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.
Jun 7, 2016

New Students, New Semester, and Parent Meeting!

Parent meeting day
Parent meeting day

Dear Friends,

During the past few months, both of our resource centers have been very busy due to March and April being summer break for our students. The beginning of a new semester in May also brought new scholarship students for The SOLD Project! The 20 new students that SOLD accepted into our program this year came out for a new student orientation in May. The new students watched the first documentary SOLD produced, learned the history of the organization and the details of their scholarships including expectations, processes, events, resources and activities.

Another exciting event that took place at the end of May was the parent meeting. Twice a year, all of our scholarship students and their families are invited to the Freedom Resource Center for a parent meeting. Here, the SOLD staff provides updates and information as well as hosts a workshop or speaker, collects letters and photos from the students for their sponsors. At the parent meeting, we also introduced new staff members to the students and parents, as well as a local police officer who came out to raise awareness of the dangers of online trafficking. Everyone enjoyed lunch together after the program. The afternoon was spent administering students surveys that were designed to measure their experiences with SOLD. The survey results will be a key and penultimate aspect of our first Social Impact Assessment — a detailed research project that SOLD began last year to measure our impact on the ground in Thailand.

Without you, our faithful supporters, the parent meetings, and The SOLD Project would not exist. We would also not be able to admit new students into our Scholarship program every year as the Freedom Project funds the resources for the scholarship students. Our students would be left on their own to navigate the obstacles that appear on the difficult road to higher education and success, especially when the road begins in poverty.

Thank you so much for making our work possible.

With hope,

Alaynah Fiedler 

Parent meeting day
Parent meeting day
A local police officer talking to everyone
A local police officer talking to everyone
Tawee, Founding Director, introducing new staff
Tawee, Founding Director, introducing new staff
Students taking the surveys
Students taking the surveys
Mar 10, 2016

2016 is Off to a Great Start!

Student at the Resource Center
Student at the Resource Center

Dear Friends,

This year is already off to a wonderful start for us at The SOLD Project. March is an exciting time as many of our students are graduating and continuing on to higher education. Our staff has been attending graduations all month, supporting our graduates and their families, and preparing to host our yearly graduation party at the Resource Center.

We’re excited to report that the initial expansion of the Chiang Rai City Center has been fully funded. At the City Center, students are already stopping in after school for homework help, English classes, and cooking classes. On Saturdays, they participate in Music classes and Art. We have also set up a new computer room, and books continue to be donated to our library.

While our City Center targets high school and university level students, the Resource Center, SOLD’s Thailand hub in Bong Prae, continues to provide much-needed support for many primary students as well as their families. The Resource Center’s services include movie nights, art classes, tutoring, mentoring, and more. Our Saturday English classes with Yu, a local teacher, continue to be very popular.

Thanks to the work of SOLD and our donors, life for our scholarship students includes imagination and play. Kru Bon, a teacher in the village and one of SOLD’s tutor, encouraged some of our scholarship students to write an essay to compete for a bike giveaway from D-Land, a Real Estate organization. Eight of our students won, and the D-Land staff came to SOLD to present them with their new bikes.

All of our work at SOLD is made possible through the generous donations of people like you. We’re continually inspired by all of your support. Thank you for joining us in the work of prevention.

With hope,

The SOLD Project Team

Graduation for some of our students
Graduation for some of our students
Students receiving their bikes from D-Land
Students receiving their bikes from D-Land
Mar 1, 2016

City Center Initial Expansion Has Been Funded!

We’re thrilled to share some good news: our Chiang Rai City Center expansion has been fully funded for the next two years!  

This was made possible by three groups of generous supporters.

Individual donors continue to be the financial backbone of our work. Through our sharing of the powerful stories of the children and youth we work with (made possible by donors), more and more creative and compassionate people have continued to be inspired to act, and this action makes our work possible. 

At the end of 2015, One Day’s Wages (ODW) joined with us in a matching campaign. ODW is a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. Thanks to ODW’s fantastic team, SOLD’s dedicated supporters, and the generosity of many donors, we not only met our goal but exceeded it! 

At the beginning of 2016, we received a generous grant from The Wyss Foundation. After a successful career in life-saving medical science, Hansjorg Wyss created the Wyss Foundation in 1998 to support innovative, lasting solutions that improve lives, empower communities, and strengthen connections to the land. We’re thrilled and grateful to have The Wyss Foundation partner in our work.

The support we receive from individual donors, movements, and foundations makes our work possible. But it goes further in inspiring all of us at SOLD to work our hardest to actualize our mission through the effective and efficient use of the resources we have been entrusted with to prevent child trafficking and exploitation. While we are thankful that our expansion has been funded, we continue to rely on the support of generous and passionate people in our work to prevent child exploitation. 

Thank you for partnering with us, and may we all continue to seek justice for the vulnerable. 

Rachel Goble, President, and The SOLD Project Team

 
   

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