CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 22:46

A maternal grandmother's suffering

Mrs. Tu was already the maternal grandmother to little D, a fifth grader who had been sexually molested by her biological father and grandfather. These kind of horrifying stories are sadly not uncommon, and are usually blasted across newspapers for all to read about.

"A father and grandfather sexually molested an 11-year old girl, and forced her to drink aphrodisiac drugs over multiple occasions"  - (click to read the article in Vietnamese in 'afamily')

Saturday, 23 September 2017 22:36

Resilient Girls

A pink lotus, just for you.

My lovely Pink Lotus...the preliminary hearing has ended. Your father sentenced to life behind bars, a punishment he deserves for his evil crimes. Your grandfather's hearing continues in two weeks and I believe he will face the same outcome.

Pink Lotus was visited by her mother and grandmother after the hearing. Bother of them led her to school this morning, where she proudly wore her new uniform

Saturday, 16 September 2017 22:26

Little Pink Lotus

I met her for the first time at an old brick kiln. She was a little girl, and surprised me by showing me of all the pictures of lotus flowers hanging on the walls of her small room.

On the day I went to pick her up to come live with the OBV family, she looked up at me and said 'I stayed up last night waiting for you'. And she gave me some origami stars. I wondered how she could still be so full of energy, so full of life, and have such a colourful and positive outlook for her future.

Friday, 25 August 2017 01:05

When The Worries Would End

Some volunteers visited OBV house a few days ago. The house is currently under remodeling, and was in complete disarray -- construction equipment and tools, bricks, cement and their mixers, sand....everything was everywhere. This month, my schedule was also thrown out the window, all my time and energy was put towards the completion of these works.

Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:21

Learning a New Skill

From afar, two ladies wholeheartedly donated their time and energy to teach our kids to make 3D jelly molds.

It was an activity scheduled for the entire weekend, with the first day starting bright and early at 8am, and wrapping up at 5pm. It was a little overcrowded, as a few of the girls were our OBV girls from Cambodia, many of them visiting the Motherland of Vietnam for the first time. Both the instructors and trainees took on this task enthusiastically. With the orders pouring in, there was no time for a break. They took a quick lunch and launched right back into it. Our board member, Phuong, worked to ensure orders were placed and even more importantly, that they were made.