To speak true, the OBV family didn't expect to receive special praise like that. However, two employees from Suka Society in Malaysia still paid a visit to the family to express admiration for them. The visits also shows gratitude and acknowledgement to the two guests, who are preparing to join the OBV family in their meaningful work in Malaysia.
Even though Miss Cecil and Miss Sara stayed with our family for only one day, our children still had a chance to practice their English a little bit. Moreover, in such a limited time, Cecil and Sara still gave our family some positive feedback for our future enhancement:
Training: Sexually transmitted disease
Date: Jan 28, 2015
Presenter: Phuong Nguyen, MD, FACOG
Summary: Beside providing information about sexually transmitted disease so that OBV staff can have more knowledge to take care of the OBV children – victims of sex exploitation, Dr. Nguyen also addressed menstrual cycle, vaginal discharge and infections. A very helpful, "hot" topic that benefit female staff too.
Date: Feb 4, 2015
Presenter: Tiffany Pham, MSW, LCSW
Summary: A session held to explore and discuss clinical challenges in completing intake and assessment with victims and their family.
It's Saturday, and the Embassy is closed; however, because of some incidents happended by misunderstanding after our previous trip to Malaysia, the chief security officer of the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia had arranged time to meet with Fr. Martino Ba-Thong Nguyen (OBV Founder), Dr. John Duy-An Nguyen (OBV President), and OBV Malaysia repreesentative at 9:00am January 30th, 2105. We are grateful for the opportunity to present OBV mission and works in different countries in Southeast Asia, and the possibility to work with the US authority in different countries on human trafficking. We also learned how to be properly protected by the US Government while working in foreign countries, how to efficiently work with international agencies as well as different governements through proper channels.
Although Ukrainian trafficking victims were told they would gain legal entry in the U.S., they were routinely smuggled through Mexico using temporary tourist visas like this one.
The young Ukrainian men and women—many of them out of work and with few prospects—were promised good-paying jobs in the United States. But instead of living the American dream, they were thrust into a nightmare of violence, threats, and forced servitude.
For years, five brothers who ran a human trafficking organization victimized dozens of unwitting Ukrainians, underscoring the reality that modern-day slavery exists in the United States and around the world—and requires a strong response by governments and law enforcement.
Meeting Anderson, from SUKA, a non-profit organization in Malaysia
OBV will work with SUKA to provide translation for victims from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, creating profiles, and rehab those who are within OBV mission
Ms. Thy Hang and her husband Mr. Kinh visited our children at OBV Cambodia one year ago. This time, she made an appointment to meet our children again when she visited her motherland.
When coming, she brought some presents with her, such as a packet of rice, two boxes of instant noodles, a box of milk, and some packets of candy.
Training: Child Sexual Abuse and Trauma
Date: November 19, 2014
Presenter: Tiffany Pham, MSW, LCSW
Summary: The workshop introduced OBV staff to the dynamic of sexual abuse and the psychological impact of sexual trauma on children. Specifically, the session addressed the general overview of sexual trauma, factors contributing to sexual trauma, factors to consider when working with individuals who have been victimized, and treatment recommendations.
Training: Enuresis and Child Sexual Abuse
Date: December 18, 2014
Presenter: Thanh-Tam Nguyen, MD; Phuong Nguyen, MD
Summary: The training session demonstrated an overview of enuresis in children as it relates to sexual abuse. In addition, the presenters discussed various forms of assessments and treatment recommendations.
Training: Understanding Trauma from a Cognitive Behavioral Perspective
Date: December 21, 2014
Presenter: Duong Hoang, PhD, LPC
Summary: This training provided staff with the tool and resources to conceptualize trauma from a cognitive behavioral approach. The session assisted staff in connecting cognition and behaviors in understanding victims' responses to sexual trauma. Implications for rapport building, assessment, and interventions were discussed.
The 11-hour bus ride made us pretty tired. It was dark when we arrived, so we rented a room and spent the night. The next morning, we rented the motorbike and began our journey to visit the children as we had arranged with the local ladies.
On this trip, I traveled with Sr. N, the mother of OBV home, and a person who wished to involve herself in the work of OBV. She wished to experience and gain a better understanding of the OBV's mission and its next steps.
