Act of Love
We visited an orphanage in Saigon that shelters young girls who run away after being sold into sex slavery. When I first heard of One Body Village (OBV) I was not sure how I felt. A part of me was horrified that this kind of thing still exists in our world today; another part of me was eager to meet these kids, as I am sure they are no different from me. It made me think of my daughter and wonder why them and not us? Instantly I felt grateful for my life and I was inspired to help in whatever way I could.
The ride from our hotel to the orphanage is about 20 minutes and along the way the city is full of fascinating sights. When we arrived at the head office of OBV we were greeted by Hong and Linh, who manage the administration of the program. We had to sign legal papers in order to visit the girls, but these two made it a very pleasant experience. Their warm conversation and interest made us feel welcomed.
We arrived to a very nice and clean place. What I really love about this organization is their mission to provide the most realistic and positive needs for these children. They live in a normal house, attend school, and have normal daily routines. The shelter provides a full loving family environment. They have 24 hour supervision from a nun and they work together as a team to keep the shelter clean and moving – just like my family and yours. I don’t know about you but I have a very good feeling about this type of “orphanage system.”
The kids were wonderful. I could tell they were really happy to see such a lovely lady in blue visiting them. (And you can see Loey, the lovely lady in blue, in the pictures above.) We had a tour of their house, and they shared their daily activities as well as their story and where they came from. The highlight of the visit was when they sang for us as a thank you. I teared up when they began singing. I am not sure why I cried. Was it is the innocence in their voices in spite of the fact that they would seem to have had their childhood innocence taken from them? Or were mine tears of joy, happy that they were rescued because no one deserves to go through experiences such as those.
Loey brought M&Ms for them because every kid loves candy. I got the girls new clothes because every girl loves new clothes and slippers. Now we are a part of their daily routine. After the visit I really came to a conclusion that love is about spending our own personal time for others who are less fortunate. Thank you to OBV for sharing and inspiring us to love and give.
Don’t ever feel sorry for someone. Always love, empower, share and give. Together we will grow.
To be continue……