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.
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"
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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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.
Please note that OBV has changed to this address:
505 Harbour Gate Cir
Alpharetta, GA 30022
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.
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.
"In time the mulberry reclaims the sunk sea-bourn,
And what the gliding eye may first find fair weighs mournful on the heart "
(Original version belongs to Nguyen Du with 'Kim Van Kieu'
The translation was by Vladislav Zhukov)
Nguyen Du, Vietnamese great poet, felt sorry and sypathized for Thuy Kieu's life. In today era, modern "Thuy Kieu" women tend to lose their humanity for material means.
I arrived at 9am. Many girls were in a room isolated by iron bars. "Here she comes, you go ask her", one of them said. I looked behind the bars, some were on the left, some were on the right, some above and some were below...Crowded and all are Vietnamese, so am I, I felt so ashamed! Suddenly I stopped, didn't want to go further but I did not allow myself to do so. So I took a deep breath, set beside my pride and shamefulness in front of the native warden.
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.
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.
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.