OBV wants to share with you a reflection from a volunteer:
My Thoughts On OBV from a 15 years old young lady's reflection after attending One Body Village Awareness event.
Sent: Sunday, June 02, 2013 9:33 AM
Subject: I want to help!
I've been looking into the work that your doing with OBV and have been deeply moved and truly inspired. So much so that I feel utterly compelled to offer my services in any way that I can.
Ms. Thai Ha and OBV in Vietnam
Ms.Thai Ha who has done a lot of work for charity is a Buddhist. However karma has brought her to Father Thong to meet and listen to what he has been doing for his children. This time she went to Vietnam for only one week with a lot of intentions because she was making a program called "Preserving ethnic cultures" for Canadian Television.
From: Sean Nguyen
Sent: Friday, April 12, 2013 4:59 PM
Cc: [email protected]********.com
Subject: lend a hand on theochua.org
Thưa Cha Nguyễn Bá Thông,
You are doing what JESUS commanded all Christians to do and I feel so proud of you regarding what have done to stop child sex slavery in Cambodia.
Dear Father Martino,
I heard your interview yesterday at Catholic Radio station 1260 AM in San Francisco. I am very happy to learn that someone like you is fighting for the protection of these abused children even to the extent of being hurt by Bad elements.
Father Martino and I with the younger girls in OBV house
Vietnam is my homeland. Amidst its vibrant landscape, eclectic culture, exquisite food, and the hustle and bustle of city life, Vietnam revealed a dark truth to me: the TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN for sexual exploitation. Protected beneath the power of the social umbrella of Canada, I was NAIVE and IGNORANT to the fact that not all children are immune to enslavement. Children as young as 6 years old are recruited or extracted from vulnerable communities and sold to "retail" sex shops.
The children of OBV in Campuchia
I have asked myself, "What kind of inspiration have awaken Dang Dan Tran to overcome mountains through thousand of mileages crossing rivers to Cambodia to hear, see, and experience the life of the Vietnamese people and natives of Cambodia, especially the children that are currently residing at the OBV house. If it is not for the love of human, it originated from the love of God.
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.