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.
Dec 31, 2015

What a Wonderful Year!

Students in the Photo Booth
Students in the Photo Booth

Dear Friends,

As 2015 comes to a close, I’m feeling very grateful for another wonderful year with The SOLD Project. It’s been amazing to see how much of an impact we continually have on our students and the community as a whole. We are truly thankful for your involvement in helping to prevent the exploitation of children in Thailand.

We love this time of year at the Resource Center!  We just had our annual Christmas Party where, as we do every year, we opened up the Resource Center to the entire community, offering fun, family building activities and programs.

One activity was a photo booth set up with props, which was a big hit among the students! We also set up a Christmas tree for kids to pick a number off of that correlated to a small present they could choose. 

During the program, some of the staff took the stage (Tawee, pictured below) and explained to everyone why we celebrate Christmas. They quizzed the kids in the audience, and if they answered correctly, they won prizes.

We love encouraging students to be creative and to show off their creativity through performances. Some of the students from the Resource Center performed a dance, and others from the community were invited to dance and sing as well. 

Thank you for making our work possible. Without your support, our life-giving activities, educational programs, and community gatherings such as the Christmas party would not be possible. Happy Holidays! 

With hope and gratitude,
The SOLD Project Team

Tawee Speaking at the Christmas Party
Tawee Speaking at the Christmas Party
Students Performing at Our Annual Christmas Party
Students Performing at Our Annual Christmas Party
Dec 22, 2015

The City Center is Open!

Our International Liaison: Lisa
Our International Liaison: Lisa

Dear Friends,

We are so excited that this space is now open to our students, their families, and the community at large! We still have a long way to go in terms of furnishing, but we wanted to share with you some photos of the space. (See below.)

We’re excited to have a new International Liaison: Lisa.

Lisa is responsible for facilitating contact between The SOLD Project’s U.S. and Thailand offices. She provides information about various aspects within branches of the organization in order to maintain a professional and positive work environment between the Thai and U.S. personnel. Lisa will be working at the City Center as well as teaching English classes for both our staff and students. She will also be collecting data such as the number of students who attend certain activities, whether they are scholarship or non-scholarship students and whether or not the program was successful. The data Lisa collects helps measure our impact, so that we can remain lean and efficient in reaching more students and people in the community as well as in telling the story of SOLD.

I recently interviewed Lisa and am excited to share her thoughts about the City Center with you all.

What are you most looking forward to with the City Center?

I’m most looking forward to getting to meet the girls and older kids that will come to the center. I am excited about teaching them as well! I will get to teach them English, but also other activities on Saturdays. I would love to work with them on music and dance. It would be really fun to teach them to play an instrument! I hope to find some ukuleles. I think they would enjoy that. I’m also looking forward to the garden in the back. It’s such a lovely outdoor space, and I think having an organic garden will be fun for the kids and for me as well. I am looking forward to helping with the garden and learning how to grow different types of food.

Why do you think having the City Center is important?

It’s important because the older children go to high school in the city, away from their villages, and are too far away to attend the Resource Center activities. It’s important that they continue to have mentorship, especially in high school as their lives are starting to change as they mature. The City Center will provide them with resources right in the city, where it’s accessible for them to get support!

In conversations with the students, what do they tell you about the City Center or how do they feel about having this second center?

I have only talked with a few girls, but they seemed excited to have this space, to meet me, and to practice their English. They said they were looking forward to learning with me!

What is your favorite room in the City Center - or when it's furnished, what do you think your favorite room will be? 

My favorite room would actually be the outside! I love the backyard and can’t wait until it’s turned into a garden, and I am really looking forward to helping with that. I also like the counseling room. I think it will be really nice when it’s finished. I picture it being a peaceful and relaxing room where the kids feel comfortable sharing or just hanging out!

 

Our next steps are fundraising for furnishing the center and for hiring part-time staff for tutoring and art activities. Thank you so much for all of your support in helping us disrupt child exploitation through prevention.


With hope,

Alaynah Fiedler

U.S. Operations Manager

Our future computer room.
Our future computer room.
Our future library.
Our future library.
The kitchen will host cooking activities.
The kitchen will host cooking activities.
This is our staff office.
This is our staff office.
Our future organic garden.
Our future organic garden.
Oct 2, 2015

A Story From the Field..

Jessica (in the middle) with some of our students
Jessica (in the middle) with some of our students

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support to our prevention programs in Thailand! In July of this year, Jessica LeGault, a SOLD supporter, spent a month volunteering at our Resource Center in Thailand. Jessica led a few art activities at the Resource Center and helped decorate the buildings. On one Saturday after English class, the kids helped repaint and decorate the original building at the Resource Center, which now serves as the library. One of our university students painted the tree (pictured below) and the kids had a wonderful time getting paint everywhere. 

Once she came back to the United States, Jessica wrote a reflection piece about her time on the ground.

Jessica states, "There is a deep passion in each of the staff members at The SOLD Project, a fire that drives them to care for these kids in remarkable ways. You can see this fire in the eyes of the kids that come after school each day as they look up at the staff with so much respect. You can feel this fire in the hands of the younger ones as they cling tightly to your arm, knowing that they are safe here; they are protected." 

We hope you'll take a moment to read her full reflection [which can be found here].

Your gifts are allowing our students access to a safe place - a place where they can go to have fun and learn with staff who will protect them. Thank you so much for continuing to disrupt child exploitation in Thailand through prevention. 

With hope and gratitude,
The SOLD Project Team 

A student decorating the tree
A student decorating the tree
Jessica and some of our staff
Jessica and some of our staff

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