Whether OBV children are used, abused, exploited, or trafficked, they all meet the defining criteria of child sex exploitation and trafficking of the United Nations and the US government. Henceforth, OBV children are to be served, loved, protected, and cared for as stated in OBV Mission.
Little C., her sister, and her grandparents
It was stormy weather in Vietnam at this time of the year. Rain fell in the mornings, in the afternoons, and at nights. Heavy rain drops fell down and mixed with her blood and tears.
After several phone conversations with the OBV volunteers, I got her address. Together with T., a volunteer, I went to her house under the heavy rain. After over 30 minutes' ride on a motorbike, T. and I were soaked with water even though each of us had a raincoat on. We had made an appointment with some local officers from a women's support agency, so upon our arrival, we found them there to accompany us to Little C's house. We would like to learn about her situation and persuade her and her family.
I got a chance to meet Father Martino a few years back in Canada but I wasn't fit in lending a hand due to some medical reasons. However, I am now fine and perfectly fit in lending a hand...
I have people on payroll in VN on a full time basis. They can translate for you...
Hi Kristine, I have watched your interview with Father Thong in Youtube...
I just found out about One Body Village about 3 hours ago through a Vietnamese blog I follow...
Thursday, November 14, 2013
When people asked me if OBV is a Catholic organization, I've always told them: "Not really."
While the founder of OBV is a Catholic priest and the girls living in rehab houses are raised by a nun, OBV work is not exclusively Catholic. Only two or three of the 18 girls currently living at OBV house in Ho Chi Minh City are Catholic.
All the girls get a Catholic education at home because OBV believes this is the best way to raise and discipline children. True enough, no matter their background or how unruly they were at the beginning, after a few months with Sister Ngoc, these girls became among the most well-behaved kids I've met.
I am not a professional writer; however, I would like to write something about my trip to Vietnam with Dr. Nga Vu on the occasion of Father Martino Nguyen Ba-Thong's 10th anniversary of his Priesthood.
Having known Father Martino since 2009, and I have also traveled with them a few times to Vietnam. This time, I departed from Los Angeles and met Father Martino and Dr. Nga in Taipei, and the three of us flied to Vietnam together. As soon as the airplane landed, Nga and I really felt the heat of summer. We were slowly moved through the customs while Father Martino quickly passed through and preceded to the baggage claim area. When we finished with the paper work, Father Martino had gathered all luggages, ready to proceed to the car. Yen-Thao and Hien-Thuc, a famous Vietnamese singer, were waiting outside to welcome us. They took us to the "5 Tháng 2" (February 5) on Võ Văn Tần street, a very beautiful fashion shop located in District 3, and this is also the headquarter of "Nhịp Cầu Hạnh Phúc" (OBV Vietnam). I then went to lunch with Nga and Yen-Thao, stopped by Thiên Ý Spa (one of OBV's businesses) to visit employees there. I was so surprised to see a very modern and high-class spa. I never thought that Father Martino could open these businesses. It was Nga, who spent her own money for OBV to open these shops to create jobs for local people and OBV's children.
Dr. Nga Vu, MD - first chair of the board and biggest supporter of OBV in the last 14+ year - paid a visit to OBV houses and took the children on a beach vacation before she takes on another "vocation!"
Here is her reflection!
May 18 2014
Dear One Body Village
I am writing to thank you for your permission for us to hand out pamphlets about One Body Village and for allowing us to spread your message at our 27th Annual Bike-a-Thon. I believe that we have spread a lot of awareness through this event. On behalf of Vietnamese Student Association at UC Davis and all of our bikers, I thank you for all of the hard work that you have done to save these children's lives.
Kalang Group, with a total of 6 people, came to watch the musical show "The Life I Left Behind " and everyone including myself was all impressed (my Vietnamese name is: Tran Thi Ka - Lang ).
The program was original and well-prepared. The performers did well on what they were supposed to do. It was very enjoyable to watch the harmonious performance from the trio "Ao Trang" and best of all, the perfect performance from pianist Van Anh with some of the famous classical pieces of music.
A very exciting program!
We are sending "Our Hearts" to represent our gratitude
The day before seeing Father and the guests from the US, Mother helped us prepare. Even when she traveled north, the staff was there to help us rehearse for our musical performance later.
The night Mother returned, she brought a suitcase full of gifts from Father and Nga. Of course, she didn't hand them out right away, nor did she tell us what they were. The same night, Hong and Dr. Thanh Tam, filled with enthusiasm and friendliness, came to visit.