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.
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

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
 
   

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