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Saturday, 25 November 2017 22:49

An Exhibition of Lacquered Artwork

Mother Ngoc took our children of OBV to an exhibition of lacquered artwork honoring artist Tinh Truc Gia last Saturday. The artwork was a tribute, with all of Tinh Truc Gia's student gathering to display all they had learnt from their teacher. It was beautiful and deep, and the presentation that accompanied the pieces left the children feeling hopeful and full of admiration.

On that particular day, Mother Ngoc was especially proud of little U, one of OBV's newest family members, talking very politely to the mother of one of the artists. 

Sunday, 31 December 2017 22:54

Love In Action

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It was a very lively and excited weekend since birthdays of few little girls borned in July, birthday of miss P. the educator coincided with the feast of patron saint of Sister Thùy. It was also a good chance for children to show off in making jelly they just learnt recently. Some of them made jelly instead of birthday cake while other group fried chicken or made different dishes.

Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:42

Starting a New Life


Diary of a Home Visit April 12, 2017

It was 3pm. After crossing 2 small bridges and following a dirt road that led deep into the rice paddies, we met the grandparents and their granddaughter. A 10 year, pregnant at 5 week. A 38 year old man had been incarcerated. The little girl and her grandmother came home to Saigon with us to stay at OBV, with big hopes and dreams for a bright future.

Sunday, 03 December 2017 00:33

Personal matter

an old article...

- Do I have to report to mother if I am ill, Q?

- Yeah, you should.

- I have .....a personal matter.

- What is it?

- I am ... bleeding...

Little H had just reached puberty. She had been a wild child when she entered OBV two year ago. None of her family had any I.D or supporting paperwork, and so she had gone to school run by a charity organization. She excelled in all her subjects, and everybody at OBV loved her, as she was a gentle and adorable girl. However, she had tomboy traits, from her short hair to her dress code. Yet now, she was faced with a personal matter than all girls eventually will face. After all, she had just turned 13.

- It's nature. There's nothing to be ashamed of....Talk to Q, she will help you.

And from that day, 'personal matter' is the code word used for all matters pertaining to the life of a young girl entering the next stage of her life.

OBV Vietnam

April 8, 2013

Translated by Tho Nguyen, Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung.  The original version entitled "Chuyện Riêng Tư"


Sunday, 14 January 2018 23:58

Happy Father's Day

an old article...

The third Sunday of June was a special day. Father's Day. At OBV, the whole family remembered to send blessings and good wishes to the man they consider to be their father.

"Dear Father,
May good health and success be upon you. Honestly, I don't want to go home for the summer vacation, but I went anyway, and there I saw my parents' daily arguments and struggles. I wished to stay with the safety of OBV's walls, however I was encouraged to go home and look for a job, to earn some money to pay off my parents' debts...Please give some advice.
Your daughter Y."

"Dear Fataher,
Today is Father's Day. May God always grant you good health, grace, and happiness. I always miss you. I hope time goes by so I can meet you again. I promise to always study hard to make you proud"
Your daughter H."

"Dear Father,
Today is a day dedicated to honoring fathers. May God grant you good health, happiness and grace"
Your daughter X."

"Dear Father,
May happiness and the grace of God always be with you. I would like to open my heart to you. I know that you love and take care of us, and I'm grateful to you and all the member of the OBV family. Returning last summer during my break, I could see that my family was struggling, and my sibling was at school. I wanted to go back to them and work to support my grandmother and pay for my sibling's education. I felt there was nowhere else on this Earth I wanted to be, although I know and feel the love and support from Mother N, all OBV staff and my sisters in the OBV family. I'm sorry if my decision will hurt you and OBV's family, however I can't bear the thought of my family's struggles, and I don't have the motivation to continue on with my education."
Your daughter T."

Father's day truly is a very special day, with the gratitude of our kids for their 'father' coming out. Please keep our Fr Martino in your prayers, and may God grant him good help to continue his help for OBV and all the our children.

OBV Vietnam

June, 2011

Translated by Thủy Nguyễn, Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung.  The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Mừng Ngày Của Cha"