CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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Daily Activities

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As any other families, OBV children are expected to do the house chores.

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"
Monday, 25 April 2016 00:54

A granddaughter

As previously reported, OBV has just welcomed home a baby girl of almost 3 years old, without much difficult since she has her aunt (a survivor who has been with OBV for the last 6 years).

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We can only pray and hope that one day our doors will permanently close, because we've managed to abolish child sex abuse, but this is almost a heartbreaking unrealistic goal. As more and more cases come to light, OBV cannot simply close our eyes, our arms, our hearts and not take any action to it....
 
After going through all the required paperwork and procedures to take on this baby, her young mother bravely wiped her tears as she said goodbye to her child, and boarded a bus, not daring to look back a final time. I could feel her pain, knowing she only wanted peace and a safe environment from her child, and not have to carry her all day, every day, while running and hiding from the child's 'Grandfather'. In the dead of that very same night, we received a call from the young mother begging for help and immediately jumped in a car to trek 70km to help her in any way we could.
 
We encouraged her to leave that house (the grandfather's house) immediately, and to find a safer location where should could start over, and slowly rebuild her life. We told her whenever she was strong enough, and felt she was confident enough in safe conditions, she could come and be reunited with her child.
 
At the moment, our youngest child is adjusting well, and we will send her to school soon. She calls Mother N 'grandmother', which is only fitting, since her aunt, Miss T, is also one of OBV's children. From here on, a lot of time will have to be dedicated to the baby, to look after her and soothe her when she cries. Her first night at the house, she stayed up late. It was already 11pm and yet she insisted her aunt take her to Mother N's room to see if 'Grandmother' was asleep. Adorable!
After school, the other children of OBV crowd around their newst sister and ooh and aah over her. There are so many sisters, that Baby is never alone, and each sister fights to have a minute to hold the baby.
Our baby can eat by herself, and after every meal, copies her older sisters by packing up the chairs, cleaning tables and folding napkins. 
 
Mother N and Miss T (Baby's aunt) are her primary caretakers, bathing her and helping her settle in. But, being a child, there is a still a communication barrier, and sometimes when she is misunderstood, our baby will 'swear', repeating words she had picked up in her previous environment.
Her aunt also needs to study, which is difficult with Baby insisting on playing at all hours, but luckily, she is also just as easily entertained with her new grandmother.

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OBV house has a 'granddaughter' now....but should we be happy, or sad? Will our house eventually see anyone even younger than she?
 
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Translated by Jacqueline Huynh. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"ĐỨA CHÁU NGOẠI"
Friday, 22 April 2016 00:52

Let OBV’s mission known

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OBV has conducted our mission to prevent child sexual abuse since 2009. At that time, we came to “open every door” and insisted on cooperating with many people, but the things we received were somehow only promises without any actions, or even certain “conditions” out of our reach. We have never given up; day-by-day we attempted to get access to remote areas, meet parents and get them know how to help their children aware of the risks involved with sexual abuse. We came to some places that we have contacts with first, and then other places where the government officials were very interested in and enthusiastic about our mission. Over the years, we have never ceased our efforts to overcome obstacles by obstacles. In general, we can win people’s trust for our work. However, we sometimes have to use “finance” to convince people from rural areas to come to listen to the issues that they need to know for the sake of protecting their children. We even had to pay for their off day  so that they could attend the talks attentively without worrying at all. Some locals really welcome us, while others just have to because of their seniors’ command. It doesn’t matter how they behave; we still keep going.

Today, we’ve received contacts from two official media offices. They would like to be one of our partners in OBV’s mission. Nothing is happier than you are not lonely on your road; the road sure will be shorter.

It is hoped that OBV’s house where the abused children are brought up at present will be closed one day! If all of us join hands to raise all the society classes’ awareness that children are not sexual tools for anyone.     

Will our dreams come true? The answer is for each of us.

Translated by Phuong Do. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"Công tác tuyên truyền của OBV"

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:53

PLAYING GAMES

Favorite game of the girls is jumping onto the bed and fighting with pillows

The girls are always excited to be participating in dramatic play and write their own story, assign each role to every "actor" etc

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April 2016

Friday, 15 April 2016 00:00

VISITING HOME

Rescuing and helping sexually exploited and trafficked children is OBV mission.
 
However, the children have the choice to choose which path they do down, with OBV always providing moral support and creating conditions and opportunities for a better life so that whatever option they choose, the child is safe and happy.
 
The process to bring a child home to the OBV house involves staff thoroughly learning about the child's condition, by reaching out to the child, to meet and chat with the child's fammily and the local authorities. Next, the family and the child is invited to OBV house. Once they have seen the new living condtions, the family and child can determine if the child will join the family or if OBV can support them by other means.

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Today, a 16 year old child, after having been reached out to several times, asked to visit our home. Her initial feeling was that she very much liked it there. OBV will carry out all other neccesary work to bring her home to us.

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Translated by Jacqueline Huynh. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:"CON THĂM NHÀ"

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