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.
May 23, 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

Class in session - Social Media Safety Training
Class in session - Social Media Safety Training

Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Thailand:

On May 10, I met with an organization that is addressing human trafficking and sexual exploitation from where it starts instead of at the end of the line. The SOLD Project is using education as a means of trafficking prevention from the outskirts of Chiang Rai, Thailand.

I met with Shannon, Director of Interns and Volunteers, to visit The SOLD Project facility and resource center for youth. GlobalGiving funds provided a computer lab and provided new desks to this facility. When I arrived, a local university student was teaching students the importance of social media safety. A lesson I think we all could benefit from. Shannon shared that there are about 120 youth in its program in total, but about 20-30 attend daily. Youth spend their time after school, on weekends, and on breaks learning about computers, art, guitar, photography, and any other projects that volunteers and mentors wish to teach. 

During computer time, I was able to sit down with a few of The SOLD Project's scholarship recipients and get to know them better. 

Cat, one of the first scholarship recipients, shared a bit about her background: Her favorite subjects include English and math. When not in school, Cat watches TV and listens to music. After high school she hopes to do something with communication and language. She loves to learn because of the variety of knowledge she gains, and she wants to learn more. After, she said “thank you very much for tables, chairs, and computers.” Because they have access to computers and Internet, they can all learn so much more.

Nan is another young student I spoke with who has applied and just passed the entrance exam for a good school that teaches English and Chinese. In her free time she likes to listen to music and read books. Her favorite subject is language, and she hopes to pursue studying tourism when she gets to university.

I was told by one of the SOLD students that if SOLD wasn’t there, she would not have anything to do, be bored, and not be with friends. The SOLD Project provides an outlet for these youth - a chance to continue education past what they can afford, continue learning, and a safe place to be when not in school. 

At the end of the day, I sat with staff and spoke about their backgrounds and what brought them to SOLD.  Many shared how their religious backgrounds drove them to work with an organization like SOLD, but all shared their passion and commitment to working for this organization.

Getting to know the students
Getting to know the students

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Mar 12, 2012

Please support us on Wednesday, March 14

Hi everyone,

The number of children in our holistic child prostitution prevention program continues to grow. As you may have read on our blog, we recently accepted 21 new scholarship students! We're thrilled by the continual growth of SOLD's program and the immeasurable impact it's having in the lives of these children and their families.

With the growth of our program, however, the burden on our current facilities increases as well. We'd love to see a new classroom built this year, but before we can begin construction, we still need to raise an additional $3,500. The good news is, on March 14, we have a great opportunity to raise enough to get started.

On Wednesday, March 14, and continuing all day, GlobalGiving.org is matching all online donations at 30% up to $1,000 per person, per project! There are $50,000 available in matching funds and matching stops when the funds run out, so don't wait until the end of the day to give. GlobalGiving is also offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the highest number of individual donors. That means:

  • Your $100 gift instantly becomes $130
  • Your $250 gift instantly becomes $325
  • Your $500 gift instantly becomes $650
  • Your $1000 gift instantly becomes $1,300

You get the idea. : ) It's a great way to ensure your dollars have the greatest possible impact. In fact, if just 28 people give $100 on March 14 and it's matched at 30%, we could start construction on the classroom in April.

Please tell your friends about this project on Facebook and Twitter—the more awesome people like you we can get involved, the sooner we can finish this project and build the kids a new classroom.

THANK YOU for your continued support of not just this project, but of all the children at risk in northern Thailand who benefit from your gifts. We couldn't do what we do without you.

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Mar 12, 2012

Please support us on Wednesday, March 14

Water Tower Plan
Water Tower Plan

Hi everyone!

We have some great news and a new challenge. The great news is that, thanks to the advice and input of experienced local leaders, we've improved our plans for the water tower and tank and are now completely confident that it's the best possible long-term solution for our needs. By increasing the tower height, adding a water filter, and buying a special UV-shielded water tank to protect against bacteria, we know we'll have a system that can provide clean, running water for our students and resident staff for a long, long time.

But here's the challenge: these necessary improvements naturally add some additional cost to this project, which is reflected in our new Funding Goal. The good news is, construction is already under way and, on March 14, we have a great opportunity to fully fund the rest of this project.

On Wednesday, March 14, and continuing all day, GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per person, per project! There are $50,000 available in matching funds and matching stops when the funds run out, so don't wait until the end of the day to give. GlobalGiving is also offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the highest number of individual donors. That means:

  • Your $100 gift instantly becomes $130
  • Your $200 gift instantly becomes $260
  • Your $500 gift instantly becomes $650
  • Your $1000 gift instantly becomes $1,300

You get the idea. : ) It's a great way to ensure your dollars have the greatest possible impact. In fact, if just 14 people give $100 on March 14 and it's matched at 30%, the water tower and filtered tank system will be fully funded.

(Note: Since the new desks for the students are fully paid for, we've changed the title of this project slightly to reflect our new focus on providing clean running water.) THANK YOU for your continued support! We can't wait to show you the finished results!

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