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.
By the time you read this news, our OBV family has operated in Malaysia. I would like to share a little background behind the work that led to our presence in Malaysia.
From Singapore... Almost every time the "undercover team" went "to work" in Singapore, we would stop over in Malaysia. It's like "a rest stop" or "a waiting post" to avoid being monitored by the opposition group. Fearing the team members would "feel inconveniently idle," I always supported and encouraged their "tourist outing" trips there. Consequently, OBV knows quite well the sex trafficking situation in Malaysia. However, we didn't have any plan to operate there because we didn't have the resources and money!
A phone call that changed everything... Around October, 2014, Fr. HC Nguyen called me: "Bá Thông – Need your help rescuing the children sold as sex slaves in Malaysia." He introduced me to a Vietnamese ("person") living in Malaysia, who was visiting family in Orange County, California.
As I was completing my year-end tasks and runnning some errands on the days leading up to the Lunar New Year (Tết), the OBV HOTLINE rang. I picked up the phone and answered, "Hello, this is OBV."
On the other end, there was a bit of silence before they replied, "Is this Fr. Martino Thông's phone number?"
At this joyous time of the Lunar New Year of the Goat, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to our beloved benefactors, partners, volunteers, staff and children. 2014 was a very suc-cessful year for OBV: We were able to exceed our goals and expand our services to combat child sex exploitation and trafficking. Our achievements show the generosity and commitment of people like you. In addition to expanding services in Cambodia, Laos, Singapore and Vietnam, we are getting ready to establish a new OBV home in Malaysia in early 2015.
We wish you ABUNDANCE, HAPPINESS, and PEACE in this Christmas, and a New Year filled with HOPE and PROSPERITY.
One Body Village
Trong niềm vui mừng Tết Ất Mùi, chúng tôi xin chân thành tri ân quý vị ân nhân, các cộng tác viên, thiện nguyện viên, nhân viên và các con. Năm 2014 quả thật là một năm thành công mỹ mãn cho gia đình Một Thân Hình: 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 / khai thác tình dục. Ngoài việc mở rộng hoạt động tại 4 quốc gia Cam-bodia, Laos, Singapore và Vietnam, chúng tôi đang chuẩn bị để mở thêm gia đình Một Thân Hình mới tại Malaysia vào đầu năm 2015.
Chúng tôi kính chúc quý vị một mùa Giáng Sinh tràn đầy HẠNH PHÚC và BÌNH AN, và một năm mới AN KHANG THỊNH VƯỢNG.
Gia Đình Một Thân Hình
Ash Wednesday – Also the last day of the year for the Vietnamese Calendar! Tomorrow "we" (Vietnamese) begin our new year! I am taking a little times out of this very busy day to thanks:
1. The Almighty God – who has wonderfully created me and blessed and continued to protect me!
2. My parents who always support of my calling to serve others – that also means no one will take care of them in their old age!
3. The benefactors of OBV family – I do not know what to do without you!
To speak true, the OBV family didn't expect to receive special praise like that. However, two employees from Suka Society in Malaysia still paid a visit to the family to express admiration for them. The visits also shows gratitude and acknowledgement to the two guests, who are preparing to join the OBV family in their meaningful work in Malaysia.
Even though Miss Cecil and Miss Sara stayed with our family for only one day, our children still had a chance to practice their English a little bit. Moreover, in such a limited time, Cecil and Sara still gave our family some positive feedback for our future enhancement:
It's Saturday, and the Embassy is closed; however, because of some incidents happended by misunderstanding after our previous trip to Malaysia, the chief security officer of the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia had arranged time to meet with Fr. Martino Ba-Thong Nguyen (OBV Founder), Dr. John Duy-An Nguyen (OBV President), and OBV Malaysia repreesentative at 9:00am January 30th, 2105. We are grateful for the opportunity to present OBV mission and works in different countries in Southeast Asia, and the possibility to work with the US authority in different countries on human trafficking. We also learned how to be properly protected by the US Government while working in foreign countries, how to efficiently work with international agencies as well as different governements through proper channels.
The project manager is talking to her relatives
A man and his family lived in a peaceful countryside home situated on the land held by his ancestors. Despite difficult circumstances, the man made a living selling lottery tickets throughout the day to care for his elderly mother and two lovely daughters, including little N. His wife stayed home to care for her mother-in-law and their children. Their fate changed one day after one of the family members committed a horrendous crime.
Meeting Anderson, from SUKA, a non-profit organization in Malaysia
OBV will work with SUKA to provide translation for victims from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, creating profiles, and rehab those who are within OBV mission
Training: Child Sexual Abuse and Trauma
Date: November 19, 2014
Presenter: Tiffany Pham, MSW, LCSW
Summary: The workshop introduced OBV staff to the dynamic of sexual abuse and the psychological impact of sexual trauma on children. Specifically, the session addressed the general overview of sexual trauma, factors contributing to sexual trauma, factors to consider when working with individuals who have been victimized, and treatment recommendations.
Training: Enuresis and Child Sexual Abuse
Date: December 18, 2014
Presenter: Thanh-Tam Nguyen, MD; Phuong Nguyen, MD
Summary: The training session demonstrated an overview of enuresis in children as it relates to sexual abuse. In addition, the presenters discussed various forms of assessments and treatment recommendations.
Training: Understanding Trauma from a Cognitive Behavioral Perspective
Date: December 21, 2014
Presenter: Duong Hoang, PhD, LPC
Summary: This training provided staff with the tool and resources to conceptualize trauma from a cognitive behavioral approach. The session assisted staff in connecting cognition and behaviors in understanding victims' responses to sexual trauma. Implications for rapport building, assessment, and interventions were discussed.
A beautiful young girl was borned in 2003. No money to pay the hospital, abandoned by her father at birth, her mother sneaked out the hospital without a birth certificate. The baby grew up but couldn't attend school because there is no proper paperwork. At the young age, she began selling lottery tickets for a living. Eventhough she didn't get to go to school but daily dealing with the lottery tickets sale gave her the ability for quick calculation and good with numbers. She followed the children in her neighborhood to learn how to read and write.
Within an hour, Dr. Thanh-Tam Nguyen had clearly explained to staff The United Nations' definition of Human Trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation as well as the U.S. Government's definition of Sex Trafficking as a facet of Human Trafficking. Therefore, the mission of OBV is within the definition and scope of Human Trafficking, and focuses in child sex exploitation and trafficking.
On Saturday 8/30/2014, One Body Village was the proud recipient of the Lien Doan Chi Lang 1279' s Girl Scout Junior 2014 Bronze Award Junior Journey.
The four ten-years-old girls chose to fundraise for One Body Village. It is their year-long fundraising project for their Junior Journey, a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Their goal was $500. However, with their passion and parental support, they were able to raise $2,760.00. What a committed achievement!
One Body Village sincerely appreciates the Girl Scout Juniors for their leadership and support of OBV Mission.