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November 7, 2012

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November 7, 2012

We have had the honor of working in tandem with James and Athena Pond for the past four years and I can honestly say our partnership with them and their great organization Transitions Global has been a highlight to a very dark epidemic. Educating and bringing awareness to Human Trafficking in America is not an easy task, but having the Pond family and their organization lead the way makes even a hard task seem easy. Transitions Global is an organization whose mission has had major impacts on combating human trafficking and exploitation domestically and globally – these impacts not only have saved lives but have restored the self-esteem to so many victims. Transitions Global’s efforts on education, prevention and awareness need to be commended without a doubt but it’s the ongoing restoration and aftercare to many victims that should be applauded; what they have done for these kids is remarkable! We are honored to call them not only our partners but our friends! Michelle A. Bart, President NWCAVE

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 10, 2011

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September 10, 2011

“With little expectations going into the trip, I did not anticipate the profound impression the Cambodian people, the team at Transitions Global and the girls they serve would have on me. A small glimpse into the world of young women trapped in sex trafficking and compared to those in the aftercare of Transitions Global provided a paradigm shift of realization for me. The girls are all essentially the same; those in sex trafficking have little or no hope, and those experiencing the transformative care of the Transitions Global team are full of hope and dreams. While the darkness and evil of sex trafficking is bigger than I realized, the people, work and methods of Transitions Global are a tangible and profound offensive shown in the transformation of each girls they serve. The experience has sent an echo into my heart that will continue into eternity.”

- Bill Chiaravalle

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the results in the underage girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking and then in the aftercare program experience life transformation. Their former life of little or no hope to one that is now filled with healing, love and a specific path and dream for the future.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money so they could take more girls into their program!

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

I had the fantastic opportunity to spend time with Transitions Global during a trip to Cambodia this past summer, and I cannot even begin to describe the love and respect I have for James and Athena Pond and everyone else at TG. I have personally met with a handful of anti-trafficking organizations and researched many, many more, and TG is simply the best out there when it comes to rehabilitation/restoration of sex trafficking victims.

Although learning about TG's success rate and innovative methodology and meeting with TG's amazing staff certainly impressed me, the true test came when I met the girls, and I was absolutely blown away. Coming into the trip, my team and I knew that we would have the opportunity to spend some time with the sex trafficking survivors at TG, and we had prepared ourselves to meet sad, broken little girls. I cannot even describe how wrong we were. The girls at TG were completely filled with joy and excitement. They were welcoming, friendly, extremely smart, and all smiles. They looked nothing like victims. For example, one night my group hosted a game night, and we had talked extensively how we needed to make sure that all of the girls were involved and that some of the more shy girls didn't get left out. Well, there was one girl there who, rather than being shy and timid, actually was worried about me and whether I was involved; she came up to me when I was taking a break from a very active game to make sure I wasn't feeling left out and that I felt comfortable and happy. I was awestruck by her maturity and compassion, and that's just one of many examples I can think of about the amazing restoration going on at TG.

In the midst of all of the horrors I would see and hear about in Cambodia, the TG girls provided me with new hope for survivors of sex trafficking. I know now that survivors CAN be fully restored and equipped, not just for a menial, mediocre existence, but for awesome fulfilling lives. Transitions Global has developed a formula to make this happen. Every sex trafficking victim safehome in the world NEEDS to experience the Transitions Global Model!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their funding so they could expand and open more safehomes!

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

Transitions Global is an organization made up of people who show genuine love for Cambodian people! In my experience of working with James and Athena, I can see that they whole-heartedly love and care for Cambodians. They continue to do loads of amazing projects for young girls who just feel hopeless, giving them fresh opportunities and hope for the future. They provide them with essential life skills so that they can experience success, allowing their dreams to be fulfilled. As a Cambodian young man, I am thrilled to see the positive impact Transitions Global is having on my country. Transitions Global inspires me to do the same.

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I wold love to work as to help cambodian girls to have a good further .

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

I am so impressed with Transitions Global and their mission of rescuing and helping girls who's lives have been stolen by sex trafficing. This organization offers hope when none seem present and gives girls a start at a new life. I only wish there was more funding that could assist in enhancing their services and reaching out to even more girls.

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Watching my daughter & son-in-law volunteer for this organization and hearing about all of the miraculous improvements that are occuring because of TG.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Branch out to other places in the world experience the same issues.

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

Transitions Global is a dedicated and progressive organization. It provides an incredibly high level of aftercare services for girls rescued from sex trafficking in Cambodia. There very low rates of recidivism are a direct reflection of the individualized care and high quality of services that are provided through the organization.

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I have personally witnessed the joy and hope that the residents of Transitions Global have for life. They have plans for their futures and believe that they are worth succeeding. They are inspired to work hard to overcome their trauma and create new lives for themselves.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would ensure that the organization had stable funding through a variety of sources including grants, private funders, income generating business (a spa), and investments.

