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Thursday, 07 April 2016 02:51

New Home

She came from the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, her life has hung around the little boats and her floating hovel of her family, the furthest distance she has traveled was several miles to the land area of the Church onshore where her house temporarily located since the authority forced them to land on the shore as part of a five-year plan to beautify the riverfront. But now, she is miles far away from home, no family, no friends.

So it has been over a month to live in OBV house, this was not too much but long enough for her to get to know about the family and the live here. I recall meeting her in the late afternoon during my survey trip in the Kompong Chhnang Lake area, she rarely spoke a word, but she was agile to steer the boat with her brother and then she sat down at the top of the boat staring at the distant horizon as an adult was meditating on the life.

Sunday, 08 May 2016 00:00

Love and Care

An old article...

 

Uncle An

Before the Mission Trip started, Mom N. told the kids that Dad Thong and his friends would come to visit them, including a doctor - PHD (but not the one who works at the hospital!)

-       How could we call him, Mom?

-       He’s older than Dad Thong, then you should call him uncle, OK?

Uncle An was too busy to have a meeting with kids. That made him worried. He then decided to take a longer meeting with kids while he was staying here with us for one night, two days.

Sunday, 03 July 2016 00:00

Echo of Spring

an old article...


"Many a child smiling in new clothes. Happy New Year."

A visitor came to an OBV hose and told Father Thong, "Here the children are so happy!" Father Thong replied gently, "My children cannot be as happy as your children. But those are my children and I would like to do the best to my children, as you were doing, are doing, and will be doing the best to your children."

In fact, not only on the Tet occasion but on other occasions like New School Year or Christmas, OBV children are taken are of very specially. This year is not an exception. Tet came quickly. Everybody was busy preparing for tet when the Christmas season hadn't been over yet.

Sister L. couldn't wait to bring joy to the children. That morning, she took each child's measurement, and went shopping for their clothes. At 1:00 pm, she called and offered to bring clothes to the house. She came and discussed things with Sister N. in the living room, but children in the sleeping room must have heard their talking and felt excited. Soon after they got up, a child asked, "Has Sisier L. bought our clothes?"_ "Yes, that's right." _ "Could we see them?"

Pic: OBV children trying their new clothes with excitement.


Pic: Each was thrilled and happy receiving their New Year gift.

There's an old saying which is very true:
"Happy as when an elderly receives a bowl of soup, happy as when a child gets a new shirt."
"Many a child smiling in new clothes. Happy New Year."

M.J. Hồ Ngọc

1/10/2012

Translated by Thuy Nguyen.  Original version in Vietnamese entitled "Âm Vang Mùa Xuân"

Saturday, 18 June 2016 00:00

Letters to Mom N.

An old article...


Two weeks had been passing. To follow the repair of the new home of OBV's children, the supervisor of OBV's house, whom the kids love to call mommy, could not be beside them to take care of them. However, Mommy talked to kids on the phone every day.The kids wrote these letters sealed with love to Mommy.

"Mommy, I don't know which major to choose from. Tell me please, which one? Besides, I have to fill the blank of Father's name in identity documents. But I don't know what to write in there. What should I do? How's it going Mommy? Come back to us soon, Mommy. Love you, T."

"Mommy, how are you? Don't worry for us. You should eat a lot. If you look too thin, we will make you eat twice. I wish you a lot of health and peace. We love you. Your daughter, H."

"I miss you so much, Mommy. I hope you will be always healthy and peaceful in God's love. I apologize for making you disappointed. Remember to take care of yourself. I really want that time will come soon when you finish your work and come back to us. I miss you so much that I can't enjoy meal every day, whether it's delicious or not. Your daughter, H".

"Mommy, I love you and miss you so much! D and I now have become the most mischievous ones. Come back to us soon, Mommy ^^. Your daughter, M."

"Do you miss me, Mommy? Please take care of yourself. I did well in the play Tam Cam. When you come home, I will act again. Love you. Your daughter, Đ"

"Mommy, despite summer vacation, I still read books, do Math homework and study at home. My sore throat has gone. I'm fine now. You, too Mommy! Your daughter, Ha".

"Mommy, my summer has been coming. It's a little sad not to go to school in the morning. But it's good to be home for a longer time. I have almost finished reading a book and learning the multiplication table. Please remember to take care of yourself and eat a lot. I dream of you every night, Mommy. Your daughter, Ky."

"Do you miss us, Mommy? Although I have just come here, I love you so much, Mommy. Please remember to take care of yourself and don't work too much, Mommy! I'm waiting to see you. Ms. L. will take me to the dentist. Then I will be confident to smile. That's good. I love you. Your daughter, S."

