CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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OBV Children

Sunday, 15 April 2018 02:07

Pearls

Her legs were covered in warts caused by Sexually Transmitted Infections, but her future was looking bright since she had friends and companions with her. They were trained to create jewelry. Strings of real pearls, that they would sell.

She lived in one of the Detention Centers in Malaysia, her legs the very proof of her former life in sex slavery. However, with your help, their futures can be bright. Pictured here are the children making pearl jewelry. They will be uploaded and sold via the OBV website soon. Thank you for being a part of their lives!

OBV VN September 29th 2017

Translated by Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung.  The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Những Hạt Ngọc Trai"

Sunday, 08 April 2018 03:37

A positive outcome

OBV Cambodia has just received letters of thanks and gratitude from two young Vietnamese ladies being home-schooled. They had been on scholarships from OBV for the past 3 years, and have never betrayed the love, trust and support from their benefactors. Just recently, they graduated after 2 years in college with high scores in English.

"To my dearest sponsors,

On my graduation day, I would like to say thank you for your kindness and your generous help throughout the years. I would not have today without your warm support. Please accept my sincere gratitude for your thoughtfulness and contributions through various means. I'm extremely humbled and grateful. May God bless you, always!"

On behalf of our children, we at OBV are sincerely grateful to all of our supports, in giving a hand on this rough journey against child sex trafficking, and abuse against children. The journey is not only to rescue and provide psychological counselling and/or treatment, but to also fight the illiteracy rates, one of the leading factors that result in the child being sold by their families. We hope that providing them with the means to an education will save many young girls from ever seeing the inside of a brothel in the future.

OBV News December 13th 2017

Translated by Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung.  The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Thành Quả Mong Chờ"

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:47

Life Lessons

Recently the kids of OBV-Cambodia got a chance to catch up with an old friend, Ms. Tam, who previously had participated in our Mission Trip 2017. This year, she decided to come back and spend 2 weeks playing and teaching English to the girls. Since she was limited on time, she could only visit OBV Cambodia this trip, but hopes that she will be able to visit OBV Viet Nam next year.

Besides her English lessons, Ms. Tam also taught the kids about life. She gave each of them a small notebook. During the week, any good deed that was done by the kids was documented in their own notes. When the weekend came, whoever had the most good deeds received a small prize.

Friday, 23 March 2018 20:38

Letter to Tinh Khoi

My dearest Tinh Khoi,

Since the day you left us to join Streets International so far away, we at OBV have been anticipating any update or feedback from Street International.

You email from last month shared that you were assigned as group leader to present on hygiene and food safety, a fundamental knowledge without the F&B industry. You had boldly made your presentation and answered all the questions of the other groups.

I met up with Mr. Neal recently, the founder of Streets International. He praised your English pronunciation, and while I was very happy and proud, I couldn't help but wonder if his praise was genuine or out of politeness. Immediately, I remembered our phone conversations lately, where you would use simple English sentences throughout our time together on the phone, and felt that his praise was for real.

Even so far away, you remembered your family and sisters at OBV. You would ask about Father Martino Nguyen Ba Thong, Mother Ngoc, and the other OBV staff. You were concerned to hear of Mother Ngoc's recent bout of illness, and sent your best wishes to Father Martino for his birthday, and you were happy to hear updates about one of your older sister's marriage and pregnancy.

I've always been harder on you than any of the other sisters, as I was the one who brought you home and I didn't want anyone to think that I loved you above anyone else. My hardness never made you sad, but in fact motivated you to do more.

I want you to know that we at OBV will always love you and are happy of your progress. We all expect that you will try your hardest and achieve the best results you can, to ensure that you have a chance at a bright and solid future.

Saigon February 2018.

DPN

Translated by Mr. Phung and Jacqueline Huynh.  The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Thư Gửi Tinh Khôi"

 

Sunday, 18 March 2018 00:08

Intensive Vietnamese Program

Miss T, our new director for OBV Cambodia gave intensive Vietnamese lessons to our three oldest girls in preparation for a trip to Vietnam for vocational training at Street International.

To prepare for an interview fast approaching in April, the girls learn in a practical matter by following cooking recipes written in Vietnamese, while practicing to write their own.

We are excited for the girls to start a new chapter in their lives, and wish you the very best, our lovely daughters.

January 1st, 2018

Translated by Jacqueline Huynh and Mr. Phung.  The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Lớp Học Tiếng Việt Cấp Tốc"

Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:42

Starting a New Life

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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.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:15

Ship Shooting Game

A special session was organized by the Psychology Department of a university to have student come in monthly to train the children of OBV on general life skills. This month, the topic was the responsibility and resolution of conflicts.

The training starting with a game of Ship Shooting. The children were divided in 3 groups, each group being in charge of a ship. When shooting at another ship, the whole crew had to yell out a phrase, such as 'Aim, Fire, Boom!' along with the name of the other ship. 

It started off very confusing, with the young sailors accidentally shooting at themselves, or saying their phrase in the wrong order, or calling the name of the wrong ship. 

Sunday, 28 January 2018 21:32

"Story of The Stars"

On the greeting and gratitude evening at OBV, there was a special guest.

A military veteran of Southeast Asian nations who for many years has continued to struggle with the obsessions that come from his military experiences.

He is also a friend of Ms. Huong, an OBV supporter, and he bought Huong's paintings to raise money for OBV.

On that evening, he asked to go on stage to "pass on the fire" to the OBV children through a short story - the story of the Stars.

"Today, I want to tell you a short story about Stars.

You know what Stars are, right?

Sunday, 21 January 2018 03:20

Tinh Khoi! Congratulations!

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"

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"

 

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