CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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News

It was a beautiful Sunday morning, a day where after a long week of work, we'd like nothing more than to relax with our friends and family, head off to the movies, and organize dinners and social events. Of course, for the One Body Village Vietnam family (Nhip Cau Hanh Phuc), we had other plans: To travel to the Thai Thien Parish in Dong Nai province, and give a seminar on basic sexual education, and prevention of child sex abuse.

Leaving at 5.30 in the morning from district 1, our group of 5 arrived at the Thai Thien Parish at 8.15am. Father Bao and the Youth Group leaders, Sunday School teachers had worked hard in the month leading up to this event to ensure a good turn out. The kids were divided into two age groups: the 6-12 year olds, and the 13-18 year olds.

Our family home came across a case of two sisters, both sexually abused. The stories that they would tell you are sometimes too real, too heinous, too evil to believe.

Let's start off with a brief introduction to our family:

Most of the girls here are as young as 2 and 3 years old and range through to prepubescent years, about 11 or 12. Disheveled hair, sweat dripping off every crevice from playing and running in the sun. One child sits with a head full of lice. One child tries to hide the evidence of her nightly bed wetting problem, but the stench of urine in her clothes, her bedding, herself...it doesn't go away. The bulk of the girls come from poor families, all of them underweight with darkened skin from the harsh Vietnam sun. Their clothes are ripped, faded, stained. They look like typical street kids. The kind you see lingering at the markets, in the alleyways of the ghetto, by the rice fields.....

Thursday, 08 September 2016 20:36

Donation check

 

- We were informed recently that checks sent to OBV were not cashed. We appreciate your support to help us realize our mission.  Please verify OBV correct address before sending check to us as follows:
505 Harbour Gate Cir
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Any question about your donation, please contact Thanh Nguyen at 404-772-3256 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Your continuing support in prayers and kinds help us do our daily works!

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- Kính thưa quý ân nhân và quý vị,
Có người thông báo là có gửi check nhưng OBV không nhận được. Xin quý vị kiểm tra địa chỉ như sau:
505 Harbour Gate Cir
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Mọi thắc mắc gì về donation, xin liên lạc Thanh Nguyễn 404-772-3256 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Xin cảm ơn sự ủng hộ & tấm lòng của tất cả quý vị để giúp OBV thi hành sứ mệnh.

Sunday, 25 September 2016 01:47

OBV's New Office

An old article...

Father Joseph giving a short speech.

On June 2011, OBV and the Bridge to Happiness Center opened a new office in Nguyen Van Dau, 11th ward, District Binh Thanh in Ho Chi Minh City. Attendees of the opening ceremony included OBV and Bridge to Happiness Center members and 50 guests and collaborators.

At 6pm, the blessing ceremony was performed by Father Joseph Xua of My Chanh and Vinh Long. Everyone joined in prayer for the new office to become a place of love. Through the works of everyone in the office, that love will spread to everyone around, particularly those who are helped by OBV and the Bridge to Happiness Center, and those continue to live in unfortunate realities and unhappiness.

An old article...

The Bridge to Happiness Center (OBV VN) initial media tour plan didn't include Truong Gia Mo Middle School. It was added at the last minute (89 minutes before departure) based on a sudden request from the head of the Bridge to Happiness Center. Many of the teens here have been lured into the world of drugs and prostitution, which eventually lead to dropping out of school. For that reason, the Board asked us to come speak with them.

So Quynh Ngoc (OBV Manager), The Khanh (Project Manager), Dr. Duy An (President), Nguyen Van Binh (Director) speaking with the audience.

The group left at 6:30AM from Can Tho, and after over 3 hours of travel, we finally arrived at the destination. Surprisingly, even after we arrived nearly 30 minutes late, the teachers and students were there waiting to greet us. A TV reporter from the local Chau Doc news was also there. Our apologies were reciprocated with a warm applause from the audience.

Sunday, 21 August 2016 21:02

Land of Dragon Fruit

an old article...

Heading to Western

Receiving the news from a coordinator, there were two sisters who were in OBV's case in Western of Vietnam, four of us arrange our work in order to go for

11h30, everybody gathered on 3/2 street, then we headed to Western. The weather was so hot, but suddenly it rained slightly, it made the atmosphere in the afternoon less moggy

Everybody passed by a shop on pavement to have lunch. Then we continued our journey

Sunday, 14 August 2016 11:31

Please Give Me 1 Ticket to Adulthood

An old article...

(source: Tuổi Trẻ)

With intense emotion, the OBV VN staff and supporters attended a fundraising event, "The Journey of Thien Nhan," held at the Army Theater on the evening of June 23, 2012.

The horrific tragedy Thien Nhan suffered shortly after his birth generated approximately 3,300,000 results on a simple search on Google. Five years ago, Thien Nhan was abandoned in the jungle by his mother before being found after 72 hours. The newborn was mauled by wild animals, he lost one leg, and his genitals were badly savaged. Just when everything seemed hopeless for Nhan, fate smiled upon him: he was adopted by the journalist Mai Anh. In an effort to make the boy whole again, Anh had taken Nhan to numerous medical facilities. They finally found Dr. Roberto De Castro, one of the world's renowned doctors in the field of reconstructive surgeries, who agreed to reconstruct Nhan's sex organ.

A British man is facing multiple life sentences for numerous sex crimes against Malaysian children which he boasted about on the "dark web".
Richard Huckle, 30, from Ashford in Kent, admitted the offences against victims aged between six months and 12 years, from 2006 to 2014.
It is believed Huckle abused up to 200 children.
His sentencing hearing began at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, and is expected to conclude on Friday.
The 91 charges related to 23 children from mainly poor communities in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
He admitted 71 of the charges, and the prosecutor asked that the other counts "lie on file".
Huckle, a freelance photographer, was arrested at Gatwick Airport by National Crime Agency officials in December 2014.

Alaska resident Jason Jayavarman was sentenced to 18 years in prison for attempting to sexually exploit children in Cambodia over a period of years and attempting to arrange a child sex tourism trip there for himself and others.

05/31/16

A tip to police from a concerned citizen in Anchorage, Alaska led to an FBI investigation that stopped a sexual predator from victimizing children in Cambodia—and landed the offender behind bars for a lengthy sentence.

In March, a federal judge sent 45-year-old Jason Jayavarman to prison for 18 years for attempting to sexually exploit children in Cambodia over a period of years and attempting to arrange a child sex tourism trip there for himself and others.

Tình Cha Mẹ 1

Over the weekend of 20-22 May, 2016, the One Body Village family, under the coordination of Father Martino, put on a series of successful concerts titled Parental Love in San Jose, San Diego, and Orange County in Californnia, USA.
 
Parental Love is the third benefit concert held by One Body Village and Thuy Nga productions, with the circulation of the recorded DVDs travelling far and wide to spread the word and purpose of One Body Village's goals and objectives. We can say "Parental Love" is a reflection of all our children at One Body Village. A reminder of all the horrendous incidents occuring to them so early in life, the despair and desperation....before being welcomed into One Body Village, and given a shoulder to lean on, and to be parented with the old Vietnamese saying 'a father's love, a mother's care'  within our One Body Village family.
 
The entire program, with both the musicals and skits, was presented in a way that was like a story of a family surviving through hardships, smiles, tears...and leaving every audience member reflecting on their role in their family
 
- Father: a shoulder to lean on, with endless love to give through his lifetime
 
- Mother: forever, always giving and never asking for anything in return
 
- Child: the heart of his/her parents..
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