CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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Daily Activities

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.

Friday, 27 May 2016 08:01

A new library for OBV

To prepare for summertime reading, OBV already had intentions to re-stock the library. All the current books in the library, the girls have almost finished reading! Before we could make it happen, a special package arrived from one of our beloved supporters: a box of new books!

Her name is Van, her roots are from North Vietnam. After hearing about the children, she contacted us said she wanted to donate books for them to enrich themselves. Just a few months earlier she had sent 100 brand new exercise books for the girls' schooling needs, and today we've recieved this box of goodies. To make it extra special, she had carefully branded each book with the words 'OBV library'. 
 
And so the girls have new books for their summertime reading, with Ms. Van promising to update the books every 6 months, which will ensure they always have something new to read.

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Thank you Ms. Van, for your unwaivering support, despite living so far away. We hope you will come visit us one day, so that we, and the children, can thank you personally for your kind and generous gifts.
 
Summer 2016
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Translated by Jacqueline Huynh. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"TỦ SÁCH OBV"
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 04:00

The Journey to find a Lost Child

It took a lot of work and time to be able to bring a certain child home to OBV, because once the media released the details of her horrific story, the donations come pouring in, and suddenly the child was used as a source of income for her family. At the time, the local authorities as well as representives from the the Women's Association came to help us talk with the family, and eventually, the family reluctantly let her go. She was 6 years old at 15kg. She couldn't speak. She was clearly depressed. She was mentally delayed. She stepped into our house for the first time with curious and scared eyes
 
After two years, with the endless love and support from endless number of people, she knows how to speak. She smiles. She's starting to write. She knows the basic chores around the house. She's polite and she engages with people around her.....and then we let her go home to visit her elderly grandparents for Tet, where they decided to keep her. Her grandmother sprouted out many reasons, from 'she wants to stay here', to 'she needs to stay here to look after her 5 year old sister', and many other excuses to stop her coming with us.

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She, at the age of puberty, lives in a remote area near the border.

Her father died when she was just a couple of month old. She lives with her mother and her sister since then. One day, a strange woman came to her village and planned out a very bright dreamy future to her family that she can go with her to work abroad in another country. This job seems to be satisfying because it is light work and can bring her family lots of money. Then, she fell into the trap of human smugglers. They took her across the border and sold her to others. And her life of sex slavery began.  

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Undergoing the dark days of life, she managed to contact her family for urgent help; and eventually the police recued her. Thanks to the great assistance from collaborators and local police, OBV can contact her. She is still scared that these human traffickers might find out her, so she hasn’t shown her face yet. However, we have promised to be with her and do all best for protecting her as well as helping her get back to her normal life. Please wait, we will come to you soon…

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Translated by Phuong Do. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"Khó đó, nhưng chúng tôi vẫn tiếp tục hành trình"

Friday, 13 May 2016 00:20

It takes a village to raise a child

There is a really famous saying that 'it takes a village to raise a child'.
 
This can be seen at OBV, where our team of carers, nurses, therapists, and many others all come together to be parents to our girls.
 
Over the Tet holidays, we let the girls go home to their families (if conditions allow) so that they may still have bonds with their parents/grandparents. It was quite unfortunate that in the case of Little Miss C, her grandparents decided to keep her after Tet, and not let her come back to OBV.

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Little Miss C's story is probably the worst you'll ever hear. It's a tale of perverted depravity, that left her dying in a pool of her own blood, until her grandfather found her.
When the mother found out, she used Little Miss C's story to gain sympathy from the neighbours and other village folk, who donated money out of the kindness of their hearts. Little Miss C never saw a cent. Instead, the mother took it all for her ownn selfish needs.

There were only eight kids of all ages at our home when Professor Jesse came to teach us how to self-defense. How about the new-coming kids? Who would teach them the martial arts as the other of OBV family members?

All parents felt happy to see we were practicing the moves when they visited their children. One day, Y's father came and uttered surprisingly when he saw his daughter practicing her lesson: "Do you know how to self-defense? Great! Take a fight to see how strong you are (he knows the martial arts well.) He held a mattress and asked Y to take her action. After a couple of minutes, he stopped Y and said proudly "You are so strong!"

After a few hard weeks of preparing for the end of year examination, our girls got to spend a weekend letting go of their stress with Jesse, an American volunteer, after 2 years of being apart.

With the stifling hot and humid Saigon weather, the girls were more than happy and enthusiastic to let Uncle Jesse take them to Dam Sen water park to cool off.

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The first lesson in my life is Love and Giving. I was born in a love filled catholic family so maybe I do not deeply understand what the kids have gone through before they stepped in the OBV house. Because when I looked back all their psychological and physical traumas I found that they have the common point is that living in families lacking the warm of love. However; to my astonishment, the kids are now gradually learning the way to give their love and their care for the others.

           

A girl fell as playing on the river bank. All of them stopped the game and gathered to console the weeping girl. One of them put the hand to cover her eyes so she could not see the grazed knee that was cleaning by Ms. Ha (our child care staff)

Everyone has his home to come back. And at least one period of life is worth recollecting; that’s childhood. The childhood of every child should be the time living without worry or illness, with only happiness beside their family, friends and others. However, there have recently come more and more cases of child sexual abuse that mainly involve children from 2 to 14 years old in their schools; for example, 23 children in Lao Cai primary school, 3 children in Sapa primary school, 3 children in Lam Dong and others unknown cases that haven’t been invoked in newspapers.    

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Thursday, 28 April 2016 01:55

Feelings from a very special guest

The first moment to make acquaintance with the girls in OBV Cambodia:

A wonderful and colorful sweet soup shop with various kinds of desserts, many choices but only Cambodian palm sweet soup did attract most of them.

Some exciting game competition and the innocence of the kids shown when they played by the bank of the Mekong river.

A quiet and peace moment at the end of the day for the night prayer to thank God and thank each other with the participant of the “four legs member of family”-a loving dog MiMi as well.

May such bright smiles always blossom on their lips and may such blissful moments of peace be bestowed upon their lives forever and ever.

  

 

Peter Duy Nguyen

OBV Cambodia

April 2016

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

Updates on our granddaughter

It's been 10 days since we first started caring for Baby, and there have been some minor troubles as there are 'misunderstandings' between Baby and the family, due to communicaton barriers, or perhaps because we are not yet familiar with all her habits.

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And so, a schedule has been set up for Baby, with details on when she will cry, when she will be off looking for something to do, and so on. These first 10 days, the entire household has been following Baby's schedule, but slowly we will make sure Baby follows the house schedule. Overall, it's not to difficult. Back at her home, she was left on her own anyway, ignored and without anyone caring for her, so having to integrate her 'independence' with a set schedule hasn't been hard, minus the hours where she becomes fussy.

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Baby weighed in at 11kg on her first day....10 days later, she has gained 1 kg, with a clean bill of health. 
 
We love our little Baby, and every now and then she says the cutest things, with other times saying equally heartbreaking sentences, such as 'Mama T has left me'. Just imagine, a child barely 3 years old with neither of her parents, how heartbroken it must be to hear her say those words. 
 
Even though feeding and raising Baby takes a lot of time and effort....even though her cries sometimes disrupt the rest of the house and she has to stay in Grandmother N's room to ensure the other girls can study...it's a battle the whole family accepts to take on.

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Because love means to overlook every other obstacle!!!
 
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Translated by Jacqueline Huynh. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"TÌNH HÌNH CHÁU NGOẠI"
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