CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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Reflection

Monday, 04 July 2011 09:13

Act of Love

Act of Love 1

Ca Sĩ Như Loan thăm các em Nhà OBV

We visited an orphanage in Saigon that shelters young girls who run away after being sold into sex slavery. When I first heard of One Body Village (OBV) I was not sure how I felt. A part of me was horrified that this kind of thing still exists in our world today; another part of me was eager to meet these kids, as I am sure they are no different from me. It made me think of my daughter and wonder why them and not us? Instantly I felt grateful for my life and I was inspired to help in whatever way I could.

 

A lunch at OBV House

(A reflection of a volunteer, after spending half day in OBV House.)

I was so honored to be invited in the role of OBV house-managment when the manager and the two others vice-managers were busy. Although I am the seniority volunteer of OBV House, I must sign in a stack of papers to ensure that everything should be ok.  So excited, I was there early!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 20:08

Beautiful Smile like Pretty Ochna Integerrim

Upon hearing praise like that, of course you will say that such thing does not exist. It is nothing less than flattering only. But when I met person be praised, I felt that it was a true compliment and the receiver definitely deserved the recognition.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 01:07

Hoa Bien restaurant response

Respect Life Day was on Sunday October 3rd, 2010 this year. It also happened that the "Not For Sale" Awareness Event at Hoa Bien Restaurant in St. Paul, Minnesota, hosted by Father Martino Nguyen Ba Thong was held on the same day.

Friday, 01 October 2010 03:25

Reactions after the Writing Competition

Greetings to all!

First and foremost, I would like to my regards and wish everyone good health and full of God's grace.

I am truly delighted to have been a winner in a writing contest about children and childhood that the One Body Village initiated. If anything, it was all God's blessings. I have thanked God, and now I would to thank Him again as well as sending my appreciation to everyone who have read and voted for my piece. I would also like to thank the One Body Village Group for sponsoring the contest and giving me the chance to participate in it.

When I was asked to help at the Awareness Night, I never could have imagined how much I would be touched by Father Martino’s presentation.  I had been made aware of the injustice and cruelty against children who are being forced into sex slavery in Cambodia before this Awareness Night, but at a very impersonal level.  

Friday, 03 September 2010 07:33

Summary of run!

At 8am on Saturday, May 1st 2010, I looked out my window and frowned. It was suppose to be a nice sunny day because the “Free Them 5K event to stop human sex trafficking” was to begin in an hour, but instead it was wet and sprinkles of rain started to come down. I began to doubt the number of people who would show up because it was so ugly out. I decided to say a little prayer to God to ask him for a nice day, or at least nice enough for us to run without getting wet!

Friday, 03 September 2010 06:42

Nguyen Hung Nam's testimonies

“I can no longer hold back the agony in my heart. I need to shout out loud! Shout out to anyone who wants to hear the truth of those "frightening" and "disgusting" stories about how the young Vietnamese children are SOLD, KIDNAPPED, and FORCED into sex slavery in the brothels in Cambodia and Malaysia.”-Father Martino Nguyen

Wednesday, 01 September 2010 06:37

24 hours in Toronto!

As father Martino (Cha Thông) and I (representing One Body Village) left the US border, we took a quick nap on the plane on our way to another exciting awareness event.  As soon as we arrived in Toronto and made it through customs, we were greeted enthusiastically by our beloved coordinator Kelly Le and our chauffeur Chris (After our experience with Kelly’s driving we decided to keep Chris as our chauffeur J).  They quickly whisked us away to the church hall where mass was ending and the set up was already beginning.

 

OBV in San Diego: When Father Martino, Nga, Kim and I pulled up to the restaurant I wondered to myself "How many people are actually going to come? It's July 4th, and everyone is going to miss the fireworks!" When we entered the building we were greeted by a group of the most kind, and generous people. Ranging from young adults to those who may have grandkids, the planning committee wore white One Body Village polos as they hustled and bustled about making sure everything ran smoothly. I peeked into the dining room, and I see many empty tables. I shouldn't have worried; by the time the program was in full swing the tables were brimming with people. The program kicked off with a duet by an adorable young brother-sister duo, both of which are younger than ten years old! A smile spread across my face as I see little ones running around, playing and dancing to the music in their Stop Child Sex Slavery shirts they had bought last year. That's one way to be a voice for the children!

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