Papa Thong visiting the OBV children in Vietnam
“Papa will be the wings that take me to far places…. Papa will be the leaf that protect you for the rest of my life”
Perhaps you are already on the plane flying back home; we started to sing the song because we miss you so much; our eyes are stinging from the tears. What destiny has allowed us to meet you? Maybe there is some good fortune in unfortunate things. We know we are truly blessed to have you in our lives; to care for us as your own and to build a bridge to happiness for us.
“House of Love- OBV” will light up their dreams and make them become a reality
The first story: “I’m in pain, lots of pain, I can’t sit!”
We know and find her through information from a newspaper:
“Taking her 6 year old daughter to six different hospitals in the city, visits to the many police departments, pleading to have her daughter examine because she was raped. But the sad mother only received rejection while her daughter is in excruciating pain…
The 2nd of February is another day that our “father” and all of his volunteers came to re-visited us, the children of OBV, for the last time before returning back to the United States. Most of us was at school and only some of us are home. Thus, in the afternoon, we all finally made it home one after another and gathered inside our little house filled with love and laughter in the atmosphere.
“Try to the best of your ability, the results is up to God…”
Every Saturday, I have the chance to visit OBV house to share with OBV children some practical life lessons and survival skills. Each week, each lesson leaves me with a different impression and through that I am able to understand them and love them more. One of the lessons that was quite memorable was about “the value of cooperation”.
Rescue and take the child to OBV House
We have been anxiously waiting for the arrival of a new member to our house. We have two new members joining us this week, one child who’s 10 from Province C. and another girl who’s almost 13 years old from Province B.. Different plants bloom different flowers just as every family has its own situation, none are the same. But the similarities are they are our focus and all of their situations are heartbreaking.
Every time I receive a phone call from my “colleagues”, these two lines are always the conversation starter, “how are you?” and “how are the kids?” As usual I always respond quickly with “I’m good, after 60 years and still running great”. But the response to the second question, I never seem to have a good answer; because it has never been smooth. That is the thing that I ponder the most.
The crime scene
With information provided to us by a colleague, after two visits to the apartment, I was able to meet her, a mother with three children. She told me the story of her life for 40 years, I couldn’t help but feel sad for her fate and her children.
Bustling and busying! That is the atmosphere of the OBV house in preparation for a new school year.
Before entering the new school year, the first thing that the OBV pays attention to the most is stabilizing all of the children’s health. Uncle K., Aunt N along with Aunt L. took all of the kids to get full examinations carefully. It took two full days from morning to afternoon to finish; everyone has to eat lunch from street vendors while waiting for the exam results. The results showed that: a couple of the children are okay, one of the child’s mental health isn’t stable along with reduced vision. Another child suffers gynecological issues. There are also two children who have to take medicines constantly, so now after each meal, besides the desserts is the display of the medications in different forms and colors.
The past couple of days were filled with holiday celebrations, from Christmas to New Year. These are special days therefore the food dishes were also more special. According to their liking, I bought from whole chicken to whole ducks, even extra wings and drumsticks. So much of that stuff that the children said: “we’re sick of this food; we just want to eat fish sauce with pickled cucumber.” Of course, I pleased them.
Summer is not a time to put more effort in learning nor is it a time to play freely all day. It is a time where both a married harmoniously to promote all aspect of physical activities and knowledge.
This year summer program offers jewelry making class.
Each night, Di "surveys" the children’s bedroom to see how well the children sleep. Last night, around 2am, Di entered one of the bedrooms and was startled when she saw one of the children was missing. She searched through all the bathrooms, checked the corridors and all over the house but the child is nowhere to be found. Di panicked in the midst of her bewilderment, where could the child be? Upon returning to the bedroom, she saw a blanket sticking out under the bed. Di bent down and saw the child sleeping peacefully. And she quietly left the room….
Every year, a reunion – already predetermined, a special meeting, a meeting for those who left and who stayed, of which is highly anticipated by every single person. A meeting filled with passion and care. Just like that, little by little….