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.
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.