The SOLD Project

We believe that education is the key to preventing child exploitation. Our mission is to prevent child prostitution through culturally relevant programs for vulnerable children and to share their stories to empower creative, compassionate people to act. Beginning as a documentary, we are now a grassroots non-profit offering scholarship and resources to at-risk children in rural northern Thailand. Our work is two-fold: prevention through education in Thailand and raising global awareness.
Aug 19, 2014

The building is complete! Now on to furnishings...

The outside of the classroom.
The outside of the classroom.

We are SO very excited to announce that the second classroom is OFFICIALLY done with construction! In the last three months we have installed windows, doors, bathrooms, ceilings and completed the staircase. Now all we have left to do is furnish it. This includes the air conditioning units (which will be a huge boost in productivity during the 110 degree weather days), and furnishings for the office and classrooms. 

We are thankful to have finished construction just before the rainy season kicked in, and for the extra cover for our students and staff to stay dry during these months. Our staff have moved a few pieces of furniture over from the current (and much too small) office to be able to function in the new space. Our weekend volunteers and after school program manager have begun utilizing the new classroom but are still in need of furnishings to make it fully functional. 

The remaining amount to be raised will be applied towards the air conditioning units as well as furnishings. We're hoping to hire a local carpenter to construct tables and desks from wood, will purchase chairs for both the office and classroom, white boards, classroom supplies, etc. If we have any extra funds, they will be applied towards building out the 'first classroom' which will be converted into a library. 

One of the rooms which is difficult to photograph and has yet to be mentioned is a small room with a separate entrance on the back side of the building to be used for counseling. This came as a suggestion from our prevention program director, who identified a need for a private room with a subtle entrance to meet with students and their families. We're especially grateful for her foresight to be able to incorporate this into the structure and it will be one of the first rooms to be furnished since it's such an urgent need. 

We are so thrilled that the building itself is done and are looking forward to outfitting it to create a stimulating and inspirational environment for both our students and staff. 

Thank you so much for all of your support!

Both classrooms from across the rice field.
Both classrooms from across the rice field.
The new classroom!
The new classroom!
The new bathrooms.
The new bathrooms.
The new lounge and guest/hosting area.
The new lounge and guest/hosting area.
Our staff hard at work in their new office!
Our staff hard at work in their new office!
Jul 16, 2014

A Safe Place Beyond the Harsh Home Realities

Art release time! Working on stick designs.
Art release time! Working on stick designs.

The following is a postcard from Charissa Murphy, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Southeast Asia, about her recent visit to The SOLD Project in Thailand.     

Two of the boys' mother died a few weeks ago. The stepfather completely vanished from the picture afterward, which is apparently not uncommon here. The alcoholic father reappeared. He claimed to be equipped to take care of the children, but The Sold Project expressed many concerns that they will address immediately. They haven't been coming regularly, and when they do they haven't been fed or bathed. They just lost their mother. They need (and deserve) support and love; not neglect.

Though this just happened a few weeks ago, it is typical of many of the children in this area in northern Thailand. The parents are addicts or alcoholics, creating harsh environments for their children. The safety the children feel with The Sold Project team is evident. It's a place where they can both laugh together and cry together. Their ability to be vulnerable and learn here helps empower them to  focus on optimistic futures where their dreams can become their realities.

One of the girls who came after school (for The Freedom Project) during my visit was having eye irritations. She had an eye surgery relatively recently. The staff was immediately making making calls to ensure she received care that week. I could see the ease on her face despite how much she didn't want to show the pain she felt or the difficulty she felt in sharing it with her family. Here though, she felt more comfortable sharing. Counseling is a huge need in the community here, and The SOLD Project is dedicated to establishing an open, trusting environment so the children feel safe to express their feelings. The team shared, “Here we laugh a lot together, and we also cry a lot together.”

The after school program serves many purposes, including more formal education on health, goal-setting, and self-esteem building, as well as creative art and sport releases. In addition, as previously mentioned, it is a time when the children build relationships with one another and the staff, helping them to gain a support system to grow above the pressures and pains they face at home. With your support, they’re continuing to deepen existing relationships, as well as reaching more and more of the children (and adults) in the surrounding area. I look forward to hearing about the new building completion and greater opportunities it brings for space to increase the number of students and programs they support!

Upcoming Event on GlobalGiving - TODAY, this Wednesday, July 16th, is a Bonus matching day!:

Today, July 16th (Wednesday), beginning at 9AM EDT, GlobalGiving will match 50% of any donations (of up to $1,000 from any individual donor) to The SOLD Project. There are $130,000 in total funds available for matching that day for all of GlobalGiving’s partners. To ensure your donation is matched before the funds run out, please consider donating early today shortly after 9AM.

I want to thank The SOLD project for allowing me to visit!

a student & volunteer dance to release her stress
a student & volunteer dance to release her stress
Tawee shares The SOLD Project
Tawee shares The SOLD Project's beginnings & goals
previous activity: make shirts of a dream you have
previous activity: make shirts of a dream you have
Building progress in March, getting there!
Building progress in March, getting there!
May 28, 2014

Earthquakes, Classrooms and Summer!

Graduating 9th Grade!
Graduating 9th Grade!

Since our last report three months ago we have made so much progress! The second classroom is nearing completion with last minute touches being made to the building. We will then be in our final step: furnishing it!

We are thankful for the strong infrastructure of this building. Earlier this week, Chiang Rai experienced a 6.2 earthquake. Thanks to your donations we were able to build an earthquake safe foundation and the Resource Center (this second classroom included) saw very minimal damage. Only a couple of shingles broke. 

With our upcoming parent meeting this Saturday, we look forward to sharing with the entire SOLD community the progress that's been made on it! The upstairs has been designed as an office space for our eight staff (insulated and air conditioned for the extreme heat that Northen Thailand experiences) as well as a conference and private meeting room for counseling services and private meetings with students/parents. The downstairs is designed as a classroom for our students to participate in after school programs and educational classes. The original (first) classroom will then be converted in to a library. 

Students are heading back to school for a new term and the Resource Center has calmed down a bit from hosting our summer programs. We had 34 students go on to higher education and 3 graduate from University (with a 4th graduating next month!). All of the programs we offer here at The FREEDOM Resource Center are in thanks to your generosity: you make it possible!

Thank you so much for all of your support!

Graduation Party at The SOLD Project
Graduation Party at The SOLD Project
Graduating Student
Graduating Student
Celebrating with The SOLD Project Staff
Celebrating with The SOLD Project Staff

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