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FAQ's About Giving to Transitions Cambodia

We have tried to answer general questions about our organization here. If you have any other questions concerning sex trafficking solutions or would like more information prior to donationg please feel free to contact us.
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What kind of work is supported by donations?

TCI’s efforts are focused on direct work with our clients. Your dollars support the girl’s basic needs (shelter, food, clothing, etc.), as well as, their education, vocational training, counseling, and social work support. Our budget is centralized around providing access to services to help victim survivors in their transition to their new lives and to promote long-term success.

Where does TCI get its funding?

TCI is funded by individuals like you with a heart to support our organization, as well as, foundations, churches, and government grants.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Transitions Cambodia, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible and your contributions to TCI are used to impact the lives of our clients.

Will I receive a receipt?

Yes, contributions will be issued a receipt annually. If you have other questions regarding specific needs, please contact Athena Pond at

How can I be sure you are investing my support wisely?

TCI performs annual audits using and outside accounting firm. As well, we have an all-volunteer Board of Directors, which sets policies and procedures and monitors our activities, budget and expenditures. TCI works diligently to ensure that funds are allocated in the most effective way possible to provide the greatest impact in the lives of our clients.

How do I know TCI is a legitimate organization?

James and Athena Pond have a working history in Cambodia for the past three years. They lived in Cambodia from 2005 -2007 and have key relationships with many organizations. TCI works on the ground, assisting its clients directly. Please see [What people are saying] to see what other people have said about the work of TCI. If you have other questions, feel free to contact us.[contact]

General FAQ’s

Why does TCI use the terms ‘client’ and ‘victim survivor’?

First, TCI believes that the girls in our program are our clients – guests for whom we are there to serve, in their best interests. The term client has more dignity and holds the girls in high esteem. The term ‘victim survivor’ is a term replacing ‘victim’, which indicates someone is still in the circumstances of being victimized. The clients in our program have come out of these situations, and in the face of many obstacles, show tremendous courage and resilience. We honor their strength in calling them survivors, yet recognizing the agony they have experienced.

Why the name Transitions Cambodia, Inc.?

The Cambodian word for transition is ‘an-ta-rak-peap’, which means ‘crossing over from one place to another’. The logo and name is representative of the girls leaving a place of emptiness and darkness to a place of warmth and light. The names of the centers where the girls live are called the ‘Transitional Living Center” or TLC.

Where does TCI operate in Cambodia?

Currently, we have one center in Phnom Penh, but we are hoping to expand to other vital areas in need of TCI’s services. In the future, we would like to have centers in Sihanoukville, Siem Reap, and Poi Pet, which are areas deeply affected by sex trafficking and victims in need of assistance.

Why doesn’t TCI work in other countries in need of transitional care?

Actually, TCI is actively working with other organizations to develop this transitional care model in other countries, such as, Indonesia, Vietnam, and other SE Asian countries. Our goal is to develop a working regional strategy for transitional care, focusing on rehabilitation, reintegration, and repatriation. James Pond is currently assisting other organizations wanting to do similar work in Romania and Sudan. We will update our supporters as developments are made.

Where does TCI obtain its clients?

Transitions Cambodia, Inc. works directly with human rights organizations, the Cambodian government, assessment centers, and other aftercare programs working with younger clients. We are one of the only agencies working with this aspect of aftercare and are in a position to have as many clients as we have openings available. 

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