Love to Volunteer
“I don’t have a desire to become a Christian, but I admire the work Father Martino has done” said a woman. She volunteered to teach embroidery to OBV children during her visit to Vietnam.
“As one of the non-catholic participant in the awareness dinner held in Toronto on August 29, I learn of Father Martino mission to Cambodia to learn more and help the girls in sex slavery. [Father Martino] also have occupational programs for the children to become self supporting. If that was true, I hope I can lend a helping hand to support [the] cause”. (Quote from an email to Father Martino)
With her small humble figure, it was difficult for anybody to recognize she was not a local Vietnamese. She brought simple, but meaningful gifts to the girls at OBV home at every visit. Items range from toys, dolls, stuff animals, ornamental flowering house plants, and sewing and embroidery materials to teach the girls the skill of embroidering. In order to meet and teach all the girls, she came after school right at noon when the sun is high in the sky. Sweat runs down her face as she carries heavy bags on both hands walking down the block to OBV home and greets the girls with a huge smile on her face.
Love is the matter of the heart. Her devotion and hard work was well received by the children. It gives her joy when the children show her their embroidery.
Before her tour to Ha Noi, she announces that a sewing machine will be delivered to OBV home this afternoon. The girls were very excited to receive the news. She taught and gave specific instructions on how to operate the machine.
It was a very memorable last day of class for everyone. Although it was nine at night, she was very reluctant to leave the home as if hoping for time to stop. She asks each child to draw a certificate after which she sign and draw a stamp. It was so silly but then it occurs to me it was something for them to remember her by. She then rank the girls based on their skills and work.