Friday, October 17, 2008

Meet James Pond

Okay, some of you looking at today's title might think, "Here she goes, that Japanese gal misspelling again.." Ding Dong! Not this time my friends; I'm not talking about James Bond just so you know. :)

About three months ago, I was watching Dateline on TV about child trafficking in Cambodia where many young children as little as 4 have been used as sex slaves. It was simply horrible and heartbreaking. As many of you know, I have two little girls; 4 and 2 years old. I looked at the girls in Cambodia on TV, I couldn't stop thinking to myself, "What kind of a world do we live in?"

Then the program introduced one extraordinary family who watched the original Dateline "Child Sex Trade in Cambodia" 4 years back and did something unimaginable. James Pond and his wife were watching the story on Dateline about the sex trade and they were in such a state of shock; crying and couldn't even get off the couch. So, what did they do?? They talked to their children the next morning about the story and they had all decided that they want to do something about it. How?? Not by sending money. James Pond quit his job as a successful sales executive, they sold their house and moved to Cambodia. His family has built a safe house for the girls who were sex slave and trying to help rehabilitate those girls, so that they would have a better life.

Okay, my friends. We often watch something on TV that moves and touches you; makes you wanting to change the world. But how many of us really put that into the action? James Pond and his family are incredible. I couldn't even cry because I was simply amazed how brave Pond family was..

Please read the story about the recent update on "Child Sex Trade in Cambodia" and you'll meet James Pond (page 5 - 6). He also has a blog called "Transitions Global (formally known as Transitions Cambodia)". His story is eye-opening experience and makes you want to do something to help, not just sitting in front of computer all day blogging (I'm talking about myself, my readers..). And you can, too, to change the life one person at a time.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!
PS: Today is the last day to enter Pay It Forward Contest!!!


Savvy Mode SG said...

What are those sicko thinking, don't they have family and love ones too? great post!

Franco said...

wow,he's a hero.
our world is so funched up, i mean 4 year olds? gross, how sick.. :(
maki maki maki, how's the job? ever since you took it we started seeing less of you here in the blogsphere.
but I don't blame ya, you are doing good. :)

Franco said...

wow,he's a hero.
our world is so funched up, i mean 4 year olds? gross, how sick.. :(
maki maki maki, how's the job? ever since you took it we started seeing less of you here in the blogsphere.
but I don't blame ya, you are doing good. :)

merc3069 said...
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merc3069 said...

How sad--people are just sick. Maybe we should do a little a blog fundraiser?

Maki said...

savvy: LOL.. Yep, they are crazy, right including the kids??? They are one great family!!! :D

franco: Yes, he is. He gave up everything for the people whom he didn't even know..

Job is good. I have no access to computer at work, so I try to catch up with everything on blogging world before I leave for work or before I go to bed. It's hard with two kids and a hub. Sorry for missing the scene:(

merc3069: Some people are sick in their heads. It's really sad and make me sick to stomach.. Yeah that's a great idea!!! Should we do it? Email me!!

Liv/e in Both Senses said...

Hey Maki, thanks for your such sweet comments :) I'm over the breakup, it's true. I listen to the song all the time, it just clicked when he was so close by. :)

I walk around with my chin up these days... xx

Jess said...

That plan could really have ended badly. J Pond must be so brave.
Thank you for sharing!

Alev said...

Wow, amazing.. It's good to know that there are still people like them out there actually fighting to prevent the world from going into pure hellhole.

Maki said...

liv/e in both senses: That's good to hear that you're doing better!!

jess: I know! Can you imagine changing your whole life that was so comfortable to something so uncertain for somebody you don't even know? He and his fam are truly brave!

alev: Yes, it makes me feel that I can do something to make this world better, just like he said one person at a time.

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Hello! I just wanted to stop by and read your post and say hi and thank you for dropping by my blog!

Hope you had a great weekend!

- Margaret

LBluca77 said...

Wow that story and that family are amazing.

Meaghan said...

Hi! Stopping by to invite you to my Giveaway! I just opened an online coffee shop and to celebrate we are giving away a 1lb bag of coffee every Friday in the month of October.

If you want to enter go to:

If you would like a chance to get money for the Cancer Charity of your choice go to:


Maki said...

nanny goats: No prob! Thanks for stopping by too:) I hope you had a nice weekend!

lbluca77: Yeah right? They are really amazing!

Maeghan: Thanks so much for the invite! I will definitely check it out:D

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