It was a beautiful day in September....Everybody was dripping in sweat from the heat in Soc Trang. I couldn't help but feel a twinge of pity for the students, sitting in the stuffy hall, listening to the teachers lecture on sex education. One couldn't tell if everyone was red from blushing at this usually taboo topic, or if they were just red from the sweltering heat.
It's a pretty well known fact that kids out in the rural areas don't learn much -- if anything at all -- about sex education, or any kind of skills or defense to protect themselves from child sex abuse. They, like any other child around the world, had the right and deserved to be educated on these matters that would otherwise be swept under the rug.
Because of the growth and development of OBV, we need a professional management team. We officially announce the transfer of leadership from USA Team to Global Executive Team.
Father Martino officially withdraws from OBV global decision making in Southeast Asia. Gratefully, Father still be with OBV USA to operate and raise fund to support the work of OBV Southeast Asia.
an old article...
With the congregation, especially teenagers who belong in a parish Cho Cau church (30/7 Nguyen Van Qua, 12 District, HCM city), beginning in 2013 was always an occasion with full of the joys and the meaning because they were shared about the love of the life by special person- spellbinder Martino Nguyen Ba Thong. With Martino, this was the fifth time he have come back from US to Vietnam to lead the trip 2013. Once again he came with audiences who always have a soft corner in their heart for him.
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Mr. Micheal Chan To conversing with Ms. Yen Thao – president of the organization
On December 12th, 2012, the Nhip Cau Hanh Phuc organization (OBV VN) was honored to meet Mr. Micheal Chan To – a professor who teaches cosmetology and massage therapy from Canada, visited and worked with the organization.
The discussion with Mr. Micheal Chan To was fairly open, as he states: “I am Buddhist, but I applaud the works Father Thong has done; that makes me want to contribute my efforts to help the children. When I became a volunteer, I received many blessings.” After sharing important information, he will organize his time and start his teaching and training period for the children of the OBV family.
Thank you very much Mr. Micheal Chan To. May God bless you and your family with peace always. .
Translated by Katherine Pham. The original version in Vietnamese entitled "'Khi Trở Thành Một Tình Nguyện Viên, Đó Là Tôi Được Ban Phước' - Micheal Chan To"
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I don't know what I could possibly say to show you how much it means to OBV to have all the love and support that we have received from these performers, and the combined energy from the guests who attended, the sponsors who were all a part of the fundraising event for OBV Vietnam, as organized by performer Ms. Hien Thuc.
It was a night of music, with love and warmth radiating from all participants, making it a success that was beyond our expectations.
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Everybody in the office told each other: “Behave yourself! The new chairwoman might be tough.” We were so nervous and assumed she might be a difficult person after we had received a bunch of her emails requesting us to send reports and annotations. Nobody knew about her, how old she was, how she looked like and whether she was difficult as we thought.
Our first meeting with the new Chairwoman, Dr. Thanh Tam finally took place. Her modest clothing and her smiling gave us the first impression that she was a humble person. Her plane just landed but she stopped by the office anyway for the meeting, carrying a lot of luggage.
She is so friendly and sympathetic with a smiling face
Once again, Lunar New Year of the Rooster 2017 is here upon us.
We sincerely wish all of you bountiful blessings in health, spirit, families, work and life.
We sincerely thank you for your belief and commitment in OBV Mission.
Direct links for References and Addendum:
(1) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prostitution Accessed 01/25/2017
(2) https://www.justice.gov/criminal-ceos/prostitution-children Accessed 01/25/2017
(3) http://www.vietcatholic.net/News/Html/213969.htm Accessed 01/27/2017
(4) https://www.amazon.com/Pimpology-Laws-Game-Pimpin-Ken/dp/1416961046 Accessed 01/27/2017
(5) https://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/trafficking/report.pdf Accessed 01/27/2017
(6) http://www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/Invisible_Chains.pdf Accessed 01/27/2017
(7) https://www.amazon.com/One-Among-Us-Paige-Dearth/dp/1502492253 Accessed 01/27/2017
1) OBV published an article about some myths and misconceptions in child sex exploitation and trafficking. Please refer to https://image.slidesharecdn.com/obvnewslettervol8vn-140610135450-phpapp01/95/one-body-village-newsletter-volume-8-13-638.jpg?cb=1407844119 Accessed 01/27/2017
2) Myths & Misconceptions reference from Human Trafficking Hotline: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/what-human-trafficking/myths-misconceptions Accessed 01/27/2017
On the occasion of Thanksgiving, OBV would like to send our appreciation for another year of productive & effective work that reflect our & your commitment and belief in OBV Mission.
The year 2016 places emphasis on victim and survivor-centered approach in addressing the prevention and treatment of trauma as well as in public awareness and outreach on child sex exploitation and trafficking. OBV continues to educate others on the definition of child sex trafficking and sex trafficking.(1)
All of these work would not have been possible without your ardent support, your active participation and encouragement in words and kinds which propel us forward despite challenges. Even your thoughtful criticism helps us to be better in our service.
