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Passing the Tham Luong bridge we traveled on an asphalted road of about 15km with roadside landscapes having changed dramatically. By then, we were already lost in the middle of countryside whose acres of betel gardens - once a poetic muse, have now been replaced with the sight of cattle and horses only.
The drizzly rain was enough to have us wet, trembling and trying to snuggle up in each other for some warmth. We stopped over a dilapidated house nestled remotely on a village road.
In 2010, people of Hoc Mon district were outraged by a dreadful crime of the rape of T who was born in 2000. N, the rapist, was caught in his act. T disclosed that she usually passed by N’s home on her route to sell lottery. When he spotted her, he would buy a lottery result paper from her and ask her inside to commit his pedophilic acts. He would give her 5,000 dong, sometimes 10,000 dong as a pay. According to T, N had done this more than a dozen times to her.
A heartbreaking story, yet it needs to be asked: “Why a child?” Absolutely ridiculous!
Third Annual Fundraising Raffle Ticket Winning Numbers:
Ticket # 2624 - BOSE SoundLink Bluetooth Headphones
Ticket # 4784 - GoPro HERO4 Silver
Ticket # 2013 - iPad Air
Ticket # 4674 - GRAND PRICE - $2,000 Visa Gift Card
BIG CONGRATS to these winners, and thanks to all of you supporting us out there that made this event successful.
3rd Annual OBV Houston Gala Committees
OBV gratefully acknowledges OBV Houston and Bid4Real for your passion and dedication in planning and executing the gala fundraising event on 11/6/2015. Attendees were treated to beautiful setting, powerful message, and creative fundraising activities.
Amazing job well-done!
Sincere appreciation to Mr./Mrs. Phong & Nguyet for spending the entire 3 days of Dai Hoi Duc Me LaVang Las Vegas 10/16-18/2015 taking care of OBV merchandises and distributing DVDs "Bo Vai".
Thank you to Mr./Mrs. Lam & Dung for driving a big TV & DVD player from Orange County to Las Vegas along with your family.
Much gratitude to Mr./Mrs. Steve & Kim Anh for donating your jewelry and gifts to OBV for fundraising.
Thank you to many friends, donors, and supporters.
Perhaps it was through an instance of fate that brought Kelly to the OBV house. Since the first meeting with Kelly, she continues to make her annual trip to visit the OBV house and children. This year, she came not only once but three times and has even brought friends to accompany her during her visits.
If someone were to ask Kelly what her interests and passions are, she will likely answer: "My passion is to do charity work." Each year, Kelly takes a trip back to Vietnam and charity work takes up approximately 2/3 of her total trip. Other than that, Kelly takes trips from South Vietnam to North Vietnam and to various areas and regions that are dangerous and less fortunate. She informs us that she is always happy and at peace during these trips.
Today, we have a special guest. Father Thong, from United States, called her to give her permission to visit the house instead of waiting for the monthly visit. The reason being that she will be one of the four emcees for our second OBV show. With the theme "The Shoulder", it will be broadcasted by Thuy Nga Entertainment on May 1st, 2015 at Saigon Performing Art Center. Therefore, Father Thong hopes that her experience visiting the house will give her some inspirations to host the show.
Glamorous Hearts is a program of passion, beauty and giving back. OBV has been chosen to be the beneficiary.
Please call 714-766-4370 for the tickets ($50, $75, $100).
OBV Houston Supporters and I attended the Love146 event at the home of Staci and Dr Quang Henderson on the evening of Sat 9/19/2015.
Love146 organization has resources and homes in various countries whose works gear toward the prevention and rescue of human trafficking victims.
On Saturday 9/19/2015 morning, a group of dedicated volunteers: Mark Kingston, Lien, Nathalie, Donnie, Thuy, YLa and Thanh-Tam got together to review the program and logistics for OBV Houston's Chantilly Lace Ball which will take place on Nov 6, 2015 at the Ayva Center. This will be the 3rd Annual Ball that OBV Houston has organized.
We met, networked, and brainstormed. The meeting lasted 3 hours.
Thank you so much for your precious time and passion working for OBV mission.
Thank you for Being A Voice & Lending A Hand, to Make A Difference and Save A Life.
Dear OBV supporters,
Due to personal reasons, Dr. John Duy An has resigned as President of OBV effective 8/15/2015. We appreciate all the services he has rendered to OBV mission. He will continue to serve OBV as a volunteer OBV advisor.
Board is actively looking for a replacement and will make announcement when appropriate.
Thank you and we send our best wishes to Dr. John Duy An.
OBV Board of Directors
On Monday 8/31/2015, Dr. Thanh-Tam Nguyen, MD, FAAP was the Opening Speaker at the Annual All-Staff Meeting, Orange County Heath Care Agency, California Children Services. The presentation titled "Adverse Childhood Events Affecting Health and Development" showed the attendees that the ACE Study and multiple researches have revealed the negative life-changing outcome in adults when as children, they suffer adverse events early in life such as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, parental neglect and abandonment, and/or household dysfunction with substance abuse, mental illness, mother treated violently, or an imprisoned family member.
At St Polycarp Catholic Parish Annual Picnic at Modjeska Park in Anaheim, CA, parishioners received DVDs.
Received $50 donation for OBV at St Polycarp picnic today.
We would like to send my big thank to:
- The group of Mr. and Mrs. Thong Hang from California
- Parents of Eucharistic Youth Society
- Children of Saint Polycarp Eucharistic Youth Society
For the contribution of your voices and heart opened sending to OBV family 1,000 USD
“May God pay special attention to you and His blessing be with you.”
Translated by Loan Nguyen. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:" Lời cám ơn"
The U.S. Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. citizens or permanent residents/registered aliens for a personal services contract (PSC) position as a Children in Adversity and Education Advisor in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Cambodia is a priority country for the U.S. Government under the Action Plan for Children in Adversity (APCA), which seeks to integrate internationally recognized, evidence-based, good practices into international assistance for children. The APCA has three principal objectives:
- Build Strong Beginnings: Integrate a child’s biological need for stimulation and responsive caregiving into health, nutrition, and early education programs for young children
- Put Family Care First: Support and enable families to care for their children, prevent unnecessary family-child separation, and promote appropriate, protective, and permanent family care.
- Protect Children: Facilitate the efforts of national governments and partners to prevent, respond to, and protect children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect.
USAID/Cambodia will launch programming for APCA with a focus on Family Care First with a goal to develop sustainable solutions to reduce substantially the number of children outside of family care in Cambodia. Please see the solicitation for more details. Applications are due Monday, August 10, 2015.
Photo: Children care for their siblings along a dusty road outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
© 2007 Tara O'Connell, Courtesy of Photoshare
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