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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 17:52

Becoming an assistant...

The OBV house assistant with the children on a picnic trip


I am 26 years old and my profession is a hairstylist and make-up artist. I became familiar with the OBV through Father Martino’s Facebook page. I sympathized with the children’s unfortunate circumstances and wanted to help them in the most practical way I could even if it’s really small. And Father Martino helped me with the opportunity to accomplish that hope.


Wednesday, 13 June 2012 21:39

My thoughts on OBV

Stop child sex slavery

I think that OBV is a very worthwhile cause. As demonstrated by the Kony 2012 uprising, a movement to change the world seemed slightly overcompensating. OBV is great because it focuses on one problem only, which would enrich the lives of many. Also, OBV's faith is what drives them to do what they do. It reminds me of an old story, "The Star Thrower". This is one version:


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!



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?”

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.

Friday, 17 February 2012 16:52

A letter to K.


OBV children learned to make jewelry

She comes to meet us again after a long time apart. By the time K arrived in Vietnam, she already eagerly has plans for the children of OBV. With so much excitement and love as we saw each other, thank you K so much for still remembering each and every child of OBV’s names even when she has not seen them in a year.

As promised, each year K would come back and works closely with OBV for a month, a long month with hard and tough volunteer works. “You suddenly come and left… we all noticed”, but, as always, we can’t never avoid having a hard time of saying goodbye.


Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:19

“Thank you Dr. Duong Hoang”


The girls was playing basket ball - a gift from Dr. Duong Hoang

Dr. Duong Hoang is a member of OBV's Board Director. In Mission trip 2012, he came to Vietnam and visited OBV children...

The children of OBV, as a whole, without much time and opportunity, did not get to spend a lot of time meeting with Dr. Duong Hoang. However, in the shortest time, Dr. Duong Hoang had left us with many memories and much unforgettable impressions. Unfortunately, we did not get to participate in his psychological “color-personality” assessment.                      

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 14:48

I left my heart in Vietnam

Left my heart

"Let's be avoice - Lend a hand - Make a difference"

We - One Body Village - want to share with all of you - one of our Volunteer - first time in VN. Thanks Kelly who introduced Angie to One Body Village!

Father Martino

"After 23 years, I finally made it back to the motherland. In all of its beauty and glory, I left Vietnam with bittersweet memories and haunted dreams. Amidst its vibrant landscape, eclectic culture, exquisite food, and the hustle and bustle of city life, Vietnam revealed a dark truth to me: theTRAFFICKING 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.

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