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As any other families, OBV children are expected to do the house chores.
4th Working Day in Malaysia
Presented the new research on Adverse Childhood Events - how ACE's affect brain growth and development, & how we can optimize brain development. Also shared ideas for self-care to avoid compassion fatigue.
The Community Leaders were from the 14 ethnic groups of Myanmar. They, themselves are refuges waiting for re-settlement. Some have waited for 11 years.
Some refugees were exploited prior to arrival in Malaysia. They are living with poverty, unemployment, family separation, depression, and unknown future.
Third Working Day in Malaysia - a long day.
Visited and talked to the refugees children. They came from Myanmar, Syria, Pakistan, ... & have waited years to re-settle in another country.
Second day in Malaysia...
The VN undocumented workers in Malaysia.
There was one lady who was exhausted from constant work without rest. When she asked to stop work, her wage was forfeited.
Taught survivors of human trafficking (sex & domestic servitude) basic principles of healthy lifestyle, hygiene maintenance, and signs/symptoms of sexually transmitted infections. A large number of survivors are from VietNam and Thailand. A smaller number are from Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, and China.
Dr. John and I saw a number of ladies with complaints of gastritis, abdominal pain, constipation, sleeping problems, headaches, dizziness ....
Once a year Kelly comes back to Vietnam to make charity trips in South and North of Vietnam. This year Kelly with her mates also come to see children at OBV’s house with their compassion.
(photo by Angela Ng)
Shared the principles of Informed Trauma Care to over 30 staff members - caretakers, case managers, social workers and security force, at a shelter for survivors of human trafficking (sex & organs trafficked.) The main idea: "treat survivors with compassion and respect", build genuine relationship.
Dr. John examined many young ladies. His first prescription for treatment: compassionate & caring hearts.
The Mekong River divided abject poverty and relatively more advanced life. Yet, in deprived circumstances, liquor is still man's friend. How do children learn and live?
Last night, when OBV Cam family was out for dinner at 8pm, there were 2 kids selling merchandises. A sister - 12 year old and a brother - 8 year old who have been selling on street for last 4 years with mom to support each other & 5 year old sibling. Father is an alcoholic that left family to live with another women. They have to make 5000 riels (4000= $1) a night, but mom does not beat them if not making the quota. However, last night, their mom went home early to rest because she had a headache. I offered them something to eat which they took readily. However, they kept looking outside the door because they had to make sure their ride didn't leave them alone.
One needs to believe their story with a grain of salt ...! One may not know the real truth.
The children have to go around to sell merchandises at night to earn a living for him/herself & families.
Dr. Thanh-Tam Nguyen
Affirmations at our second location (OBV Cambodia.) Just to remind them how much we love them.
They are smart, brave, beautiful...and just a little bit cheeky
Presented at a church in Hai Phong - read, interact, & spend quality time with children ... to optimize brain growth and enhance child's development which would maximize learning skills, life skills, and future outcome.
Had morning coffee in downtown Hai Phong then drove 1 1/2 hour into the rural area to see a 4 years old child with facial & eye problems.
The first training day of OBV staff
Preparing to meet the OBV children in Vietnam
Early morning lecture with Dr. Thanh Tam. Relevant for the prevention of abuse/trafficking of children with special needs.
Dr. Thanh Tam is OBV Chair of the board! She is doing her annual trip to south East Asia to check on and work with OBV Staff - She is currently in VN - and also teaching a few class with Project Vietnam Headed by Dr. Quynh Kieu!
We are always giving thanks to the Lord for sending to OBV family such an amazing, kind heart Doctor! we are proud of you Dr. Thanh Tam
Seminar on child development. This is important for doctors of Vietnam to understand, so they may pass this knowledge to parents with children with disabilities. This in turn can prevent the abuse and/or trafficking of our most vulnerable.
If you have or know someone with a child of special needs (autism/ADHD etc), please feel free to ask our doctors. They can guide you on methods on how to continue to be a positive influence for your child.
An old article...
At 12:30 Pm on January 1st, 2011, we departed HCM city on our "Love Connection Journey" to Phuoc Lam parish, Ba Ria, Vung Tau. Journey participants include Father Nguyen Ba Thong, the psychologists, the educators, the medical doctors, and the collaborators of the Bridge to Happiness Center. Our journey departed from HCM city to Phuoc Lam parish, Our Lady of Bai Dau, and our final destination was Lai On parish, Ho Nai, Dong Nai.