The girl in innocent smile
I met her, a Khmer girl, her body is slim, tanned skin, but God gave her a tall figure, innocent smile.
She is only 14 years old but she had been bearing so much sufferings. She grew up in her grandmother's affection, her mother died of an incurable disease when she was little, but she was more woeful when she had a cruel father whom created a lot of woes in her life, he got crazy-mad when mentioning about her. When telling about her mother, her face always flushed with tears. Although she just quietly cried, I could feel that she really missed Mom, loved Mom.
At the twelfth annual Vietnamese Interacting As One (VIA-1) hosted by the Vietnamese Student Associations of the Midwest (UVSA-Midwest) from March 12-14, 2104, the first OBV president, John Duy-An Nguyen, Ph.D., presented the work shop "YOU – ME & OBV MISSION": The mission of One Body Village is to combat child sex trafficking, especially in Southeast Asian countries.
Thinh Phuc Pham, Master Degree in Education, is lecturing the participants.
On Sunday night of March 16, 2014, Mr. Thinh Phuc Pham of the Counseling Center of "Love - Marriage – Familty" Bridge to Happiness had talked on the topic entitled "Learning - Joy or Burden" to more than 60 high school students at Bui Phat Parish hall.
Training Workshop is kicked off in the morning, everyone are acquainting with each other.
As scheduled at 5PM on March 21, 2014, the delegation departed to Can Tho for the two-day training of "Parenting Skills". The training location will take place at 'Our Lady Mary' Parish with 50 participants including Catholics and non-Catholics.
The parish had been led by Father Vincent Tho Van Vo - a priest who came from poverty chose the path to God and committed his lifetime to serving others, serving the poor with practical deeds, his own life and in the lyrics, in singing. Yes, he has usually known under the musician Priest nickname Thai Nguyen.
Father Thomas and Mrs. Ngoc Tuyen (The Communications Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Diocese) donated rice to the OBV (One Body Village) organization.
The muggy weather and the intense sun in the past few days drove people not willing to step out of the house. However, there was one priest remained silently driving the motorcycle from one district to another to collect the donation for the unfortunate lives.
Father Thomas lobbied the sponsors giving each box of instant noodles, dried fish, sweet potatoes, sacks of rice, fish sauce, salt, soap ... Father Toma drove all donations by himself to the needy home, the Disabilities and Cerebral Palsy Center. Doing the work of a good shepherd silently.
Welcome, Trixy! Visiting the children at OBV home 9th district
Though Ms. Trixy might have felt uneasy for having postponed the date to visit the children, she did have a valid reason, namely chronic pain which has to treated with acupuncture daily. At last she was able to schedule her visit on a weekend, exactly on March 8 – International Women's Day. She even brought the children home-made delicacies: cream puffs, cakes and rice cake with sausage.
"Welcome, welcome hooray ..."
The OBV children in Cambodia joyfully greet the Radio Saigon Houston delegates – Mr. Duong Phuc, Mrs. Thanh Thuy , Mr. Quang Tuyen and Mr. Chau Tran - their visit and communication. After attending the Holy Ash Wednesday Mass with the children, arriving the house, the children welcomed the delegation with an acclaimed song.
Sweltering humid noon but the sunshine smiles on the faces of the hosts as well as the guests.
The OBV organization had never welcomed a such crowded delegation. Usually only Uncle or Mother visited, but today it was special. At the same time, there were Grandpa, Uncles, Aunts in the OBV organization, volunteering spouses Dinh and Thu from Australia, and also Dad and Aunt of the victimized child.
Kelly – holding the wallet – is taking picture with friends at OBV office in Vietnam
In exchanging conversations before the meeting, this guest had been always expressing the eagerness and excitement when coming to see the OBV children, so she had arrived earlier than the schedule. And that was Ms. Kelly and her friends from Canada.
In the Sunday evening of February 23, 2014, the expert, Thinh Phuc Pham, discussed on the topic of "Social Networks within Facebook" at the Counseling Center Bridge To Happiness in the parish Bui Phat belong to Third District with the preliminary introduction of Nun Anh Sao – who had been in charge the youth group of all young children in the parish.
Mr. Bob and Mrs. Betsy along with the OBV Mother, Uncles, and Aunts
Bob and Betsy are parishioners in Father Thong's parish as well as the benefactors of One Body Village organization. During their visit to Vietnam this time, the two had the opportunity to meet with the children at the OBV house in Vietnam. Notified ahead that the couples will dock at Phu My port, the OBV organization in Vietnam had planned a welcoming ceremony. When their driver drove them to the wrong address a few days ago, the program was messed up. Nevertheless, the organization managed quickly to meet them far from the original location ... 120km.
The OBV Vietnam family welcomes Mr. Dinh Binh Tran and Mrs. Thu Lan Tran, a married couple from Australia, who recently stopped by the OBV Vietnam office. We learned that they reserved 10 days of their trip to Vietnam to live and interact with the children of the OBV Vietnam house.
They have many years of experience in the information technology sector and much experience with raising their own wonderful family.
At this joyous time of Lunar New Year of the Horse, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to our beloved benefactors, partners and volunteers.
Thanks to supporters like you, 2013 was a very successful year for OBV: We were able to exceed our goals and expand our services to combat child sex trafficking because of the generosity and commitment of people like you.
In addition to paying off one of the OBV houses in Vietnam, we are currently helping 140 children affected by sex trafficking in 4 countries: 17 in Cambodia, 5 in Laos, 59 in Singapore, and 62 in Vietnam.
We wish you a new year filled with HOPE and PROSPERITY.
One Body Village
Nhân dịp Tết Giáp Ngọ, chúng tôi xin chân thành tri ân quý vị ân nhân, các cộng tác viên, và thiện nguyện viên.
Chính nhờ sự hỗ trợ của quý vị, năm 2013 quả thật là một năm thành công mỹ mãn cho gia đình Một Thân Hình: Nhờ lòng quảng đại của quý vị, 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 / nô lệ tình dục.
Ngoài việc giúp chúng tôi đủ tiền để mua một ngôi nhà cho các em ở Việt Nam, chúng tôi hiện đang giúp đỡ 140 em tại 4 quốc gia: 17 em ở Cambodia, 5 em ở Lào, 59 em ở Singapore, và 62 em ở Việt Nam.
Chúng tôi kính chúc quý vị một năm mới AN KHANG THỊNH VƯỢNG.
Gia Đình Một Thân Hình