Jun 19, 2017

Summer Fun

Group shot with Jeremy
Group shot with Jeremy

Dear Friends,

The last few weeks have been very exciting for our staff and students in Thailand as our students participated in some fun activities to wrap up summer break. Our primary and high school students started the new school year this month. Our University students will start the fall semester at the beginning of August.

We love to encourage our students and help them overcome adversity and struggles in school and life. Because of your support, we can provide mentors for all of our scholarship students. The mentors focus on building and maintaining positive relationships with our students to help them when the students face difficulties in life. Our mentors also encourage students to participate in activities we host at our resource centers to build resiliency. Recently, our students got to learn firsthand about adversity when an NBA basketball player visited them at our resource centers.

We are so fortunate that Jeremy Lin, a professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets, visited our resource centers to see our work firsthand and learn more about the issue of child exploitation. Our students had a blast playing basketball with him and listening to him talk about his story and the struggles he faced. He encouraged the students to work hard and follow their dreams no matter what anyone else says. Lisa Winterfeldt, our International Liaison, stated “It was inspiring for the kids and staff to have NBA basketball player, Jeremy Lin, visit. He has such an inspirational story about having to work hard to overcome stereotypes with adversity to get to where he is today in professional basketball. It was so wonderful seeing the kids be inspired by his story to stay in school, work very hard, and never give up on their dreams.”

Thank you so much for your continued support in helping us disrupt child exploitation through prevention.

With hope,

The Freedom Story Team

Jeremy talking to the students about his story.
Jeremy talking to the students about his story.
Teaching students how to shoot a basketball.
Teaching students how to shoot a basketball.
Mar 20, 2017

The Importance of Awareness Workshops

Students leading a discussion
Students leading a discussion

Dear Friends,

It's a busy time for us at both of our Resource Centers in Thailand. Due to a school break from March to May, our staff has planed full days of programming during each day of the week. Your continued support allows us to offer extra hours of tutoring, math and English classes, and other games and learning exercises during this break, and for that we couldn’t be more grateful. It also enables us to host workshops and awareness activities for our students. These workshops are extremely important in educating the students on a variety of topics ranging from exploitation, to applying for college, to how to look for a job.

Online exploitation has been an area of focus for our Thai staff over the past year. Because of the prevalence of Facebook, Instagram, and other social media, it’s important that students understand the risk involved in using them. This past month, our Awareness Director, Lux, invited students to come to the Bong Prae Resource Center for an Awareness workshop. The students watched the movie ‘Trust’, which tells the story of a girl who was using an online chat program to develop a relationship but was tricked by an older man who desired to exploit her. After the movie, Lux led discussions and activities around the same topic. One of our students “found this exercise to be really helpful because this topic is not covered in school” (Age 12).

In educating our students on these risks, we hope to better prepare them to recognize dangerous situations and protect themselves against this kind of exploitation.

Thank you for your continued support in helping us educate at-risk students to keep them free from exploitation and abuse!

Students leading a discussion
Students leading a discussion
Jan 1, 2017

We Have Some Exciting News!

Dear Friends,

I’m incredibly excited to share some great news with you. On January 2nd, 2017, we’re officially changing our name to -- drum roll please -- The Freedom Story

Why? 

We’re rebranding our entire organization to reflect the hope, dignity, and freedom that’s representative of our work. The SOLD Project, while not a bad name, isn’t a positive name nor does it reflect the reality we seek to bring about for those we serve. Having grown for several years and looking towards what we desire to accomplish in the years ahead, we want a brand that positively reflects the lives of the students and communities we serve as well as the hard work we all put into breaking the cycle of poverty and exploitation. 

When? 

January 2nd, 2017. We’ll not only have a new name, but a new website, a new look, and a new feel.

What’s changing? 

While our look and name are changing, the substance of what we do (our work to prevent child trafficking and exploitation) remains the same. Of course, to adapt to the realities of a changing world, we’re always growing and changing. But the only drastic change this January will be our brand and name. 

What should I look forward to? 

Our new website. Our new logo. Our new name. Our new introduction film. The continuation of the important work we do to prevent child exploitation and trafficking. 

How can I help? 

Spread the word when we go live! We have an exciting campaign coming in February, and for it to be successful, we’ll need your help. So, please keep on the lookout for more ways to use your network to support the work of preventing child trafficking and exploitation. 

Thank you for being a part of the freedom story we’re telling! 

Best,
Rachel Goble
 
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