Dad! Where are you? Mom! Where are you?
The children were neglected when their parents divorced, the mother moved to live with her new husband, and the father went missing with his mistress. Three siblings lived like homeless, not a caregiver, not a daily meal, they took care of themselves.
Every day the children went begging for food or "had a meal" at the benefactor's family, they took showers when it was raining and hugged each other in bedtime until their clothes dried. They hang on to live as such from day to day.
H. is her name, she is 7 years old, hasn't had a day at school yet, hang around her grandfather's house all day when her parents are working all day long, the whole week. Doing the labor job is not earning much. In the season, there is some work to earn some money, otherwise .....
Following an OBV volunteer in a remote province, I came visit and found out the little girl's status in the summer hot midday of the South. Walking over 1 kilometer to the destination, we had to park the car on the edge because of the narrow road. My whole body was sweating in hot humid summer day. When I just saw her, my whole body felt numb. How such heartless and barbaric man exists. He didn't even spare a very tiny girl weigh only 14 kg.
I met you 4 years ago. You were the first child I met and brought back to One Body Village when I started the work of searching and rescuing victims of slavery and sexual abused. I still remember vividly that first time. We came from far away to the cold desolated house with only 2 sisters were living and taking care of each other. The older sister, you, was only 15 years old. I still remember the suspicious looks from the loved ones in the family and the detractors of the neighbors' pity when asked about you.
Mother Ngoc is talking with the children, new members of the OBV family
Yesterday was the past, a traumatic past.
• A little girl lived in the West of the country. After she was sexually abused by a local man and the incident was discovered and prosecuted, her whole family had been living in fear. Rocks were often thrown at the house, all bred fishes in the pond were dead after a few hours away. The family was always in watchout and ready to make emergency exit out of the house for fear of house being burned. The girl had to take leave of absence from the school because of getting beat on the way to school and intimidations.
OBV staff in Cambodia is driving the children around in new Tuktuk.
For the necessities are needed such as children go to Mass, attending the weekly Bible school, especially in the rainy season which is heavily raining all day long, they also have to go to school, the OBV organization in Cambodia has just bought a Tuktuk.
The result after many months of hard works
The OBV (One Body Village) family was very happy that the couples Viet Thu Dinh, aboard Australian, visit and stay and help the children in some ways for one week.
Before the couples came, the garden cooling shade project had been planned, implemented secretly and funded by "Black Funds" with our own labors. But the couples had contributed an enough amount of money, and also lend a helping hand into this project.
The children write the wishes and give the picture of Mom and the children attached during the past years ..
The past February 24th was Mom's birthday. Although Mom was not my Birth Mother, you had been nurturing and teaching us daily. People have said: "The fruit of Birth is not compared to the fruit of Nurture". We were so happy when both Mom and Dad had nurtured and loved us.
We remembered Mom's birthday and were counting the days, and the Aunts also planned to cook the delicious meal for the party with the OBV family. Mother knew our plan so she would like to have no celebration, no food, no cake, just our existence with her is her happy moment. She warned that if one does not obey her words, then she would check a Mark ‘X’ (*).
Master Jesse is training the children at OBV house in Cambodia
As often as one week in every month, Master Jesse and Dr. Thuy regularly took the bus ride to Cambodia to teach Martial Arts to the children at the OBV home. Try his best using the ability to speak Vietnamese to help the children understand, he said: During my visit, I wanted to review your skills thoroughly to help you better understanding the skills and practicing competently.
At 8 pm sharp each night, the training began.
Mr. Binh Nguyen - director of OBV Vietnam - meets with her family
The OBV family is happy to receive its newest member who has just returned to Vietnam from Cambodia
This young girl was living with her mother due to the circumstances surrounding her parents' divorce. Her mother had the idea to sell her daughter to Malaysia for unknown yet potentially dangerous purposes, so she told a lie to her mother in order to get permission to visit her biological father in Cambodia. During her visit with her father, she explained her mother's intentions.
OBV Cambodia helped bring her to the OBV Vietnam house. Since she wasn't able to speak Khmer, she wasn't able to assimilate to life in Cambodia.
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.