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.
On Jan 28, 2014, at 12:43 AM,
Hi, my name is ViVi Tran.
I am part of a service group at my high school. Every year we do a fundraiser for different organizations and this year, I brought up One Body Village and how much of a positive impact you are for the afflicted children.
On Monday, December 16 2013, Huong gave a somber, tearful goodbye to her sisters, a group of girls she met no more than a week prior. She left the OBV Cambodia house and returned home to her father.
In our last visit to Cambodia I detailed the account of Huong who would become the newest member of the OBV Cambodia house. Linh, the Director for OBV Cambodia, explained in the podcast that followed the article what it was like to work with the family on an agreement to have Huong join the OBV family.
From: Vu, Teresa L.
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2013 11:23 PM
Subject: We want to help
I am emailing in question of lending help. My organization's name is Lambda Delta Psi. I have heard and been to workshops of Father Thong at Missouri (Marian Days). Our organization is researching for a new philanthropy. I want to present One Body Village as an organization that we could help promote awareness about and raise funds for. We really want to contribute to OBV's childrens' lives and help them out. THerefore, if you don't mind, could you tell me more about how we can contribute?
-If we fundraise for your organization, where does the money go or how is it used?
On the first full day of our three-day mission trip to One Body Village Cambodia, Linh Doan, Director of OBV Cambodia, brought us along on a house visit where we would be picking up the newest member of the OBV Cambodia house.
Huong (name changed to protect privacy), 14, faces a tough decision: Should she stay with OBV in the Cambodia house, or should she move back to Vietnam and join the OBV Vietnam house. Staying with OBV Cambodia allows her to be close to her father, but she would have to start back in first grade since she doesn't know Khmer. Going back to Vietnam allows her to continue her education where she left off and provides her with more career opportunities when she's older, but she'll be very far away from the comfort of her father.