Thank you! On June 13 we set out to raise the remaining $1,310 needed to provide our Resource Center with consistent access to running water. Before Noon, you'd helped us reach that goal...and you kept on giving!
We ended up exceeding our goal by more than $2,000! As soon as weather conditions permit (Chiang Rai is in the middle of rainy season) we'll complete construction on the water tank, tower, and filter system, and any funds left over will go to help fund our second classroom building (Project #8308—see link below). We can't wait to send you photos when it's all finished!Thank you for your continued support of our work and mission to prevent child exploitation through education. By providing something as basic as clean running water, you allow us to continue investing in the lives of these children and their families. Together, we're changing the future.With hope,
Hi everyone! This Wednesday, June 13, GlobalGiving is literally giving away money. Every gift you make to The SOLD Project on GlobalGiving will be matched at an incredible 40 percent, up to $1,000 per person, per project!
We're just $1,310 away from our final goal, which means all it takes to finish this project this week is...
June 13 is a great time to step out and give generously. Whether you can give $10 or $1000, the return on your investment is truly incredible. Matching gifts aside, you're providing more than 120 kids and their families access to consistent clean running water at our facilities. Thank you for you ongoing support of The SOLD Project's work to prevent the exploitation of children through education!
P.S. By the way, if you haven't already, read GlobalGiving's "postcard" from their recent project site visit. Be sure to check out the great photo they shared of our new desks in action!
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. In addition to the computers, the new shiny desks were wonderful to see compared to the old ones that were falling apart.
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.
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:
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!
This is just a quick note! You may have noticed that we recently changed the Total Funding Goal for this project to $2,500, down from $4,500. This is to reflect a large private donation we received at the end of 2011 toward the purchase of new desks. Great news, right?
You'll noticed that now we only need $590 until the project is fully funded! (That's less than $20 each if we all chip in.)
We have enough money to begin construction on the water tank in the coming weeks and our hope is to complete the project before hot season begins in March. Will you share this project with your friends and help us down the home stretch?
Thank you for investing in the lives of these children. We can't wait to show you photos of the completed water tank and new desks in the months to come!
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