October 31, 2013
Last week, Father Martino--a.k.a. "Cha Thong" as he is called in Vietnamese--invited us to join him on an impromptu investigation mission. We travelled for six hours to another province to meet with someone who contacted him via social media with a tip about young girls being trafficked to China.
Our role was to shadow him and learn what he does. We were to provide assistance when needed.
Father Martino met the informant, a 12-year old girl, who explained that she was accosted by three young males a few months ago. One of them said that "if she behaved [for them], then she wouldn't be sent to China like the other girls."
Oct 21, 2014
Father Martino Nguyen Ba-Thong arrived late Monday evening for one of his regular visits to One Body Village. We met with him at 8:30 AM Tuesday morning for our first in-person meeting since taking on this opportunity.
Prior to this meeting, all of our interactions with him and the rest of the OBV board have been either through phone or email. It's actually quite amazing how we've been able to build trust and coordinate everything that has transpired so far without actually meeting face-to-face. We didn't know them, and they certainly didn't know us, so clear communication aside, both sides had to rely on trust and luck that we all carried the best intentions for one another.
Oct 19, 2013
The following post includes a bit of difficult and uncomfortable content. We invite you to read at your own discretion.
Arriving at the OBV House
Early on our first Saturday morning in Vietnam, Thuy, OBV employees An and Quynh Anh, and I traveled to the OBV compound.
We took the local bus, an hour-long ride that took us through multiple districts and rural backroads to our final destination. Upon arriving, we then had another short walk to the compound.
Taking the bus to the OBV house
We were greeted at the gate by a spirited young girl, no more than five or six years old, who flashed us a smile as she struggling with the gate's lock. A few more girls poured out of the house to get a glimpse of their foreign guests. We were soon welcomed by the nun who oversees the place. The nun is an older woman who clearly shows the demeanor of a loving yet stern mother who has her hands full with the responsibility of raising 20 girls.
My name is Anh Dang from Houston, Texas. This morning, luckily I heard on the radio the interviewing of Father Martino about the rescuing many girls in Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam .. I hurry to find the way to contact Father to volunteer. I really admire all the the works that Father has done and I would like to know how to help and to join with the Father.
On Jan 28, 2014, at 12:43 AM,
Hi, my name is ViVi Tran.
I am part of a service group at my high school. Every year we do a fundraiser for different organizations and this year, I brought up One Body Village and how much of a positive impact you are for the afflicted children.
July 1, 2013 - Requesting to Teach Krav Maga
I recently asked the leadership of One Body Village if I could teach Krav Maga to the young women being rehabilitated on the compound. I'm still waiting for their reply.
I hope that they approve. Krav Maga would be useful skill for them to practice and have. I know I'd get a lot of personal development out of the opportunity, as well.
On Monday, December 16 2013, Huong gave a somber, tearful goodbye to her sisters, a group of girls she met no more than a week prior. She left the OBV Cambodia house and returned home to her father.
In our last visit to Cambodia I detailed the account of Huong who would become the newest member of the OBV Cambodia house. Linh, the Director for OBV Cambodia, explained in the podcast that followed the article what it was like to work with the family on an agreement to have Huong join the OBV family.
Greetings to all!
First and foremost, I would like to my regards and wish everyone good health and full of God's grace.
I am truly delighted to have been a winner in a writing contest about children and childhood that the One Body Village initiated. If anything, it was all God's blessings. I have thanked God, and now I would to thank Him again as well as sending my appreciation to everyone who have read and voted for my piece. I would also like to thank the One Body Village Group for sponsoring the contest and giving me the chance to participate in it.
September 29, 2012 – the students of the Bach Khoa University of Ho Chi Minh City collaborated with the "Bridge to Happiness" center (OBV Vietnam) to organize a fun event for the Mid-Autumn Festival with lanterns to light and lighted flowers to release for the students at Truong Xuan 1 Elementary School (Dong Thap). The "Bridge to Happiness" center was one of the sponsors of this event.