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.
Meeting the young generation at the Svay Pak congregation
I welcomed the OBV team at 7am on May 27, 2012. This team was headed Fr. Martino. According to the schedule, we will meet and work with three congregations: Svay Pak, Somrong Thom, and Kompung Chomlong. These are three congregations that belong to Mekong, Diocese of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
That morning we went to see and work with the young generation at Svay Pak, one of the hot spot for prostitution. After celebrated the mass with Fr. Vincent, the pastor of Svay Pak parish, Fr. Martino met and share with the young generation about the topic of “the value of the human body”. Fr. Martino strongly emphasized “we are not for sale”. Fr. Martino also share OBV’s mission and work with the group.
That night, on my way home after teaching the students in a suburban district of Ho Chi Minh City, Mr. T asked me, "Would you like to go to Cambodia with me tomorrow morning?"
"Oh yes uncle" - I replied without any hesitation.
The planning for my trip outside the country was like that.
It takes about 3 hours from downtown Ho Chi Minh City to Moc Bai border gate; it was enough time for me to keep acquainted with the crews.
This journey, I went along with three beautiful, young, Vietnamese Americans women who have gone back to Vietnam for the first time. Like me, these women had never set foot in Champa. In addition to the young members of the group, there were some members who were of much older age. There was also a young lady who joined the group and she happened to be my cousin.
N.N. at OBV store
How can I help OBV to Lend a Hand, or BE A VOICE! Here is a reflection of a young girl who help OBV at VYC 4 (Vietnamese Youth Conference) at California State University at Fullerton from July 27 to 29, 2012! Thank you Girl for your LEND HANDS! - You can do it too in your community!! Here is her reflection!
From: Hoang-Vy Nguyen
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 8:53 PM
To: Father Martino
Con xin chao Cha,
My name is Vy Nguyen and im 18 years old. I'm from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Last weekend was my first time attended Marian days and I was very honored to get to be in two of your preaches. It was also my first time hearing about child sex slavery, and you have changed me.
We got this picture and the following message from a 14 year old young man! Thank you for being a voice!!!!!! You who read this can be a voice too! OBV will have this picture printed on T-shirt! If you have a good one - .. sent us!!! or design one!
In Euro Cup 2012 season, Sister Manager of OBV house volunteered to be the CEO of "Society of Soccer Betting" and asked every member of OBV VN to join. Although it was just a recreational game, it helped to de-stress us significantly, especially Father Thông and Sister while confronting with many obstacles for OBV VN. Below was Sister's reflection during this Euro season
Dr. Thanh Tam was trained in Pediatrics/Adolescence as well as Internal Medicine. She has been a physician for 20+ years and has worked in the hospital, academic settings, primary care private practice, sex abuse clinic in Reno, Nevada and is currently work as public health medical officer for Orange County, California.