What People Are Saying
“James and Athena Pond came to Cambodia …at a time of critical need for quality, secure shelters for rescued victims of child sexual exploitation. They have filled that need wonderfully opening …[the] Transitional Living Center in 2006. Their shelters and programs are professional, nurturing and effective. The stories of restoration and hope that result from their efforts are profound and moving. Now, once again, the need is critical for transitional centers to bridge the final reintegration of survivors of child sexual exploitation into their communities. It is our privilege to partner with them in this work in Cambodia.”
Kaign N. Christy, Regional Director, International Justice Mission, Southeast Asia
“One of the most effective ministries for older teens is the Transitional Living Center (TLC). TLC offers girls an opportunity to live in a safe home environment to receive counseling, love, and care, while they train for a new profession or start a new job. TLC is the best model of care presently available for these teenagers who are soon headed into adulthood or for those young adults willing to try something new. As such, WHI supports the operation and expansion of TLCs as an effective ministry to sexually abused girls. WHI supports James and Athena Pond as they establish Transitions Cambodia, Inc. and expand effective TLC ministries in Cambodia.” Read Gregg's Letter ....
Gregg Burgess, Director World Hope International, Cambodia
Following a visit to our projects in April 2007 -
“On behalf of the Cambodian-American Community of Oregon, our utmost respect and sincere appreciation for your continued efforts of Transitions Cambodia, Inc. to instill hope for these young children who are victimized, and exploited sexually. May our thoughts and prayers give you and the staffs the strength to continue your efforts to be not only the protector, but the voice for the many voiceless victimized by the perpetrators.”
Chanly Bob, Board Chairman Cambodian-American Community of Oregon
“Athena and James Pond…[o]n behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE), Attaché Bangkok, Thailand, I would like to extend this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for your assistance in the aftercare of several victims that have been sexually abused by American citizens while in Cambodia.
I appreciate your cooperation and we look forward to our continued relationship. Without [the Transitional Living Center] to assist us in the aftercare of our victims, our mission in Cambodia would be extremely difficult. On behalf of ICE Bangkok, thank you for your continued support and the fight against child exploitation worldwide.”
Gary Phillips, Assistant ICE Attaché, Bangkok, Thailand