You have a beautiful smile, the kind that is like an angel's smile. Looking at you smile, probably no one could tell that you have suffered a great deal. The deep wounds on your tiny body caused me great pain
The child was born into a very poor family. Her parents are illiterate. After two sessions at school, she helps her parents sell lottery tickets at night. Her school lunches are her classmate's leftover meals. All her school expenses are paid for by her neighbors. The child and her mother do not have a home, so they usually sleep in the shelter of their grandparents' homes. The first time I met the child, she just returned from bathing in the river.
The project manager is talking to her relatives
A man and his family lived in a peaceful countryside home situated on the land held by his ancestors. Despite difficult circumstances, the man made a living selling lottery tickets throughout the day to care for his elderly mother and two lovely daughters, including little N. His wife stayed home to care for her mother-in-law and their children. Their fate changed one day after one of the family members committed a horrendous crime.
At this joyous time of the Lunar New Year of the Goat, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to our beloved benefactors, partners, volunteers, staff and children. 2014 was a very suc-cessful year for OBV: We were able to exceed our goals and expand our services to combat child sex exploitation and trafficking. Our achievements show the generosity and commitment of people like you. In addition to expanding services in Cambodia, Laos, Singapore and Vietnam, we are getting ready to establish a new OBV home in Malaysia in early 2015.
We wish you ABUNDANCE, HAPPINESS, and PEACE in this Christmas, and a New Year filled with HOPE and PROSPERITY.
One Body Village
Trong niềm vui mừng Tết Ất Mùi, chúng tôi xin chân thành tri ân quý vị ân nhân, các cộng tác viên, thiện nguyện viên, nhân viên và các con. Năm 2014 quả thật là một năm thành công mỹ mãn cho gia đình Một Thân Hình: chúng tôi đã có thể vượt quá chỉ tiêu trong năm và mở rộng thêm những dịch vụ trợ giúp các trẻ em là nạn nhân của tệ nạn buôn bán / khai thác tình dục. Ngoài việc mở rộng hoạt động tại 4 quốc gia Cam-bodia, Laos, Singapore và Vietnam, chúng tôi đang chuẩn bị để mở thêm gia đình Một Thân Hình mới tại Malaysia vào đầu năm 2015.
Chúng tôi kính chúc quý vị một mùa Giáng Sinh tràn đầy HẠNH PHÚC và BÌNH AN, và một năm mới AN KHANG THỊNH VƯỢNG.
Gia Đình Một Thân Hình
5 years as sex slave
She's a very pretty, petite young lady, about 14 years old; whose eyes always seemed on verge of bursting into tears.
Who would have known 5 years ago, she was raped by her stepfather right in her own home. This started at the time her mother was pregnant, carrying the stepfather's child. The closest person to her was her mother but her mother couldn't protect her. Her mother knew everything that had happened but she kept silent – thinking she was protecting her family so that the new baby would not grow up without a father. Year after year, she endured. Thus, she became more reserve and quiet.
A beautiful young girl was borned in 2003. No money to pay the hospital, abandoned by her father at birth, her mother sneaked out the hospital without a birth certificate. The baby grew up but couldn't attend school because there is no proper paperwork. At the young age, she began selling lottery tickets for a living. Eventhough she didn't get to go to school but daily dealing with the lottery tickets sale gave her the ability for quick calculation and good with numbers. She followed the children in her neighborhood to learn how to read and write.
Dear OBV Children, Staff, Benefactors, Supporters, and Volunteers,
Thanksgiving is not just a few days of shopping, feasting, or being off from work, but an occasion to cultivate and express gratitude. Medical researches have shown that people who feel and show gratefulness increase their levels of happiness and optimism.
"Thankfulness creates gratitude, which generates contentment that causes peace." –Todd Stocker
At OBV, we count our blessings from all of you and from each and everyone of us. We make our blessings count, work diligently, gratefully, and happily with what we have, and seek to achieve more.
We wish you all happy and blessed Thanksgiving. We thank YOU for "Be a Voice, Lend a Hand, to Make a Difference, and Save a Life."
OBV Board of Directors