From: Huy Le
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6:25 PM
Hi Father Martino,
Thank you for touching my heart and opening up eyes to the injustice experienced by those girls. Do you have an office in Australia ? I would like to be a volunteer and do whatever it take to STOP the abuse and monstrosity done to those innocent girls.
From: Maria Huynh
Date: March 8, 2013, 6:57:46 AM PST
Subject: My Humanities Project on Human Trafficking
Dear Father Martino,
My name is Maria and I am a senior at Shakopee High School in Minnesota. I am working on a project revolving around the topic of passion for my humanities class, and being inspired by you, I chose to do mine on the question of "what is sex trafficking and what can we do to stop it?"
From: "Huy C. Nguyen"
Date: March 1, 2013, 4:47:14 PM EST
Dear Fr. Thong,
I am a college student at UCLA. I watched your video on "Heart to Heart" and your stories really touched me and inspired me to do something about this. I would really appreciate it if you could tell me what I can do to help. I am willing to organize big projects on my college campus to assist you with this issue. I am also going back to Vietnam this summer for a volunteer program, and I am willing to organize projects, fundraising, etc. to help you and these poor kids. You tell me what to do- I'll do it Father!
Sincerely in Christ,
Huy C. Nguyen
From: Anna Tran
Date: February 12, 2013, 8:21:38 AM EST
Subject: Be A Voice
Hello Cha Thong,
I have listened to many of your workshops at VYC and Ngay Thanh Mau, and everytime I want to join you and Be A Voice. It was always my passion to help people, especially children. I am a teacher currently in Korea teaching English, and will visit Vietnam soon. I was wondering is there any volunteer or help I can do. I have many of your t-shirts, but would love to help out more while in Vietnam and in the future.
Hi, My name is Khloe (Khanh) Tran. After I heard about one body village, I kept thinking about it and finally, I decided to do something about it . that's why I'm writing this message. I would love to be a part of this organization and doing anything I can to help. I have been supporting an organization of Mrs. Somaly Mam in Cambodia.
Anyways, I will take a vacation trip back to Vietnam this summer and I wonder whether I can stop by to visit you guys in Viet nam? On top of that, I would love to able to do something to help while I'm there.
Date: February 6, 2013, 4:41:30 AM
To: "'Khanh Tran'"
This is cha Thong – Thank you for contacting us – Chi Kristine Sa will be helping you out with many things you can do for the kids.
I will be leading a mission trip May 20 to May 30 of this year – You want to Join us – Plus – you can do more after you went on missions.
Father Martino Nguyễn Bá Thông
St. Mary Catholic Church
332 S Lee St.
Amercicus, GA 31709
The children of OBV during the makeup class
When the children first heard that a teacher was coming over to give them a class on makeup, they were not very thrill because they thought they would all choose a different profession. After one session, they were extremely excited being able to see many different facets of makeup. Through the explanation of the teacher, first thing is to know how to beautify themselves, then help each other look pretty.
Dr Nguyet and OBV children
Nguyet was a young doctor. She had been working at an international hospital in Saigon. She volunteered to provide free health services at OBV house for many years. Moreover, whenever her schedule permitted, she also tutored English, literature and math for OBV children. For three times a week, she traveled a distance of about 20 km, from one end of the city to the other, in order to visit OBV children. Below was her reflection about her visits to OBV house.
We are sending "Our Hearts" to represent our gratitude
The day before seeing Father and the guests from the US, Mother helped us prepare. Even when she traveled north, the staff was there to help us rehearse for our musical performance later.
The night Mother returned, she brought a suitcase full of gifts from Father and Nga. Of course, she didn't hand them out right away, nor did she tell us what they were. The same night, Hong and Dr. Thanh Tam, filled with enthusiasm and friendliness, came to visit.
September 29, 2012 – the students of the Bach Khoa University of Ho Chi Minh City collaborated with the "Bridge to Happiness" center (OBV Vietnam) to organize a fun event for the Mid-Autumn Festival with lanterns to light and lighted flowers to release for the students at Truong Xuan 1 Elementary School (Dong Thap). The "Bridge to Happiness" center was one of the sponsors of this event.