Our Work with Transitions Global

We’ve collected just a small sampling of random materials we’ve completed over the past few years with Transitions Global. To learn more about the life changing work Transitions is doing please visit: http://transitionsglobal.org

Thanks for looking.  – Dan Brill

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2/7/13 Way behind on the blog…

Well I’ve found it hard to keep up with the blog while here. It’s been very busy on top of information / sensory overload. Yesterday was my first day on my own in Cambodia. The rest of the group has headed back home or to other new destinations. I’ll be meeting with James and Athena Pond at their home here in Phnom Penh this morning, along with Seth Johnson and the new Transitions Communications team member. We’re discussing strategies and laying out plans for raising awareness and increasing sponsorships over the next few years. I’ll spend a lot of time working over the next few days but plan on heading to a nice beach early next week.

Last Thursday we had game night with the DREAM HOME girls. That was a lot of fun, everyone had a blast and it was great to get a little more time in with the girls before everyone headed back home.

Last Friday was the start of the King’s funeral procession. That was an amazing experience I’ll never forget. The event was on such a grand scale. We were right down in the middle of it all. We spent a solid hour having a great conversation with a couple of monks and then I got yelled at by the BHQ (the hard core military police brigade here) for climbing up in a tree to get some photos…. good times.

We got up early Sat and took a bus to Siem Reap for a few days. While there we spent two days touring the temples of Angkor Wat. We also took a boat out to experience the floating villages and on the last day took a Khmer cooking class. Every experience has been amazing. Glad I had some great new fiends with me that I met while here to spend it with. Would not have been the same by myself.

Tuesday night I took a plane back from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh where I will spend the next 10 days… starting my journey home on the 16th.

I’ll have to revisit many of these experiences later, probably after I am home, and go into more detail after taking time to process all of this. I can’t begin to go into all of it right now…. I’d have a short story VS a blog.

I have a few photos below. Thanks for following! Dan
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Wed. 1/30 – Thursday 1/31 Schedule

Yesterday (Wed.) was maybe the best yet. We visited the temple of Wat Phnom and then headed over to watch the girls having fun skateboarding via a project called Skatistan.
Very cool thing they are doing, you should check them out.

We had a great lunch before hitting the Russian Market for some shopping. Everything you can imagine and tons of great deals to be had. The food area did almost make me gag from the smell, but other than that it was pretty cool. I stocked up on goods for the family back home and have never been this far ahead of the game for holiday gift buying… XMAS 2013 is pretty much complete.

We had a long rest and dinner at a place around the corner called Anise and then, the best part so far, bowling with the girls and the whole Transitions crew. It was a blast, everyone was laughing it up and having a great time. It’s awesome to see the happiness, laughter and light heartedness these amazing girls have after going through so much darkness. Something we can all learn from.

Today we’re going to the Daughters Factory then the Daughters Store before taking a break and going over to the Shine Career School for Pizza & Game night with the Transitions girls.

Seeing all of this first hand makes me that much more proud of my involvement with this excellent organization. I’m looking forward our marketing talks next week and laying down plans for growth and awareness over the next several years to come.

I will continue to add photos to the album: Cambodia 2013 via Facebook throughout the trip

Thanks for following along. Dan

 

Tuesday 1/29 Schedule

Today has been amazing. Started off with a swim at this beautiful pool around the corner from the hotel and then hit the local coffee shop around 7am. Then we kicked off our group outing at the Chab Dai offices to hear a presentation about the work they are doing. Take a look at their site to learn more.

Our next stop was the Transitions Dream Home for a tour and an incredible lunch with the girls and staff. The food was fantastic and it was just too cool to meet the girls. I have to admit I was nervous at first… being the only guy in our group and not knowing how I would be received or even how to act or what to say myself. But the girls are awesome. Super sweet and kind. Before I knew it some of them were sitting around me and I was doing my best to have some small talk. They kept bringing food over to my plate, lots of smiling and giggling… I finally got to feeling comfortable and it was all pretty neat. The facility and grounds are beautiful and I am really glad that I got to have the experience.

We took some time to discuss the work being done at Dream Home and learn more about the processes in place and the stages of rehabilitation. Then we went on over to the Sine Career School and learned more about the educational side that the girls all go through. Click here to learn more about the Shine Career School.

It’s been a great day so far. I’m heading back to the pool for a bit with a few of the others and then we’ll regroup at 6 for dinner.

(below are a couple of misc images… the food has been amazing. The image of the dish below is a Cambodian Green Curry with sticky rice, potatoes, green beans, broccoli and other tasty ingredients)

Monday 1/28 Schedule

Well, we all made it here safely and are settled in. We had a great orientation diner last night with James and Athena and the whole Engagement Trip crew. Meeting lots of great new people.

Today is our fist full day out as group. We’re starting off with a trip to the Killing Fields and then S21. From 1975 to 1979, an estimated 17,000 people were imprisoned at S21 / Tuol Sleng (some estimates suggest a number as high as 20,000, although the real number is unknown). At any one time, the prison held between 1,000–1,500 prisoners. They were repeatedly tortured and coerced into naming family members and close associates, who were in turn arrested, tortured and killed. Learn more here: http://www.pbase.com/geirr/temps2

We’ll break for lunch and then a presentation at the International Justice Mission Offices.

Following the presentation we’ll have an afternoon break, freshen up and get ready for a nice Italian dinner by the waterfront. Which I am sure will be much needed after a long, heavy-hearted day.

Photos soon to come. thnx, Dan

Sunny San Francisco

So all of my baggage arrived just after midnight last night… thank goodness. Very relieved.
Today has been beautiful! Sunny, clear blue skies, warm. I enjoyed some fresh clam chowder in a bread bowl from the street vendors.
I’ve had their shrimp, calamari, crab cakes and chowder and everything has been great.

I took a 45 min boat ride out around the Bay. We went under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. Very cool and only $15.

Now I’m just getting all of my stuff ready, printing boarding passes and getting a little rest before heading to the airport for our 12:05 am flight to Taipei. 15hrs! Then from Taipei to Phnom Penh.

I’m already exhausted so hopefully I’ll crash and sleep well through the night.

Here are a couple of iPhone images from today but more high quality shots will posted as soon as I can find time. Thanks for following. db


Delta Baggage Notification

This is the email I get on my phone as we are landing, all excited to get out and take some photos in SanFran:

So that sucked the wind out of me briefly. Turns out, they had missed an entire cart of luggage at CVG and it wound up going to Minneapolis instead. Not so bad in the end. It will arrive by 5 and they are rushing it to my room. Should be here by midnight at the latest.

Now I am all settled into my room a few blocks from the wharf and I am heading out for some food and photos! Stay tuned. db

In route to SanFran

On the plane in route to San Francisco. Got the wifi going and all 3 seats to myself! Getting some work done while listening to Leonard Cohen, eating a turkey samich and sippin a bloody marry… Off to a good start

Counting down

Counting down to Thursday morning: CVG to San Francisco > Taipei (15hr flight) > Phnom Penh

Looking forward to having a full day and a half to hang out in San Fran before embarking on the rest of the long flight.

On another note, check this out: If all pigeons looked like this, I might not consider them flying rats! This is the pink-necked green pigeon (Treron vernans) and it’s honestly not photoshopped. They’re found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Photograph: by Chong Lip Mun

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