Dear Father Martino,
My name is Truong Minh Bao. I am a single mom of two little children: 2 year old Benjamin and 1 year old Liberty. I thank God to let me know about you through a friend who posted your Youtube channel on Facebook. Since I knew about you and about all the things you have done, I have lived more happily and meaningfully. I thank Grandfather and Grandmother who are of high social class for raising such a man like you, the one that made me cry because of so much admiration. I felt so proud when I heard you said on Youtube that there was a white American got to his feet to greet you.
It's been a long while since I shared with you news about the OBV VN girls' Krav Maga/self defense class.
They've been training with me for the past five months now, and they're at a level of fitness most adults 2x/3x their age have never reached. I gave the older girls their first exam, a grueling two hour marathon that tested their technique, stamina, endurance, and will power.
6/7 of the girls passed. I couldn't be more proud of all of them. In a couple of weeks, they will start learning ground defense.
You want to see what a confident teenage girl looks like? Take a look at them training in my class.
March 23, 2014
November 9, 2013
We were back at the OBV house today.
Thuy resumed her work seeing the girls for individual check-ups and physical exams. I taught two Krav Maga classes today. Shortly after teaching our first class last week, I decided it best to divide the class into two groups based on age (older and younger) to provide a more tailored and personal experience.
Shortly after lunch, we inquired about the handprints on the wall closest to us. We learned that OBV was having each of the girls place a painted handprint on the wall to spell out the letters "OBV."
Like a five-year-old, I blurted out "Aww I want one...," not realizing that OBV actually did want their volunteers to participate, and that they had paint right outside.
Sister Ngoc took me outside to paint my hand. The paint was readily available, as the kids made their own handprints just a few days earlier.
How are you?
I teach 3rd grade at a public school in Texas. The students population at my school is very low, and some students dont care about their education. We have Enrichment Clusters at school, which is a program that teaches students professional careers and allow them to practice it. I've decided my career is making jewelry. I think this will be beneficial to the students if I could connect this with OBV.
I was wondering if I can send the bracelets that our students make to the girls in OBV as encouragement or something beautiful for them to wear. Let me know what you think, if this is possible. i will give you more details as we begin.
Students line up for their first class
Sunday, November 3, 2013
[NOTE: Pictures of OBV girls are taken from the rear so as to protect their identity]
We recently moved into our new place in District 1, a milestone that meant that we were finally ready to get to work. From our first meeting at the One Body Village house we concluded that our Krav Maga classes would be regulated to the weekend so as not to disrupt the girls' academic studies. This past Saturday, the first of November, would be the day when the girls foray into Krav.
My name is Marie, a 19-year-old student studying biology at the University of Vienna (Austria). I heard of your mission through my parents who often listen to Vietnamese radio online and was moved by your devotion to help the chldren in need.
Hi Father Thong and other associates,
My name is Le-Anh Nguyen from Houston, TX. I would like to get involved in Father Thong's projects besides donations. It's heartbreaking knowing that there is a lot of little girls suffering the sex abuse/slavery. I can help in various ways: teaching basic English, basic Computer, basic drawing on Ao Dai or T-Shirts in a VN traditional way. However, it might be an issue because I cannot leave the U.S. even in the summer time.
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."