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Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00

GRATITUDE’S DAY

Witnessing children to grow into healthy people for parents is already an immense happiness in itself. Raising and seeing them maturing in thinking and acts is, yet, even so much more rewarding. 

 

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 (Mother N and head teacher, principal on the Gratitude and Maturity’s day)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00

A BLESSED DAY

 

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“The children of God, in all eagerness

Steadfast are our steps, on all paths of life

Brethren of tight bond,

We offer to Thou our cheer and sadness”

 

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Sunday, 7th June was the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It was a blessed day for OBV Vietnam when N received the Sacrament of Baptism and Eucharist, and three other in the family received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist altogether. This was the event for which their aunties and uncles had been taking the time off to pick them up and drop off at the Parish in a while.

 

Mother and auntie had been on retreat during the week and had not been able to prepare for you on your big day. We chose Ms. P. T to be N’s godmother. Unfortunately Ms. P.T had an accident and couldn’t be there. It was lucky that Ms. Ngh had come to our rescue! As sad as you were because of our absence, you should have been so delighted as God had chosen you His child on this day.

 

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Of all the children at OBV home, less than 1/3 was Catholic. Many of you requested conversion but we wouldn’t be hasty because your choice should be made in maturity, love, faith and free will.

OBV family gathered for a little meal with those from the office.

“As the soil makes the seeds grow,

As gardening makes flourishing the seedlings,

God has brought justice to bloom

To make praises echoed from all peoples

Praise be to God, for His love endures enterally”

OBV VIETNAM 2015

Translatedd by Loan Nguyen. Original version in Vietnamese entitled " NGÀY HỒNG ÂN "

 

The number of Vietnamese cannabis factories in the UK has grown by 150% in the last two years. Illustration: Matt Murphy for the Observer

Hien was 10 when he arrived in Britain. He did not know where he was or where he had been. He knew only that he was here to work. Since he emerged from the back of a lorry after crossing from Calais seven years ago, his experience has been one of exploitation and misery. He has been a domestic slave, been trafficked into cannabis factories, been abused and beaten and was eventually prosecuted and sent to prison. It has been a life of terror, isolation and pain.

Hien's story is not unique. He is one of an estimated 3,000 Vietnamese children in forced labour in the UK, used for financial gain by criminal gangs running cannabis factories, nail bars, garment factories, brothels and private homes. Charged up to £25,000 for their passage to the UK, these children collectively owe their traffickers almost £75m.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00

OBV Address changed

Please note that OBV has changed to this address:

505 Harbour Gate Cir
Alpharetta, GA 30022

USA

If you have any question, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you!

Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00

Hope or Disappointment

Click here to view our previous article about OBV in Malaysia

 

 

"In time the mulberry reclaims the sunk sea-bourn,
And what the gliding eye may first find fair weighs mournful on the heart "
(Original version belongs to Nguyen Du with 'Kim Van Kieu'
The translation was by Vladislav Zhukov)

Nguyen Du, Vietnamese great poet, felt sorry and sypathized for Thuy Kieu's life. In today era, modern "Thuy Kieu" women tend to lose their humanity for material means.

I arrived at 9am. Many girls were in a room isolated by iron bars. "Here she comes, you go ask her", one of them said. I looked behind the bars, some were on the left, some were on the right, some above and some were below...Crowded and all are Vietnamese, so am I, I felt so ashamed! Suddenly I stopped, didn't want to go further but I did not allow myself to do so. So I took a deep breath, set beside my pride and shamefulness in front of the native warden.

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(CNN) When Kieu was 12, her mother asked her to take a job. But not just any job. Kieu was first examined by a doctor, who issued her a "certificate of virginity." She was then delivered to a hotel, where a man raped her for two days.

In 2013, the Freedom Project went to Cambodia with Oscar-winning actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador against Human Trafficking, Mira Sorvino. The result was "Every Day in Cambodia: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary," which looked at child sex trafficking in the country.

In Svay Pak, a notorious child sex trafficking hub in Phnom Penh, Sorvino met Kieu, who was then around 14 years old. She had been rescued from sex trafficking by Agape International Missions (AIM), a non-profit for trafficked and at risk children and teenagers.

Monday, 09 March 2015 00:00

A good heart

As I was completing my year-end tasks and runnning some errands on the days leading up to the Lunar New Year (Tết), the OBV HOTLINE rang. I picked up the phone and answered, "Hello, this is OBV."

On the other end, there was a bit of silence before they replied, "Is this Fr. Martino Thông's phone number?"


By the time you read this news, our OBV family has operated in Malaysia. I would like to share a little background behind the work that led to our presence in Malaysia.

From Singapore... Almost every time the "undercover team" went "to work" in Singapore, we would stop over in Malaysia. It's like "a rest stop" or "a waiting post" to avoid being monitored by the opposition group. Fearing the team members would "feel inconveniently idle," I always supported and encouraged their "tourist outing" trips there. Consequently, OBV knows quite well the sex trafficking situation in Malaysia. However, we didn't have any plan to operate there because we didn't have the resources and money!

A phone call that changed everything... Around October, 2014, Fr. HC Nguyen called me: "Bá Thông – Need your help rescuing the children sold as sex slaves in Malaysia." He introduced me to a Vietnamese ("person") living in Malaysia, who was visiting family in Orange County, California.

Nepalese schoolgirl Susmita Kami, centre, 16, at school in Simikot, the headquarters of Humla district, on November 6, 2014. Three years ago, the teenager escaped from a forced marriage and begged her parents not to send her back as she wanted a better life. Prakash Methema/AFP Photo

More pictures here

February 4, 2015

SIMIKOT, NEPAL // On a freezing night three years ago, 13-year-old Susmita Kami sneaked out of her husband's house and did not stop running until she reached her parent's doorstep in Nepal's remote northwest.

Her escape from a forced marriage –– a tradition many teenage girls from the Himalayan nation's Dalit community are expected to uphold –– was soon under threat.

But Susmita's parents resisted demands from her in-laws to send her back, deciding to stand by their pleading daughter who desperately wanted a better life.

Thursday, 19 February 2015 00:00

Ash Wednesday

 

Ash Wednesday – Also the last day of the year for the Vietnamese Calendar! Tomorrow "we" (Vietnamese) begin our new year! I am taking a little times out of this very busy day to thanks:

1. The Almighty God – who has wonderfully created me and blessed and continued to protect me!

2. My parents who always support of my calling to serve others – that also means no one will take care of them in their old age!

3. The benefactors of OBV family – I do not know what to do without you!

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