Our warmest congratulations to Tinh Khoi, the first of hopefully many OBV daughters who has successfully been admitted into Street International - an organization headed by Neal F. Bermas, PhD.
The course will last 18 months, with classes including English, life skills, F&B business and/or culinary arts (trainees are able to take on either). The curriculum closely follows that of the Institute of Culinary Education - USA.
Our OBV family sends our wishes for successful studies to build a brighter future for herself and her family.
OBV News December 10th 2017
Translated by Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung. The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Chúc Mừng Tinh Khôi"
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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.
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."
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."
Today is a day dedicated to honoring fathers. May God grant you good health, happiness and grace"
Your daughter X."
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.
Translated by Thủy Nguyễn, Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung. The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Mừng Ngày Của Cha"
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.
Follow the spiritutality of Father Martino Nguyen Ba Thong, the children of OBV Vietnam and Campuchia won't receive or give gifts. Instead, as an offering to Jesus on his birthday, they will do some good deeds and make sacrifices for their families, relatives, friends, and neighbours.
In this picture, the children of OBV Cambodia list down the good deeds that they will do this Christmas, and hang them on their tree. In Vietnam, the children will save a part of the December allowance to donate to the homeless on January 12th, 2018, as Father Martino has done every year for his birthday (Jan 13).
OBV News December 9th 2017
Translated by Mr. Phung and Jacqueline Huynh. The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Ý Nghĩa Mùa Giáng Sinh"
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the supporters who have helped me to be where I am now. Sometimes it's still surreal to me. I'm a 12th grader now, but it feels like a dream. Where would I be if I had not been picked up and protected by OBV?? Would i be at peace, would I be attending school?
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- 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.
April 8, 2013
Translated by Tho Nguyen, Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung. The original version entitled "Chuyện Riêng Tư"
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.
Like any other family, our happiness comes from the children of our greater OBV family, from Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. It was important to us that they know and love each other. Recently, the generosity of one of our supporters saw OBV receive 55 boxes of moon cakes and lanterns, to be divided evenly between the 3 houses. Along with the moon cakes that were going to the girls of Cambodia were letters carefully written to Ms Ha and Nimol. Father Martino and Mother Ngoc have certainly done well in teaching the lesson of love, for you will not find a greater love than that between our girls.
September 30, 2017
Translated by Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung. The orginal version in Vietnamese entitled "Niềm Hạnh Phúc Sẻ Chia"
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The OBV Cambodia family
Our OBV family in Cambodia only became a more joyful place when two cute princesses joined. They were sisters, V and T.
At first both V and T cried and longed to go home. But the other sisters rallied behind them and gave encouraging words. "Don't cry, it's better here. We're all sisters here."
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Kim Vy had promised to come every Saturday to teach the kids English, and she had kept to her word for the last few weeks. Unfortunately, with the kids' exams fast approaching, her plans had to be pushed back, possibly when the next Mission Trip starts.
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Mr. Pham Sy, who holds a Master's degree in Psychology, visited our girls in Cambodia to speak to the girls on a vast number of topics, through interesting games and activities.
By engaging in conversation with the girls, he soon learnt about their lives, their backstories, the goals and dreams for the future. He taught his lessons through song and play, and helped the children draw self portraits.
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
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.
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.
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In addition to all the face time through Skype, and phone to speak and motivate the children at the OBV house, Dad often crossed thousands of kilometers away from the United States to Vietnam and Cambodia to meet the children directly. It was announced day that Dad would visit his children.
Marked in the calendar to pick up Dad at 10:30 as the plane will land at the Phnom Penh-Cambodia.