Give Trafficked Girls a New Future in Cambodia

by Transitions Global
Jan 25, 2013

Where Dreams Take Flight

At Transitions, we use multiple forms of therapy to help girls along their journey from their trauma and pain toward wholeness and healing. One form of therapy we use is art therapy and often it brings amazing insights and results. Recently Sovann, one of the girls in the Dream Home program, created something beautiful while reflecting on her time with Transitions, and has agreed to let us share it with you. The prompt for this art assessment was to draw a nest. Sometimes people doing this assessment choose to draw nests that stand alone, and others draw them in trees. Some people want to have eggs in their nest, and some leave them empty. Some have mother birds there to protect the eggs, and some have no birds at all. Some people depict the roots of the tree deep and far reaching, but sometimes the trees are not well rooted. The choices girls make when drawing these nests are important indicators of the state of their attachment and security, past and present. After Sovann drew her drawing, she was asked to tell a story to describe it. This is what she said: “This is a story about a bird. When the bird first came to the nest, she was small and skinny and not pretty. But the nest is in a safe place and has flowers and shade and food, and now the bird is big and beautiful and soon she will learn to fly. The tree is a safe place with plenty of fruit growing on the branches. And if that fruit is not in season then it’s okay because the house moms will go to the market and buy different kinds of fruit.” Then she looked up and said, “This tree is the Dream Home and I am the big, beautiful bird who is learning to fly”. Often, in this particular art assessment when there is a grown-up bird depicted, it represents a present adult caretaker, but for Sovann, the big bird is her. And the baby bird depicts her when she first arrived at the Dream Home. As Sovann shared this story with her treatment team, they experienced a deep-felt sense of joy. The number one goal we have at the Dream Home is to establish a sense of safety, security, and protection for our residents. We want to give them a place where they can heal, grow, and learn to fly. In this drawing, Sovann told us that all of our efforts were successful in giving her just what she needed to heal. She’s happy in this tree and while she may not be quite ready to fly, she knows that she soon will be.


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Transitions Global

Location: Nashville, TN - USA
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Transitions Global
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Athena Pond
Cincinnati, Ohio United States

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