrive to OBV's gates til the afternoon.
It was Dr. Ehum's second time in Vietnam and Cambodia, to visit the beloved girls he had met last year. A Korean-American with his own medical practice in the USA, he closed for half a month to spend precious time with the children.
During his stay, while short, it seemed he didn't get much sleep, with most if not all of this time spent with the girls, whether it was playing with them in the front yard, hanging out in the community room, waking them up and walking them to school, helping them with their studies, participating in household chores and eating meals with them. When the girls slept, he patrolled the area to make sure the girls were safe and well rested.
an old article...
For me, this Christmas, Tet holidays and my birthday came earlier than usual! It is not because of the warm weather or the passing of time, but for the human heart is blooming! Do you know why? I would like to share with you some emails and letters I have just received:
- Mail #1: (after my evening flights were informed)
I wonder if you still remember me, but I still remember you thanks to your writings, your prayers and advice that helpfully dissuaded me from killing my own child. At present I am very happy thanks to God’s blessings. When I decided to keep my child I did not think I would be as happy as I am today. My child is now 4 months old and so cute. I have been back to work. I would like to share my happiness to you and please do not forget to pray for me. I always pray that God will bless you on your journeys.
I have seen your travel plan for January. I wish I could meet you once, but what a pity I cannot have that opportunity! I wish you a happy birthday!
An old article...
For parishioners, especially young ones in the parish of Chợ Cầu (address 30/7 Nguyễn Văn Quá, 12th District 12, Ho Chi Minh City), the occasion of New Year 2013 was a wonderful time when they can to attend the preaching session of Father Martino Nguyễn Bá Thông. For Fr. Martino, this was his fifth time to present the journey of 2013. The audience gave him a warm welcome.
Fr. Martino’s session started at 7:30 PM. His team comprised of volunteers from U.S.A. The room was filled with songs, games, and chats about Fr. Martino and his topics. There were first-time attendees showing their excitement and curiosity.
Every year, OBV say 'see you later' to our girls, as they travel home to their villages to spend Tet with their families. A few of our girls haven't seen their families since they arrived, and are eager to travel -- despite the long distances to places like DakLak -- to be reunited with their loved ones.
It'll be two weeks without the usual chaos of getting the girls ready for school, for meals, and for bed, and we look forward to having them back with us, refreshed and ready for the new year!
Click here to view the Vietnamese version titled "Tết Của Các Con"
The children have been waiting in anticipation for Father Thong and the volunteers of OBV Canada' arrival just like the way they wait for spring. The quality time spent together brings most sincere happiness. The spring time for them thus is not only for three months but ongoing throughout the entire year as long as they live together with One Body Village.
You teach us to live all our hearts. Full power and full love. You danced with us in the evening and in the early morning while it was still dark you arose and prepared breakfast for us like mommies do it for their own children. Love you. Thank you so much.