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Sunday, 05 November 2017 23:28

Unforgettable memory

an old article...

lf you listened to Kelly speaking Vietnamese, you would be surprised at how perfect it was, without needing to mix in English to get her point across. "Where and when did you learn Vietnamese?" was a question often asked.

"I taught myself Vietnamese when I was 14 or 15. The motivation of my learning Vietnamese is actually quite funny. Once my aunt was watching TV, I accidently stood and blocked her view. She yelled at me 'move! I can't see!" My aunt and I left Vietnam and settled in Canada when I was a little girl and I grew up speaking French and English. I couldn't speak Vietnamese. I was confused when my aunt yelled at me. I thought she was actually praising me! That is, until people explained what she was saying. I decided it was necessary to teach myself Vietnamese, with my aunt's help."

The following is a piece by Kelly, on a recently charity trip to OBV VN, to provide vocational and technical training for OBV children.


Growing up as a Vietnamese girl in Canada, it took me a long time to realize how important it was to know and understand your culture; to never forget where you came from. After 29 years, I fell in lover with my motherland, and my people, as I discovered more about Vietnam, including the poverty that is inflicted upon a large percentage of the population. I could see that so much help was needed to improve my country, with one of the saddest tragedies being the children being sold into Child Sex Slavery. There was one organization that helped me learn more about this issue and gave me the opportunity to contribute everything I could. One Body Village.

Friday, 05 May 2017 22:09

Rainy Day

An old article...

We left Saigon very early in the morning aboard the PT bus. We were travelling at speeds of 100 km/h, but still would not arrive at Xuan Hung until noon. Signs were plastered throughout the bus: "For safety, this bus is running within speed limits".

Clouds floated across the grey sky, thundering down as we were about 9km from our destination. We were afraid to getting completely soaked as we had to walk the last few hundred metres from the main road into the school in the rain without rain coats or umbrellas. Luckily, as the bus pulled up, the rain became a light sprinkling. We were only a few hundred metres from the main road, yet it felt like we were wandering into a very remote area.

An old article...

The singer Hien Thuc with the children at the Anh Linh school

Just like its name, "The Sharing Connection" would always be the bridge to link the loving hearts to share love, to care for, and to bring happiness to all little people.

The year end is usually a very busy time at the center with plans for seminars, workshops, charity trips, and to complete all the unfinished businesses by the year end ... But that year was a very special year since the Sharing Connection glad to have the goodwill of a singer to bring love and happiness to the unfortunate.

In addition to the services the young doctors participate in the community health programs for the poor people in Vinh Long, the implementation of charitable programs "Sharing Connection" with the singer Hien Thuc was very practical for the less fortunate people ... The community health program provides free health care and medicines for the indigents ... the charity program of Hien Thuc provides 2000 gifts which brings joy and happiness to those less fortunate.

Delivery of Gifts for the children

The first location Bridge to Happiness selected to visit was the "Spirit of Love Light" ("Hành Trình của Yêu Thương") school with 300 elementary students.  These children come from indigent families or orphans, having the unfortune life. Needless to say about the joy in their eyes when they received the gifts from or hear Hien Thuc sang the song The Mother's Diary "There will be someone who loves you more than I love you". Maternal love is the greatest love, but Hien Thuc still wants to share with the students that some day, someone would love them more than their mother love them. All our trip members share the same wish that "Everyone are deserved to be loved and be happy."

The joy of gift sharing

So we have shared 300 gifts from singer Hien Thuc to the unfortunate children, 1700 more gifts would be awarded between begining and the end of the year 2011. Beside the 2000 gifts shared by Hien Thuc, we hoped to receive more gifts from generous donors like you..

OBV Vietnam

Dec 28, 2011

Translated by Tom.  Original version in Vietnamese entitled 'Chương Trình Từ Thiện "Kết Nối Sẻ Chia' Cùng Ca Sĩ Hiền Thục"

Sunday, 15 November 2015 00:00

Musings on a Sydney Afternoon

During a fundraising event in support of victims of trafficking, I was walking outside in the parking lot when quite suddenly, a woman carrying a bag filled with possessions fit for a beggar crashed into me, before disappearing again like a soft breeze. Angrily I thought 'how rude!'

Later, as I entered the lobby, I saw her limping toward the door, almost crashing into me again . It was obvious that she had a disability.

Our treasurer Ms. Phuong enlightened us - This lady came to contribute to our fundraising; however, due to her working schedule, she was not able to stay for the event. I was suddenly overcome with emotion.

It was this afternoon in Sydney, with the gleaming sunlight shining upon her crooked legs as she took shaky steps, that I became overwhelmed, my eyes teared as I was so touched, and suddenly....suddenly, everything else seemed so trivial.

Thank God! Although our world is filled with hate and crime, there are still those with hearts of gold, who despite being handicapped themselves, are filled with compassion to give a hand to ease the pain of the children victims of human trafficking.

A chilly afternoon breeze suddenly blew over and aroused me back to reality and the immediate tasks at hand.

Our fundraising event was successful!


Mrs. M.

Translated by J. Huynh.

Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00

One Body Village Australia

One Body Village Australia is officially established in 10/2015