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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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