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

Transitions Global is a dedicated and progressive organization. It provides an incredibly high level of aftercare services for girls rescued from sex trafficking in Cambodia. There very low rates of recidivism are a direct reflection of the individualized care and high quality of services that are provided through the organization.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally witnessed the joy and hope that the residents of Transitions Global have for life. They have plans for their futures and believe that they are worth succeeding. They are inspired to work hard to overcome their trauma and create new lives for themselves.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would ensure that the organization had stable funding through a variety of sources including grants, private funders, income generating business (a spa), and investments.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

Transitions Global is serving as a well established facility in Cambodia to reach out to sex trafficked women to rehabilitate and restore them to productive lives within their cultural context. I direct a program that integrates a student ministry component that often involves students working with non-profits. I also have done a significant amount of non-profit work, both involved with sex trafficking within an academic context of organizing serve trip for University to go to Thailand as well as village development in El Salvador serving the rural poor. These activities caused me to have great interest in Transitions Global, as well as recognizing the local community problem of sex trafficking within Portland. My husband and I travelled to Cambodia to visit the Transitions Global facility. We were highly impressed with the organization that has been established and wish to recommend James and Athena Pond in their efforts of establishing and continuing Transitions Global. We met the staff and girls, learned of the trauma they go through and the process of their rehabilitation. We are also fully aware and involved in Transitions efforts to raise support within the United States. Our son and his wife have served on staff with this organization in Cambodia and are highly supportive of this activity here and abroad. I highly recommend this organization for award. It is well run, has a well trained, strong staff, is cognizant of working within cultural contexts, works with other NGOs to make the most of what is available to them so as not to waste resources, and provide a safe work environment with training for those that support their facility overseas. They look to establish more facilities based on this model, so are moving forward with this goal in an appropriate manner. We have done work with other non-profits and find this to be one of the better and more efficient operations we have come in contact with. KUDOS to Transitions Global, we give our votes to you and hope you do too!!

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I've personally experienced the result of this organization by visiting in Cambodia, witnessing the debilitating results of sex trafficking and what a facility such as Transitions Global can do for women within their cultural context.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them more money and resources to help establish facilities based off the well established model they have worked hard to create in order to open more facilities of this type and staff them.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Effective

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 22, 2011

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February 22, 2011

Transitions Global is emerging as the "go to" source on how to provide effective aftercare for girls that have been exploited and traumatized as a result of sexual exploitation. The success rate of Transitions Global is over 5 times that of other aftercare homes. Why? I believe it is a direct result of the involvement of the founders, James and Athena Pond, and the way they truly love the girls under their care.

Transitions Global cares passionately about restoring the dreams of these girls. They care passionately about providing a place of healing with a variety of methods to so from therapy to yoga.
I once was speaking to a volunteer who had returned from Cambodia and saw first hand the transformation of the girls. She was able to see girls that were new to the home as well as the beautiful women that had blossomed after being in the home for some time. She could not stop crying as she explained the experience to me and admitted that for the first few months from returning she could not even speak about it. Why? Because it was so sad? No, she said. Because it was so beautiful. It is so beautiful what Transitions Global is doing for these girls. She expressed that it was nothing short of a miracle.

True beauty is found in the hearts of those that operate Transitions Global and as a result hope is being restored and lives are being changed. I can think of nothing more miraculous or beautiful than that.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting the founders and speaking with many who have been with them to Cambodia to see first hand the Transitions Global home.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

want more people to be aware of not just what they do but how they do it and why their uniqueness is the key to their success.

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

I visited Cambodia two years ago in an attempt to look for different organizations that were working on the issue of human trafficking and then choose the best ones to support. While there are many great organizations, one stood out above all the rest and has since stolen my heart! This was Transitions Global.

While I was in Cambodia, I had a chance to learn about the culture, the issue of human trafficking, and specifically sex trafficking. I also got to meet the girls that Transitions Global serves, and I had the privilege of interviewing three of the girls for a documentary I was working on.

I have been over seas several times for mission and humanitarian work, and each time there is always a moment that I remember forever. On this trip, this moment was in the middle of one of these interviews. While we were filming and listening to the horrific stories that these girls had experienced, we kept getting a lot of background noise that was interfering with the recording. The background noise, while ruining the current recording, was the most beautiful sound I have ever heard. It was the sound of laughter and singing.

The other girls, that had been cared for by Transitions Global, were downstairs with one of the board members. She had brought an iPod from the US and she and the girls were laughing, dancing, singing, and just being teenage girls.

The sounds of laughter, singing, health, hope, and a future, while contrasted with the horror stories that I was listening to, was amazing and it led to a moment that I will never forget!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the transformation of lives.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

raise more money, so that they could open more homes!

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