CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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Saturday, 20 December 2014 00:00

The child from Compung Thum

I headed out from Phnom Penh to Compung Thum after I read about L in the newspaper.  I met up with the local police and L’s mother to inform them about the services OBV offers.  L’s mother asked for time to think things over.  Two days later, L’s mother contacted me and signed the agreement for L to come and stay at the OBV home.  L is 10 year-old and currently in 3rd grade.  She was raped and her brother interenved after he heard her cry.   Her parents are divorced and both have been remarried with new family of their own.

Saturday, 29 November 2014 00:00

Back to School

Summer ended! The children competed and worked hard to earn good grades. All had stride with great effort in learning English, Khmer, martial arts, and obeying house's rules and schedules, even doing chores.

Now that the new school year began, the children's day will be filled with learning. There are 2 sessions each day – morning and afternoon with English and Khmer subjects. Nevertheless, they continue to stride and compete.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 00:00

Competition

Learning English

These days the children are competing for good grade and earning points for good conducts. For example, a child who earned 9.5 out of 10 on Khmer subject or 8 out of 10 in English class would have a negative mark removed from his/her record. At the same time, if a child noticed a dirty floor and voluntary picked up the broom to sweep the floor; or cleaned up his/her room or doing the dishes without being asked to do so also got a negative mark removed from his/her record. After the program was introduced, the children became more aware, well behaved and self-motivated.

Sunday, 19 April 2015 00:00

Hurt - So much hurt

The title of this article is taken from Fr. Martino's uttered words after learning about the stories of the two girls who recently arrived at the OBV home.

It has been a week since the two came to live at the home. There are noticeable changes in the two girls – both positive and joyous. However, there are things we've yet uncovered; things that hurt deeply.

Little C malnourished and frail when she arrived at OBV home.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00

Welcoming New Family Members

If you've been following the stories on our OBV website, you'll remember the story of one of our little girl published in: A Fate Like Weed.

After many visits and dialogue exchanged with C's family, I persuaded her family to let C comes and stays at OBV home. C's family is not in a situation to provide proper care for her. C's dad is mentally ill. C's mom and her grandparents are busy making end meets. C was often found wondering the streets and highways barefeet from Can Tho to Soc Trang. The chance of C facing abused and kidnapped for sex trafficking was pretty high. Thus, I felt a great sense of relief after I brought C to live in OBV home.