"Thank you" is not sufficient. OBV deeply appreciates all of you, each and everyone of you. May the good things in life be yours always, on Thanksgiving and throughout the year.
Sex trafficking: When an adult engages in a commercial sex act, such as prostitution, as the result of force, threats of force, fraud, coercion or any combination of such means, that person is a victim of trafficking.... This is true even if the adult previously consented to engage in such activities.
Child Sex Trafficking: When a minor is recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, obtained, advertised, maintained, patronized, or solicited to engage in a commercial sex act, proving force, fraud, or coercion is not required.
Gia đình Một Thân Hình (OBV) xin thân ái chào các con, các cộng tác viên và các quý vị ân nhân…
Trong dịp Lễ Tạ Ơn, OBV xin gởi lời tri ân đến quý vị vì thành quả của OBV trong năm qua đạt dược là nhờ niềm tin vào sứ mạng của OBV và sự ủng hộ không ngừng của quý vị.
Trong năm 2016, OBV đã chú trọng đến các nạn nhân (đặc biệt là trong các trại), đến việc phòng chống và chữa trị tâm lý cũng như nâng cao nhận thức của cộng đồng về tệ nạn buôn bán và khai thác tình dục trẻ em. Chúng tôi vẫn luôn kiên trì tiếp tục tuyên truyền về tệ nạn về mua bán tình dục (nhất là mua bán tình dục trẻ em). (1)
Tất cả những công việc trên của OBV sẽ không thể thực hiện được nếu không có sự tham gia và ủng hộ của quý vị. Những lời động viên, an ủi của quý vị đã giúp chúng tôi vượt qua rất nhiều những khó khăn và trở ngại. Ngay cả những lời chỉ trích thật lòng cũng đã giúp chúng tôi làm việc tốt hơn
"Cảm ơn" thôi vẫn chưa đủ, OBV chân thành tri ân tất cả các bạn. Cầu xin mọi điều tốt đẹp nhất sẽ đến mỗi bạn, trong dịp Lễ Tạ Ơn và suốt cả năm.
Cha Thông & BS Thanh-Tâm
Buôn bán tình dục: Khi một người trên tuổi vị thành niên thực hiện một hành động tình dục có tính cách thương mại (ví dụ như: mại dâm) bởi bị áp lực kết quả của sự bắt buộc, lừa dối, đe dọa, cưỡng ép … đều là nạn nhân của việc buôn bán tình dục… Họ cũng là nạn nhân mặc dầu trước đó họ đã đồng ý tham gia vào mại dâm với áp lực.
Buôn bán tình dục ở trẻ em: Khi một người dưới tuổi vị thành niên được tuyển chọn, dụ dỗ, nuôi dưỡng, di chuyển, cung cấp, quảng cáo, duy trì, bảo trợ hoặc trưng cầu để tham gia vào hành động tình dục có tính cách thương mại …; trẻ đó là nạn nhân của việc buôn bán tình dục - không cần thiết phải được chứng minh là trẻ bị ép buộc, lừa dối, đe dọa hoặc cưỡng ép.
An old article...
Almost one year ago, we had the opportunity to come to Cồn Bà (province of Tiền Giang) in a parenting session offered to local population. At that time, we were really impressed with the nature, the life and the people of the area. Probably, nice memories of that first encounter had drawn us to Cồn Bà again. That time, the same people with some sort of innocence and genuine kindness continue to surprise us and to leave unforgettable emotions within our hearts.
Tân Thạnh school was where the first parenting session will be taking place. Like in other previous sessions, we came early to prepare rooms and to set up computer, screen and projector necessary for the teaching. Several stories, a lot of memories during the whole session had left long lasting marks in our mind.
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To prepare for the project of the OBV House for boys suffering from sexual exploitation, OBV has visited and shared experience of taking care of the boys at Son Ky Orphanage where nearly 50 boys who have difficult circumstances need help.
Entering the house, we were surprised at the boys' neatness and tidiness.
An old article...
OBV has just welcomed two guests: Ms. Nhu Loan - singer of Thuy Nga Music Center and Tram Vo. They are those who has the same desire to help the children with unlucky circumstances, to visit and communicate with them.
During the conversation, Ms. Nhu Loan asked the children , "What do you want to do in the future?"
A girl has a dream to be a teacher, one wants to be an architect, another wants to work on Art area, one who admires Ms. N. – the nun who manages OBV, wants to be a nun in the future. The most impressive dream is the dream of a small seven-year-old girl who has just been brought to OBV: "I want to be a police officer to ... revenge..." an innocent dream however it reveals the hatred of a little girl, or a girl wants to be a doctor to treat her mom. What Ms. Nhu Loan talked sincerely to the children is even more touching "When I was a little girl, I didn't know how to dream so just until now I can do what I really want to do. You have to learn to dream, when you have dream, you have a target to strive for and you will succeed more easily.
Everyone was loath to part each other, hope to meet you two again in the near future.
June 26, 2011
Translated by Tho Nguyen. The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Nhật Ký OBV: Có Ước Mơ - Có Thành Công"