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.
Note: We are pleased to introduce Mr. Paris Nguyen's article sharing about Father Thong Ba Nguyen, Founder of OBV (One Body Village). On November 16, 2013, our Samaritan brothers and sisters in the Vietnamese Youth Association in Paris, France invited Fr. Martino Thong Ba Nguyen to Europe to talk about Child Sex Trafficking. Thank you Mr. Paris Nguyen.
Session of Sentimental Discussion with FR. Martino THONG Ba NGUYEN 11/16/2013
"East Asian Civilization God takes back,
This time Moral is overturned?" (Tan Da)
The George Mason University's Vietnamese Student Association (GMU VSA) hosted the annual semi formal banquet fundraising for their Philanthropy Project in the evening of November 22, 2013. This year, they chose One Body Village, Inc. (OBV). I had the pleasure to attend GMU VSA's semi formal for the second consecutive year and am proud to say that this year's semi formal was a great success with a fully booked venue at over 450 attendees. Semi formal is one of GMU VSA's biggest fundraisers for their Philanthropy Project since attendees all across the Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Associations (MAUVSA) come and join forces to help promote their organization of choice.
Doctor Dan Thuy and Jesse Robbins have joined to help OBV since Oct 2013. They would like to relocate to Vietnam since Dr. Thuy always wanted to volunteer her medical knowledge there. They were impressed when attended OBV awareness and fundraising event a few years ago; and now Dr. Thuy is a doctor and medical consultant for OBV, Mr. Robbins teaches the young girls Krav Maga for self-defense.
Below is one of the journal from their blog.
My name is Tiffany Tran and I go to the University of Colorado in Denver. I am the event coordinator in our campus's Vietnamese Student Association.I am messaging you because our organization is currently planning a charity gala for One Body Village.
Dear fellow parishioners,
Fr. Martino and I recently returned from a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, so I thought I might report to you on this experience.
First, I have to say how blessed I am to have had this experience. Over the last 25 years, I have been to many countries in Central America and have witnessed extreme poverty and deplorable living conditions. But nothing prepared me for what I encountered with child sex slavery.
Today, I write this short mail to ONE BODY VILLAGE organization to ask for the permission for visiting your house because I will have a short trip to Phnom Penh from 19 to 20 October. I hope that after this visit, my friend can introduce someone potential he khows for you.
At the beginning of the school year I was the board member to talk about OBV to our club members and I hope that my attendance to this event in Paris will help EmViet and myself become more aware of the deeper problem to this issue and not just what we might see as a surface problem
Who are you? That is right, you are one with quite a personality. I don't know where to start when talking about you. And when will the thoughts of you ever cease?
Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:00 PM
Subject: I can help
Dear OBV and Fr. Martino,
My name is Phượng Nguyễn. I am an OBGYN in northern California! I watched yout interview on youtube and cannot "let it go!" I wanted to do something - I heard that some of these kids have to wear diaper daily because of constant ?vaginal bleeding. I wonder if they have been seen by doctor to see if it can be treated medically or surgically. I'm specializing in gynecology. If you need help, I can meet them in person to see if i can help. I can take 1-2weeks off a few times a year.
I can also help financially as well.
Please just let me know I can be any help.
Phuong T. Nguyen, MD
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 10:16 PM
Subject: Emory's OBV Benefit Concert Information
Dear Cha Thong, My name is Susan Phan and I am the current president of EmViet, Emory's Vietnamese Student Association. First off, I want to thank you for agreeing to come to Emory to speak about your organization. You have done amazing work for the children and we are very honored to have you attending our event.
Hello Cha Thong,
I don't think you will remember me but I was in Thieu Nhi Thanh The while you were thay in Savannah, GA and attended mass when you were a priest at St. Francis Cabrini. I wanted to let you know how much I respect your work and your organization One Body Village. What you have accomplished so far and what you strive to do is so admirable that I would like to help your organization as much as possible.