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OBV News

Saturday, 19 September 2015 00:00

Prepare For The 3rd Annual Fundraising in Houston

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.

Dr. Thanh-Tam

Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00


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.

Please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fr. Martino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Thank you!


Friday, 14 August 2015 00:00



thank you

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"



U.S. Government International Assistance for Children in Adversity

Children care for their siblings along a dusty road outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. © 2007 Tara O'Connell, Courtesy of Photoshare

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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The KMS Project is sending these announcements on behalf of PL109-95 U.S. Government Assistance to Highly Vulnerable Children. The KMS Project is located at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 440, Washington DC 20004  • (202) 660-1860

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Saturday, 11 July 2015 00:00

Bờ Vai - Thank you letter

Thanks to our sponsors:

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00





“The children of God, in all eagerness

Steadfast are our steps, on all paths of life

Brethren of tight bond,

We offer to Thou our cheer and sadness”




Sunday, 7th June was the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It was a blessed day for OBV Vietnam when N received the Sacrament of Baptism and Eucharist, and three other in the family received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist altogether. This was the event for which their aunties and uncles had been taking the time off to pick them up and drop off at the Parish in a while.


Mother and auntie had been on retreat during the week and had not been able to prepare for you on your big day. We chose Ms. P. T to be N’s godmother. Unfortunately Ms. P.T had an accident and couldn’t be there. It was lucky that Ms. Ngh had come to our rescue! As sad as you were because of our absence, you should have been so delighted as God had chosen you His child on this day.



Of all the children at OBV home, less than 1/3 was Catholic. Many of you requested conversion but we wouldn’t be hasty because your choice should be made in maturity, love, faith and free will.

OBV family gathered for a little meal with those from the office.

“As the soil makes the seeds grow,

As gardening makes flourishing the seedlings,

God has brought justice to bloom

To make praises echoed from all peoples

Praise be to God, for His love endures enterally”


Translatedd by Loan Nguyen. Original version in Vietnamese entitled " NGÀY HỒNG ÂN "


Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00


Witnessing children to grow into healthy people for parents is already an immense happiness in itself. Raising and seeing them maturing in thinking and acts is, yet, even so much more rewarding. 


ảnh 2

 (Mother N and head teacher, principal on the Gratitude and Maturity’s day)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00



OBV Vietnam just welcomed a new member after 3 months of close watch. Timid and shy, she had met with a therapist to talk about her studies and dreams, and was now more confident in herself. OBV brought her back to finish off with some paperwork. As we arrived mother Ngoc came up to receive her and talked to her parents about regulations and rules in the home, as well as her rights and responsibilities in OBV home.



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