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.
OBV Managers and assistants take OBV children to buy new clothes, a present from an anonymous guest
Besides candies and medicines, this guest kept asking me "What else do the children need?" Due to her enthusiasm, Soeur did not hesitate anymore and said "It nearly comes to holiday, so can you please buy each a new set of clothes"
She asked us to calculate the amount of money, and only after few minutes, Soeur was received money to buy new clothes for Tet (New Year) for the children.
Upon hearing the sentence above, I always thought of it something uttered from the mouth of a "mama" or from the "elder brothers or sisters" specialized brokerage, hussling and trafficking of women and children as prostitutes, as sex slaves. Never even in my dream, would I believe this is the words of "advice" from a birth mother to her daughter.
OBV family greeting our guest
On Nov 17, 2013, OBV has welcome a guest who could not stop her tear when visited the children. What she has heard before and what she has seen today definitely would stay in her heart. Not only by compassion in words, but she would act - soon!
Jimmy is talking to Soeur N.
November 9, 2013, OBV family had a guest. Despite the busy work in VN but Mr. Jimmy Thai has also set aside some time to visit and dine with OBV children. Soeur N. had met Jimmy at the fundraising in San Diego, but they have spent more time to talk during this visit in Vietnam. Wishing we will have other chances to meet again.
A visit had been set up by Father Thong. Perhaps he would like his children to imitate the overcoming difficulty samples from a group named "Cảm ơn cuộc đời" ("Thank life"). This is a group of many difficult lives - mostly orphaned - that have been brought together and helped by Mr. Ai Tran.
The washing machine from Mr. Trieu Nguyen and Mrs. Ly Nguyen
OBV children have never thought of a washing machine because they had lived in poverty since they were young, so they would not dare to dream one. When joining OBV family, and learning to take care of themselves, every of the OBV child as well as the house management had to wash their clothes by hand.
No schedules, no appointments, nothing special... After dinner and general intercessions, the children were studing in their rooms. A van had suddently stopped at obv house door. Every guest steped out was a surprise for obv family.
Doctor Nguyet - long time no see. The obv children thronged to her so that she could not move nor have a tour to the house.
Doctor Nguyet with OBV children
Through learning about OBV, the Cambodian volunteer group Youth's Team Heart had visited the OBV house in Cambodia.
The visiting was only an hour because the OBV children had to study, but they lingered on saying goodbye. Two young volunteers were very interested in talking to the kids. The kids loved to color on the books - their gifts of crayons, coloring books and candies... The volunteers promise to "contribute a voice" for the OBV children - to spread out the information of OBV organization. At the same time, they will ask for more volunteers to teach Khmer for the OBV children - one of the most essential needs for the children.