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OBV Children

Sunday, 18 December 2016 07:03

Warm Chrismas

an old article...

Rolling on bed, finally I woke up at 9AM – lazy? Yeah, how lazy I was. As I was unemloyed...9AM was still early to me, and I had an appointment at 9AM

As I promised, I quickly started off with doing 3 loaves of flan for children, and I rode my motobike and headed to Cu Chi. Frankly speaking, this was the second time I visited land that my my dad bought long time ago. At the first time, as I went with my parents, I enjoyed cool astmosphere of the AC in the car, and of course my brother was driver, so I didn't care about the route and how to get there, just slept all along the road. And consequence was I had no idea about the route.

Sunday, 06 November 2016 02:39

A 2000đ CLASS

An old article...


According to the assignment of the One Body Village (OBV) Organization which has established by Father Martino Thông in the USA, 3 sisters of us who were OBV representatives in Vietnam had departed to Xuân Hưng – Đồng Nai province to deliver a sum of money from benefactors' supportive fund to a devoted class of Miss Huong.

In brief introduction, the class was built by Miss Huong and her husband on their home land. They created table and chairs for the class by connected pieces of wood and pieced some used tole and timber together to erect the wall. In last May, Father Thông led a group of young OBV members from US to the class helping complete the boundary fence for the class.

Many native Vietnameses have returned from Cambodia to this region for re-settlement. The class has been built up to help children of those Vietnamese families. Many parents have had difficulties either in cost of living or taken not enough cares of them. If not being well cared and educated the children would face high risk of being traded as prostitutes in Cambodia. Therefore, the main objective of OBV is to look after the children contributing into prevention of child sex slavery....

I was so excited to see the class wall because I missed a chance that was called by Father Thông on email for help build the wall.

The wall of "history"

Sunday, 11 September 2016 10:38

District 9 Journey, meeting celebrity

an old article...


We all know that "parents place their children" but as they didn't want their children to move here with heavy hearts when knowing that they didn't want to leave their lovable place with lots of memories.

Those few days, when I took the children to District 9, I also wanted to help them to have psychological preparation in order to adapt to new place happily and comfortably. That afternoon, taking them around the village, when we just left our houses, we saw a target "Ecotourism area"; we asked around and got to know that it was 2 km away. Oh, so let's walk, just come and see.

Monday, 05 September 2016 03:43

OBV Camp 2013

an old article..

OBV celebrated the Memorial Day of Hung Vuong

It's time for the finals. The children must be nervous and tired for studying so hard for their final exams. It was a holiday. Since the morning, the management had been planning an unprepared short picnic for the children to relax a little bit. A few ideas were mentioned: fishing, snail hunting, playing in the park, etc. However, none of these were chosen by the majority due to a few constraints. Finally, everybody supported Mother N.'s idea of camping right in the OBV garden. All the tasks assigned must be accomplished quickly, on time within scouting discipline.

Sunday, 28 August 2016 22:14

Have a smile, my girl!

an old article...

By the Vietnamese New Year, one of the children in our large family named TV often seemed bored when she had to go to school and when she played with other girls. However, she talked a lot and was happy when she had free time and when she was in the family meals.

She said, "I want to go home and take care of my baby sister (or brother) but my parents argue all the time about me." I talked to her, comforted her and understood why she was so sad. My solution was creating content for her in this period. I did not expect her to study well, nor work on her duties even though they were just sweeping the house, washing dishes or preparing the dinner table. The only thing important was that she could smile and get along with others. Then it became true, I did not see her bored any longer. She was more joyful, laughed more, talked more, and wanted to study with T and Y. She studied as hard as other older girls, and she said, "I want to be a teacher when I grow up."

OBV Cambodia

NP

Feb 17, 2013

Translated by Phuong Pham.  The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Cho Em Tiếng Cười"

Saturday, 16 July 2016 04:00

A day in the OBV home

An old article...

Our home

It had been two months since the repair and reopening of the OBV Home. A number of issues arised while dealing with the kids, some relating to house chores such as a broken water pump, some involving other stories such as skipping school for abdominal pain, not understanding the courses, etc. I thought: "Oh my God, we only have four kids in the house and everything is just a mess, if we had forty, what would happen then? Hopefully we will get more experience as we go."

Sunday, 10 July 2016 00:00

Our Weekend

OBV welcomed new member

As usual, our kids did not have classes on Saturday morning, so they didn't have to study yesterday evening. Instead, they had some fun activities. Because they knew there was meteor shower early in the morning, they woke up on 2 A.M. to wait for it. But they didn't see any meteor. So they came back to bed. Mother N. let them sleep for 30 minutes more to compensate for the sleep last night.

As we had discussed with A.P's family, they decided to take her to OBV. However, because she was taking her exam, they were afraid that she would be homesick on the first days that may have a negative impact on her learning. OBV's supervisor said that OBV wished to see her after her exam. This morning, her family took her to our house. When her parents leave for home, she stayed here and played with other kids.

Mr. Sy also came here today. As a psychologist, he understands our kids clearly. Our kids loved his humanity class because besides lessons, he also had some games and good songs. A.P got along well with other kids in these activities. The song "Noi mot vong trong" (Be in a circle) made her shyness disappear and she began to introduce herself.

Psychologist Pham Sy taught kids in OBV

While we were having lunch, Ms. Kim Vy came to our house as she said last weekend. She brought two big watermelons and delicious flan cakes just for us. Our kids said: "As Ms. Kim Vy looks tomboy, we didn't think she's very good at cooking". That's the way it goes. There are still a lot of surprises, kids. Although she looks so, she always comes to us with a big heart.

