CAMPAIGN AGAINST  CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING

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Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00

Welcoming New Family Members

If you've been following the stories on our OBV website, you'll remember the story of one of our little girl published in: A Fate Like Weed.

After many visits and dialogue exchanged with C's family, I persuaded her family to let C comes and stays at OBV home. C's family is not in a situation to provide proper care for her. C's dad is mentally ill. C's mom and her grandparents are busy making end meets. C was often found wondering the streets and highways barefeet from Can Tho to Soc Trang. The chance of C facing abused and kidnapped for sex trafficking was pretty high. Thus, I felt a great sense of relief after I brought C to live in OBV home.

Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00

Happy Feast Day - OBV Vietnam

October 1 St.Therese as a Feast Day of aunt T and 3 kids in the house.

Unlike previous times, this time mother N wanted to make a surprise so she scratched at herself -from buying flowers, gifts even cooking.

Ms.T: let me give aunt T a present.
Ms.H: Mom, have you brought any things yet? I have got the perfect gift to give to ...

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:00

A Few Minutes' Recollection


Extracurricular activities for the children of OBV have been finished, but the images of them running, jumping, laughing, somehow are still in my heart. What impressed me most was the moments when in the end of the day, the children were sitting in a circle to think about themselves.

In the circle, the silence, the melody, the heartfelt spoken words... all of that made the children and me think. To help us forget all about the world outside uncle Sy told us to close our eyes, relax and reminded us to think about our families, about our beloved ones, about the time that we made the others sad and disappointed. And just like that, the melody, the silence, the sentiments, the questions were repeated over and over again in our heads, and stuck in our mind.

Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

Weekend Work Projects

The OBV children planting trees

The OBV-VN family members regularly carry out weekend work projects. At times we work in the garden, at others we do house-cleaning. Generally we work for two hours. Afterwards, we can rest, entertain ourselves or read books. During the weekend, in the evening, we watch the movies or take part in karaoke sessions.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

Going to the Bookstore

 

Teacher Jessie after the farewell party at OBV-Vietnam, has made a cash contribution to help the OBV-Cambodia children to buy the needed textbooks, school supplies or story books. He gave the money to Sister Ngọc who then forwarded it to OBV-Cambodia several days ago.

Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

The child in Kdiay Kandal

Hi everybody, today I have a story about a girl that was enticed by a boy.

Late one afternoon, TA (the girl's name) was used to going to Church. One day, she went to the church as usual, but unlike the other day, she still didn't come back home yet even darkish night. Her mother worried about her missing daughter so she went near the church where all the lights were turned off already to look for the girl. The mother kept running to girl's friends house to find her but the girl still wasn't there. TA's friends said that she had gone around the church so the mother immediately came back. She found the girl in the back yard and heard the kids' talk in low tone. Turing on the flash light and she saw her daughter was standing with the boy (neighbor) in the bushes.

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

New school year- Mid-Autumn Festival 2014

New school year 2014

During the summer, although the children only got 1 month off and then resumed again in summer school and the new school year. But every year, on Semtemper 5th, all school across the country are opening and their school is no exception.

A ceremony to welcome the new school year

Unlike the other days, today, mother N woke up early because the house assistants were busy in Cambodia. Mother made breakfast and reminded the kids to dress up in order to attend start of the school year.

In 6 months (from Jan-Jun 2016), the OBV Cambodia family had 5 old children and 3 new children. Actually, we adopted 8 new children but 5 children weren't in the OBV Cambodia family anymore. The first one came back and joined in the OBV in Vietnam (Huong's case). The others were 14-15 years-old. Because of the loss of basic in grade 2 so they weren't interest in schooling. They just liked apprentice.

Unfortunately, the OBV doesn't have any training center for apprentices, so they just lived in the OBV for a short time and came back to their home.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Goodbye, Summer (part 1)

Mother Ngoc counting the little soldiers before departure!

"I gave D a pencil, I gave Linh some bread..."

"I received toys from Mother, love from Mother and Aunt, clothes from the older sisters..."

"I gave the younger sisters food and clothes, shared sad and happy times with them; gave Mother, Aunt and Uncle my loud and earnest laughter..."

"I received material as well as spiritual gifts from the OBV family..."

During a round of "Give and Receive", some girls are simple and innocent, some are mature and sincere.

 

The children of OBV House are equipped with weapons

1. Mommy, help us

Sitting in the office, looking at the clock sometimes, I was waiting for the children for dinner. I suddenly heard someone scream: "Mommy, open the gate, help me." I didn't have time to wear flip flop, rushed out the gate, 3 children took the bicycles into the house, panted and pointed to the street "Mommy, two sisters are still out there." I asked, "What happened?" – "A pervert guy keeps following us". I rushed into the house and told Aunt T to take motobike to find other children. But when we just got out of the house, we saw "him" standing there. At that time, our 2 children panic-stricken rushed home with pale faces. Danger was over to them. I was also scared, but took all the courage to "face".

- Hey you, why did you follow my children and make them scared?

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