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endchildslavery.jpgRACH GIA CITY, Vietnam — The offer came to families on the edge of desperation, living and working around the clock on garbage dumps whose sickening stench seeps into their clothes.
A motherly woman accompanied by a kindly gentleman arrived one day in early December, shortly before the New Year's Tet celebration when the poorest of the poor hope for a little extra cash for modest festivities. The two said they were looking for attractive young women to work in a Ho Chi Minh City cafe, and they were ready to give each family a $60 advance — a small fortune for people barely scraping by on a couple of dollars a day — or less.
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 20:30

A life in the day: Somaly mam

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The 34-year-old Cambodian leads the AFESIP association, which rescues girls and young women from brothels in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. She is separated from her husband and lives near Phnom Penh with her children: Melissa, 14, Adana, 9, and Nicolai, 3

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"Trafficking in human persons is a horrific crime and should be combated with all the legal means and resources available," Bishop Wester said." The enactment of this legislation is another important step toward eradicating this scourge, both in the United States and globally."


Thursday, 11 December 2008 22:36

Haiti _October_2007

These pictures show Father Martino and the President of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish Council (Mike) and Business Manager (Brenda) in Haiti! They came to Haiti for one week visiting St. Frances "sister parishes!" We had heard how poor they were, and now we have seen. In Father Martino's own words, "I would not say this is the poorest I have seen, but this is one of the poorest parts of the world. They need help! Imagine a whole country has only ONE hospital opened from 8:00AM to 6:00PM." They have visited the people, shared the love, the financial assistance, the Mass and even a soccer game, where Father Martino scored 2 goals! Near the end of the game, Father Martino had an asthma atttack. Mike had to carry him back to the car on his back.
Thursday, 11 December 2008 22:03

Children in district 8 _Sai Gon_2002

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We gathered many poor and homeless children in District 8 of Ho Chi Minh City (AKA Saigon) and gave them a Christmas party (plus gifts)! They were full of joy and we were filled with love!

Sunday, 30 November 2008 17:00

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We spent these Vietnamese New Year days of 2007, away from home and our loved ones, with the ethics people in Kon Tum.We gathered the children and the adults at two different sites.These pictures conveyed the joy of the adults receiving a box of instant noodle and 50 pounds of rice!The rice and the noodle made their New Year celebration more meaningful - Why? Because they have food on their table!

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 17:00

The President

  • The President will supervise and control the affairs of the Corporation and shall exercise such supervisory powers as may be given by the Board of Directors.
  • The President will perform all duties incident to such office and such other duties as may be provided in these bylaws or as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Directors. The President shall preside at all board meetings and shall exercise parliamentary control in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order.
  • The President shall serve as an ex-officio member of all standing committees, unless otherwise provided by the Board of Directors or these bylaws.
  • The President shall, with the advice of the Board of Directors and in accordance with the requirements of these bylaws, set the agenda for each meeting of the Board of Directors.

      (from the OBV's Bylaws)

Thursday, 11 December 2008 22:08

Feeding the orphaned children in Binh Duong

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Again, these pictures were taken in 2002. A group of friends that included Father Martino (Ordained 2004 - Diocese of Savannah), Father John Tung (Ordained 2006 - Archdiocese of Washington), Father Paul Phu (Ordained 2006 - Archdiocese of Washington) and Doctor An Do (2008 - Atlanta, GA) traveled by a 50-passenger bus to Binh Duong (60 miles North West of Sai Gon) to prepare meals at a home housing the homeless children.

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