CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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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.

Saturday, 18 June 2016 00:00

Letters to Mom N.

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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.

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

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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.

Saturday, 14 May 2016 00:00

Summer Came

An old article...

Different from other places, the students here did not have any summer break. They still went to classes regularly. The students did not have to say goodbye to their friends and teachers. They also did not have to repeat the saying, "Mites are calling summer to come, and the school has to say goodbye to the laughers of students..." The children were still surrounded by their teachers and friends. Beside that, the children of OBV Cambodia had another program, which was an English program in charged by James. He was a young volunteer of OBV who lives in America, but he gave up his precious summer to come and teach our children.

Our children welcomed James. This was when they just came back from school

Thursday, 26 November 2015 00:00

By your side

An old article...

Father Thong and a member of mission trip cooked seafood for the OBV children

The group's trip visiting OBV Cambodia of Father Thong ended after a seafood meal that was sponsored and cooked by Father Thong.
That afternoon, when doing grocery with OBV children, we saw some seafood on the market and asked the kids if they knew any of those. None of them knew any kind of seafood because they had never eaten them before. So Father bought some of the seafood, in the hope of making a fun and interesting meal for the kids.

See here...

Having a child with no husband or wife. If you follow in Christ's footsteps and have children – many children for that matter – then what do you think happens?

Many of the children were raised in unfortunate circumstances; therefore, OBV decided to create a family for the children that include a Mom, a Dad, and siblings. Of course, this would also include a sincere and true loving family to care for the children rather than just providing the children with a roof over their heads. "Dad Thông" and "Mom Ngọc" are names that can be heard frequently around the house. As these names are commonly used, some of the children have even filed Father Thông as their biological father and Sister Ngọc as their biological mother (this is because some of the children do not know whom their biological parents are – and even OBV is unable to access this sort of information).

There is nothing more heartwarming than to hear and have the children be able to call someone "Dad" or "Mom". Although there may be times when some individuals are bound to think or speak negatively of the situation, the OBV family wholeheartedly cares and protects the children from the negativity of others.

Thank you to all of our supporters for your continued love and care for the children

OBV Vietnam

January 9, 2015

Translated by MyHuong Duong.  Original version in Vietnamese entitled "Cha Thông, Sơ Ngọc Đã Lên Chức "Cha, Mẹ", Có Cả "Nghề Nghiệp" Hẳn Hòi!!"

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