Students line up for their first class
Sunday, November 3, 2013
[NOTE: Pictures of OBV girls are taken from the rear so as to protect their identity]
We recently moved into our new place in District 1, a milestone that meant that we were finally ready to get to work. From our first meeting at the One Body Village house we concluded that our Krav Maga classes would be regulated to the weekend so as not to disrupt the girls' academic studies. This past Saturday, the first of November, would be the day when the girls foray into Krav.
My name is Marie, a 19-year-old student studying biology at the University of Vienna (Austria). I heard of your mission through my parents who often listen to Vietnamese radio online and was moved by your devotion to help the chldren in need.
Hi Father Thong and other associates,
My name is Le-Anh Nguyen from Houston, TX. I would like to get involved in Father Thong's projects besides donations. It's heartbreaking knowing that there is a lot of little girls suffering the sex abuse/slavery. I can help in various ways: teaching basic English, basic Computer, basic drawing on Ao Dai or T-Shirts in a VN traditional way. However, it might be an issue because I cannot leave the U.S. even in the summer time.
October 31, 2013
Last week, Father Martino--a.k.a. "Cha Thong" as he is called in Vietnamese--invited us to join him on an impromptu investigation mission. We travelled for six hours to another province to meet with someone who contacted him via social media with a tip about young girls being trafficked to China.
Our role was to shadow him and learn what he does. We were to provide assistance when needed.
Father Martino met the informant, a 12-year old girl, who explained that she was accosted by three young males a few months ago. One of them said that "if she behaved [for them], then she wouldn't be sent to China like the other girls."
Oct 21, 2014
Father Martino Nguyen Ba-Thong arrived late Monday evening for one of his regular visits to One Body Village. We met with him at 8:30 AM Tuesday morning for our first in-person meeting since taking on this opportunity.
Prior to this meeting, all of our interactions with him and the rest of the OBV board have been either through phone or email. It's actually quite amazing how we've been able to build trust and coordinate everything that has transpired so far without actually meeting face-to-face. We didn't know them, and they certainly didn't know us, so clear communication aside, both sides had to rely on trust and luck that we all carried the best intentions for one another.
Oct 19, 2013
The following post includes a bit of difficult and uncomfortable content. We invite you to read at your own discretion.
Arriving at the OBV House
Early on our first Saturday morning in Vietnam, Thuy, OBV employees An and Quynh Anh, and I traveled to the OBV compound.
We took the local bus, an hour-long ride that took us through multiple districts and rural backroads to our final destination. Upon arriving, we then had another short walk to the compound.
Taking the bus to the OBV house
We were greeted at the gate by a spirited young girl, no more than five or six years old, who flashed us a smile as she struggling with the gate's lock. A few more girls poured out of the house to get a glimpse of their foreign guests. We were soon welcomed by the nun who oversees the place. The nun is an older woman who clearly shows the demeanor of a loving yet stern mother who has her hands full with the responsibility of raising 20 girls.
My name is Anh Dang from Houston, Texas. This morning, luckily I heard on the radio the interviewing of Father Martino about the rescuing many girls in Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam .. I hurry to find the way to contact Father to volunteer. I really admire all the the works that Father has done and I would like to know how to help and to join with the Father.
July 1, 2013 - Requesting to Teach Krav Maga
I recently asked the leadership of One Body Village if I could teach Krav Maga to the young women being rehabilitated on the compound. I'm still waiting for their reply.
I hope that they approve. Krav Maga would be useful skill for them to practice and have. I know I'd get a lot of personal development out of the opportunity, as well.