Dr. John imprints his hands on the wall reserved for the volunteers
On Jan 19, 2014, the OBV (Open Body Village) organization in Vietnam has welcomed Dr. John - who has been in charge of dental care for former US President Jimmy Carter and his family members in the past 25 years – coming to Vietnam.
After getting off the airplane, Dr. John had driven directly to the OBV house to visit and prepare the dental checkup for the OBV children in the next day.
I am a leader of 6 years that have participated in many camps and shelters, but December 29, 2013 was the first time that I participated in a camp called "Sow and harvest" with the position as a member of the board of coordinators. I joined alongside the children of OBV for the first time and felt many indescribable emotions.
As the program was scheduled, the Prayer Vigil was happened on the evening of 12/22. Joining the management team and the OBV (One Body Village) children were Mr. Jesse, Dr. Thuy Dan and the special family guest of Ai Tran-Hanh Lan. The event was started at 5:30PM.
While helping the children find comfort and relaxation after the stressful final examinations period and also giving them the opportunity to gain work skills and learn the value of life, on December 29, 2013, the activity and education programs organized a picnic and fun activities for all the OBV Vietnam children to enjoy tourist attractions that are only a few kilometers from their home.
The punching bags brought from America
And so Instructor Jesse has taught the students for over two months, but the equipment used for punching and kicking is still just one single punching bag that Instructor Jesse brought from the America that meets his standards.
Just finishing Christmas Eve Masses, the atmosphere was filled with peace and happiness. Along with the joy of the whole of humanity, the OBV Cambodia family also full of joy and happniess. To express it, OBV Cambodia children have joined a performance in the Christmas party.
It has been a week since uncle Jesse and aunt Thuy visited us. We talked about them every day. We missed them especially the nights that we practiced martial art together.
The most impression was uncle's sharing in Vietnamese "The main purpose for this trip, I want to teach you martial art, so that you can self-defense. After I leave, I will feel assurance that you can always be safe and be able to protect yourself".
OBV family in Cambodia would like to welcome Ms. Kim Thoa - president of Nguyen Huu Hung charity, and soeur Huyen from Australia. The visiting time was short, but full with warmth, love and encouragement from them. Ms. Kim Thoa and soeur Huyen - represented the organization and benifactors - had donated $2000 AUD. Ms. Kim Thoa also spent her own money to buy gifts for the children and for me too!!
During a training skill parenting workshop in Soc Trang, after knowing about the OBV missions, a woman from the Woman's Association had given our group tip about a 6 year old victim from 2 weeks ago
This entire week, Mother, Aunt, and Uncle focus on making Nativity scene. This year with the helping hands of Uncle Tran, it is more splendid than any past year. There are a flowing waterfall, Mr and Mrs Santa Claus. The Nativity stable is larger than last year so the bigger Nativity figures are replaced the last year's ones.
Through a source from a reporter of NLD Magazine, OBV Vietnam has investigated and verified a case of a four year old girl was sexually assaulted server times.
After getting the information from investigating agency, OBV Vietnam has come and met Ms. T.T.V - the young girl's mother.
I just have migrated to Cambodia about one month. I can't speak the local language, Khmer.Due to my family circumstances, I was forced to leave school since long in Vietnam. A slender girl is too petite for the age of 14.
Jesse and his wife - Doctor Thuy - and Cambodia children
During their trip until April 2014, Dr. Thuy and Jesse will spend time with the OBV children in Southeast Asia. Today, they were on the way to Cambodia OBV, with the promise they will be back to Vietnam OBV this weekend.
Arrived at the afternoon after staying on the night bus for twelve hours, they spent the rest of day with the OBV children.
"Have to come, no matter what" was said by a guest who had missed a visit because of being lost in direction. Before going back to US, they had to visit to OBV. They had to leave Vinh Long since 4 am because in case of being lost again, they would have time to find direction instead of giving up like last time. Her husband - Mr. Eugene - has accompanied her.