Yesterday, the Mission Trippers journeyed by bus from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to Vietnam, the last stop of a journey to understand the work that OBV does across 3 countries in South East Asia.
Today, the group arrived at OBV Vietnam, just in time for tomorrow's party to celebrate a belated Christmas, Lunar New Year, and the birthday of OBV's founder -- Father Martino. It will also be an opportunity to give thanks and gratitude to the OBV staff, supporters and collaborators who have worked with OBV over the last year.
Yesterday was quite a busy day for the Mission Trippers.
In the morning, they headed out to buy food to prepare all the meals for the day.
Their first meal was a delicious pasta dish, which the children devoured in minutes.
While the kids napped after their huge lunch, the group headed off to Bloom, an organization with under-aged victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking are trained to work in bakeries.
On the 12th of January, in the still of the night and long after all younger girls were in a deep sleep, the older girls of OBV took a trip to Nguyen Hue street to meet up with the volunteers on the Mission Trip. The OBV team along with their collaborators, were ready for their Night Flight -- an event organized to share gifts with the homeless in Saigon.
The first stop was Saigon Notre Dame church, where the group gathered to pray for a smooth and peaceful night.
Roaming through Districts 1, 3, 5, 6 and 11, the group handed out a total of 254 gifts to those less fortunate than them.
They arrived home as the dawn was breaking. The children had experienced something new, teaching them to always appreciate what they had available to them, including a warm bed to sleep in under the cozy roof of OBV.
Translated by Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung. The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Mission Trip 2018 (Day 6) Bay Đêm Sài Gòn"
OBV has just completed the schedule for the annual Mission Trip, giving volunteers from other countries an opportunity to learn and experience the activities of OBV in Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam.
For 10 to 12 days of the Mission Trip, they will live, work, and participate in volunteer activities in areas where children are sold, such as the Children's Detention Center for victims of child sexual exploitation.
The volunteers will meet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The first day, they will make their way to the Children's Detention Centre, housing child victims of human trafficking (sex trafficking, larbor trafficking, organ harvesting).
The representatives of OBV in Malaysia visit the children weekly, providing medication and food for the children and help them with paper work for repatriation to their respective countries. For those returning to Vietnam, OBV then assists them with rehabilitation and to obtain a job so that they can integrate back into society.
After leaving the detention centre, the mission trip group will visit the Women's Detention Centre, and the jewelry factory reserved for the survivors (so called to respect/honor the aspirations of life of the victims of sexual abuse.)
The group will then continue the trip to Cambodia, and Vietnam to visit the children of OBV in these countries.
OBV News January 3rd, 2018
Translated by Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung. The original version in Vietnamese entitled "OBV Mission Trip 2018"