Oct 11, 2013 we left Saigon at 5pm, in the sudden pouring rain, to begin our four days trip to two cities of Hau Giang and Bac Lieu. At 9:30 pm, we stopped at Can Tho for a night rest and continued to Hau Giang next morning.
After a month of "voyage" drifting in the sea, the statue of Mother Fatima has finally arrived safely and intact at the OBV house in Vietnam.
The house management quickly builds a temple for the statue. The position has been stationed. The only thing required is to enhance the scenery with green landscape to make it suitable and increases the worshiping of Mother.
One Body Village is pleased to recognize the contribution from the Asian Club at Norwalk Community College, its Board, and the college students. Despite their busy academic works, they have taken the time to research the subject of human trafficking, increase the awareness of this kind of victimization among their fellow students via presentations and meetings, and organize fundraising through bake sale and donations. They sent their proceeds to OBV so that "the funds would go for the best interest of the oppressed."
Even though classes had already started two weeks ago, today was the official date for the national new school year ceremony 2013. Today, everyone woke up a little bit earlier than usual. Mom and sister prepared to lead all children to school in order to strengthen their academic motivation.
We, One Body Village and all sexually abused / sold-for-sex-slavery children, would like to extend our appreciation to all volunteers who helped successfully organized the “I am not for sale” event on the eve of August 25, 2013 in Toronto with more than 250 attendees. Although we are in the down time of the current economy, you are so generous to contribute the amount of $7,331-CAN and $560-USD so that we can continue to prevent, rescue and educate our children to reintegrate them into mainstream society as productive citizens.
Just comming back from America, Mom headed traight to the house in Cu Chi to spend time with the older children for a day before proceeding the second round of transition since the first round of moving was not completed.
We are deeply sadden to hear about Mr. Thomas' passing on August 26, 2013 in Vietnam. Mr. Thomas is Anh Ngo's father - Mrs. Ngo and her husband are among OBV biggest benefactors. Father Martino Nguyen Ba Thong, the founder of OBV will celebrate a special mass in Americus, Georgia, USA to pray for Mr. Thomas on August 26, 2013. May you find peace and comfort in God's love and may His blessings rest upon you and your family always.
All members of OBV board, management, staff, voulunteers, and children would like to express our deepdest sympathy on his passing, and we know Mr. Thomas is watching down from heaven.
With Deepest Sympathy, One Body Village
We are pleased to report that One Body Village has recently been chosen to be the 2013-2014 Grant recipient from Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations, a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2004 of Vietnamese undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals.
The grant will help OBV to push stronger in our effort to prevent, rescue, raise and rehabilitate young male victims of child sex trafficking.
Past organizations who won UNAVSA grants were MEMO, Children of Vietnam, Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation, VIETHOPE, VOICE, The Catalyst Foundation, and VietAct. This year, there were 18 organizations competing over 6 months period.
OBV appreciates UNAVSA's recognition of OBV Mission and Vision, and looks forward to our close collaboration in the coming year.
OBV Board of Directors