Ms. Kim Vy with a very big heart.

Our weekend had a lot of memorable activities. It became just perfect as our kids prepared to go to the Church this evening.

OBV Vietnam

12/14/2012

Translated by Lam Nhat Le.  Orginal version in Vietnamese entitled "Ngày Cuối Tuần"

Sunday, 03 July 2016 00:00

Echo of Spring

an old article...


"Many a child smiling in new clothes. Happy New Year."

A visitor came to an OBV hose and told Father Thong, "Here the children are so happy!" Father Thong replied gently, "My children cannot be as happy as your children. But those are my children and I would like to do the best to my children, as you were doing, are doing, and will be doing the best to your children."

In fact, not only on the Tet occasion but on other occasions like New School Year or Christmas, OBV children are taken are of very specially. This year is not an exception. Tet came quickly. Everybody was busy preparing for tet when the Christmas season hadn't been over yet.

Sister L. couldn't wait to bring joy to the children. That morning, she took each child's measurement, and went shopping for their clothes. At 1:00 pm, she called and offered to bring clothes to the house. She came and discussed things with Sister N. in the living room, but children in the sleeping room must have heard their talking and felt excited. Soon after they got up, a child asked, "Has Sisier L. bought our clothes?"_ "Yes, that's right." _ "Could we see them?"

Pic: OBV children trying their new clothes with excitement.


Pic: Each was thrilled and happy receiving their New Year gift.

There's an old saying which is very true:
"Happy as when an elderly receives a bowl of soup, happy as when a child gets a new shirt."
"Many a child smiling in new clothes. Happy New Year."

M.J. Hồ Ngọc

1/10/2012

Translated by Thuy Nguyen.  Original version in Vietnamese entitled "Âm Vang Mùa Xuân"

Saturday, 18 June 2016 00:00

Letters to Mom N.

An old article...


Two weeks had been passing. To follow the repair of the new home of OBV's children, the supervisor of OBV's house, whom the kids love to call mommy, could not be beside them to take care of them. However, Mommy talked to kids on the phone every day.The kids wrote these letters sealed with love to Mommy.

"Mommy, I don't know which major to choose from. Tell me please, which one? Besides, I have to fill the blank of Father's name in identity documents. But I don't know what to write in there. What should I do? How's it going Mommy? Come back to us soon, Mommy. Love you, T."

"Mommy, how are you? Don't worry for us. You should eat a lot. If you look too thin, we will make you eat twice. I wish you a lot of health and peace. We love you. Your daughter, H."

"I miss you so much, Mommy. I hope you will be always healthy and peaceful in God's love. I apologize for making you disappointed. Remember to take care of yourself. I really want that time will come soon when you finish your work and come back to us. I miss you so much that I can't enjoy meal every day, whether it's delicious or not. Your daughter, H".

"Mommy, I love you and miss you so much! D and I now have become the most mischievous ones. Come back to us soon, Mommy ^^. Your daughter, M."

"Do you miss me, Mommy? Please take care of yourself. I did well in the play Tam Cam. When you come home, I will act again. Love you. Your daughter, Đ"

"Mommy, despite summer vacation, I still read books, do Math homework and study at home. My sore throat has gone. I'm fine now. You, too Mommy! Your daughter, Ha".

"Mommy, my summer has been coming. It's a little sad not to go to school in the morning. But it's good to be home for a longer time. I have almost finished reading a book and learning the multiplication table. Please remember to take care of yourself and eat a lot. I dream of you every night, Mommy. Your daughter, Ky."

"Do you miss us, Mommy? Although I have just come here, I love you so much, Mommy. Please remember to take care of yourself and don't work too much, Mommy! I'm waiting to see you. Ms. L. will take me to the dentist. Then I will be confident to smile. That's good. I love you. Your daughter, S."

"I miss you so much, Mommy. Please remember to take care of yourself. When you come home, we will massage you, OK? This evening I got an X. I'm sorry, Mommy. Please don't be sad about that. Love you! Your daughter, N."

"How are you, Mommy? When will you come home? We miss you so much. Now I am learning hard and not watching films too much. I am going to finish my embroidery design. Will you come to see me this Sunday in the exam for an upper level of Aikido? I hope you will. Good night, Mommy. I miss you and love you so much. Your daughter, G."

"I miss you so much, Mommy! You, too right? Please go to bed early. And take care of yourself, too. I've heard that you are not having good meals. Please eat good food. If you don't, you will be thin and sick. I miss you so much. All I want is going there beside you. Kiss you, Mommy. Your daughter, Hg."

OBV's children

8/5/2012

Translated by Le Nhat Lam.  Original version in Vietnamese entitled "Thư Gửi Mẹ"

Saturday, 11 June 2016 00:00

Where the deepest misery was

An old article...


At 5 A.M. on May 06, 2011, we left Can Tho for C. province. We were very lucky to meet Mr. and Mrs. Nam who voluntarily took us there after they heard about our work. The place we were going to go to is the farthest area of C. province. We went there to see a family which also held the deepest misery. That's why we called this place: where the deepest misery was.

After a 6-hour trip to that place, I pictured in my mind a village rounded by green mangrove forest and lots of canals. At the moment we departed, a good song about this land ran out the radio. It was about strangers who come here the first time with lots of feelings.

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