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Be A Voice


Tram with OBV children

It all started with an email from Cha Thong.

And there I am, nestled in the back of a Pandan-scented Vinasun taxi in the heart of a humid, grey Saigon, awaiting my arrival to the One Body Village home. The taxi pulls up to a seafoam-stained building in a narrow alleyway void of any signs or windows. My heart pounds against my ribcage, breaking the steady ambiance of the afternoon.

As I walk through the white gates, Loan, the one who coordinated my visit to the One Body Village home, approaches with arms ajar and a sunshine smile. The high building walls suddenly wash away. I am entering a place of love.

I want to share with you the people I met that day at the One Body Village home and what they have taught me. I hope that halfway across the world, this story will bring you closer to them as it has for me.


"Do you know about the One Body Village organization? It's an anti-sex trafficking organization started by Cha Thong, who used to be in the Youth Eucharistic group with me. I want to help Cha by organizing an awareness event", Trinh said.

Sunday, 03 June 2012 21:03

What is being a VOICE to me?

Being a voice

From: Angela Nguyen
To: Lm Martino Nguyễn Bá Thông
Subject: OBV Calgary Awareness Night May 4, 2012

Hi Cha,

Here are some pictures from Calgary's first awareness event on May 4, 2012! We joined the University of Calgary's Vietnamese Students' Association (VSA) and their year end gala called, "A New Beginning" to raise awareness about OBV and human trafficking. Their theme "A New Beginning" celebrated our parents' and grandparents' struggle to come to Canada to provide the new generation with opportunities for freedom and success. So fittingly, I made aware that not every one has this opportunity. It was a great success!



We do it because

On the eve of Chicago May 20th event, we want to share with you this email from One of our Many organizers!  She is a young professional – Neither OBV or Fr. Martino ever met her!  But her heart is there for OBV’s Children!  We are bless to have the people like her!  The event ticket sold out in two weeks!  600 tickets!!!  We will share with you more after the event – Pray for us and our children!




Thursday, 05 April 2012 00:00

Spiritual Doctor

 Doctor N and OBV children are in a tutoring session

I was really impressed with doctor N’s youthfulness, humility, friendliness and cheerfulness. When doctor visited the OBV children, she was so friendly that we felt her like our family member. Furthermore, she was really passionate and concerned with the children through various ways. Her spiritual medicine gift originated from her heart and social involvement. May I call her “spiritual doctor?”

Please let me do

From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 
To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.'
Subject: HI!

Good morning Cha Thong,

Saturday, 31 March 2012 00:00

A Letter From OBV Grand Father

My dearest grandchildren,

Thank you for sending me your fishing trip pictures. It looked so delightful and positively envious. I wish I could join you for such an exciting outing. However, there's always next time. I promise you if chance permits, we will take a tour to the cloudy city of Da Lat.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:24

A letter from a special girl to OBV!

Letter from a special girl

Hi Father Martino, 

I've been laying awake countless times since I have been back from Vietnam with my mind racing of ideas on how to help OBV and all these innocent girls. 

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 04:53

Essay on Human trafficking!


My name is Huong Dao, and I am a 17 year old from Lafayette, Louisiana. I am a Junior who aspires to become a Pharmacist or an Anesthesiologist when I get out of high school. I first knew about One Body Village when I went to Marian Days in 2010 when Cha Thong (AKA Fr. Martino) talked about Sex/Suong and about Human trafficking.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012 16:06

Love letter Part 18

Conference room

Conference room of the course "Communicate to get success" at Tay Do University

After attending the course "Communicate to get sucess" at Tay Do University and awareness night "Love and...then?" at Saint Paul Church, was held by Nhip cau hanh phuc Center (OBVVN), My Tien - a trainee - sent to center an email.

Hello Uncle Thinh!

How are you? You probably don’t remember me because we have met only two times. It’s okay if you couldn’t and I won’t be offended because everyone’s memory has a limit, right? I can only blame myself for not leaving a better impression on you so you could remember me. 

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