"I miss you so much, Mommy. Please remember to take care of yourself. When you come home, we will massage you, OK? This evening I got an X. I'm sorry, Mommy. Please don't be sad about that. Love you! Your daughter, N."

"How are you, Mommy? When will you come home? We miss you so much. Now I am learning hard and not watching films too much. I am going to finish my embroidery design. Will you come to see me this Sunday in the exam for an upper level of Aikido? I hope you will. Good night, Mommy. I miss you and love you so much. Your daughter, G."

"I miss you so much, Mommy! You, too right? Please go to bed early. And take care of yourself, too. I've heard that you are not having good meals. Please eat good food. If you don't, you will be thin and sick. I miss you so much. All I want is going there beside you. Kiss you, Mommy. Your daughter, Hg."

OBV's children

8/5/2012

Translated by Le Nhat Lam.  Original version in Vietnamese entitled "Thư Gửi Mẹ"

Saturday, 11 June 2016 00:00

Where the deepest misery was

An old article...


At 5 A.M. on May 06, 2011, we left Can Tho for C. province. We were very lucky to meet Mr. and Mrs. Nam who voluntarily took us there after they heard about our work. The place we were going to go to is the farthest area of C. province. We went there to see a family which also held the deepest misery. That's why we called this place: where the deepest misery was.

After a 6-hour trip to that place, I pictured in my mind a village rounded by green mangrove forest and lots of canals. At the moment we departed, a good song about this land ran out the radio. It was about strangers who come here the first time with lots of feelings.

An old article...

It was raining outside – July's specific rain – but K. and I were ready for our trip because there were lots of things to do. The new academic year was coming but identity documents of S. hadn't been confirmed yet. We had to go to her hometown to get everything ready. Besides, taking two new kids to OBV's house was also urgent because the new academic year was about to begin. (These two kids are siblings. They were abused by the same man who was recently sentenced to 18 years in prison.) There was another 15 year-old girl in Can Tho. She was abused by her stepfather. After giving birth, she left hospital in silence because she didn't have enough money to pay for her stay there.

Saturday, 16 July 2016 04:00

A day in the OBV home

An old article...

Our home

It had been two months since the repair and reopening of the OBV Home. A number of issues arised while dealing with the kids, some relating to house chores such as a broken water pump, some involving other stories such as skipping school for abdominal pain, not understanding the courses, etc. I thought: "Oh my God, we only have four kids in the house and everything is just a mess, if we had forty, what would happen then? Hopefully we will get more experience as we go."

Sunday, 10 July 2016 00:00

Our Weekend

OBV welcomed new member

As usual, our kids did not have classes on Saturday morning, so they didn't have to study yesterday evening. Instead, they had some fun activities. Because they knew there was meteor shower early in the morning, they woke up on 2 A.M. to wait for it. But they didn't see any meteor. So they came back to bed. Mother N. let them sleep for 30 minutes more to compensate for the sleep last night.

As we had discussed with A.P's family, they decided to take her to OBV. However, because she was taking her exam, they were afraid that she would be homesick on the first days that may have a negative impact on her learning. OBV's supervisor said that OBV wished to see her after her exam. This morning, her family took her to our house. When her parents leave for home, she stayed here and played with other kids.

Mr. Sy also came here today. As a psychologist, he understands our kids clearly. Our kids loved his humanity class because besides lessons, he also had some games and good songs. A.P got along well with other kids in these activities. The song "Noi mot vong trong" (Be in a circle) made her shyness disappear and she began to introduce herself.

Psychologist Pham Sy taught kids in OBV

While we were having lunch, Ms. Kim Vy came to our house as she said last weekend. She brought two big watermelons and delicious flan cakes just for us. Our kids said: "As Ms. Kim Vy looks tomboy, we didn't think she's very good at cooking". That's the way it goes. There are still a lot of surprises, kids. Although she looks so, she always comes to us with a big heart.

Ms. Kim Vy with a very big heart.

Our weekend had a lot of memorable activities. It became just perfect as our kids prepared to go to the Church this evening.

OBV Vietnam

12/14/2012

Translated by Lam Nhat Le.  Orginal version in Vietnamese entitled "Ngày Cuối Tuần"

Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00

The End-of-the-Year Prayer

An old article...

The End-of-the-Year Prayer at Mother Mary's shrine

Mom: Here we were at the last few hours of the year of 2013 which would soon pass. With this passing of time, we can not help but realized the graces of God in our lives through the love of our parents, the love of "Dad", and the numerous family of people who labored, provided and cared for us.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 00:00

Moving

An old article...

OBV children and the group had a visit in November 2012

Time flew! The Cambodian-based OBV home had been renovated and re-established. Three children had left, each with a different circumstance and yet, having lived under the same roof. Let's come and live a regular day with the children.

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