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Sunday, 17 December 2017 18:09

It's Bad Thing, Forget It!

"Just forget it"

"Mother, you've told me that it's a bad thing, to forget it...but why do you keep asking me to repeat the story so many times?" Xiu Xiu tiredly complained. She was a small and shy girl, and it was her forth time retelling her story to a police officer. She was confused. Her mother would tell her 'it was a bad thing that happened...just ignore it and forget it', yet these policemen repeatedly requested her to retell her story over and over, despite it happening a month ago. She had told the exact same story 4 times now.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 17:57

A Branch on the Verge


The Branch to hold onto.

After our training course on the Prevention of Child Sex Abuse, we gathered our bags and started to head off into the next part of our journey: Child rescue.

This particular case was a strenuous one, and we were absolutely committed to seeing it through. After contacting local government bodies, and insisting on the support from the Buon Me Thuot city council, we found the location of a child and her family in the suburbs just outside the city, on the way to Buon Don. We were actually surprised that everything was working in our favor up to this point. In previous cases, we'd travel the great distances and fail miserably as the family had just left the town, or other circumstances would arise that would prevent us from meeting with them.

Some special classes in the "Prevention of Child Sex Abuse" were organize by OBV for the minor of the E De tribe from highland Dak Lak province. The reports of children from ethnic minority communities being kidnapped or lured with candy and cookies, only to be sexually abused has been a huge concern for the officials and priests in the area. That was enough to encourage OBV members to brave the weather, long distances, strong winds and glaring sun to ensure the classes were a success.

Sunday, 26 November 2017 22:11

I Will Run Away....

"Lottery tickets! Get your lottery tickets here!" The feeble cries from a little girl battled the sounds of Saigon traffic. She, like many other children, needed to sell lottery tickets after school to help support her family. She stood under the glaring sun, her voice piecing our hearts.

She was a member of the OBV family, but had since returned to her family 3 years ago. She was now a 12 year old girl. Grown up and more mature. As soon as she saw us, a big smile lit up her face and she ran to welcome us in. "As soon as I heard your voice on the telephone, I knew it was you!" she told us. "This is my uncle Nam...he picks me up to go to school. Do Mother Ngoc and the sisters miss me?!" She spoke a million miles a minute, but it was heart warming to see her genuinely happy.

Sunday, 07 January 2018 23:58

A Gloomy Future


It was already after 2pm when she came home, a little girl exhausted as she hadn't eaten all day, and had been moved from one office to another, one medical exam to the next, repeating her rape story over and over, and being stared at by curious strangers. The Medical staff refused to allow an abortion until they received the full report from the police officers in charge of her case. She had another medical appointment for the following Monday, no doubt it would be yet another insult added to her trauma.

Sunday, 11 February 2018 22:14

Book Donation Picnic

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Members of OBV donated two boxes of books to the Charity Summer Camp organized by Mr. Huynh Ngoc Trung Luong. The books donated would find a new home in the library currently being built for students in remote towns, giving them a chance to read and broaden their minds. 

Monday, 30 October 2017 20:16

Fundraising in Australia 2017

"Trả Em Tuổi Thơ 4 - Fundraising in Australia 10-2017


On the second day of our Malaysian trip, we visited a camp for minors, who were victims of human trafficking.

On the highway that led us away from the city centre, at a speed of 100 km/h, it still took us about 90 minutes to arrive to the camp. Looking in from the outside, the camp seemed spacious and peaceful, but even the most serene backdrop could not hide the pain and sorrow that could be seen in the eyes and hearts of the residents that lived there.

After the standard check in procedure, we passed two iron gates, and a small playground. In this group, there were only 3 Vietnamese minors among a group of 25 children of all different ages. These particular 3 were the ones we were here to see. 

I've been thinking deeply at the Vietnamese working girls. They were in Malaysia because they had been kidnapped, deceived, or sold into prostitution and treated as sex slaves by their traffickers. I thought about the pain and tribulation they had to endure, with someone controlling their lives.

Maybe committed suicide from the shame they felt.

Some descended into madness, their psych not strong enough to keep them going.

Their eyes staring blankly, no longer trusting towards other humans.

The windows to their hearts firmly closed.

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Thien Binh Orphanage

On Friday, July 8th, 2010, OBV’s representative, Directors and employees of Cali Broken Rice came to Thien Binh Orphanage in the morning.

Charity activities has been with Cali Broken Rice for a long time with a program called “Enjoy broken rice, spread your charity”. With each cold handkerchief that is used by the customer, Cali Broken Rice will take 2,000 VND into their charity fund and take it to ones who need that through charity trips.

There are about 100 children in Thien Binh Orphanage. They were abandoned and taken to the orphanage by people who saw them on the road. Some were abandoned in front of the orphanage. Some were even abandoned in a visiting trip at the orphanage.

Eyes of innocence

This trip helped the orphanage with an amount of 40 million VND which included 30 million of daily food like rice, sugar, milk, oil, etc, and 10 million of cash to help the kids continue their education.

Cash as gift was given for the kids…

… and other things for daily life at the orphanage.

They played together and the kids received gifts.

Being at Thien Binh Orphanage one day had left in me in thoughts. We all hope that every mother and father will love and raise their children with good responsibility, so there will be no more kids like little ones we met there.

Elly Doan

Translated by Le Nhat Lam.  The original version in Vietnamese entitled "OBV Tham Gia Hành Trình Thiện Nguyện Cùng Cơm Tấm Cali"

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